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After Cancer Diagnosis, Vet Refutes Government’s Agent Orange Expert—and Wins

Phil Cacioppo challenged the government’s findings on the chemical used extensively during the Vietnam War after the Veterans Administration rejected his claim for benefits. Six years later, the former Air Force radio repairman emerged the rare victor.

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The VP Debate Served to Remind Americans Just How Extreme the Rest of the Republican Party Is

These days, with Donald Trump having dominated the news for more than a year, it’s easy to overlook the Republicans in Congress. But Mike Pence’s stances were a potent reminder of what a Republican Congress and White House would do.

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Mike Pence Is a Trump in Politician’s Clothing—as Dishonest and Erratic, Just Much Smoother

Trump running mate Mike Pence continued the unreality of this election season in Tuesday’s debate by denying many things that are true and asserting many things that are not true.

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Disabled Cancer Patient Sues TSA for Physical and Emotional Injury

Airport security guards violently arrested a disabled teenage cancer patient during a security screening at Memphis International Airport, the girl’s family has alleged in a lawsuit.

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Our Bodies Are Rife With Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Landmark Study Shows

A first-of-its-kind analysis details “the astounding number of carcinogens we are exposed to in almost every part of life that are building up in our systems.”

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Trouble for Johnson & Johnson After Another Big Loss in a Talcum Powder-Ovarian Cancer Case

In two court decisions in less than three months, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay out $127 million. And it faces 1,200 similar lawsuits.

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Gratitude

When Dr. Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he wrote, “I have loved and been loved. ... Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”

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Bacon Poison









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Bacon Is a Carcinogen









Posted on Oct 28, 2015 ENLARGE



World Health Organization Places Processed Meat Alongside Smoking as Cause of Cancer

A United Nations health body says bacon, sausage and ham rank right up there with cigarettes, alcohol and asbestos as top carcinogens. But not all experts are convinced.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: All Those Who Piled on Martin Shkreli

The drug company CEO who announced a 5,000 percent increase in the price of a lifesaving drug was forced to back down after Twitter users, the industry and others exploded in outrage. We have three words for these sometimes rude commenters: Good for you.

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Trial of Cancer Drug Combination Yields ‘Spectacular’ Results

Terminally ill cancer patients could be “effectively cured” by a new combination of drugs that scientists describe as a once-in-a-generation advance in treatment.

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Smoking









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U.S. Companies Are Leading Bidders in British Health Service Sell-Off

Cancer and end-of-life services relied on by some 3.8 million beneficiaries of the British National Health Service may be sold off to private U.S. health care companies that will be free to restructure the services along lines of profitability rather than quality of care.

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Facing Death, Oliver Sacks Says He Wants to Live ‘in the Richest, Deepest, Most Productive’ Way

On revealing that he has terminal cancer, the famed neurologist and author has displayed an admirably positive, and even courageous, attitude.

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John Oliver Takes Down Big Tobacco and Its Insane Ads

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains that although government regulations have helped reduce smoking in the U.S., American tobacco companies are actually stronger than ever—and brazen enough to run advertising he calls “a pile of horseshit.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Lung Cancer Tops List of Cancers That Kill Women in Well-Off Countries

Here’s a sad bit of irony from the health news department: The type of cancer that’s killing the majority of women in so-called developed nations can be quite preventable in some cases—and it can come down to a matter of personal choice.

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Bad Luck—Not Bad Genes—the Cause of Most Cancers

Two-thirds of all cancers diagnosed in adults are caused by random mutation during the ordinary process of stem cell division, while the rest are down to genetic inheritance and lifestyle, researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center found.

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Brittany Maynard: Choosing the Way a Life Ends

There is no way to hear Brittany Maynard’s voice without being deeply touched.

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Fracking for the Cure?

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

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Link Found Between Vasectomies and Deadly Prostate Cancer

Harvard scientists found that the sterilizing procedure increases the risk of “developing the most aggressive form of prostate cancer,” but it doesn’t mean vasectomies should be ruled out as a form of contraception.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



Who Knew Herpes Could Be Good for Something?

Scientists have discovered a way to kill brain tumors in mice using the herpes virus; Israel’s future, as John Kerry predicted, may not be far from apartheid; meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health is mandating gender balance in animal studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



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This Researcher Devised His Own Low-Cost Cancer Treatment and Won

Michael Retsky wasn’t your typical cancer patient. His own research showed the problems with existing treatments, so he helped model a new one.

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Eat Less Red Meat. Cows Rejoice!

Recently, it seems like there are an increasing number of studies supporting the idea that eating too much red meat is bad for our health.

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Late Chemo: Expensive and Unnecessarily Painful

Chemotherapy administered in the last months of life—which offers a boon to profit-seeking drug companies (one month’s supply can cost $10,000 or more)—significantly increased the odds that a cancer patient would require intensive treatment in the last week of life, late referral to hospice care, and death away from their preferred place, an investigation has shown.

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Medical Marijuana









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USC Study Links Animal Protein Consumption to Cancer

Could consuming a diet rich in animal protein be just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes?

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No Smokes









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Cancer Planet Is Upon Us

Cancer cases are predicted to increase worldwide by 70 percent over the next two decades, “from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to the World Health Organisation,” The Guardian reports.

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Climate Denial Cancer









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iKnife: The Surgical Tool That Detects Cancer

A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Michael Douglas’ Cancer Caused by an STD That Can Easily Be Prevented

The movie star rejected embarrassment to say this week that his throat cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that only 1 percent of boys are vaccinated against.

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Actress Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Empowering’ Decision to Have Her Breasts Removed

Angelina Jolie made her fortune as one of the most beautiful women in the world, and after having a double mastectomy to prevent against breast cancer, she writes, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania

More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington state and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Scientists Manipulate Cells With Computerized DNA

Researchers at Stanford University used genetic material to develop substances akin to “biological computers” that can monitor and possibly one day take control of cells into which they’ve been injected.

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One Drug to Shrink All Tumors?

A single drug has proven capable of shrinking or curing human breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors that were transplanted into mice by overriding a chemical that normally blocks the immune system from destroying cancer cells.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Venezuelans Hopeful Chavez Will Win ‘Battle for Life’

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been in a hospital since Feb. 18 for treatment of breathing problems amid an ongoing battle with an unspecified cancer, but nearly three in five of his fellow countrymen believe he will return to power.

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Cigarette Smoking Butt









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Ailing Hugo Chavez Names Successor

Although he was only recently elected to a fourth term as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez has flown to Cuba for yet another surgery to address malignant cancer.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Did the Army Give Poor Missourians Cancer?

At the height of the Cold War, the United States government may have exposed thousands of predominantly black Missourians to carcinogens as part of a test of a secret biological weapons program.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Christopher Hitchens: ‘Mortality’

“Mortality,” Jeff Sharlet writes of the late Christopher Hitchens’ small, posthumously published book of essays, composed while the author was dying of cancer, is death-writing “at its most generous and most human: just another man dying, making a joke and telling a story.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Starts Cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

Almost 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States has established a cleanup program to address the effects of toxic chemicals used during the conflict that continue to afflict the Vietnamese people with cancers, birth defects and other diseases.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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CounterPunch Editor Dies

Alexander Cockburn, editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch, lost a two-year battle against cancer when he died in Germany on Friday night.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Diesel Smoke Causes Cancer, Researchers Confirm

After a week of considering the evidence, a working group of the World Health Organization determined that diesel exhaust is carcinogenic in human lungs. Underground miners, bus drivers and railroad workers are especially vulnerable, but the risks from traffic exhaust extend to the general population.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



Study: One-Sixth of Cancers Are Preventable

Cancer is caused by infection in one out of six patients worldwide, according to a medical review published in The Lancet Oncology. That means as many as 2 million people a year get cancer for lack of preventive vaccines and antibiotics.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Asbestos Tsunami’ Is Ahead for Asia

Health experts say the coming decades will see an epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in Asian countries where the material is still used in construction. China and India, with their rapidly developing economies and huge populations, are expected to be the hardest hit.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Study: Prescription Sleeping Pills May Cause Cancer, Death

Having trouble catching enough shut-eye? Consider this before reaching for the Ambien: According to a new study published in BMJ Open, the potential risks of popping pills to help you sleep may far outweigh the benefits.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Hugo Chavez Needs a Third Surgery

The Venezuelan president will put his re-election plans on hold to return to Cuba to have a third operation on his pelvis, where his cancer may have returned.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE


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