Diabetes May be Clue to Pancreatic Cancer

May 30, 2006 by  
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(Ivanhoe Newswire) — A recent study by the Mayo Clinic may provide help in diagnosing pancreatic cancer earlier.

Researchers looked at the CT scans of 23 pancreatic cancer patients taken before their diagnosis for unrelated reasons. Half of the patients had diabetes and saw the beginning of their diabetes over six months before they were diagnosed with cancer.

“Our goal with this study was to establish a timeline for the progression of pancreatic cancer, especially in relation to the development of new-onset diabetes,” reports gastroenterologist Suresh Chari, M.D., chief author of the study.

Of the 23 patients, 14 could recall the date their diabetes began. Of these 14, the average diagnosis time for pancreatic cancer was five months after the onset of diabetes. Scans done six months or more before diagnosis showed not a single sign of cancer.


Although the data is helpful, a drawback lies in the fact that type 2 diabetes is much more widely seen than diabetes as a result of pancreatic cancer.

Source: Ivanhoe’s Medical Breakthroughs – Diabetes May be Clue to Pancreatic Cancer


May 29, 2006 by  

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has been transferred from Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital to a rehabilitation centre in Tel Aviv, five months after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage.


Professor Zeev Rothstein, director of the Sheba centre, said doctors would try to help him come off the artificial respiration. But he acknowledged that the prospects of 78-year-old former prime minister regaining consciousness were “extremely thin”.

“We have arranged a course of treatment over the months ahead which will give him the best possible chance,” Professor Rothstein told reporters.

“For a man of his age who is in a coma and under artificial respiration, each stage of his treatment can put his life in danger — that’s why it is a process which takes time.”



Oscar-Winner Henry Bumstead Dies From Cancer

May 28, 2006 by  
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From the Cinematical Blog

Oscar-winning art director and production designer Henry Bumstead has died from prostate cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times. Bumstead, who was born in Ontario, California, in 1915, began his career during the Depression as an apprentice draftsman at RKO Studios but was quickly hired by Paramount Pictures where he was taken under the wing of art-department head Hans Dreir (Oscar-winning art director for Sunset Boulevard)….

… but after teaming with Martin Scorsese on the remake of Cape Fear in 1991, he was hired by Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven, which led to another nomination. From that point he worked with Eastwood on eight more films up until he was diagnosed with cancer during production of Million Dollar Baby. In 1998, Bumstead, who was known as “Bummy” to friends and colleagues, received a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors.

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Ex-Cyclone Love is battling cancer

May 24, 2006 by  
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Former Iowa State quarterback Cris Love is undergoing treatment in Houston after being diagnosed with cancer in the past month, university officials said.

Love, who played at Iowa State from 2001-04, was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, Cyclone officials said. In 17 games, Love completed 50 of 104 pass attempts for 667 yards and five touchdowns, while throwing five interceptions.

Iowa State fans can send get-well cards to Love through the Iowa State football office: Cris Love, c/o Iowa State Football Office, Jacobson Athletic Building, 1800 S. Fourth St., Ames, IA 50011.

E-mail messages to Cris can be sent to football@iastate.edu

Source: DesMoinesRegister.com

Brain Diet : Right Diet prevents Memory Loss

May 16, 2006 by  
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Brain Diet : Right Diet prevents Memory Loss

By Jasdeep Singh

These days, when people have become so conscious about what they eat and how it affects their body, they don’t realize that eating same food helps their brain to grow and make it more healthy. According to studies, right diet can help prevent memory loss. Studies say right amount of diet is far more affective in memory-enhancement rather than all those expensive supplements.

Here is how it works!

As the brain ages, it gets more prone to inflammation and oxidation which allows damaging free radicals to attach themselves to cells. As a result, it kills brain cells which in turn is responsible for memory loss.

Scientists have proven the fact that right diet increase the immunity of the brain towards inflammation and oxidation. Also it helps brain cells to communicate between them easily. One important area of research in this subject is the role of antioxidants, potent chemicals in plant that protect against free radicals which are responsible for damaging brain cells.

Food with high value powerful antioxidants are just the right diet for your brain. Many fruits and vegetables occupy their respective space in this prime list. Antioxidants, not only slow oxidation but also act as anti-inflammatory agents, serve dual purpose. Hence they make brain less vulnerable to amyloid plaque. Also they improve communication between neurons and allow the brain to regenerate.

Curcumin which is a spice known for its anti-inflammatory effects helps a lot in preventing memory loss. Curcumin is basically that spice which gives yellow curry its bright color and is frequently used as natural food dye.

Vitamins B such as niacin and folic acid are vitally important to brain function and help keep mind sharp.

Here is a list of few food items which helps Brain in a huge way

Antioxidants :

1) Plums

2) Oranges

3) Red Grapes

4) Blueberries , Blackberries , Cranberries , Strawberries , Raspberries

5) Onions

6) Brussels sprouts , Alfalfa sprouts

7) Broccoli

8) Cherries etc.

Some Vitamins B which are part of Brain Diet:

1) Dairy products

2) Wheat Germ

3) Seafood

4) Whole grains

5) Carrots

6) Leafy Greens

7) Nuts and Seeds

8) Asparagus

Some Omega 3 fatty acids:

1) Salmon

2) Bluefish

3) Tuna

4) Sardines

5) Mackerel

A Piece of Advice : Giving up alcohol helps brain : A new study suggest that there is a burst in new brain cell development during abstinence from chronic alcohol consumption. When used in excess, alcohol damages brain structure and function.

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Reflexology and Chemotherapy

May 14, 2006 by  
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Reflexology and Chemotherapy

By Amy Brennan

Reflexology is a gentle non intrusive treatment carried out upon the feet alone, using reflex points that correspond to the body systems.

Reflexology is highly beneficial in alleviating adverse side effects of chemotherapy, by helping the patient to deeply relax, it also helps to reduce the level of anxiety, helping patients cope with the distressing symptoms of pain and nausea, the results reveal that treatments produce a significant and immediate effect on the patients’ perceptions of pain, nausea and relaxation.

There is a myth that because reflexology rids the body of toxins, that the chemotherapy won’t work properly. There is no evidence to support this and there is a wealth of evidence about the positive results patients have felt.

Many people who have cancer and who have used Reflexology say that they find it helps ease some of their symptoms or helps them cope with the side-effects of treatment. Other people say that they just find it a very pleasant way of relaxing.

Reflexology is used by many people under going treatment for cancer, and Reflexology is included at complementary therapy centres within cancer units at Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Harley Street Clinic, and Lister Hospital as well as being offered at many Macmillan cancer relief hospices and day care centres, with very good results.

Many patients say that as well as enjoying the relaxation and stress relief they also feel able to cope with the physical side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Its also an important factor in having time for themselves and a person to talk to that is not a part of their family and in many cases, being able to voice their problems and fears without worrying about the effect on close relatives or friends.

Reflexology is a good treatment for helping those that suffer with lymphoedema (swelling of limbs) after surgery to remove lymph glands, as it helps improve circulation and lymph flow and the Reflexologist can work over the specific reflex points for the effected area. In some cases the limb affected with lymphodeoma can be quite painful, Reflexology is very gentle and effective and in such cases is a good compliment to lymphatic drainage massage.

Overall Reflexology helps to improve the circulation and lymph flow, which benefits all body systems and organs and aids deep relaxation and better respiration and mobility, helping patients to relax and cope with the physical side effects of their treatment.

Amy Brennan is the Director of Find a Reflexologist Ltd, UK register of fully-qualified Reflexologists, and hub of Reflexology on the web: www.findareflexologist.com

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Preventing Cancer with Green Tea?

May 14, 2006 by  
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Preventing Cancer with Green Tea?

By Lance Winslow

We are constantly hearing ideas and claims of what we should eat to keep us from getting cancer. There is always new research somewhere showing how eating this or that will help us and potentially protect our bodies from getting cancer. Some of the studies are valid, some are not; some of the research shows that it cannot completely prevent it, simply reduce our chances by this percentage or that percentage providing we are male or female, black or white, old or young, etc.

Well few of these things are as good as green tea researchers say, of course the Chinese have been saying it for 10,000 years. A brand new research now shows that the phytochemicals in green tea are absolutely incredible. Something that the Asian cultures have known throughout their history, in fact it is quite well known that green tea is known to prevent many forms of cancer such as; Leukemia, Pancreatic cancer, Colon cancer, Lung cancer and Breast cancer. Some say that if green tea was a medicine or drug it would be considered more of a wonder drug than most other cancer drugs. Green tea is considered by many to be a powerful herb, which would be wise to incorporate into your diet.

There are presently no known side effects for green tea, yet it appears to be one of the most incredible anti-cancer compounds around. Think on this.

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One Resident’s Fight Following An Ischemic Stroke: Learning To Live Again After A ‘Brain Attack’

May 14, 2006 by  

Strokes are medical emergencies that require immediate medical attention. Warning signs of stroke include the following: Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion, sudden vision problems in one or both eyes, sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, sudden, severe headache with no known cause, sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech.

Dr McCullough’s mother, Wendy McCullough, who is her husband’s primary caretaker, offers advise based on her experience.

To those who may have a stroke in the family, she said, see an attorney and handle a living will and discuss power of attorney, save receipts and documents, do as the doctors say.

“If you go through this, save every piece of paper,” she said. “Make sure you get into a good rehab, make sure you make use of any counseling, either emotional or financial, to make sure you can cope.”

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Pub boss died from drugs and steroids

May 14, 2006 by  

A Chesterfield inquest heard she called a friend, Paul Meeks, who forced entry to Mr Harrison’s home in High Street, Stonebroom on January 24 and found him in a downstairs toilet room.

Det Con Lynn Abdy said paramedics were called but Mr Harrison, 45, was dead. She added cocaine drugs and a hypodermic syringe were found during a search of the property.

Pathologist Dr Charles Muronda it seemed Mr Harrison had been taking anabolic steroids and his heart was twice the normal weight.

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Canadian-born former NYT editor dies at age 84

May 14, 2006 by  

NEW YORK — A.M. Rosenthal, a demanding editor who lifted the New York Times from economic doldrums in the 1970s and moulded it into a journalistic juggernaut known for distinguished reporting of national and world affairs, died Wednesday at age 84.

He died of complications from a stroke he suffered two weeks ago, the Times said.

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Diagnosing Stroke

May 13, 2006 by  

In the evaluation of stroke it’s critical for the treating physician to know what type of stroke has occurred because it affects what type of treatment is given. As radiologists, one of the key pieces of information that we can provide to a doctor taking care of a stroke patient, is whether the type of stroke that that patient has suffered is one that we call an ischemic stroke, or one that we call a hemorrhagic stroke. With an ischemic stroke, not enough blood is getting to the brain, and that might be helped by a blood thinner. With a hemorrhagic stroke, the patient has already suffered a bleed in the brain and a blood thinner might make that condition worse.

Two of the most commonly used radiology tests for stroke patients are CT and MRI. CT scans also known as CAT scans, produce an image of the brain that can show areas of excessive bleeding or blocked blood flow. The test is very quick, which allows for rapid treatment if a problem is found. MRI scans can detect minute brain abnormalities which are too small or located in regions of the brain that cannot be seen well by CAT scans.


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Symptoms of Stroke

May 13, 2006 by  

From the Better Health Channel – Strokes – Signs and Symptoms

Stroke – signs and symptoms

Stroke is often referred to by doctors as a cerebrovascular accident, but the term is not an accurate one since stroke is rarely an ‘accident’. The underlying conditions of a stroke (called cerebrovascular disease) are usually present for years before a stroke occurs, although the symptoms of a stroke may occur suddenly.

There are sometimes quite specific warning signs of an impending stroke. By recognising the warning signs and taking action, you may be able to avert a stroke or reduce its severity. Almost 50 per cent of people who go on to have a stroke experience warning signs or a small episode called a transient ischaemic attack. It is important to be able to recognise the warning signs in order to get medical help as quickly as possible.

Transient ischaemic attacks

Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) are caused by a temporary cut in blood supply to the brain, due to the partial blockage of an artery by a blood clot or debris. TIAs have the same symptoms as a stroke, but they are temporary and do not usually cause long term brain damage. A TIA, or mini-stroke, is a warning of an impending stroke. A person who has had a TIA is at greater risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Early identification of symptoms and a diagnosis from your doctor greatly reduces the chances of a major stroke. A TIA is:

* Transient – symptoms usually last for less than 24 hours.

* Ischaemic – failure of blood flow to part of the brain or eye.

* Attack – sudden onset of symptoms, which vary from person to person, depending on which part of the brain or eye is starved of blood.

Symptoms of a stroke

Symptoms of a TIA are very similar to those of a stroke. They can include:

* A numb or weak feeling in the face, arm or leg.
* Trouble speaking or understanding.
* Unexplained dizziness.
* Blurred or poor vision in one or both eyes.
* Loss of balance or an unexplained fall.
* Difficulty swallowing.
* Headache (usually severe or of abrupt onset) or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches.


If you suddenly experience any of these symptoms, get straight to a hospital. Remember, stroke is a life threatening emergency.

Symptoms occur in a variety of ways

The warning signs or symptoms of stroke may occur alone or in combination. They may last a few seconds or up to 24 hours, and then disappear. These signs are mini-strokes and should not be ignored. They indicate a hidden problem with blood flow, which could trigger a stroke. The severity of the symptoms depends on the area of the brain affected, and the cause.

Where to get help

* Your doctor
* Emergency department of your nearest hospital.

Things to remember

* The symptoms of stroke can occur suddenly.
* Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) are an important warning sign that a stroke may occur in the future.
* Early identification of symptoms and a diagnosis from your doctor greatly reduces the chances of a major stroke.

Related fact sheets:

Stroke – the after effects.
Stroke – the risk factors.
Stroke and high blood pressure.
Stroke and migraine.
Stroke can occur in children.
Stroke is a brain attack.Stroke prevention.
Transient ischaemic attack.

Myth Or Not?

May 9, 2006 by  

Chirs Battling MS

Re: Myth: No one can possibly understand what I’m going through.

I am going to challenge this statement as being a myth.

My husband, Chris, has been battling MS for a long, long time. He is pretty well bed bound, although he can get up into his wheel chair, the pain prevents him from staying there too long.

Before he got as bad as he is today, he obviously went through the “symptom” stages. And, unfortunately, 90% of the people we knew, did not understand what he was going through. They cared and were supportive, but they did not understand.

So much of the problem, during the “getting advanced symptoms” stage was difficult because of the lack of understanding.

No one could really understand what it felt like to get the tiredness, the fatigue that is common to MS. To get so bothered by heat and light that it would bring out MS symptoms. Read more

Relieving Stress with Exercise… and Losing Body Fat in the Process!

May 8, 2006 by  
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By Jamie Clark

Feeling stressed out lately? Don’t worry, there is a simple and incredibly effective solution — one that will help you lose weight in more ways than you might think!

Relieving Stress with Exercise

Research has proven that relieving stress with exercise is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. Regular exercise provides an amazing array of anti-stress benefits to the human body — including reduced muscle tension, improved cardiovascular functioning, increased blood oxygen levels, and reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels, just to name a few.

Relieving stress with exercise also, of course, burns calories and helps to reduce body fat. Since most other anti-stress ‘remedies’ (especially pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol, and overeating) cause you to gain weight it’s obvious that exercise is the best option.

Control Cortisol, Lose Weight

But, besides burning calories, there’s another reason relieving stress with exercise helps you to reduce body fat. Exercise produces chemicals that help to lower cortisol production. Cortisol is a “stress hormone” that has gotten a lot of press lately because many new diet products claim to block it.

While the effectiveness of these products has yet to be proven, there is little doubt that controlling cortisol levels is a very important factor in weight loss and long-term weight control — not to mention optimal health and fitness. Relieving stress with exercise is an absolutely fool-proof way to lower cortisol in the body.

Elevated cortisol levels are fully or partially responsible for everything from sugar and carb cravings to overeating to low energy levels… and more. Experts also believe that high cortisol production increases the amount of “toxic fat” stored on your body — this is the abdominal fat that may trigger cardiovascular disease and inflammation-related health problems.


Relieving stress with exercise is, without a doubt, the best way to deal with your physical and mental tension. Not only will regular exercise reduce stress levels, it will also help you control how much cortisol your body produces. This, in turn, will help you to avoid food cravings, reduce dangerous abdominal fat, and basically feel much better. So, next time you feel stressed out, get up, get out, and start relieving stress with exercise!

About The Author

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New Page added to our Battling-MS Blog

May 7, 2006 by  

Myths …

We added a new page, called “MYTHS”, which can be accessed by clicking that button up there in the top menu just under our top masthead title.

We set-up this page to keep track of any popular “Myths” and/or “Facts” that might be of interest to those Battling Multiple Sclerosis, or are just looking for information about M.S. We hope to keep it up to date by adding sites and “myths” found during our blog postings .. and posting myths from other sites that we visit on our way!


There’s no reason to spread the myths .. Learn the Facts!

New Page added to our Battling-Depression Blog

May 7, 2006 by  
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Myths …

We added a new page, called “MYTHS”, which can be accessed by clicking that button up there in the top menu just under our top masthead title.

We set-up this page to keep track of any popular “Myths” and/or “Facts” that might be of interest to those Battling Depression, or are just looking for information about depression. We hope to keep it up to date by adding sites and “myths” found during our blog postings .. and posting myths from other sites that we visit on our way!


There’s no reason to spread the myths .. Learn the Facts!

New Page added to our Battling-Depression Blog

May 7, 2006 by  
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Myths …

We added a new page, called “MYTHS”, which can be accessed by clicking that button up there in the top menu just under our top masthead title.

We set-up this page to keep track of any popular “Myths” and/or “Facts” that might be of interest to those Battling Depression, or are just looking for information about depression. We hope to keep it up to date by adding sites and “myths” found during our blog postings .. and posting myths from other sites that we visit on our way!


There’s no reason to spread the myths .. Learn the Facts!

Walking for a good cause

May 7, 2006 by  
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Bags lined the track course in memory and honor of cancer patients.
“We remember you. We remember your fight and we appreciate your fight and you give us hope and courage,” Sarah Dickens the Community Manager with the American Cancer Society.

… “No individual is diagnosed with cancer. This is certainly a family disease. It affects everyone and just seeing the community and outpouring. It’s just overwhelming as a survivor,” Deans.

… The proceeds collected by this weekend’s events will go toward cancer research and education. If you’re interested to attend one of the Relay for Life events you can log onto www.cancer.org and type in your zip code.

The next Relay for life will be at Kinston High School and Farmville Central High School on May 12th and 13th.


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Homeless man to face charges over knife found in his bag

May 6, 2006 by  

Are they kidding? Geeesh.

Charges were officially filed against Chynyquy Calixte, 48, on Friday for resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon, prosecutors said.

Calixte’s attorney said she was shocked that the charges were filed because the weapon is a steak knife found in his bike bag after he was handcuffed.

“It’s an ordinary household utensil, and unless used in a threatening manner it cannot be considered a weapon,” Assistant Public Defender Mary Ann Sharp said.


Calixte, who Sharp said is schizophrenic, has been arrested before because he refuses to talk.


Sharon Riehemann, the bank’s manager, said she ran across the bank’s parking lot yelling for an officer to stop punching Calixte, who has a savings account at the bank.

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Metallica Avoiding Battles On New Album

May 5, 2006 by  
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… Things have changed for Hetfield, who has been sober for nearly five years. On May 12, he will receive an honor he says he is more proud of than any career achievement. The MusiCares MAP Fund, a non-profit organization aimed at helping music industry professionals with addiction recovery treatment, will present Hetfield with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his “devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process” during its second annual benefit concert at the Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood.

“I don’t believe that you have to walk straight into the fire to know how hot it is,” Hetfield says. “That was my path. The biggest awareness is that you’re not alone and that there is some help. When people get so far into it, where they feel their life isn’t worth anything, that’s too far. But, you can survive it. That’s important to know.”

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