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Published: 04/19/11

Research: Oral Sex Puts Men at Risk for Oral Cancer

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Research: Oral Sex Puts Men at Risk for Oral Cancer

Rates of oral cancer are on the rise among men, and researchers say the culprit isn't the devil you might think. The rising rates of oral cancer aren't being caused by tobacco, experts say, but by HPV, the same sexually transmitted virus responsible for the vast majority of cases of cervical cancer in women. Millions of women and girls have been vaccinated against HPV, or human papillomavirus, but doctors now say men exposed to the STD during oral sex are at risk as well and may have higher chances of developing oral cancer. John Moore, Getty Images An oral cancer screening is...

Published: 03/25/11

FDA Clears First Melanoma Drug to Extend Life

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FDA Clears First Melanoma Drug to Extend Life

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved a breakthrough cancer medication from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. that researchers have heralded as the first drug to prolong the lives of patients with melanoma. The federal health agency approved the injectable drug, called Yervoy, for late-stage or metastatic melanoma. The agency has only approved two other drugs for advanced melanoma, the last of which was cleared more than 13 years ago. Neither drug has been shown to significantly extend patient lives. Mel Evans, AP The FDA has approved a cancer medication from...

Published: 03/14/11

Is Your Cell Phone's Radiation Level Safe? Don't Call the FCC

By  Andrew Schneider - AOL News
Is Your Cell Phone's Radiation Level Safe? Don't Call the FCC

More than 200 million people in the U.S. talk on cell phones a total of at least 12 hours a month -- some double or triple that amount. Almost everyone admits that cell phones emit radiation when they link to the closest tower. What almost no one can agree on is whether that radiation is harmful to those holding their phones to their ears. Amid this confusion comes a report from health and safety activists that the government's cell phone watchdog -- the Federal Communications Commission -- is putting industry desires before public well-being. Investigators for the Environmental Working...

Published: 03/1/11

Ladies Busting a Move for Charity at Mom Proms [VIDEO]

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Ladies Busting a Move for Charity at Mom Proms [VIDEO]

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Like most prom dresses, Michelle Salamon's got stashed in a closet after the big night. The white floor-length gown she sewed during home economics class in 1990 languished for years until she learned about an event that gives mothers a charitable excuse to squeeze back into their youth. "It's a little snug," the 38-year-old teacher's assistant joked before entering a party affectionately known as the "Mom Prom" in suburban Detroit. "I just zipped it up, and it fits!" ...

Published: 02/27/11

The GOP Budget and Cancer -- Why New Research Is at Risk

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
The GOP Budget and Cancer -- Why New Research Is at Risk

The budgetary hot-air wars gripping Washington have spotlighted all the elements that have degraded of 21st century politics: Apocalyptic threats of a government shutdown, high-decibel debates over budgetary irrelevancies (the drive to defund Planned Parenthood), angry denunciations of do-nothing government bureaucrats and vapid presidential slogans ("Win the Future"). Even when the congressional fiscal follies momentarily take a serious turn, an abstract tone dominates these floating numbers games involving slashing tens of billions. Budget arithmetic turns into an alternative reality as...

Published: 02/27/11

Horrific US Medical Experiments Come to Light

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Horrific US Medical Experiments Come to Light

ATLANTA -- Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital. Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission. The meeting was triggered by the government's apology last fall for federal...

Published: 02/18/11

Inspirational Handbags Rake in $700,000 for Cancer Research

By  Monica Garske - AOL News
Inspirational Handbags Rake in $700,000 for Cancer Research

Many of us women are obsessed with handbags, but now purchasing a particular purse could actually provide "Hope" -- and funding -- toward finding a cure for cancer. For the past year Miche Bag, a Utah-based handbag company, has been on a mission to raise money for cancer research programs at the state's Huntsman Cancer Institute through its products. For those not in the know, Miche Bag is a unique handbag that allows women to quickly change the look of their purse through interchangeable "shells" that attach and detach over the exterior of a Miche "base bag" via magnets. This way, women...

Published: 02/9/11

Pregnant Mareena Silva Accidentally Given Abortion Drug; What Is Methotrexate?

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Pregnant Mareena Silva Accidentally Given Abortion Drug; What Is Methotrexate?

A Safeway pharmacist in Colorado accidentally gave Mareena Silva, who is six weeks pregnant, a drug that is used to terminate pregnancies instead of the antibiotic she needed. Silva was rushed to the hospital after taking the pill and becoming sick. She is said to be at risk of miscarriage or giving birth to a baby with birth defects. The pill Silva ingested was called methotrexate. It belongs to a powerful class of drugs known as antimetabolites, which slow the growth of living cells. Methotrexate impacts the body's ability to use folic acid, which is necessary for DNA synthesis and cell...

Published: 02/9/11

Study: Some Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Node Surgery

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Study: Some Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Node Surgery

CHICAGO -- Many breast cancer patients can skip aggressive lymph node surgery without increasing their chances of a recurrence or death if their disease shows limited spread, according to a study that has prompted changes in practice. Under current guidelines, the often-debilitating surgery is done if the cancer has spread outside the breast to any lymph nodes. In the study, rates of survival and of patients' remaining cancer-free were just as good whether the women with limited spread - in one or two nearby nodes - had lots more underarm nodes removed or skipped that major surgery. At...

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French Comedy 'Potiche' Mixes Laughs With Social Message

By  Eleanor Clift

For women, and men too, weary of nuance and...

3/14/11 at 8:27 AM

Can the Girl Scouts Help Balance Georgia's Budget?

By  Joanne Bamberger

If Georgia lawmakers get their way,...

3/13/11 at 1:30 PM

Mom Has Cancer. Her Son Reacts.

By  Donna Trussell

My friend Julie Levine had everything I...

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