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  • Turkish citizen pleads guilty in drug fraud case

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Turkish citizen pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for smuggling counterfeit and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States. Ozkan Semizoglu of Istanbul entered the plea in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Sentencing is Oct. 28. Semizoglu and a second Turkish citizen, Sabahaddin Akman, were indicted in January. Akman has pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled for trial on Sept. 2. Federal prosecutors say the men smuggled three shipments from Turkey to Chesterfield, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. They were arrested in Puerto Rico soon after the indictment. According to the plea agreement, Semizoglu falsely labeled shipments of drugs as "gifts" or "documents" to conceal their

  • Music festival raises $11,000 for cancer center


    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials at Montpelier's National Life Group say the inaugural Do Good Festival held on the grounds of the company's headquarters raised almost $11,000 for a cancer treatment center at the area hospital. The money raised by the festival will benefit Branches of Hope, the Cancer Patient Fund at Central Vermont Medical Center's National Life Cancer Treatment Center. About 1,500 people attended the Saturday event in Montpelier. Branches of Hope helps with the basic living expenses and emergency and special needs of people receiving cancer care.

  • Ark. university awarded $1.5M for cancer research


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Arkansas have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop new molecules and biopharmaceuticals that improve a patient's immune response against tumors. The goal of the five-year grant is to help clinicians attack hidden metastatic tumors and prevent cancer recurrence. Metastasis is the development of secondary malignancy away from the primary site of cancer. David Zaharoff, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and the principal investigator for the project, says metastasis — not a patient's primary tumor — kills about 90 percent of cancer patients.

  • Dream coach Michael Cooper has tongue cancer

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday. The 58-year-old coach is expected to miss about two weeks, with assistant coach Karleen Thompson filling in. Atlanta plays at Minnesota on Tuesday. "I'm fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection," Cooper said. "I know the team will be in good hands with coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon." Cooper is in his

  • 7 scientists awarded grants to study cancer cures

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The Maine Cancer Foundation is giving seven scientists grants totaling $839,000 to study the origins and potential cures for cancer. Recipients include Drs. Julie Wells and Archana Gopalan from The Jackson Laboratory, who will receive $50,000 each for studies on lung cancer and brain cancer respectively. Dr. Andre Khalil of the University of Maine, studying breast cancer and Dr. Leif Oxburgh from Maine Medical Center Research Institute, studying kidney cancer, each received nearly $180,000 to further their research. Dr. Leonard Shultz of The Jackson Laboratory received nearly $170,000 to develop a genetically modified mouse for leukemia studies. Dr. Jennifer Trowbridge from The Jackson Lab

  • New leader says Komen has eye on future

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The new leader of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization says it has moved on from the controversy that erupted 2½ years ago over its decision, quickly reversed in an onslaught of criticism, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. "I think we as an organization have moved past it and I think that's the important thing — that we keep focusing on our mission," said Judy Salerno, who was named Komen's president and chief executive officer last June. "And frankly and I hope that people who still have some lingering concerns about us will know that we are focused: We have a singular focus, and that's saving lives from breast cancer.

  • Judge halts company's claims about spray product

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has barred a Las Vegas company from calling Iowa residents and claiming to sell a human growth hormone product that kills cancer cells. Polk County District Court Judge Michael D. Huppert issued an injunction Thursday against Americare Inc., its owner and two telemarketers. The company does business as Americare Health. Attorney General Tom Miller says the state's consumer protection division recorded a phone call showing telemarketers making misleading claims about an oral spray's effects on cancer and other serious diseases and conditions. The company sells the spray for $249 per bottle. The injunction requires that defendants refrain from collecting any payments for past sales from I

  • A machine that can 'smell' cancer

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    It's the second most common cancer for men worldwide, but prostate cancer remains difficult to diagnose, with standard blood tests criticized for delivering a high rate of false positives. But in a study presented in May this year, trained detection dogs were able to identify prostate cancer from a few sniffs of a urine sample with a staggering 98% accuracy, with few false positives. Although the study is by no means conclusive, it joins a growing body of research suggesting dogs could be able to smell out cancers.

  • West Virginia editorial roundup

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: July 15 The Register-Herald, Bleckley, West Virginia, on being willing to help: Outsiders can say what they will about West Virginians — but they can't say we're stingy. Time after time after time, we band together to help our neighbors out of a jam, aid someone down on their luck or otherwise in a bad way. Is there a serious illness in the family? Watch for a bean dinner to help with expenses. A family is burned out of their home? Pretty soon they will have all the clothes and household goods they need, courtesy of donations from around the community. West Virginians want to help. It's our nature. Opportunities to continue showing that gen

  • FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. The panel of Food and Drug Administration experts also said Friday that women who do undergo the procedure should sign a written consent form stating they understand the serious risks of laparoscopic power morcellation, in which electronic tools are used to grind tissue and remove it through a small incision in the abdomen. Surgeons developed the technique as an alternative to traditional surgery, which requires a larger incision that often results in more bleeding and longer hospital stays.

  • Pediatric doctor in child porn case gets prison

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former top pediatric cancer doctor was sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison Friday following his guilty plea to a charge of accessing child pornography. Before sentencing, Christopher Pelloski told federal Judge James Graham he had harmed children, shamed his family and burdened colleagues in the pediatric cancer field by committing a crime that meant he would never practice medicine again. Pelloski, the former director of Ohio State University's pediatric cancer radiation program, said he also added to the pain felt by families whose children he was treating, since they had to wonder if he had ever harmed their children. "I've generated a lot of harm and I've hurt those who loved

  • Japan musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has throat cancer

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who shared an Oscar for Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" score, has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has canceled his upcoming performances to focus on his health. "I promise to return after a full recovery," Sakamoto, 62, said Thursday on his official website. He apologized for bowing out of his upcoming events, saying he would not be able to attend the First Sapporo International Art Festival, which starts later this month. He said he was also "deeply upset" at having to cancel a July 30 concert for the Park Hyatt Tokyo's 20th anniversary, where he had planned to unveil new material. At "the end of June, I was diagnosed with throat cancer," he said on his

  • New exec director named for breast cancer group

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A nonprofit organization that raises money to fight breast cancer has a new executive director for Vermont and New Hampshire. Terry Farkas has been named to the position at Komen Vermont-New Hampshire. She is a longtime volunteer for the organization. The group organizes the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other events.

  • Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog's mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn't kick until after her pet died. Secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats and allergy and respiratory problems in both animals, according to studies done at Tufts University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, Colorado State University and other schools. The number of pets that die each year from tobacco exposure isn't available, but vets know from lab tests and office visits that inhaling smoke causes allergic reactions, inflammation and nasal and pulmonary

  • 'Stand Up to Cancer' telecast to return Sept. 5

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — How often do your favorite TV outlets all carry the same show at the same time — and in prime time, without ads? Tune in to just about any channel on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific to see for yourself. Dozens of broadcast and cable networks will again donate a simultaneous hour of commercial-free airtime to carry the fundraiser "Stand Up to Cancer." Participants will include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, ESPNews and many others. A Canadian broadcast is being added this year. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen are returning to produce the telecast for a second time, and other stars from television, film and music will encourage and accept donations from the public.

  • Ottawa Senators GM Murray diagnosed with cancer

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    OTTAWA (AP) — Ottawa Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer. The team confirmed the diagnosis Monday in a statement on its website. The Senators say he'll begin treatment immediately. Assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage the hockey operations department in his absence. The 71-year-old Murray has been with the Senators since June 2004. He spent two full seasons as head coach before replacing the fired John Muckler as GM after guiding Ottawa to the Stanley Cup final in 2007. He's also served as coach or general manager at Washington, Detroit, Florida and Anaheim.

  • Allegheny Health signs John Hopkins cancer pact

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network has signed a five-year deal to collaborate with Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medicine on cancer treatment and research. The deal was announced Monday, six months after both medical providers announced they had reached a memorandum of understanding to collaborate. Allegheny Health Network is an eight-hospital network owned by health insurer Highmark Inc. Seven of those hospitals are in western Pennsylvania, and five were part of the financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System.

  • Flint woman with cancer has wedding wish granted

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    FENTON, Mich. (AP) — A Flint woman who has battled cancer for five years has had her wedding wish granted. Jennifer Hutcheson married longtime boyfriend Allen Korth at a home in nearby Fenton on Sunday. The ceremony was to have taken place outside, but the Detroit Free Press reports the heat became too much for Hutcheson, so the proceedings were moved indoors. According to The Flint Journal, the new bride wore a flowing white gown and veil, and her wheelchair was adorned with a glittery sign that read: "Just Married 7-6-14." The wedding was organized by the Michigan chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit that puts on such events for couples when one-half is terminally ill.

  • Skin cancer test offered at Rhode Island beaches

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Beachgoers can get a free skin cancer screening at Rhode Island beaches in July and August. The Rhode Island Department of Health, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, will launch the Sun Smarts Sunscreen Campaign Monday at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Screenings will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays: July 11 at Easton's Beach in Newport; July 18 at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett; Aug. 15 at East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown; and Aug. 22 at Sachuest Town Beach in Middletown; and from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27 at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett.

  • Nonprofits help the dying make farewell videos

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Carolyn Ngbokoli doesn't remember the sound of her mother's voice. She was just 19 when her mom died, and no recordings were left. Now Ngbokoli, 37, faces the possibility of her own early death, from breast cancer. But she has made sure that her sons, 4 and 6 years old, can see how she loved them, hear how she spoke to them and be reminded of her advice to them long after she's gone. With the no-cost help of an organization called Thru My Eyes, Ngbokoli, of White Plains, recorded a video of memories and guidance. "I want to be able to tell my boys as much as I can and leave them something to look back on," she said.