• House OKs income tax check-off to support cancer research

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A young cancer survivor took center stage Friday in the Kentucky House as lawmakers voted to allow taxpayers to donate portions of their state income-tax refunds to support pediatric cancer research. The House voted 93-0 to pass its version of the proposed voluntary income tax check-off program. The Senate previously passed a similar bill, and lawmakers will try to reach agreement on a final version in the waning days of this year's legislative session, which ends in March. About 215 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year in Kentucky, state health officials said. In the state's Appalachian region, childhood cancer rates are well above the statewide and national rates.

  • Deadly kidney disease can make a sneak attack

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Before she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, or CKD, Kerri Gwinn-Harris, 51, never gave her kidneys much thought. “Every year, I got a mammogram, Pap smear and exam, but who thinks to check their kidneys?” she said. In January 2014, she awoke in the hospital to the faces of her worried children. “I thought I had sat down at home to watch a movie,” recalled the Ballwin, Mo., corporate trainer. “But I’d passed out, and my daughter got me to the hospital.” The next four months were a blur of medical procedures and doctor referrals. She did not get relief from symptoms, including back pain, ankle swelling and lethargy, until she assembled a team that included a nephrologist (kidney specialist), urologist and rena

  • Lauren Hill makes it through full season despite tumor


    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Mount St. Joseph's women's basketball team held its postseason banquet in a hospital room warmed by Lauren Hill's smile. The 19-year-old freshman made it through a full season while raising more than $1.3 million for research into the type of brain tumor that will likely end her life. She's occasionally hospitalized for treatment now, but still holding to each day as tightly as she can and urging others to appreciate their time together. "That's truly Lauren," coach Dan Benjamin said in an interview on Thursday. "That's the message she's been saying forever. She's just thankful God gave her that opportunity and that role because she's the one that could handle it. And she's done it so gracefully.

  • Fire breaks out at cancer center under construction


    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa firefighters have responded to a blaze at a cancer center that is under construction. Officials say the fire broke out Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital Cancer Institute. The building was under construction and empty. Officials tell WFTS-TV (http://goo.gl/aZUYki) that no one was injured and no patients were inside or in danger. Motorists in the area saw large columns of black smoke coming from the area. The fire might have started on the roof. The cancer institute is near St. Joseph's Hospital, which was unaffected. ___ Information from: WFTS-TV, http://www.wfts.

  • Cancer hoax mother faces nearly $33,000 in restitution


    ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa mother convicted in a cancer hoax involving her 5-year-old daughter must make restitution totaling nearly $33,000, Seven claimants stepped forward at a restitution hearing on Wednesday in Cass County District Court to request around $10,000 total. Cass County Attorney David Wiederstein says Judge Greg Steensland didn't rule on any of the claims. Once he rules, the total paid out will be deducted from the restitution that 30-year-old Leatha Slauson must pay. The remainder will be sent to cancer research-based charitable organizations. Last month Slauson was sentenced to five years of probation. She'd pleaded guilty to child endangerment, theft and other crimes.

  • Wisconsin woman combats cancer with workouts


    Colleen Cleary decided she would not worry about what she couldn’t control, but that she would fight her breast cancer in the one way she could — not just with surgery and chemotherapy, but grinding away on the pedals of an indoor Schwinn bicycle when the temperature outside dipped well below zero. In January 2014, Cleary was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. She had been working out regularly at the Wisconsin Athletic Club and was in pretty good shape, but the diagnosis and the grueling treatment added a new mission to her health and exercise routine. For nearly eight months, because of the chemotherapy, she had no energy for anything.

  • A common-sense Medicare solution: Site-neutral payment reform


    Imagine this basic scenario: You are out of milk. You could go to your local convenience store and purchase a gallon for $3. But instead, you drive 25 miles to buy the identical gallon of milk for $5 at a large chain grocery store. If this sounds absurd, that’s because it is. However it’s analogous to current health care payment policies that allow significantly higher reimbursements for health care services provided in certain settings, when identical, more convenient, and less expensive care in alternative settings exists. After years of ostensibly trying to reign in unnecessary healthcare spending and maintain Medicare sustainability for future generations, misguided policies on site of service reimbursement have perve

  • FTC cracks down on skin cancer-detecting apps

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A Chicago-area woman has settled a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission over a smartphone application she developed to detect whether a mole is likely to be cancerous. The FTC said Monday that the Mole Detective app’s claims that it could accurately analyze melanoma risk were deceptive and lacked any reliable scientific evidence as support. The agency barred Kristi Zuhlke Kimball and her company, New Consumer Solutions, from making any misleading health claims about a product or service and required them to give up $3,930 in profits. Kimball could not immediately be reached for comment. With Mole Detective, consumers used their smartphones to take pictures of skin lesions.

  • HMH shows off new Huntsville Women's Center

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    For women in Huntsville, the fight against breast cancer has grown even stronger after Tuesday night’s ribbon-cutting of the new Women’s Clinic at Huntsville Memorial Hospital. More than 50 people turned out for the event, including City Council members Lydia Montgomery, Don Johnson and Joe Rodriquez, HMH administrators, ambassadors from the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and Nancy Gaertner who did the honors of cutting the ribbon. “I’m so glad this center is in our community,” Montgomery said. “It’s beautiful and women like the privacy of it and the care that they are getting. This is another jewel in Huntsville.

  • Breast cancer is not one disease; there is no one ‘cure’

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I’ve known I was going to die. I just didn’t know when. Then, a couple of weeks before Christmas, a new, deadly diagnosis gave me a deadline. No doctor would promise me I’d make it to 2015. Promise me, I told my friends and family, that you’ll never say that I died after “fighting a courageous battle with breast cancer.” This tired, trite line dishonors the dead and the dying by suggesting that we, the victims, are responsible for our deaths or that the fight we were in was ever fair.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 24

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. TRIAL OPENS FOR MAN CLAIMING POT WAS FOR MEDICAL NEED A South Florida man is using a medical necessity defense in a trial on charges of illegally growing dozens of marijuana plants on his property. Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the case of 50-year-old Jesse Teplicki of Hollywood. Teplicki says the 46 plants seized by authorities two years ago were not for distribution but for his own use, to fight symptoms related to the eating disorder anorexia.

  • Cancer-free Ryan focused on restoring Twins as contenders

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Terry Ryan entered his office during a public showcase of renovations at Minnesota's spring training facility and found a handful of fans inside admiring the stadium view. Ryan barely broke stride. They were welcome, he said, to look around. For anyone with the Twins, really, the small crowd in the room was more like a sign of progress. Last year, it was empty most of the time while Ryan endured cancer treatment in Minnesota. "He came down for a day," Twins President Dave St. Peter said, "and that was probably the best day all spring we all had." Ryan was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma after he found a hard lump on his neck about an inch in diameter during the winter before last s

  • Bristol-Myers adds to cancer-treatment push with acquisition

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bristol-Myers Squibb is using an acquisition that could be worth more than $1 billion and a separate collaboration agreement to continue its push into developing cancer treatments that use a patient's immune system to attack the disease. The New York drugmaker said Monday that it will buy the privately held biotechnology company Flexus for $800 million up front and another $450 million in possible milestone payments. That deal gives Bristol-Myers access to a portfolio of potential treatments that aim to help the body's immune system attack tumors more effectively. These treatments reduce the production of kynurenine, which comes from tumor-generated enzymes and can hamper the immune system's ability to identify an

  • Ohio families drop cancer cluster suit against Whirlpool

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a northern Ohio cancer cluster have dropped their federal lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. The families asked this past week to drop the suit linking Whirlpool's washing machine factory in Clyde to the cancer cases. An attorney involved in the case says the owners of contaminated land once owned by Whirlpool plan to continue with their part of the lawsuit. Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool has maintained from the beginning the allegations aren't based on scientific or medical fact. The company says it's pleased the suit is being dropped.

  • Women's prison inmates donate hair for cancer wig program

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa (AP) — At least 17 women in prison at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville are donating some of their hair to be used to make wigs for women diagnosed with cancer. The Iowa Department of Corrections says the women will have at least eight inches of their hair cut by a Madrid hair stylist on Sunday. The hair will be donated to Beautiful Lengths, a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Pantene, a maker of hair care products. Beautiful Lengths has provided more than 24,000 wigs to American Cancer Society wig banks.

  • Avera to manage cancer program focused on Native Americans

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Avera Health will now handle a research program that for years has worked to improve cancer cure rates and treatment among South Dakota's Native American population through access to clinical trials, palliative care and screening for colorectal, cervical, breast and prostate cancer. The announcement regarding the transfer of the 12-year Walking Forward program from Rapid City Regional Hospital to Avera came Friday in Sioux Falls. The program assists Native Americans who live in Rapid City and surrounding communities as well as the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Reservations. The program was created to address the disparities in cancer care and prevention between Natives and non-Natives livin

  • Same-sex couple marries in Texas under one-time order

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Defying Texas' longstanding ban on gay marriage, a lesbian couple wed in Austin after being granted a marriage license on Thursday under a special court order because one of the women has cancer. Texas' attorney general immediately appealed to the state Supreme Court, which later agreed to block other gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses but didn't address the Austin marriage of Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend. Attorney General Ken Paxton said he considers their marriage void, but a court hasn't ruled on that issue. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, whose office issued the license, said she still considers the marriage valid.

  • Texas State baseball coach takes leave to fight cancer

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Texas State baseball coach Ty Harrington says he is taking a temporary leave of absence from the team while getting treatment for rectal cancer. Harrington was first diagnosed in 2014. In a statement released by the school Thursday, Harrington says he plans to return to his team when he is healthy and feels "strong enough." Harrington says managing coaching while undergoing cancer treatments was harder than he expected. Assistant Jeremy Fikac will take over as interim head coach. Harrington is in his 16th season at Texas State and has a record of 507-381-1.

  • House committee passes proton therapy cancer treatment bill

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma House panel has passed legislation that prohibits health insurers from holding proton radiation cancer therapy to a higher standard of clinical effectiveness than any other radiation therapy treatment. The House Insurance Committee vote 9-0 for the bill Thursday and sent it to the full House for debate and a vote. The measure's author, Republican Rep. Marion Cooksey of Edmond, says proton therapy directly attacks a cancerous tumor and results in less damage to surrounding tissue than other radiation therapies. Yet, Cooksey says many cancer patients are being denied proton therapy treatment by health insurers. Cancer survivors who had received proton therapy treatment testified before t

  • Iron Maiden singer Dickinson treated for cancer of tongue

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Iron Maiden says singer Bruce Dickinson has been treated for cancer of the tongue, but hopes to be back to full fitness soon. A statement posted Thursday on the band's official website says a cancerous tumor was discovered during a check-up in December, and Dickinson has completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It says the prognosis is "extremely good," and doctors expect Dickinson to make a full recovery, "with the all-clear envisaged by late May." Dickinson, who is 56, joined the British metal megastars in the early 1980s, and is also a commercial airline pilot. Iron Maiden's hits include "Run to the Hills" and "The Number of the Beast.