(BPT) - To protect yourself from developing cervical cancer, you need to know how Pap and HPV tests can work together to assess your risk, as well as how often to get tested since the greatest risk is not getting screened. A newly released survey, Cervical Cancer Today: A National Survey of Attitudes and Behaviors, paints a picture of women and their healthcare providers as resistant to changes in one of the most successful cancer prevention programs in U.S. history: cervical cancer screening. The survey, conducted jointly by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and HealthyWomen (HW), explored the attitudes and decisions in the exam room of more than 2,000 women and 750 healthcare providers nationwide. To learn more visit www.npwh.org or www.healthywomen.org. Join the conversation online with #CervicalCancerToday.
(BPT) - “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” For many, this sums up the blustery season known as winter. With cold temperatures blanketing cities and towns, many have been spending more time indoors with friends and family. While everyone should take steps to stay healthy during this season, a cancer patient is at greater risk for picking up an infection because their immune system is not as strong as usual. If you have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, there are some important things you can do this winter that may help you avoid getting an infection.
(BPT) - A popular social media meme holds that “growing old isn’t for sissies.” Plenty of older women would probably agree with that sentiment as they cope with age-related issues specific to their gender, such as osteoporosis and increased risk of breast cancer. Yet the greatest health risk women face as they age is one society most often thinks of as predominantly affecting men: heart disease.
(Family Features) Receiving a cancer diagnosis often comes as a shock, for the person who is diagnosed as well as family and friends. It can be challenging to know the right questions to ask, or how to get the right information heading in to treatment.
(BPT) - With a whole new year ahead, now is the perfect time to relax and refresh with at-home spa treatments that are easy, natural, luxurious and, best of all, affordable.
The world is in turmoil. Perhaps it is just a continuation of the human condition but in this moment it is all so overpowering. Death and hatred torments us daily from all corners of the globe. The evil is a cancer that is attacking without limitation.
The sorrows in France have resonated in the streets of New York, London, Jerusalem and elsewhere. Terrorism has gained prominence in the minds of the citizenry more so than was felt following the 9/11 attacks. The infection of fear now grips the hearts of many.
Protesters in Dresden demand the end of Muslim presence in Germany. The extreme right wing of Germany is diverting their hatred of the Jews to Islam. The French who gladly participated with the German occupation during the Second World War in exterminating their Jewish population has come to realize the truth that “first they came for the Jews and then they came for me!”
Terrorist groups are strangling Yemen, Nigeria, Afghanistan, most of North Africa and the Middle East. Millions have fled their homes in Syria while ISIS pursues them by conquering large parts of Iraq. Turkey is frightened of the Kurds and is glad to stand back while Kurds die fighting the Islamic State.
In the United States, the Republicans have taken control of Congress. The far right wing of the party truly believes that disagreement with their beliefs defines their opponents as unpatriotic. They believe “activist judges” are usurping the principles of the Founding Fathers when in fact an activist judge is one who finds against their wishes.
At this moment in history the world is looking to the United States for hope and leadership. Unless the political parties accept compromise, that hope is illusionary. This is not the first time that the U.S. has been called upon to temper our political divide to aid an ailing world. Let us pray that reality and patriotism overcomes the political divide that has made Americans enemies to our own!
Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.
The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.
(NAPSI)—Emerging research suggests a link between obesity and the risk of developing and dying from many common cancers. Obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer, with as many as 84,000 cancer diagnoses attributed to obesity each year in the United States. It is also estimated that obesity or excess weight contributes to as many as one in five cancer-related deaths.
Recent research suggests a link between obesity and cancer. (NAPS)
(BPT) - Americans’ love affair with pets continues to grow with approximately 69 million households owning a pet, according to American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, and today there are 74.1 million owned cats alone. Felines are great companion animals, but there is still a surprising amount of widely accepted misinformation about cats – and it’s causing a multitude of issues.
Mets fans were understandably disappointed that Mike Piazza fell just a tad short in the Hall of Fame voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Piazza was listed on roughly 70 percent of the BBWAA ballots, and 75 is the magic percentage for election into the Cooperstown baseball museum.
There is no argument that Piazza is the greatest hitting catcher of all time, and that’s no small feat when you think of names such as Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench, who all have plaques in the Hall of Fame. What is often overlooked is that Mike was a fine defensive catcher as well. While he was average at best at throwing out baserunners who were trying to steal, he was superb at preventing wild pitches, snagging countless balls in the dirt. Pitchers also credited him for calling the right pitches at the right times.
(BPT) - Si no fuera por una mujer llamada Sandy, quizás Brenda T. tendría una historia muy distinta que contar.
(BPT) - Did you know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and that an estimated 224,210 new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed in 2014?1 For years, doctors used to treat lung cancer as one disease. Thanks to the discovery of molecular biomarkers, doctors now know that lung cancer is actually made up of many subtypes. This understanding has led to the introduction of molecular testing and development of biomarker-driven therapies. A molecular test can help doctors determine if a biomarker is causing a patient’s tumor to grow and spread, and potentially prescribe a biomarker-driven therapy or make them eligible for a clinical trial. Please see the below infographic to learn more about molecular testing and share the facts! Visit Lung Cancer Profiles for additional resources and join United We Test Quest, a campaign that aims to spread awareness of molecular testing in lung cancer.
(NAPSI)—1. All women are at risk.
“Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder,” featuring inventions and designs created by the sculptor in the years leading up to the 1939 World’s Fair, Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Fresh Meadows, Jan. 15-Mar. 19. Info: stjohns.edu/about/events/isamu-noguchi-patent-holder-designing-world-tomorrow.
(NewsUSA) - They're delicious, nutritious and versatile. They're naturally fat-free, high in vitamin C and a rich source of antioxidants. Americans love them in cereals, salads, sauces and as toppings and by the handful, but when winter comes around, many people assume fresh blueberry season is over.
(NAPSI)—Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the goal of Americans who want to stay in shape and avoid health challenges such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that supports regular exercise is important, and that’s the reason many active people turn to chia as a natural source of energy.
(BPT) - For years, doctors treated lung cancer as one disease. The discovery of molecular biomarkers and advent of biomarker-driven therapies, however, has led to the understanding that lung cancer is actually made up of many distinct subtypes, which impacts the way the disease is diagnosed and treated.
(BPT) - If it weren’t for a woman named Sandy, Brenda T. might have a very different story to tell.
“Plymptoons,” short films and drawings by Bill Plympton, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Long Island City, video screening amphitheater, thru Jan. 4. An hour-long selection of Plympton’s best short films, from 1987 to 2010, plus trailer for his new film, “Cheatin’,” Info: movingimage.us.
It was a tense 2014 in the City of New York. And that was especially true in the largely residential Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale and Elmhurst.
Whether it was the stealthy opening of a homeless shelter in Elmhurst or the continued fight over placing one in an abandoned factory in Glendale, southwest Queens residents found themselves battling city government at different times throughout the year.