Posts tagged "cancer"

Are We Being Naive About Cell Phones And Cancer?

There’s been talk about cancer and cell phones before. Yet in recent years the paranoia seems to have subsided and nagging requests from your mother to “use an ear piece!” sound just as laughable as “you’ll catch a cold if you go out like that!” An article in the February issue of GQ, however, assert…

Leonora Epstein / February 10, 2010

Erika From “The Real World D.C.” Admits She Lied About Cancer

One “Real World: D.C.” cast member might have a bit of trouble with the show’s “start getting real” part. The show’s resident “rocker chick,” Erika Wasilewski, revealed that she once lied about having cancer. When Time Out Chicago told Erika about nasty rumors they read online, she admitted that she faked cancer to get sympathy…

Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2010

Today’s Lady News: $2 Cervical Cancer Test Could Cut Deaths By 100K

British scientists say a $2 cervical cancer test could help prevent up to 100,000 deaths a year by women in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of death of women in the developing world and 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur there. [Reuters]
For the first time ever, tomorrow ESPN will…

Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2010

How Singer/Songwriter Chris Garneau Helped Me Through My Mom’s Battle With Cancer

I vividly remember the best and worst night of my year. As Barack Obama cheered “Yes, We Can,” my mother was absent-mindedly thumbing what we all agreed was a lump on her chest. I took comfort in the fact that she said it hurt—cancer doesn’t hurt. She’ll be fine, I thought. But as we…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 4, 2009

Suzanne Somers Wants To Cure Cancer

So maybe I would go to former sitcom star Suzanne Somers for advice about how to shape up my thighs (remember the Thigh Master?), but certainly not for tips about how to help cure cancer. In her new book, Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer And How To Prevent It In The First

Ami Angelowicz / October 22, 2009

Uh, No: Solafeet Foot Tanner

Here’s a quick way to get cancer—or at least foot cancer (if that even existed until now)—the Solafeet Foot Tanner, another useless and overpriced object brought to you by the endlessly entertaining SkyMall catalogue. Marketed to golfers who want to “rid themselves of ugly sock tan lines,” all you have to do is stick your…

Leonora Epstein / October 21, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Men Are More Likely To Leave When A Partner Is Seriously Ill

A study in the medical journal Cancer found that a man is seven times more likely to leave his partner if she is seriously ill than if the tables are turned. This might be due to the conditioning of women to be caretakers of their loved ones. [Times of London]—Insert tasteless John Edwards joke here.

Jessica Wakeman / October 14, 2009

The Story Of The One-Boobed Stripper

Viva Las Vegas is a popular stripper based in Portland, Oregon. A preacher’s daughter, she was raised in the Midwest before she moved to the West, where she worked as a nude dancer for over a dozen years. Eventually, she wondered if it was time to retire. Last year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Susannah Breslin / August 25, 2009

Too Many Scented Candles Could Give You Cancer!

Sorry, ladies, we’ve got another thing to add to your ever-growing list of cancer-causing products: scented candles. Burning candles super often in enclosed spaces could lead to asthma, eczema or even cancer. Most candles are made of paraffin wax and — just our luck — are the kind that, when lit, produce dangerous chemicals like…

Nikki Dowling / August 20, 2009

Would You Want To Know If You’re High Risk For Cancer?

We know we’re supposed to head to the lady doctor once a year for a gyno and breast exam to catch any signs of cancer early. But these days, women can even go one step further—they can get genetic testing. Women who get tested for BRCA gene mutations will know if they are 60% more…

Daniela Guernica / July 21, 2009

NPR Disses Jodi Picoult And Calls Her Books “Lurid”

I love reading. I might love it more than orgasms, sleeping or eating. And I will read anything, high or low, because I’ve enjoyed “smart books” like Katharine Graham’s autobiography as much as “trashy books” like The Other Boleyn Sister. I just can’t stand people who get on their high horse and sniff that a…

Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2009

Why There’s Still No Cure For Cancer

Many of us know cancer patients who are here today and gone within a matter of weeks. The New York Times recently ran a piece with some much needed insight as to why. All the millions of dollars raised at “Walk for the Cure” and “Relays for Life” are deposited into a large pot of…

Justine Fields / June 29, 2009

Badass Doctor Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald Dies At 57

Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, who died Tuesday, left the country after divorcing her husband in the ’90s to watch over a small group of people who were working and chillin’ (literally) in the South Pole. Soon enough, however, Jerri realized the one who really needed watching was herself. When she was 47, this daring doc…

Nikki Dowling / June 25, 2009

Five More Reasons We Still Need Feminism

Sirens siren Heather Wood Rudulph has written a piece for Huffington Post about five reasons we still need feminism, including the recent murder of abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, and the propensity of pop culture to make women look like marriage-crazy loons.

Her five reasons are just dandy, but why limit ourselves to…

Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2009

This Week In Sex News

There has been a lot of sex-related stuff in the news over the last couple days, which makes complete sense because April is STD Awareness Month, and, you know, the S in STD stands for sexually.

A new DNA test for HPV has been much more effective than Pap smears, which means that…

Catherine Strawn / April 7, 2009

HPV: Not Just For Crotches Anymore

According to a new study, HPV is moving on up…to mouths! That’s right, just when you thought Gardasil and Cervarix solved all your problems, now you have to worry about what else you’ve been opening wide. Since the ’70s. throat cancer cases have doubled, and the research shows HPV is to blame, with 39% of…

Simcha / October 15, 2008

Breast Cancer: What You Need To Know

With the news this morning that Renee Zellweger had a cancer scare back in 1996, we started thinking about just how many female celebrities have battled breast cancer in the last few years — it’s been almost as frequent as the number of those having twins! Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crowe, Melissa Etheridge, Edie Falco, Olivia…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 26, 2008

Star Couplings: Ashlee Simpson Shows Off Her Expanding Belly

At this point, I would not be surprised if Ashlee Simpson popped before Gwen Stefani. [Perez Hilton]
The three actors who replaced Heath Ledger in his last movie The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus — Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell — have donated their pay to Heath’s daughter Matilda. [The Sun]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 19, 2008

Soy: Fart Away Your Risk For Breast Cancer and Hot Flashes

From tofu to chocolate milk, soy has been sweepin’ the nation. In addition to helping lactose intolerant freelance writers enjoy a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal every now and again, the lil’ bean is chock full of calcium, protein, fiber, iron, zinc, and magnesium, plus it’s the only vegetable that can give you amino…

Simcha / July 11, 2008

Star Couplings: Donna Martin Procreates!

Like, two miliseconds after we posted that photo of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott yesterday, she popped out baby girls, Stella Doreen. Everyone who got our headline’s 90210 joke, raise your hand. [Us Weekly]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 10, 2008