Posts Tagged ‘health’

New Drug for Skin Cancer

March 7th, 2011

(KHOU, Houston, Texas) Scientists continue to search for prevention and treatment against skin cancer, especially melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. One patient, Hilde Stapleton, noticed an itch behind her knee twelve years ago; it nearly ended her life.

The cancer even spread to Stapleton’s knee, thigh and lungs. But after 10 surgeries and 3 rounds of chemotherapy, she had a stroke and nearly died. But Stapleton’s doctors at MD Anderson entered her into a trial for a new cancer-killing drug. And it worked.

Stapleton’s melanoma is now in remission and she credits the drug trial for saving her life.

Oncologist Dr Kevin Kim says these types of trials are symbols of hope in the fight against melanoma, an aggressive cancer that is often resistant to chemotherapy. “Now we see some survivor benefit, finally for the first time in 30 years or more.” said Kim. “This is a very promising time for sure.” Dr Kim is also excited about a promising new drug that started its trials at MD Anderson. Nearly half of the advanced-stage melanoma patients who were treated with the drug saw major improvements. It should receive FDA approval by the end of the year. “We can customize with better medicines in five years,” said Kim. “I believe in five years we will have a definite impact on the survival of patients.”

Reply to Houston Chronicle regarding the Marfa Lights of southwest Texas

Manage Stress

July 21st, 2010

From Reporter News, we read about how to reduce stress. Here are some of the suggestions:

Pop in a humor CD. Keep one in the car and steer clear of traffic frustration.

Eat well. Our bodies — and our brains — need good fuel to function well.

Take care of your spirit. Taking care of your spirit means connecting to whatever you consider meaningful and holy, whether that’s God, nature, art or something deep within yourself.

Talk with others who share similar spiritual beliefs and learn from each other.

Inspiring tip: People who have strong spiritual lives may be healthier and live longer. Spirituality seems to cut the stress that can contribute to disease.

In a previous “Mental Health Column,” was mentioned:

The first five “tools” are: connect with others, stay positive, get physically active, help others, and get enough rest.