Strange Ontology: Week beginning 9th February 2009

Original research

9th February

Smoking cannabis ‘increases the risk of aggressive testicular cancer’

A report on: Daling et al. (2009) Association of marijuana use and the incidence of testicular germ cell tumors Cancer doi: 10.1002/cncr.24159

10th February

Vitamin pills ‘won’t make you live longer’, study reveals

A report on:Neuhouser et al. (2009) Multivitamin Use and Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease in the Women’s Health Initiative Cohorts Archives of Internal Medicine 169:294-304

11th February

New test offers fresh hope in fight against prostate cancer

A report on: Scher et al. (2009) Circulating tumour cells as prognostic markers in progressive, castration-resistant prostate cancer: a reanalysis of IMMC38 trial data The Lancet Oncology doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(08)70340-1

12th February

How walking can cut your risk of colon cancer by 25 per cent

A report on: Wolin, Yan, Colditz and Lee (2009) Physical activity and colon cancer prevention: a meta-analysis British Journal of Cancer doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604917

Breast cancer rates drop as women turn their backs on HRT

A report on: Parking (2009) Is the recent fall in incidence of post-menopausal breast cancer in UK related to changes in use of hormone replacement therapy? European Journal of Cancer doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2009.01.016

Causes in brief

10th February

Boy with baffling illness so rare it does not have a name is cured by his PARENTS

“‘There are about 100 children suffering from DBA [Diamond Blackfan Anaemia] in the UK, and one of the features of this condition is that they have a great risk of developing cancer, particularly leukaemia and bone cancer but also many other cancers.”

Just one carrot could change a tubby child’s life

“Obesity leads to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and unhappiness.”

Children as young as 10 offered shopping vouchers to give up smoking

“The campaign group [Ash] welcomed the voucher scheme, with a spokesman insisting: ‘Although it is encouraging that smoking rates are going down with youngsters the younger the person taking up smoking the higher the risk of disease such as lung cancer.”

11th February

Indian inventors create a ‘healthy’ soft drink… made from cows’ urine

“The cow is sacred to Hindus and the RSS [‘Hindunationalist’ organisation] has already promoted its urine as a cure for everything from liver disease to cancer.”

13th February

She was fat, facing 40 and wanted her husband to fancy her again. So how did Rachel turn her life around in three months?

“As the doctor explains that the fat I’m carrying around my middle (my waist is 36in) is potentially life-threatening, I feel sick with worry. It seems your waist is the most dangerous place to carry fat, because it can eventually fur up your vital organs, causing diseases such as diabetes and cancer.”

14th February

‘Will you marry me?’ asks Jack, as Jade Goody is told she has only months to live

“Only 15 per cent to 30 per cent of women with stage 4 cervical cancer will live longer than five years.”

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