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Dose of Magic Mushrooms Had Big Effect on Cancer Patients

A single dose of psilocybin in a controlled setting appears to reap long-term benefits

(Newser) - Hallucinogens are back on the table—at least when it comes to clinical trials. Hundreds of trials in the 1940s and 1950s studied their effects, but since their ban in the late '60s the research all but stopped, reports the New York Times . Nowadays, though, drugs like MDMA (think... More »

'I Didn't Get It': Oncology Nurse's Note to Patients After Own Diagnosis

Now that she has cancer herself, Lindsay Norris is offering apologies

(Newser) - Lindsay Norris has a lot to say to the cancer patients she's helped in her role as an oncology nurse, but in a recent blog post she penned after finding out she has cancer herself, the prevailing theme is: "I didn't get it." Per People , Norris... More »

Elderly Wood Seller Loses Wife, Gains Thousands of Supporters

Kenneth Smith sells wood on side of road to pay off wife's medical bills

(Newser) - "It makes me think that we live in a good country," Kenneth Smith tells WLOX . The 80-year-old Mississippi man has been selling wood on the side of the road since last year, first with his wife, Helen, by his side, then—after Helen's death from lung cancer... More »

US Cancer Patients Become Unlikely Cuban Drug Smugglers

'American treatments were not helping me. What other choice did I have?'

(Newser) - "When we were children, we were taught that Cubans didn't know what they were doing," 69-year-old Mick Phillips says. "Turns out they do." The New York Times looks at American lung cancer patients, like Phillips, who are traveling to Cuba and smuggling back a cancer... More »

'I Dodged All Those Bullets, Then Get Killed by a Fish': Vietnam Vet

Veterans afflicted with rare cancer brought on by fish-borne parasite

(Newser) - They were the lucky ones who managed to make it home from Vietnam. Now, a half-century later, some veterans are finding out they, too, are victims of the war. The enemy is a known killer in parts of Asia: parasites ingested in raw or poorly cooked river fish, the AP... More »

Michael Buble's 3-Year-Old Son Battling Cancer

Buble and his wife 'have put our careers on hold'

(Newser) - Michael Buble says his 3-year-old son has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment in the US. The Canadian singer and his wife, Argentine TV actress Luisana Lopilato, made the announcement about their son, Noah, in a statement released Friday, reports the AP . Buble says the pair are "... More »

Ominous Stats on the Women's Cancer Horizon

A 60% rise in deaths by 2030, per an ACS report

(Newser) - Two disturbing reports were issued this week on the cancer front, with one noting women will see a spike in cancer deaths over the next decade or so—5.5 million cancer deaths by the year 2030. The other report adds that women afflicted with breast cancer alone could nearly... More »

Girl With 'Crooked' Smile From Cancer Treatments Kills Self

11-year-old Bethany Thompson beat her cancer, but mom says bullying tormented her

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl who beat cancer as a preschooler killed herself last month after what mom Wendy Feucht describes as unceasing bullying, CNN reports. Bethany Thompson, a sixth-grader in Cable, Ohio, had been free of cancer after undergoing radiation therapy for a brain tumor at the age of 3, but... More »

Val Kilmer Battling Cancer, Says Michael Douglas

'Things don't look too good for him'

(Newser) - Val Kilmer has been denying reports that he has cancer for a year now, but fellow Hollywood star Michael Douglas appears to have let some bad news slip. The 56-year-old Kilmer is "a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too... More »

J&J Baby Powder Suit: a $70M Payout

Deborah Giannecchini said she had 'no idea' of dangers before her ovarian cancer

(Newser) - For more than 40 years, Deborah Giannecchini used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and other talcum powder products—and on Thursday, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $70 million in damages on her claim, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 63-year-old Californian said those J&J products contributed to... More »

91-Year-Old Who Took Her Cancer on a Year's Adventure Dies

Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's last adventure was watching orcas in the Pacific

(Newser) - In June 2015, just two days before her husband of 67 years died, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer. With the end in sight, the Michigan woman was told her two options were to have surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, or to enter a nursing home where... More »

Father Credits Facebook for Helping Discover Brain Tumor

He insisted on brain scan after reading posts describing similar symptoms

(Newser) - Welsh father of two Tom Walker considers himself "extremely lucky" that he happened to stumble upon two stories of Facebook friends with symptoms strikingly similar to his own. His doctor had chalked up his spotty vision and dizziness to vertigo, but it turns out he had a more than... More »

Health Warning Prompts Cities to Rethink LED Street Lights

American Medical Association says high-intensity bulbs emit dangerous levels of blue light

(Newser) - Many US cities have been making the move from sodium street lights to LEDs—the bulbs are not only up to 50% more energy efficient than their predecessors, but they last for as many as 20 years and distribute light more evenly. Unfortunately, numerous studies suggest that the levels of... More »

Days After Husband, Wife of Real-Life Fault in Our Stars Couple Dies

Katie Prager died at home, surrounded by family

(Newser) - The story of a real-life couple who was compared to the fictional couple in the best-selling book and movie The Fault in Our Stars has reached its end. Katie and Dalton Prager, who both had cystic fibrosis, met on Facebook when they were 18 after Katie saw a picture of... More »

Smoking Damages Our DNA— in Some Cases Permanently

But the vast majority of genes 'recover' within 5 years of quitting

(Newser) - Scientists are learning more about how smoking impacts our health all the way down to our genes, and experts say they're not terribly surprised by new findings that some of the changes to a smoker's DNA appear to be permanent, lingering even decades after the smoker quits, reports... More »

Woman Dies of Cancer Day Before Her Wedding

Anna Swabey was given three years to live, then she met the one

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in January 2015 died Friday, one day before her wedding, People reports. A month after being given three years to live, Swabey joined Tinder, where she met Andy Bell. She told Marie Claire she disclosed she was going to die to... More »

Entire School Turns Out to Sing to Ailing Teacher

Ben Elllis receives a moving gift in Nashville

(Newser) - A beloved teacher battling cancer got a surprise visit at his home in Nashville: All 400-plus students from Christian Presbyterian Academy showed up at Ben Ellis' house to sing him their support. (See the video here .) "It was really just a spur of the moment thing," headmaster... More »

Cancer Kills Wife and Son of Two-Time Cancer Survivor

Jay Siltzer's son died last week

(Newser) - Jay Siltzer survived cancer, twice—but years later, the disease took both his wife and his young son away from him. The WLOS morning news anchor was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999; he beat it, but it returned, and doctors told him the chemotherapy he needed would make it... More »

Drug Shows Promise Treating One of the Nastiest Cancers

Patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer did better, with no side effects

(Newser) - The trial was a small one, but a new study is raising hope that a new drug can fight a particularly deadly form of pancreatic cancer. What's more, unlike chemo, it seems to do so without side effects. Researchers at St. George's University in London report in the... More »

Have Tasmanian Devils Found the Cure for Cancer?

They're rapidly evolving to fend off a particularly deadly form of the disease

(Newser) - Scientists may not have figured out a cure for cancer, but the Tasmanian devil just might have. According to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications , the marsupial is quickly evolving to fend off devil facial tumor disease, one of only three known infectious cancers. The disease was only discovered... More »

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