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Boil an Egg by Mistake? That Can Be Reversed

Researchers "unboil" a 20-minute egg

(Newser) - Want to unboil an egg? Probably not, but researchers in the US and Australia have found a way to do so with a primary ingredient from pee, Popular Science reports. "Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg," biochemist Gregory Weiss says in a statement... More »

Death of Girl Who Refused Chemo Under Investigation

The 11-year-old, a member of the First Nations tribe in Canada, died of a stroke

(Newser) - Makayla Sault made headlines last year when, after undergoing 12 weeks of chemotherapy to treat her acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she stopped treatment in May, opting instead for "traditional" medicine. The 11-year-old member of the First Nations tribe in Canada died of an apparent stroke Sunday, which her family says... More »

Within Decades, Cancer Will Hardly Kill Anyone Under 80

Especially if people heed aspirin advice: experts

(Newser) - Today, cancers are "becoming either preventable or effectively curable," a researcher notes—and that means that by 2050, hardly anyone under 80 will die of such diseases, a study says. "This is a projection of what is already happening," the researcher, David Taylor, says, according to... More »

Court Rules Teen Must Undergo Chemo

Connecticut 17-year-old thinks it will do more harm than good

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl in Connecticut lost a court battle today to stop her chemotherapy treatments. The state Supreme Court ruled that child-welfare authorities were within their rights to take temporary custody of the teen because she and her mom think the chemo will do more harm than good, reports the... More »

Nurses' New Health Risk: Rotating Night Shifts

Heart, lung mortality rates greater among women who work rotating shifts

(Newser) - Working the night shift has already been linked to higher risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Now researchers at Harvard—who've combed through 22 years of data tracking 75,000 nurses in the US—write in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that rotating night shifts for five or... More »

Girl Fights Connecticut Over Right to Refuse Chemo

Cassandra's chance of survival put at 80%-85% with treatment

(Newser) - After 17-year-old Cassandra was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in September, she underwent two chemotherapy treatments in November at Connecticut Children's Medical Center before running away from home because she didn't want to complete the prescribed chemo. Now Cassandra is in the middle of a legal battle headed... More »

Mom Who Inspired Sarah McLachlan Dead at 34

Kathy Taylor of Utah inspired Sarah McLachlan, others

(Newser) - Kathy Taylor, who inspired singer Sarah McLachlan and others, has died in Utah after a fight against cancer while pregnant with her sixth child. She was 34. Taylor died at her home in Bear River on New Year's Eve, four months after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form... More »

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies of Cancer

'You beat cancer by how you live, why you live'

(Newser) - Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died this morning. He was 49. Scott had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, the network said, but remained dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. ESPN... More »

Most Cancer Types Boil Down to Bad Luck

Study: Heredity and lifestyle play a role in only 1 in 3 cancer types

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of cancer types researchers recently studied largely appear to be the result of random mutations and not inherited genes or environmental and lifestyle factors. Reporting in the journal Science , researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated 31 common cancer types and found that 22 of... More »

Cancer Is the 'Best Death'

Dr. Richard Smith argues it's the best way to go

(Newser) - If you exclude suicide, by Dr. Richard Smith's count there are four ways to die: sudden death, organ failure, dementia, and cancer. In a blog post for the British Medical Journal , which he edited until 2004, Smith picks cancer as the way he'd like to go—and notes... More »

Couple Marry in 4-Year-Old Son's Hospital Room

Sarah and William Cramer had Xmas wedding where son is being treated for cancer

(Newser) - Sarah Lewis and William Cramer have been together for six years and have three children. The Ohio couple had had plans over the years to get married that never came to fruition—until yesterday, when they had a Christmas wedding in the hospital room where their 4-year-old son, Billy, is... More »

TV Host Dies After Skipping Chemo to Save Unborn Baby

26-year-old Qiu Yuanyuan succumbed to cancer 100 days after son's birth

(Newser) - An up-and-coming TV host in Zhengzhou, China, always gave as much time as she could to her job, often working 14-hour days without complaint, a co-worker says. But when Qiu Yuanyuan became pregnant in March, her focus switched over to her unborn child—so much so that when she found... More »

How Red Wine Helps Fight Cancer

Chemical resveratrol fights adverse effects of other booze, says study

(Newser) - Overindulgence of alcohol in general may raise your risk of cancer, but a University of Colorado team explains how red wine in particular could fend that cancer off. A study published in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology says that although alcohol has been linked as a risk factor for... More »

Man Reveals He's Spider-Man in Poignant Obit

35-year-old Aaron Purmort says he fought 'a nefarious criminal named Cancer'

(Newser) - A Minneapolis art director died of brain cancer last week, but in an obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune , "mild-mannered" Aaron Purmort reveals himself to be Spider-Man, writing that he "died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years... More »

Man's Cancer Knocked Out —Using HIV as a Tool

Disabled version of virus puts Marshall Jensen's leukemia in remission

(Newser) - A Utah man's leukemia is in remission after facing an unusual enemy: HIV. Marshall Jensen spent years trying to find a treatment for his acute lymphoblastic leukemia, to little avail. Finally, he met with a team at the University of Pennsylvania, where recent work has achieved stunning results against... More »

Dying Freshman Scores Twice in NCAA Debut

Lauren Hill, suffering from cancer, helps lead team to victory

(Newser) - A 19-year-old whom doctors have given weeks to live played her first—and possibly last—college basketball game yesterday, and she scored within seconds, WCPO reports. Lauren Hill, of Mount St. Joseph's basketball team, has a type of brain cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. But that didn'... More »

Boston's Beloved, Brash Mayor Menino Dead at 71

Served 5 terms, diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office

(Newser) - Thomas Menino, the colorful mayor of Boston who once scoffed that "visionaries don't get things done," then proceeded to shape his beloved city on a pretty visionary level, died today of cancer, reports the Boston Globe . He was 71. He was diagnosed in February, a month after... More »

How a 'Miracle' Baby Saved Mom's Life

Led to the discovery that Jenny Purvis had ovarian cancer

(Newser) - Jenny Purvis calls her daughter "Miracle Mae," and with good reason: In giving her daughter life, the Georgia woman had her own life saved. Mary Ella "Mae" Purvis was due in September, but a 27-week doctor visit in June revealed that the 29-year-old mom-to-be had elevated blood... More »

'American Idol' Contestant, 32, Dies of Cancer

Joanne Borgella fought endometrial cancer

(Newser) - Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died yesterday at the age of 32, after a lengthy fight with endometrial cancer, reports Fox . Her family lamented her "great loss" via a Facebook post: "At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since... More »

New Leukemia Treatment Has Stunning Success Rate

90% of last-ditch patients went into remission

(Newser) - An experimental therapy labeled the "holy grail" of cancer treatment a few years ago has produced amazing results in a group of leukemia patients who had been given a few months or even a few weeks to live, researchers say. Some 30 patients with an acute form of leukemia... More »

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