Category Archives: Medical

A Cure for Cancer: Physicist Hadiyah-Nicole Green May Be on to Something

Hadijah Nicole Green, Physicist
Hadijah Nicole Green, Physicist

*As far as this writer is concerned, this news should be sung from the highest mountain tops. I can confidently say that we all have lost too many friends, known and unknown, to cancer. Now, “WE MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF A POSSIBLE CURE FOR CANCER!” And further, it gives me great pleasure to know that the breakthrough comes via a beautiful black female physicist named Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green.

Green is currently working to advance a cancer treatment involving lasers and nano-particles that will target cancer cells. Thanks to being awarded a grant valued at $1.1 million dollars through the Veterans Affairs Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Scientist Training Program, she is now free to continue her work on this groundbreaking procedure.

Green, 35, is only one of less than 100 black women physicists in the United States. She is the first in her family to attend college and in 2012, she became the second African American woman to receive a PhD in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Continue reading

Swimmers Beware: Bacteria in the Water Just Killed this Woman (Video)

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*And to think it all started with a headache.

I always worry whenever I have a headache, especially if it lasts more than a day and seems to come out of nowhere. This wasn’t always the case. People get headaches all the time for a variety of reasons. Stress. Hangover. Sinus. Allergies. But I no longer make the assumptions I used to make about headaches. Especially since over the years I have learned about fatalities associated with them. So when I heard this story about a woman who had gone swimming in Oklahoma, and a day or so later was hit with a severe headache; and that headache was no ordinary headache because it got worse, and eventually took her life, I said, “Oh sh*t. My nightmare. A headache killed this woman.

The grieving family of 24-year-old Elizabeth Knight has now set out to warn others because they say it is what their daughter would want them to do.

Knight’s death came as a result of a bacteria ID’d as a “Brain-eating Amoeba” (learn about this in the video below).  Continue reading

Did Panera Ignore Warning About Little Girl’s Peanut Allergy…Lawsuit Says ‘Yes’

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*There is a really scary commercial running right now. I can’t even recall the product that the actual commercial is about (not surprising, as the viewing audience generally gets more involved in the backstory than the product its supposed to be selling). But this particular commercial shows a group of friends at a party. When all of a sudden, a panicked woman calls out, “There weren’t peanuts in the brownies right?” Then an apologetic party host responds, “No. Just Peanut Butter. Oh no, I’m sorry,” after she realizes her horrible error. Cut to a woman covered in red hives, before passing out. Now Panera Bread, the sandwich restaurant, is in the same situation. According to the family of a little girl with peanut allergies, the restaurant put a whop of peanut butter in her grilled cheese sandwich.

Allegedly, even after they were told not to.

The family of the 6-year-old Natick girl has now filed a lawsuit with Middlesex Superior Court against Panera and a group of their franchises in New England alleging negligence. The parents say they ordered the sandwich on January 28 via Panera’s online system, and specifically stated their daughter’s peanut allergy.  Continue reading

Kangaroo Bounds On Bikers, Breaking Breasts

Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia, Great Ocean Road, Australasia
Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia, Great Ocean Road, Australasia

*I’m on doctor’s orders to engage in more cardio, in my effort to avoid the hypertension-induced premature deaths of many of my family members.  (How’s THAT for a cheery start to your weekend?)

Swimming and biking are my exercises of choice, but I may need to rethink the latter — at least, if I plan to do it in Australia.

Sharon Heinrich and Helen Salter were riding along a scenic trail in Southern Australian when they stopped to look at a beautiful kangaroo.   Before they could grab their iPhones and snap a pic, the marsupial jumped onto Heinrich’s torso and bounced off of it onto Salter’s back, knocking them both off of their bikes.  The beast then bounced away.

“I saw him and thought ‘Oh, isn’t he cute’ — then he was on top of me,” Heinrich said.

Sounds like a typical Saturday night for me. Continue reading

Stripper Spends $120,000 to Look Like Disney Princess…and Fails

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*This chick goes straight into my “Bat Shit Crazy” file.

25-year-old Pixee Fox (and if THAT’s not a stripper name, I don’t know what is), has undergone 15 total surgeries, in her quest to look like Jessica Rabbit or a Disney princess — and she’s not done, yet.

“I’ve always been inspired by cartoons and Disney movies — all the curves and tiny waists,” Fox said.

What Fox seems to have missed is the fact that the “curves and tiny waists” she covets are drawings on a page — NOT REAL PEOPLE.

She HAS managed to achieve a 14 inch waist.  Yes, she had ribs removed — six of them, in fact.  She’s had surgeries on her eyelids, her brow, her butt, her cheeks, her lips, and she’s endured a fat-melting procedure to help her further trim what was left of her original body.

The picture up top shows you what Fox looks like now:  the bastard child of Dolly Parton and Michael Jackson.

Just in case you’re curious, here’s how she looked before the surgeries: Continue reading

Race and Cancer Survival, Blacks Less Likely to Survive (Writer shares personal experience)

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*The headline topic particularly hits home for me. And with all of the family, close friends, and colleagues that I am sure many of you have lost over the years to cancer, I know it will hit home for you too. Upon reading an article in The Guardian that pulls back the curtain on who may be more likely to survive cancer, not because of better genes or even luck; but because of their race – which whether folks want to believe it or not has a LOT to do with access to medical treatment – I was compelled to share a personal experience.

It seems almost criminal that the odds for a person’s survival of cancer lies in the color of one’s skin. That, if you’re Black or Hispanic, you are automatically less likely to survive the disease due to late diagnosis; little to no insurance coverage, and the blockage from necessary treatment due to governmental rules and regulations.

And for the few “fortunate enough” to get the treatment they may need “for free,” it seems to automatically be assumed that these people have signed up to be “research rabbits.”

It is this last entry that identifies the reason the topic hits home for me.

I have a friend, lets call her “Brenda.” She is Black. When we met in 2013, she had been in remission for nearly a decade; having survived three different types of cancer! But not unlike most cancer victims, this did not mean she was free of going to the hospital daily to maintain her life.

As a Black woman, not only did she endure racism in a lot of these medical settings, where she was often ignored; made to wait for lengthier periods to be seen — even though she had an appointment, in lieu of the front office staff in her Armenian community attending to “their own” first.

Needless to say, her visits with the doctors were not much better.

But then, in what appeared to be a stroke of good fortune, a high profile medical facility in Los Angeles who only accepts a few patients annually for no cost, fast-tracked her application and called to say she could now be cared for by them.

“Brenda” was thrilled and couldn’t be happier at leaving the medical facility she had attended for at least a year, but had treated her so badly, behind.

The daily routine of visiting the facility to maintain her life became even more intense for “Brenda.” But she was being treated with the utmost respect and she felt she was getting the very best care.

Remember: At the time she arrived at this new facility, she was still cancer-free.

After months and months of what “Brenda” thought was fine treatment, she and her family decided to take a trip to visit other family members abroad. They planned for months, waiting for the children to get out of school on summer vacation. I was both happy and sad. Happy because this family had already been through SO much, even aside from the tremendous responsibility of remission; and now they were going to be able to have fun! And sad because I would miss them during the time they were away.

Finally, the tickets were bought and the trip was a reality.

Or so I thought… Continue reading

If You’re the Mother of a Teen Girl, You’ll Want to Know About This

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*Kennedy Odom suffered for months with a painful condition that seemed to come from out of nowhere. The 15-year-old Memphis girl dealt with painful blisters and lesions in and around her mouth, couldn’t chew or swallow food comfortably, and was too weak to go to school. Because she wasn’t able to eat, Kennedy lost 30 pounds.

Even after she was tested by doctors for everything from strep throat to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (a rare skin disorder), there were no answers as to what was ailing her.

“Kennedy is my only child and just watching her suffer, you can’t do anything to help your child and the people who are knowledgeable don’t know how to help you,” her mom Cicely Odom-Rose told WMC Action News 5. “Here in Memphis everything is centered around food, so she would avoid eating and, of course, I would not want to eat around her.”

Thank goodness for the Internet and a family that wouldn’t quit.

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Dog Hours Away from Euthanasia, Saved By Student Vets Discovery

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*Imagine your sweet animal gets sick and there is absolutely nothing you can do. It happens. You go on a camping trip. You take the family dog. A good time is had by all. But when you come home you notice something just ain’t right with your pooch.

According to his owner, Al, who asked that his last name not be used, 10-year-old Ollie, a Shetland sheep dog aka Sheltie, became paralyzed after a family camping trip. Al said Ollie is generally active, but he noticed that was not the case once they returned home.

After taking the dog to the vet and having tests conducted, blood work and X-rays done, no one could figure out what was wrong with Ollie, according to the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital.

No dog owner wants to see their pet suffering, so on May 4, two weeks after the trip, Al and his family made the difficult decision to euthanize Ollie.

But then the strangest thing happened. Continue reading