The Jolie Effect: A Jump in Breast Cancer Gene Testing

Just how big of an effect did movie star Angelina Jolie have on women getting tested for the BRCA breast cancer gene? A hefty 40 percent jump, according to the first study to look at the impact of Jolie’s announcement that she had undergone testing. The study by the AARP Public Policy Institute analyzed more than 6.5 million health insurance claims for women 35 and older during 2013. Researchers found that testing rates increased from about 350 a week prior …

True Confession: Billy Bob Thornton Wears Girls’ Jeans

Billy Bob Thornton is known for many things: his roles in movies like Armageddon and Monster’s Ball, his highly publicized marriage and subsequent divorce to actress Angelina Jolie, his recent portrayal as Lorne Malvo in the television series “Fargo,” and his singing. But following a recent interview on “Oprah’s Master Class,” Thornton may be known for something entirely different. He wears girls’ jeans. “I’ll go to Old Navy and get girls jeans ’cause I’m kind of bony, and they fit me …

MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 30

Plan to meet for dessert afterward, but this is a weekend for families to split up among the multiplex auditoriums: There’s a 3-D action fantasy for the kids, a rom-com for the ladies, and a gross-out comedy for the guys.    Maleficent Angelina Jolie is the chief attraction here-as the “evil” queen who cast that shuteye curse on Sleeping Beauty, she gives a brainy, heartfelt performance in a movie that mostly sacrifices nuance for bombast. Director Robert Stromberg visually quotes …

The Jolie Effect: More Women Consider Cancer Gene Test

Sometimes all it takes is one celebrity’s simple, powerful story to help women realize the health options they have. A new Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey estimates that about 6 million women nationwide said they would seek medical advice on having preventive surgery to lower their cancer risk thanks to movie star Angelina Jolie’s announcement in May that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie, 38, said that she also planned to have her ovaries removed after a test revealed that …

Why Angelina Jolie Chose a Preventive Mastectomy

Movie star Angelina Jolie, told she was at high risk for breast cancer, underwent a preventive double mastectomy, but a prominent cancer geneticist tells AARP the actress should also consider removing her ovaries to reduce her risk of deadly ovarian cancer. Jolie, 37, revealed in a moving essay in the New York Times today that her own mother died of ovarian  cancer at 56, which is why Jolie got genetic testing that revealed she has the BRCA1 gene mutation. This …