lung cancer

Older, Heavy Smokers Need Annual Lung Scan

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you are age 55 to 80 and either a current or former heavy smoker, getting an annual lung CT scan could cut your risk of death from the nation’s leading cancer killer, according to final guidelines issued this week by a federally appointed panel of experts. Lung cancer kills 160,000 Americans a year, more than the total number of deaths from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Catching the cancer early by detecting it on a CT scan could …

In Going Public, Valerie Harper Is in Good Company

Posted on 03/11/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayActress Valerie Harper’s March 11 appearance on the Today show to discuss her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer made her the latest celebrity to go on television to talk about a personal life-and-death health challenge. There was a time the famous tended to keep quiet about serious illnesses behind a protective cocoon of press agents, limousines with tinted windows and mansion walls. Often fans found out about their conditions through terse press releases asking for privacy, or though hints picked …

Valerie Harper’s Rare Brain Cancer: What Caused It?

Posted on 03/6/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthActress Valerie Harper, who’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, has a rare type that often spreads from another form of cancer, such as breast, melanoma or, in Harper’s case, lung cancer — which she battled in 2009. Called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, it affects about 5 percent of cancer patients and the first signs are “similar to stroke symptoms,” including trouble speaking, numbness of the face, double vision, or difficulty swallowing, says Keith L. Black, M.D., professor and chair of the …

It’s Never Too Late: Quit Smoking Now For the Sake of Your Health, Your Wallet, Your Pets

Posted on 11/16/2011 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthTomorrow is the Great American Smokeout, a day when smokers are encouraged to quit or to make a plan to quit smoking. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 68.8 percent of current smokers want to completely stop smoking and 52.4 percent of smokers made a quit attempt in the past year. The …

The Takeaway: Warren Buffett; Back to College; Seniors in the City

Posted on 08/16/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayWarren Buffett’s op-ed piece in the New York Times sparked a fury on the Internet yesterday. If you missed it, here’s the takeaway in his own words: “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” What do you think? From earlier this year: Warren Buffett on “value investing.” … Back to school.  An interesting report highlights how the economy and the growing number of …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Posted on 07/1/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayWait, is that …   Princess Diana would have turned 50 today. To commemorate her birthday, the latest cover of Newsweek features a  smartly-dressed Diana walking with her equally sharp daughter-in-law Kate Middleton.   The Photoshopped image (Diana has even been digitally aged in the photo) has caused quite a stir among fans and journalists alike. The story, “Diana at 50: If She Were Here Now,” explores what the late princess would be like today. Apparently, she’d have an iPhone, take style …