Tag Archives: cancer

Ask MetaFilter answers the toughest questions

I am proud to be a member of the Metafilter community weblog and not afraid to say so. Its Ask Metafilter subsite is a wonderful place where even the most difficult questions are asked and answered. For instance: How does someone with stage 4 cancer find The One?

Why we need better healthcare

I don’t often link to Metafilter posts, I generally link only to the sites they reference but My breast has fallen off. Can you reattach it? is something you need to read in its entirety. The article it links to and some of the comments are difficult to read, you have been warned.

This is the United States of America, not some third world hellhole, yet for many Americans it’s nowhere near the “greatest country on Earth”. We can do better for those Americans but what is it going to take for that to happen?

Norma Rae Dead at 68 After Struggle With Her Insurance Company to Get Chemo

Most Americans don’t realize it yet, but they’re in a fight for their very lives with the government, banks and health care companies. And, as the death of the woman who inspired ‘Norma Rae’ shows, we’re not winning.

Firefighters responding to 9/11 at increased cancer risk

There have been plenty of rumors about this over the last decade but now a study confirms that FDNY firefighters who responded to 9/11 are at increased risk for cancer. Cancer can sometimes take 10-15 years to appear so this might just be the beginning.

Oliver Sacks on Vision, His Next Book, and Surviving Cancer

Neurologist Oliver Sacks is famous for books like Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat that describe his patients dealing with various neural disorders and injuries. But his latest, The Mind’s Eye, takes a slightly different path because one of the subjects is Sacks himself, dealing with cancer of the eye.

For F.D.R. Sleuths, New Focus on an Odd Spot

The NYT reviews a book that claims F.D.R. died of complications from melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.

They don’t have a very good opinion of the book but the subject does make for some very interesting contrasts of the way health of presidents is viewed now versus the first half of the twentieth century.