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Recently, I was inspired by Google’s Matt Cutts TED talk on how he made a few simple changes in his lifestyle and tried them for 30 days. With the tendency to be more desk bound as a consultant, I have found more weight has slowly crept on, much to my dismay, which is not good for general health and well being. I decided to do something about it.

My goals were to:

  1. do more walking (an hour a day)
  2. eat smaller portions
  3. cut out sugar
  4. get outside more

“In God we trust, all others must bring data.”

W. Edwards Deming

The beauty of following many people on social media sites such as Twitter is that people in various communities, ie science, cancer, market research, PR and communications, etc all share links daily.  Occasionally, one catches my eye and reveals a hidden gem.

This morning was one of those days.                                                 Follow MaverickNY on Twitter

Take a look at this quick but useful (12 pages) slide deck on mobile health from Susannah Fox of Pew Internet:


Recently, I've been doing so much research and analysis of advanced cancers, it struck me that we spend millions of dollars on healthcare at the end of life when it likely won't have much impact, yet the real change happens when we catch and treat, or preferably prevent, diseases such as cancer earlier.  This is not exactly rocket science.

Maybe we need a change in approach?

By that, I mean a greater focus on prevention, health and wellness rather than medicate and palliate end of life care.


A new study reported in JAMA suggests that compared with white individuals, black men and women have a higher
incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer and may develop cancer
at a younger age. Colorectal cancer screening might also be less effective
in black individuals, if there are racial differences in the
age-adjusted prevalence and location of cancer precursor lesions. 
Colon polyp on a short stalk.Image via Wikipedia

The study also found that blacks are more likely than whites to have large colon
polyps, and their tumors tend to be located higher in the colon where
they are harder to detect.

Dr Johann de Bono, whose group presented the phase I data that generated so much recent interest, has been captured on video at the Prostate Cancer Foundation Scientific Retreat.

In the talk, covers the background behind the drug's development in prostate cancer, as well as explaining the data so far in patients who have failed standard docetaxel chemotherapy.

You can view the videos here and here.

There is more information on a previous post about how abiraterone works in prostate cancer.  The drug is now in phase III development and new trials in breast cancer are expected to start soon.

The absolute last thing you need when you or a family member is seriously ill with cancer is an illegal scam from snake oil salesmen.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
has charged five companies with making false and misleading claims for
cancer cures and said yesterday that it has reached settlements with several others.  In their press release, the five companies being sued for false and
deceptive advertising will go before administrative law judges and included the following:

Omega Supply

Native Essence Herb Company

Daniel Chapter One


Herbs For Cancer

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