VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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Genetically modified foods bring some controversy to today’s consumer. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as plants, animals or microorganisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination. When a gene from one organism is purposely moved to improve or change another organism in a laboratory, the result is a GMO. This is also sometimes called “transgenic” for transfer of genes. There are different ways of moving genes to produce desirable traits. Foods produced from or using GMOs are often referred to as genetically modified (GM) foods.


If you’ve eaten anything today, chances are you had GMOs. GM foods are made from soy, corn or other crops grown from seeds with genetically engineered DNA. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, GM seeds are used to plant more than 90 percent of the corn, soybeans, and cotton grown in the United States. Unless you consciously avoid them, GM foods likely find their way into many of your snacks and meals.


Nine genetically modified crops are available today, including corn (both sweet and field), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, potatoes and squash. GM apples have been approved and will be commercially available this fall. The National Center for Food and

ARE YOU EATING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD?

Agricultural Policy estimates 85 percent of U.S. corn is genetically modified.


Some clinical researchers believe genetically modified foods are safe, healthy and sustainable, while others claim the opposite. GMOs are engineered to give food more color, increase their shelf life or eliminate seeds. That’s why we can buy seedless watermelons and grapes. Some GM foods also have been engineered to have higher levels of specific nutrients, such as protein, calcium or folate. Proponents of GM foods contend genetic engineering can help us find sustainable ways to feed people in third world countries. Specifically, in countries that lack access to nutrient-rich foods, using GM crops provides nutrient-enriched food for their population.


Learn more about GM foods through information provided by the World Health Organization on its Website, www.who.int. You’ll get an overview of many of the main issues and concerns about consuming these foods for human health. The Web site also lists risks and benefits and discusses how such foods are regulated nationally and internationally.  

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

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