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  • PBS' 'Cancer' an epic, vital story Ken Burns just couldn't refuse

     PBS' 'Cancer' an epic, vital story Ken Burns just couldn't refuse
    Edward Herrmann had collapsed at the studio in New York, and no one knew why. The actor had arrived to record his narrator part for Ken Burns' latest documentary epic for PBS, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." The three-part, six-hour film, based...
  • Fitness Files: Snacks wrapped in expensive promises of health

    My niece held up a crinkly white bag of cookies. "Guess what these cost," she demanded. Prepared for an astronomical amount, I doubled my first guess, "Ten dollars." Her thumb bobbed up, up and she looked at me encouragingly. "Not fifteen!" I said....
  • Imaging usually not necessary for new onset back pain

    Q: I'm 72 years old. I had sudden onset of low back pain one week ago for the first time. It's only a little better. My doctor said I did not need an x-ray or other imaging test. Is that normal? A: Based on a recent study, your doctor is correct....
  • Hires and promotions at Lehigh Valley businesses

    Hires and promotions at Lehigh Valley businesses
    NCHE ZAMA, MD, PhD has returned to Pocono Medical Center to lead the Cardiothoracic Surgery Program. Under his previous leadership, PMC gained national recognition as one of the highest rated cardiothoracic programs for quality in the nation. He...
  • For chaplain at site of deadly landslide, a recurring dream and a question for God

    SEATTLE A year ago, Joel Johnson was at the site of the deadly Oso landslide, that occurred on March 22, 2014, in the rural unincorporated community north of Seattle. A hillside development called Steelhead Haven was destroyed after heavy rains caused the...
  • Why do we love to watch psychopaths?

    Why do we love to watch psychopaths?
    With the success of HBO’s "The Jinx"¬†and Robert Durst's impending extradition to Los Angeles for trial on a murder charge, I've found myself incessantly wondering: Why are audiences (myself included) so powerfully drawn to -- and entertained by --...
  • As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care

    Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try....
  • Physical activity offsets risks related to white spots on brain scans

    Q: I recently had a brain MRI after a fall. I did not have a concussion. However, my doctor told me I have white spots. I consider myself a bright 75-year-old. Do I need to worry? A: Radiologists often see white spots on brain scans, both CT scans and...
  • Aspirin users with common genes may get less colon cancer

    Researchers have identified common genetic traits that may explain how aspirin can help protect against colon cancer. It's too soon to recommend aspirin for colon cancer prevention and the needed genetic tests aren't available outside of research. But...
  • Holy Cross to hold free forum on anal cancer

    Holy Cross to hold free forum on anal cancer
    Holy Cross Hospital will host a free educational forum March 28 focusing on the importance of anal cancer screening, new treatments for the disease and life after treatment. The Holy Cross forum, entitled "Anal Cancer: Today's Approach, Tomorrow's...
  • Genetic test maker 23andMe launches drug R&D effort

    Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines. The Silicon Valley-based company announced Thursday that it hired...