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“Are you healthy?” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I haven’t seen Ben in years, possibly as many as 10 or 12. As best as I can recall, the last time I saw him was near my home in Massachusetts…one of your typical ... Read on »
“Blimey, Margaret. Talk about lightning striking twice!” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer That’s exactly what a dear friend of mine (whom I met via my blog many years ago, by the way) wrote to me after learning the news about Stefano’s uncle. Now, as you re ... Read on »
“Burn the unfavorable data.” An Omniscan story… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A blog reader (thanks!) gave me the link to this not-so-shocking-anymore (!) article about Omniscan, a gadolinium-based contrast agent that often gets injected into the vein ... Read on »
“Chronic use of acetaminophen tied to blood cancers”… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Scary headline, eh? Yeah. But then you read the article, and it’s not such a big deal…that is, unless you are and have been a chronic user of  Tylenol…Even i ... Read on »
“Curcumin for monoclonal gammopathies. What can we hope for, what should we fear.” My... by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I thought the business of dividing this post into different “chapters” might end up being confusing. So before I launch into today’s bunch of chapters, I just wanted to poin ... Read on »
“Curcumin for monoclonal gammopathies. What can we hope for, what should we fear.” My... by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer INTRODUCTION. You may remember my March 28, 30 and April 1 2010 posts about a study by Vermorken et al on the possible dangers of taking curcumin. If you don’t, then please ... Read on »
“Curcumin for monoclonal gammopathies. What can we hope for, what should we fear.” My... by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Work always seems to get in the way of posting anything serious, including this final rant, uhm…I mean, final part of my three-part series on the 2012 Vermorken et al study. ... Read on »
“Do you have any children?” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Every two-three years the Italian Cervical Cancer Screening Programme (CCSP) sends all women a letter with a pap smear appointment already set up at a nearby health unit. Th ... Read on »
“Hello, would you like some ketchup, mustard and statins with your cheeseburger, fries and... by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Fast food chains handing out statins in order to, er, reduce their customers’ risk of developing heart problems? Doesn’t that sound like something out of a Taran ... Read on »
“Hey, shuffle the cards…” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My father-in-law was operated on this morning. He was wheeled into the operating room at 10 a.m. and wheeled out a half hour later. I had no idea it would be so…fast ... Read on »
“I choose to be happy” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Many thanks to my friend Joanne for posting this five-minute TED video on Facebook:  Without her recommendation, I probably wouldn’t have watched it…I mean, I wouldn’t nor ... Read on »
“If it took the sacrifice of a million lab animals to save just one human life, it would be... by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer That’s what one of my English students (who has a university degree in Biology) told me about a month ago. The two of us were chatting about her previous job, whi ... Read on »
“If progression is slow, it’s harder to treat with chemo…” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This morning, after doing some work (as usual), I finally got around to going through the copious notes I took during the patient-doctor meeting with Dr. Morie Gertz (Mayo ... Read on »
“Is this your first visit to Florence?” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This question earns my 2011 trip to the U.S. “best line award.” It was uttered by an American woman who sat next to me yesterday on the Zurich-Florence flight. I ... Read on »
“National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society: Criminal Indifference to Cancer... by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A blog reader (also a FB friend, co-administrator of our MM support group on FB, etc.) posted a very interesting link on the FB group’s Wall today: http://goo.gl/ ... Read on »
“Publication bias” and “evidence-based” medicine… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Wow. It’s not easy to comment on this 13-minute TED talk given last year by Dr. Ben Goldacre, titled “What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe.” (I’d add: “…an ... Read on »
“Revolutionary”!!! by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer WOW! Blog reader Kim informed me this morning that my blog has made SECOND PLACE on the list of the top ten myeloma blogs she compiled for Cure Talk, see http://g ... Read on »
“Why a curry could save a life” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer That’s the title of a recent and rather funky (I mean, check out the Bollywood dancing moves toward the end ) “Sun” article. Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/AwIR ... Read on »
“Why I’ve ditched statins for good.” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This post was inspired by a fascinating article I read this morning (many thanks to Libby for the link!) written by a vascular surgeon and published in The Telegraph just ... Read on »
“Yoga mat” chemical found in nearly 500 foods by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This morning I read an incredibly scary news story. The Environmental Working Group (= great organization!) analyzed more than 500 “food” items and found that they contain ... Read on »