An Israeli woman and her doctor expressed shock and amazement when the woman's massive malignant tumor, initially found in her leg, vanished almost completely after five months of no treatment, only intensive prayer.
Therese Daoud, a high school science teacher living in the city of Isfiya, was told by doctors at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv that she had to have part of her right leg amputated after an MRI detected a large tumorous mass, about the size of an orange, growing near her ankle. The mass was malignant sarcoma and cancer was quickly spreading throughout her leg. Doctors told her she would probably die if her leg wasn't partially amputated to remove the tumor.
Daoud reportedly scheduled an appointment for the operation, but the surgery was postponed twice for reasons unrelated to her treatment. When the third tentative surgery date was scheduled, Daoud's mother fell ill and she decided to cancel the surgery, saying that if the surgery had to be rescheduled three times, perhaps it was a sign that she shouldn't go through with the procedure. more >>
If Republicans are successful at replacing the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," what would they replace it with? Two bills introduced in the U.S. House provide clues to what health care reform might look like under Republican government.
One of the bills was developed the Republican Study Committee, a group of House Republicans that tends to represent the more conservative wing of the Republican Party. That bill, H.R. 3121, American Health Care Reform Act of 2013 (AHCRA), was introduced last September by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.). The other bill, H.R. 2300, Empowering Patients First Act of 2013 (EPFA), was introduced by Rep. Tom Price last June. Both Price and Roe are former doctors.
The bills have many aspects in common, and Price is a cosponsor of Roe's bill. Both bills begin by repealing the ACA, then replace the current law with alternatives aimed at expanding health coverage and lowering health costs. more >>
Susan G. Komen suffered a 22 percent drop in donations last year, which may have been due to the controversy it recently had regarding its monetary ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.
A spokeswoman for the breast cancer awareness organization acknowledged a strong decline in donations, according to the Associated Press.
"Citing audited financial statements posted on its website this week, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer charity said contributions - including donations and corporate sponsorships - dropped from about $164 million from the fiscal year ending in March 2012 to $128 million in the year ending March 2013," reported the AP. more >>
If you ever wondered why men seem to get a bit crankier than women when they get the flu it turns out that it's because men are likely to suffer more, according to scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine. And you'll be surprised to know why.
Testosterone, the hormone that makes men manly, according to a study published two weeks ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, appears to weaken the response of men's immune system to an influenza vaccine, according to a report from Stanford.
The study highlighted that men with higher levels of testosterone circulating in their body benefited less than women and men with lower testosterone levels from protective antibodies after a vaccination against influenza. more >>
Breast cancer was found to be more common in women who used birth control pills, had a child after the age of 27, breastfed their babies less, had an abortion and began menstruating at an early age, in new research conducted in India.
Women who began their menstrual cycle before the age of 16 were 2.76 times more likely to develop breast cancer. The risk increased 9.5 times for women who used birth control pills, 6.26 times for an abortion, 14.9 times for breastfeeding less than 13 months, 3.29 times for having a child after the age of 27, and 2.68 times for beginning menopause after age 49, according to the research conducted by A.S. Bhadoria, U. Kapil, N. Sareen and P. Singh, of the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition Unit, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India.
The article, "Reproductive factors and breast cancer: A case-control study in tertiary care hospital of North India," was published in the December issue of Indian Journal of Cancer. more >>
The "rule of law" has served as the backbone of democracy from America's founding. First, all Americans agree to be held accountable under the law. To secure that consent, the process to enact, administer and enforce those laws must be transparent, democratically accessible, and impartial. While that process has rarely been perfect, it has consistently created stable, predictable laws that serve as the guide rails for civil society.
The last several decades have marked a continued erosion of the rule of law in America's federal government. The gradual change has resulted from Congress ceding its constitutional powers, leaving essentially a type of ad hoc rule by the President and the executive branch agencies.
For example, most of the recent political battles related to the EPA involve legislative authority delegated to the agency under the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. The last major amendments to those laws by Congress occurred in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Since then, the executive branch has used its tremendous regulatory power to essentially create updated versions of the laws that carry the same force as those duly enacted several decades ago. more >>