Entries in breast cancer (7)

Tuesday
May142013

Angelina Jolie Links News of Geneticist Mary-Claire King & New Movie "Decoding Annie Parker" To Her BRCA1 Gene

A new movie “Decoding Annie Parker” will shine a light on the discovery of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that dramatically increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. With Tuesday’s revelation that Angelina Jolie carries the BRCA1 gene, the movie with Helen Hunt playing the geneticist Mary-Claire King is certain to spark interest in the film.

The film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France this month.

“We knew there were going to be serious obstacles to getting people to watch (the film),” director Steven Bernstein said at the Dallas International Film Festival. “People’s first reaction would be ‘Oh, it’s a film about cancer, I don’t want to see it.’ So we had to get the word out the film was about something bigger than that — although cancer’s a very, very big thing indeed — but it’s something about the human condition that we were trying to express. Something that people could actually come and see and feel uplifted by rather than depressed by.” via NBC News

The opening trailer of the film clearly adds a bit of gender sparing to the story line, with Hunt surrounded by dismissive men who say her theory that there is a defective gene link is poppycock.

Read on in Anne’s Sensual Rebel blog: Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Tied To Mary-Claire King Cancer Research

Monday
Feb062012

The End of Wall Street As We Know It? | Komen Controversy Moves to Stem Cell Research

America lost about a third of its managed honeybee colonies from October 2009 to April 2010. The little-understood event is called colony collapse disorder.

In 2010 Vancouver resident Jon Betz, associated with the Portland nonprofit film production and distribution company Collective Eye Inc. produced ‘Queen of the Sun.’ Among the beekeepers featured were Jacqueline Freeman and Sara Mapelli.

In this opening highlight from the film Mapelli used a queen-bee pheromone to attract 12,000 honey bees, the second time she’s done a honeybee dance. The artist admits to being stung six times while covered in bees to film ‘Queen of the Sun’, although she wasn’t stung at all in her first dance.

Mapelli describes dancing with bees as “magical.”

“It’s a duet,” she said. “We’re working together. It’s a really amazing, meditative experience.” Learn more about Queen of the Sun project on their website. information via The Columbian

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New articles on honey bees

Are Pesticides Behind Massive Bee Collapse? Discovery 1-11-12

Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security The Telegraph 2-6-12

Collapsing Honey Bee Colonies: Blame The Parasites? NPR 1-7-12

Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’ The Guardian 1-13-12

Photo: Howard Schatz. An homage to Robert Longo. Model: Michael Scirrotto; Styling by Nikko Kefalas; Grooming by Danielle Cirilli.“There’s no other industry where you could get paid so much for doing so little,” says a former Lehman trader, quoted in this week’s New York Magazine article Is This the End of Wall Street As They Knew It? Paul Volcker agrees. “They made a lot of money trading with each other with doubtful public benefit.”

Mama Mia!

Pamela Druckerman’s new book “Bringing Up Bebe,” catalogs her observations about why French children seem so much better behaved than their American counterparts. We read about Druckerman’s new book via Wall Street Journal.

More DFR Komen News

A few social media types are complaining that the liberal media just won’t let go of the Komen defunding of Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings, and then changing course at the end of last week.

(Please be advised that Komen is denying that this story, launched by LifeNews.com is true. We will know more in the morning.) That’s because we’re just getting started with Komen, now that we know the organization quietly cancelled $12 million in research funding last November, dollars contributed by vast numbers of Americans walking for the cure who embrace stem cell research. Very quietly Komen blowed to social conservatives pressure and big-time leaning by America’s Catholic bishops,  cancelling all breast cancer research grants that used embryonic stem cell research.

America’s top universities like John Hopkins were hit by the change in Komen policy. Let me be clear that AOC’s position is that Komen can donate funds however they wish. But corporate and individual supporters of Komen should be fully informed that Komen no longer supports cutting-edge, breast cancer research. Critics of Komen have long criticized that only about 20% of funds raised really goes for research. And now the amount will drop even further, if Komen refuses to fund the best scientists.

When TIME magazine writes Planned Parenthood vs Komen: New Win in the Culture War, yes this IS what social-media engine looks like and we’re just getting warmed up with Komen. The digging on behalf of women with breast cancer is just beginning, because we don’t like what we see so far.

More Komen-related articles

The Politics of Absolutely Everything Gail Collins for NYT

How a GOP Win Could Spell the End of Reproductive Health for Global Women Michelle Goldberg for Daily Beast

Surprises in Komen-Planned Parenthood dustup: How cancer screening is done and who pays for it The Washington Post

Komen Also Stops Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research Centers LifeNews.com

Catholic Bishop Drops Komen Support Over Planned Parenthood Ties LifeNews.com 7/13/11

Saturday
Feb042012

Should America Regulate Sugar? | CD36 Gene Variation Loves Fat in Foods | Komen Update: Is Recovery Possible?

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The serious question before the American public is whether sugar should be regulated like alcohol and tobacco over national health concerns?

A new commentary by Robert H. Lustig, Laura A. Schmidt and Claire D. Brindis  published online by Nature argues that sugar is every bit as ‘toxic’ as alcohol and cigarettes and it leads the obesity epidemic worldwide.

Sugar meets the same criteria for regulation as alcohol, the authors wrote, because it’s unavoidable, there’s potential for abuse, it’s toxic, and it negatively impacts society. They write that sugar is added to so many processed foods that it’s everywhere, and people eat up to 500 calories per day in added sugar alone. Sugar acts on the same areas of the brain as alcohol and tobacco to encourage subsequent intake, they wrote, and it’s toxic because research shows that sugar increases disease risk from factors other than added calories, such as when it disrupts metabolism.

“Many people think that obesity is the root cause of these diseases,” they wrote. But 40 percent of normal-weight people are developing diseases like diabetes, hypertension, lipid problems, heart and liver disease. “Obesity is not the cause; rather, it is a marker.” via CBS News

Fatty Foods Gene

Credit: National Cancer InstitutePeople with certain forms of the CD36 gene may like high-fat foods more than those who have other forms of this gene. A higher risk of obesity is the result, writes Science Daily.

“Our results may help explain why some people have more difficulty adhering to a low-fat diet than other people and why these same people often do better when they adopt high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins diet,” said Kathleen Keller, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, Penn State. “We hope these results will one day help people select diets that are easier for them to follow. We also think the results could help food developers create better tasting low-fat foods that appeal to a broader range of the population.”

More DFR | Komen Update

Discount Gun Sales was proud to team up with the Susan B. Koman Foundation to offer the Walther P-22 Hope Edition in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The P-22 Hope Edition has an exclusive DuraCoat Pink slide, utilizing the same reliable controls and firing mechanism that has made the Walther P-22 America’s top selling handgun. The Komen Foundation hopes the dust will settle after it seemingly reversed itself on Friday, regarding its decision to defund Planned Parenthood. Prochoice women and prolife voices both say the announcement doesn’t specifically say that Planned Parenthood will regain the grant money for breast exams and free mammogram referrals for poor women. In the middle of this public relations nightmare, it seems impossible that the Planned Parenthood funding won’t move forward — or Komen is finished among corporate supporters and many progressives.

In reality, the issue will not die down. The more information that emerges about Komen, its board of directors, its claim to ‘own’ the phrase ‘for the cure’ in the world of philanthropy and cause marketing, its very high salaries and comparatively low percent of dollars that are turned over to breast cancer research, AOC will not embrace Komen in the near future. And we will study the organization inside out.

Graph via Wiki

Surely we’re not alone in wanting to understand exactly what makes Komen tick. A key question is how many Komen executives and board members are antichoice women.  The issue goes far beyond prochoice abortion rights, as the right wing attacks our right to birth control in America.

Progressives may be sleeping with the enemy and not even know it, when we walk with Komen. In that case, it would be better for social conservatives to support Komen and let more progressive women and men support another breast cancer charity.

More Komen | Planned Parenthood

Ari Fleischer Secretly Involved in Komen Strategy on Planned Parenthood ThinkProgress

Can Komen Recover From Controversy? NPR

Can Susan G. Komen for the Cure erase blemish? San Francisco Chronicle

Race for the Smear Wall Street Journal