September 1, 2011

Diagnosed with Sjogren’s

1 Venus Williams Drops Out of US Open

Tennis great Venus Williams has dropped out of the US Open after a diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome saying that the autoimmune disease’s symptoms made it hard for her to play. Nine out of 10 people with Sjogren’s, in which white blood cells attack the glands that produce saliva and tears, are women. The former No. 1-ranked player missed a number of games this summer and was unseeded at the US Open. On Monday, Williams declined to say what her ailment was but indicated that it had been diagnosed. She explained her recent absences from the game this way: "It was just energy-sucking, and I just couldn't play pro tennis. Just to miss so much time off tour was just disheartening." Williams is currently being treated for the disease and hopes to return to competitive tennis.

More at CBSNews.com | Hat tip to NYTimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Is Widespread

Tags: Autoimmune Disease, Fatigue, White Blood Cells, Sjogren's Syndrome, Venus WIlliams, Saliva, Tears, US Open

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Gator Gets What's Coming to Him

2 Alligator Attacks 90-Year-Old Woman

Margaret Webb, 90, was attacked by an alligator in her flooded yard in rural Copeland, Florida. Webb was bitten on her leg by the 8-foot-long gator, which tried to drag her into a canal. A man who was driving by saved the day. Dewain Daniels pulled Webb out of the water, but the alligator persisted in its attempts, exiting the water three separate times. Daniels shot the gator between the eyes with a .22 Magnum rifle. The alligator then retreated into the water. CNN reports that Webb was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where she had her left leg amputated below the knee. She was listed in critical condition on Thursday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says unprovoked alligator attacks are rare with only six occurring in 2010.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Alligator Attack, Gator Attack, Florida Alligator Attacks, Surviving Animal Attacks, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lee Memorial Hospital, Margaret Webb, Unprovoked Alligator Attack

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We Will Never Forget

3 NYFD 9/11 Heroes Face Increased Cancer Risk

New York City Firefighters who were exposed to the 9/11/01 World Trade Center disaster have been found to have at least a 19 percent increased risk of developing cancer in the next seven years as compared to their non-exposed colleagues. The heroes are up to 10 percent more likely to develop cancer than a similar sample from the general population. The study findings, which were conducted by David Prezant MD, a professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, are being published in a special 9/11 issue of The Lancet. Included in the data were 9,853 firefighters, some exposed to hazardous dust from the World Trade Center including pulverized cement, asbestos, glass fibers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and lead in addition to the fire’s toxic fumes.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: 21 Million Cancer Patients Annually by 2030

Tags: 9/11, Cancer, New York City, Asbestos, Firefighters

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Most Donors Would Be Relatives

4 New Study Shows Half-Match Transplant Success

A phase I/II trial involving 27 patients with leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplasia found that T cells and bone marrow stem cells from half-matched relatives were successful. The process involves radiation treatment followed by giving the patient T cells from the haploidentical donor. Treatment with cyclophosphamide increased the body’s tolerance to the T cells. The patient is then given the bone marrow stem cells to boost their blood counts and new immune system. One and three year survival rates were 54 percent and 48 percent, respectively. Patients who had the transplant while in remission had a 75 percent survival rate. Researchers point out that half-matched transplants will open up the pool of donors who are most often family members.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Half-Matched Bone Marrow Transplants Work

Tags: Blood Cancers, Bone Marrow Transplants, Half-Matched Transplants, Leukemia, Lymphoma, T-Cells, Haploidentical Donor, Increasing the Donor Pool, Myelodysplasia, Transplantation

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