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Drug helps breast cancer patients keep fertility

Source: The Associated Press


Doctors may have found a way to help young breast cancer patients avoid infertility caused by chemotherapy. Giving a drug to shut down the ovaries temporarily seems to boost the odds they will work after treatment ends, and it might even improve survival, a study found.

"They're really exciting findings" that could help thousands of women each year in the United States alone, said the study's leader, Dr. Halle Moore of the Cleveland Clinic.

"This has implications far beyond breast cancer," for young women with other types of tumors, too, added Dr. Clifford Hudis, breast cancer chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


Chemotherapy often causes premature ovarian failure, or early menopause. Doctors think that active ovaries are more susceptible to chemo damage, and that making them go dormant and stopping a woman's monthly cycles might help shield them from harm.

"It's basically a temporary menopause to prevent permanent menopause," Moore explained.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/ohio/drug-helps-breast-cancer-patients-keep-fertility/nf9wy/

O'Malley signs transgender rights bill

Source: The Baltimore SUn

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a law this morning to make Maryland one of a handful of states to extend anti-discrimination laws to protect transgender people.

The measure that protects transgender people against job and housing discrimination was one of scores of bills the governor was scheduled to sign during the last scheduled public signing ceremony of his eight years as governor.

Among the legislation also to receive the governor's signature are bills outlawing so-called "revenge porn" – posting intimate pictures on the Internet as a way of getting back at a former spouse or lover – and overhauling the state's speed camera law to add new safeguards for drivers from malfunctioning systems.

The governor handed the pen he used to sign the transgender protection law to Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat who fought for eight years to convince his colleagues to pass it.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bs-md-last-signing-20140514,0,6134049.story

Way to go Maryland!

New probation terms applied in rape case where judge blamed victim

On Thursday, Judge Carter Thompson imposed all of the standard terms of probation, meaning Young may not have any contact with children, must be evaluated for sex offender treatment and must stay away from pornography.

Thompson told Young that he must adhere to the probation measures.

"Your previous court gave you a second chance, don't expect a third chance from this court," he said.

Thompson made "in our estimation the right ruling, he did the right thing," Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins said after the ruling. Watkins' office had asked Thompson to tighten the probation conditions.

Young's attorney, Scottie Allen, said he and his client were disappointed by Thursday's ruling.

For those who don't recall a recap of the previous judges ruling is here.


Posted by herding cats | Thu May 8, 2014, 04:36 PM (0 replies)

'Affluenza' teen's family (insurer) to pay victim $2M

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of a Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has agreed to pay more than $2 million to the family of a boy left paralyzed by the accident.

Tarrant County court documents show that the liability insurer of Ethan Couch's parents agreed to pay more than $1 million in cash and the rest in two annuities to a trust established for Sergio Molina.

Molina was among 12 people injured. His parents say he can only smile and blink.


It appears this is being paid for via the Couch's insurance.

Sergio Molina was riding in the bed of Couch’s pickup the night of June 15, 2013, when the pickup swerved in the 1500 block of Burleson-Retta Road in southern Tarrant County, hitting a stranded motorist and three people who had stopped to help her. The pickup also plowed into a parked car, sending it into a Volkswagen Beetle driving in the opposite direction. Couch’s pickup flipped and smashed into a tree.

Sergio Molina flew out and landed on his head.

In the settlement reached Friday in 96th state District Court, Fred and Tonya Couch’s liability insurer agreed to pay $1.638 million cash to the Sergio E. Molina Special Needs Trust. The Couches’ insurer also agreed to purchase two sets of annuities to provide payments to the trust, beginning in July, of $1,515 monthly and of $1,837 monthly, both for life and guaranteed for 25 years.

The settlement also provides for attorneys’ fees. The attorneys representing Lemus and Molina, and Fred and Tonya Couch could not be reached to comment on Monday.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/05/05/5794503/first-liability-settlement-approved.html#storylink=cpy

From what I recall of the case, the cost for this one boys care was over $600K at the time, and was estimated to be as high as $10 million over the course of his lifetime.

Polio Spreading at Alarming Rates, World Health Organization Declares

Source: NY Times

Alarmed by the spread of polio from conflict zones in three continents, the Wolrd Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of the disease an international health emergency. The United Nations health body said it was taking the step in an effort to slow the further spread of the disease, a paralyzing virus once thought to be nearly eradicated.

An emergency committee convened by the organization announced in Geneva that three countries — Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon — had allowed the spread of the virus and should take extraordinary measures to stop it.

The committee announced via a telephone news conference from its Geneva headquarters that all children in these countries should be inoculated or reinoculated and all travelers from these countries should be reinoculated and should carry proof in the form of an internationally recognized document.

The emergency committee said it was alarmed that polio had spread recently from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Syria to Iraq, and Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea. It said there was “increasing evidence that adult travelers contributed to this spread.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/health/world-health-organization-polio-health-emergency.html
Posted by herding cats | Mon May 5, 2014, 08:48 AM (7 replies)
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