Review: Errors led to parole of man who later killed officer
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of communication breakdowns led a parole board to release a man to a drug treatment center where he later escaped and killed a police officer working overtime to pay for cancer treatments, the Utah Department of Corrections said Friday following an internal review.

Scientists may have unlocked the secret to longer, healthier life

Scientists may have unlocked the secret to longer, healthier lifeFirst come the mice, then the humans. That’s the hope, at least, when it comes to life extension research. According to scientists at Mayo Clinic, the trick to longer life lies in the suicide of senescent, or aging, cells. Those building blocks that are no longer capable of division and accumulation apparently have a negative impact on our health, and their elimination may lead to a 35 percent extension of life. While preliminary results in research examining this theory have only been seen in mice, researchers are hopeful that these latest discoveries may have broader implications for other lifeforms as well, potentially delaying tumor formation, preserving tissue and organ function, and all in all, keeping us healthier (and alive) for longer. To conduct their research, scientists worked with genetically modified mice who could respond to a compound known as AP20187, an anti-cancer drug that can also target aging cells. They found mice treated with AP20187 not only lived 17 to 35 percent longer, but also did not develop tumors as quickly, nor did their organs deteriorate as a result of age at the same advanced rate. “What we found is as we are aging, we accumulate more and more of those dead [senescent] cells,” Jan van Deursen, chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic and co-author on the study, told Newsweek. “But they are not innocent bystanders; they secrete a number of proteins that have a negative impact on the surrounding cells and deregulate those cells.” And if we get rid of them, we could be doing our bodies a huge favor. Related : 3D-printed medicine may be the next big thing Calling these cells “litter,” van Deursen notes that as we age, we essentially accumulate “a cell type that we really don’t need for anything and that makes us more unhealthy and reduces the length of our healthy lives.” The research into senescent cells not only proves that there’s a potential method for extending life, but ensures that the extended life will be one worth living. Also watch: Scientists Find Signs of a Massive Ninth Planet Beyond Pluto Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Behavioral factors linked to half of postmenopausal breast cancer cases, study finds

Over half of breast cancer cases (53.5%) diagnosed after the menopause could be avoided though appropriate changes in behavior.A French study carried out at the Insistut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif and published in the International Journal of Cancer has found that half of postmenopausal breast cancer cases can be attributed to behavioral factors such as poor diet, alcohol consumption and being overweight. The research showed that more than half (53.5%) of breast cancer cases diagnosed after menopause could have been avoided through changes in behavior at this stage of life. Postmenopausal women could reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 50% by eating a healthy, balanced diet, limiting alcohol to one glass per day and maintaining a healthy weight (a body mass index equal to or lower than 25kg/ sq m), a new study has found.

Joe Biden Becomes First VP to Launch Facebook Page

Joe Biden Becomes First VP to Launch Facebook PageVice President Joe Biden is launching a new Facebook page today, coinciding with World Cancer Day and the 12th anniversary of Facebook, ABC News has learned. “Welcome to my Facebook page,” Biden announces in a video message set to premiere late Thursday morning. “Platforms like this one have the potential to be incredible forums for constructive debate, and we should use them enthusiastically for that purpose,” Biden says in the video message.

Syrian cancer kid first to use new Italy humanitarian corridor

Falek, a young Syrian refugee, looks on as her parents speak to the press on their arrival at Rome's Fiumicino airport on February 4, 2016A Syrian child with eye cancer was flown into Italy for treatment Thursday, becoming the first to benefit from a new humanitarian corridor hoping to stop desperate refugees from attempting an often deadly Mediterranean crossing to Europe. "So happy because we come to Italy, from Syria... by humanitarian corridor, direct to Rome!", Yasmine Al Hourani, mother of Falek, a seven-year-old girl, said in halting English at Rome's Fiumicino airport.

First wrongful death claim filed over California methane leak

A woman presses her forehead as she sits with a group of Porter Ranch residents holding protest signs at a meeting of air quality regulators to discuss potential rules against the utility that operates the site of a gas leak in Porter Ranch, in Diamond BarMethane fumes spewing from a ruptured underground pipeline near a Los Angeles neighborhood hastened the demise of an elderly woman already suffering from lung cancer, her family said in the first wrongful death claim stemming from the gas leak. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages against Southern California Gas Co, a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, for the suffering and death of Zelda Rothman, 79, who died on Jan. 25, about three months after the leak was detected. Rothman, who lived about 3 miles (5 km) from the source of the escaping methane at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, was leading an active life, despite her diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer, her family's lawyer, Scott Glovsky, said on Thursday.

Many cancer survivors face increased risk of heart disease
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many adult cancer survivors face an increased risk of heart disease, worsening their long-term survival odds beyond the effect of tumors alone, a U.S. study suggests. In a study of about 110,000 people, survivors of certain cancers – including tumors in the lung, ovaries, bone marrow and lymph system – had a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease than individuals with no history of malignancies, the study found. Among the 36,000 cancer survivors in the study, just 60 percent of the those who developed cardiovascular disease survived after eight years, compared with 81 percent of cancer patients without heart problems.

This High School Hockey Player Scored A Game-Winning Goal Just Hours After Losing His Dad To Cancer

This High School Hockey Player Scored A Game-Winning Goal Just Hours After Losing His Dad To CancerNotre Dame's Doug Caliendo scored a game-winning goal in overtime just hours after his father passed away from stomach cancer.

Dave Renwick, top Scottish caddie, dies of cancer at 62
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dave Renwick, the Scottish caddie who worked for three major champions and was on the bag for Vijay Singh's greatest season, has died of stomach cancer. He was 62.

Syrian family arrives in Italy in first humanitarian airlift

Falak al Hourani, 7-year-old, suffering from a rare form of eye cancer, stands beside her mother Yasmina Al Hourani, as they are interviewed by journalists upon their arrival lat Rome's Fiumicino international airport, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Little Falak al Hourani, her parents and 6-year-old brother Hussein landed on a commercial flight at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport thanks to the "humanitarian corridor" project launched by the Rome-based Catholic Sant'Egidio Community and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy. The two groups lobbied the Italian government to grant 1,000 humanitarian visas for particularly vulnerable refugees in camps in Lebanon, Morocco and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — A 7-year-old Syrian girl suffering from a rare form of eye cancer arrived in Italy on Thursday, the first of an estimated 1,000 refugees who are being brought here on humanitarian grounds in a pilot project aimed at dissuading people from embarking on deadly sea crossings.

Get Ready for Fireworks Over Soaring Drug Prices

Get Ready for Fireworks Over Soaring Drug PricesThere is certain to be some excitement Thursday morning when officials from two notorious pharmaceutical companies appear before a House committee to explain huge increases in the price of some of their drugs. The atmosphere will be especially combative if Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, shows up and agrees to testify. Shkreli, the media-savvy, one-time hedge fund manager, became the scourge of the pharmaceutical industry after his company acquired the rights to Daraprim – a decades-old drug used to treat parasitic infections in cancer and HIV patients – and then raised the price from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

Police: Man faked brain cancer, took thousands in donations
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man shaved his head and took weight loss pills to convince people he had stage 3 brain cancer and collect thousands in donations.

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