Supertramp cancels European tour because of singer's cancer

Supertramp's Rick Davies, pictured here on October 18, 2010, is undergoing "aggressive" cancer treatment which caused the band to cancel its European tour due to start this NovemberBritish band Supertramp announced Tuesday it was cancelling its European concert tour due to start in November because of "aggressive" cancer treatment its co-founder and vocalist Rick Davies is undergoing. The group, famous for 1970s and 1980s hits such as "Bloody Well Right", "Dreamer", "The Logical Song" and "It's Raining Again", had been planning to take its "Supertramp Forever" tour through 25 European cities over five weeks. Davies, 71, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma -- a cancer concentrated in bone marrow that affects white blood cells -- "and has begun aggressive treatment to combat the disease," it said.



Researchers find biomarkers for early stage pancreatic cancer

Researchers find biomarkers for early stage pancreatic cancerA combination of three proteins appears to be a good indicator of early stage pancreatic cancer when found in high levels in urine, British researchers said in a study published Monday. The findings, published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, hold promise for developing an inexpensive, non-invasive test to detect the disease before it can spread, they said. There is no existing early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer, which has the lowest five-year survival rate of all cancers, about three percent in Britain.



New analysis underscores improving pharma R&D productivity

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in blister packs are arranged on table in illustration picture in LjubljanaBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Drug industry productivity is continuing to improve, with a bumper haul of new products being launched and companies proving more successful in the final stages of clinical testing, according to a new analysis. Data from Thomson Reuters published on Tuesday showed the number of innovative medicines, or new molecular entities, launched globally in 2014 hit a 17-year high of 46, up from 29 in 2013. Last year's entrants included two cancer drugs that help the body's own immune cells fight tumors as oncology remained the top area for drug research, attracting nearly one third of all R&D spending.



It’s almost impossible to stop Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related searches
Keeping Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related Internet searches is not easy. SciLogs directs our attention to a new study conducted by Tim Libert at the Annenberg School for Communication that found “91% of health-related pages relay the URL to third parties, often unbeknownst to the user, and in 70% of the cases, the URL contains sensitive information such as ‘HIV’ or ‘cancer’ which is sufficient to tip off these third parties that you have been searching for information related to a specific disease.” FROM EARLIER: 10 more new jailbreak tweaks that are making me jealous my iPhone isn’t jailbroken In some ways, this isn’t too surprising. If you do a Google search for a certain disease, Google will obviously know

Bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds fails in US Senate

Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the US Capitol on July 28, 2015 in Washington, DCUS Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a deeply controversial measure aimed at halting all federal funding to the largest abortion provider in the nation. Planned Parenthood is described by its supporters as a vital supplier of health care services, including contraception, family planning, HIV prevention and cancer screenings for millions of women in the United States. The legislation was inspired by a secretly-recorded video released last month by anti-abortion activists, which depicted a Planned Parenthood official discussing the scientific research community's demand for fetal tissue, and the best abortion techniques for preserving certain organs.



Samsung pledges $85M to help cancer-stricken workers

Samsung pledges $85M to help cancer-stricken workersThe electronics giant will also use the cancer fund to improve worker safety at its manufacturing facilities around the world.



The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat SheetMost Democrats seem ready for Hillary Clinton—or at least appear content with her candidacy. While his boss hasn’t endorsed Clinton—and says he won’t endorse in the primary—many members of the Obama administration have gone to work for Clinton, including some close to Biden. One reason Biden didn’t get into the race was that his son Beau was dying of cancer, and the vice president was focused on being with his son.



Samsung Electronics to create fund for cancer-stricken workers, safety

A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' headquarters in SeoulTech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families, and for efforts to prevention such diseases at its chip and display factories. Samsung said in a statement the fund will make payments to workers or families of those who became sick while working at its plants, including contractors. South Korean activist group Sharps, which represents many of the cancer-stricken workers, said on Monday it was aware of around 200 workers who had fallen ill after working at a Samsung plant.



Savior or Spoiler: What Happens if Joe Biden Runs Against Clinton?
Depending on whom you listen to, Vice President Joe Biden is either about to announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, or is vaguely considering it as he grieves the death of his cancer-stricken son. In some regards he would do pretty well, but in others, it’s far from clear that he would bring the kind of advantages to the race that would provide the momentum he’d need to catch a Clinton effort that has been years in the making. Advantage: Clinton The edge here goes to Clinton, despite the fact that she would be the second-oldest first-term president ever inaugurated, trailing only Ronald Reagan, who was 16 days short of his 70th birthday when he entered the Oval Office.

New cocktails to test limits of cancer drug pricing
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - New cancer drug cocktails set to reach the market in the next few years will test the limits of premium pricing for life-saving medicines, forcing company executives to consider fresh market strategies. The growing reluctance of governments and private insurers to fund very expensive drugs - even remarkably effective ones - points to a showdown as manufacturers mix and match therapies that harness the immune system to fight tumors. Dozens of new cancer combinations will be launched over the next few years, with ones for lung cancer, melanoma and other solid tumors taking off strongly after 2018, drug company pipelines suggest.

Corruption in Kenya 'worse than ever' says veteran campaigner

Corruption in Kenya is sliding out of control, veteran anti-corruption activist and whistle-blower John Githongo, pictured in Nairobi on July 31, warned in an interview following a scathing audit of government financesCorruption in Kenya is sliding out of control, veteran anti-corruption activist and whistle-blower John Githongo has warned in an interview following a scathing audit of government finances. The comments also came after US President Barack Obama's visit to Kenya when he spoke of "the cancer of corruption". The publication of an official audit found just one percent of Kenya government spending and a quarter of the entire $16 billion (15 billion euro) budget was properly accounted for.



Valerie Harper Speaks: 'I Am Not, Nor Have I Been, In A Coma'

Valerie Harper steps out in New York City for the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE as it launches its Share Your Voice initiative to raise awareness of the number one cancer killer of women, lung cancer, on May 12, 2015 in New York City -- Getty ImagesValerie Harper is not in a coma, despite a report claiming otherwise. The actress, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer more than two years ago, took to Facebook to explain what really happened when she fell ill at Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine this week. "My dear friends and fans! As always, thank you for your amazing support," Valerie wrote on her Facebook page on Friday night.



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