UK: Sunday Times critic AA Gill dies after cancer battle
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Sunday Times says its long-standing restaurant critic and columnist Adrian Gill, better known as AA Gill, has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 62.

Mother of One Direction singer Tomlinson dies from cancer

England XI v Rest of the World XI - Soccer Aid 2016LONDON (Reuters) - One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson's mother has died from an aggressive form of leukaemia, her family said on Friday. Johannah Deakin, 43, who worked as a midwife and had seven children, died on Wednesday in hospital in Sheffield, where she had been since May after being diagnosed with the cancer. Tomlinson, Deakin's oldest child, is scheduled to perform at the final of British television singing contest "The X Factor" at the weekend, British media reported. ...

Optimistic women may live longer
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who have a sunny outlook on life may live longer than their peers who take a dimmer view of the world, a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed data collected over eight years on about 70,000 women and found that the most optimistic people were significantly less likely to die from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease or infections during the study period than the least optimistic. “Optimistic people tend to act in healthier ways (i.e., more exercise, healthier diets, higher quality sleep, etc.), which reduces one's risk of death,” said one of the study’s lead authors, Kaitlin Hagan, a public health researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University in Boston.

AstraZeneca's immunotherapy enters U.S. approval process

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldFRANKFURT (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug durvalumab, the British drugmaker's most important pipeline medicine, has been accepted for review by U.S. regulators against bladder cancer, potentially its first use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also granted priority review status to the medicine, the company said, meaning trial data will be reviewed within six months instead of the usual 10. The drug boosts the immune system's ability to fight cancerous cells. ...

Scalp cooling device helps prevent hair loss from chemo
By Megan Brooks (Reuters Health) - A scalp-cooling system helped prevent hair loss in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy, researchers said today at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. “Scalp cooling devices are highly effective and should become available to women with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy,” lead author Dr. Julie Rani Nangia of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, said during a media briefing. Scalp-cooling technology lowers the temperature of the scalp, which reduces blood flow to hair follicles and has been shown in other studies to reduce hair loss in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, she explained.

Better aerobic fitness may reduce men’s risk of cancer death
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - The better a man’s cardiorespiratory fitness, the less likely he is to die from cancer, suggests a long-term study from Denmark. Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measurement of how well the body uses oxygen during intense exercise. Good cardiorespiratory fitness is well known to be associated with better cardiovascular health, but less is known about its effect on cancer risk, the study team writes in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Prog-rock pioneer Greg Lake dies of cancer aged 69

Greg Lake on stage in Llandano, Wales in 2005British rock musician Greg Lake, singer with 1970s progressive rock groups King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died of cancer aged 69, his manager announced Thursday. "Yesterday, December 7, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer," Stewart Young wrote on the musician's official website. "Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been," he added.

US life expectancy just dropped for the first time in over two decades
Life expectancy for people born in the United States has just dropped for the first time in over 20 years, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control, ending a streak of improvement that began in 1994. According to the group, newborns in 2015 can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, which represents an overall 0.1 year dip from the year prior. The report breaks down the numbers for added clarity, showing that the life expectancy for men dropped from 76.5 years in 2014, to 76.3 years in 2015, while women show a drop from 81.3 years to 81.2 years over the same period. As of 2015, the leading causes of death among all persons in the United States are: As you can see, nearly every cause of death saw an increase in prevalence from 2014 to 2015, with the only exception being a drop in the rate of cancer-related deaths. However, death rates for black and hispanic women, and hispanic men remained level. Life expectancy for those at age 65, which is a measurement that largely weighs on improvements in senior care, remained unchanged from 2014 to 2015. 65-year-old men have a life expectancy of 18 years, while women live longer at 19.4 years. Speaking with STAT , CDC researcher Dr. Jiaquan Xu noted that the opioid overdose has increasingly weighed on the results. “We’re seeing so many more preventable causes of death, and they’re significantly affecting mortality negatively," Xu said. “Motor vehicle accidents have gone up 6 percent. And accidental poisoning increased 13 percent. And 97 percent of accidental poisoning was from drug overdoses and alcohol."

Ex-Insys executives arrested for bribing U.S. doctors to prescribe painkiller
Michael Babich, the Arizona-based drugmaker's former chief executive officer, and others were charged with participating in a conspiracy in which bribes were disguised as marketing event and speaker fees. The case is the latest involving Subsys, a spray approved for managing pain in cancer patients that contains the synthetic opioid fentanyl, as authorities try to stem a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse. Shares of Insys were down 11.87 percent, or $1.27, to close at $9.43 on the NASDAQ on Thursday.

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn poses for his official NASA photoJohn Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95. Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American "Right Stuff" Mercury astronauts, died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University in Columbus, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman at the university's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which Glenn helped found. Glenn was credited with reviving U.S. pride after the Soviet Union's early domination of manned space exploration.

Cancer-Stricken ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Dies One Week Before Episode Airs
For the first time in Jeopardy! history, an episode will premiere after a contestant has passed away. Cindy Stowell, a science-content developer from Austin, Texas, lost her battle with Stage IV cancer on Monday, just one week before her episode was due to air on December 13th.

Australia’s plain cigarette packs get more support than expected
By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – Young Australians say they’re less likely to try smoking and more likely to quit since the country’s mandatory plain packaging for all tobacco products was implemented, according to a new study. In telephone surveys of Australians 12 to 24 years old, between 15 percent and 20 percent of non-smokers, ex-smokers and experimental smokers alike said the plain packaging made them less likely to take up smoking. “This is one of the first studies to show that the Australia plain packs have had an impact on smoking-related thoughts, feeling and behaviors among Australian adolescents and young adults,” lead author Sally Dunlop of the Cancer Institute in New South Wales told Reuters Health.

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