HIV-positive doctor says his dog saved his life

In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Dr. Rob Garofalo pets his dog, Fred, at their home in Chicago. Garofalo, who is head of the adolescent medicine division at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, tested positive for the AIDS virus in 2010. He fell into a deep depression and credits Fred, a Yorkshire terrier, with bringing him back to life. Garofalo has since co-founded the "When Dogs Heal" photo project, which features HIV-positive people and their dogs. The exhibit opens in Chicago on Dec. 1, which is World AIDS Day, and in New York City on Dec. 3. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)CHICAGO (AP) — Rob Garofalo was devastated. He'd built his medical and research career on helping young AIDS patients. Then he learned that he, too, was HIV-positive. The news came after he'd already survived kidney cancer and a breakup with his longtime partner.

FDA declines expanded approval for Bristol-Myers' Opdivo drug
(Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its immuno-oncology drug, Opdivo, for its expanded use to treat an additional type of advanced skin cancer. Bristol-Myers said it received a so-called complete response letter from the health regulator, which indicated the need for additional data in the BRAF mutated patient population. The regulator issues a complete response letter when a new or generic treatment cannot be approved in its current form.

Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player Cynthia Robinson dies at 71
Trumpet player and singer Cynthia Robinson, an original member of psychedelic funk pioneers Sly and the Family Stone, has died, the band said in statement on Friday. Robinson was one of the first women horn players to be featured prominently in a top American pop band and also provided vocals to such hits as "Dance to the Music" with Sly and the Family Stone. In announcing her death, the band posted a statement on its website saying, "Our condolences go out to the Robinson Family and her band mates and all family (and) friends! You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are here for you." It also asked for continued support for the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund.

Misleading HPV vaccine websites are easy to find
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Parents who go online to find out about the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer, may have a hard time finding accurate information, a recent U.S. study suggests. In the U.S., the HPV vaccine is recommended for children at age 11 or 12 years, with the goal of protecting them against the virus before they become sexually active, and also for teens and young adults who may not have previously been vaccinated. The Internet, where the vast majority of Americans go for answers to a wide variety of medical questions, may be particularly misleading when it comes to facts about HPV, researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The 'Angelina effect' has doubled preventative mastectomy numbers in the UK

The American actress underwent a preventative double mastectomy and removal of her ovaries in 2013 to eliminate risk of cancer.Two years after the actress Angelina Jolie went public about having a gene mutation linked to breast cancer and her preventative double mastectomy, a new UK study has shown that the number of preventative operations of this kind has risen. Angelina Jolie's announcement in May 2013 that she had had a double mastectomy caused a media storm. The American actress carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, as did her mother, who died of breast cancer.

Comedian Subject of 'Tosh.0' Fundraiser Dies of Brain Cancer
Andy Ritchie lost his fight with cancer on Thanksgiving.

Comedian Subject of 'Tosh 2.0' Fundraiser Dies of Brain Cancer
Andy Ritchie lost his fight with cancer on Thanksgiving.

Woman with late-stage cancer to get medical marijuana card
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient's application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.

Bolivia's Morales, once leftist climate pact foe, turns pragmatic

Bolivia's President Evo Morales addresses a news conference at the Chancellery in BerlinBy Rosalba O'Brien LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia's President Evo Morales leaves no doubt about who he blames for global warming. "Capitalism is like a cancer for Mother Earth," he declared in October to an audience of indigenous groups and farmers, environmental groups and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a conference on climate change in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya. Indicting capitalism for causing climate change is a message that resonates with hardcore eco-activists who argue only a transformation of the global economy can end the world's dependence on fossil fuels.

EU approves Roche's Cotellic in combo therapy against skin cancer

Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, SwitzerlandThe European Union gave its green light to Roche's Cotellic for use in combination with the drug Zelboraf against advanced melanoma, the company said on Wednesday. Roche is counting on Cotellic to help it revive flagging sales of five-year-old Zelboraf, which dropped 25 percent during the first nine months of 2015. It has been under intense pressure from rivals' drugs as the standard of care moves to combination therapy.

Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone Co-Founder, Dies at 69

Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone Co-Founder, Dies at 69Cynthia Robinson, who co-founded Sly and the Family Stone and was the group's trumpeter, died Monday after battling cancer, according to a post on her Facebook page. She was 69. Born in Sacramento, Calif., Robinson's first taste of music came through playing in her high school marching band and ... Read More > Other Links From Sly and the Family Stone This article, Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone Co-Founder, Dies at 69, originally appeared on

Sly and the Family Stone founding member Cynthia Robinson dead at 69

Sly and the Family Stone founding member Cynthia Robinson dead at 69Sly and the Family Stone vocalist and trumpeter Cynthia Robinson has died from cancer at 69. The founding member was the musician who told fans to “get up and dance to the music” on 1968 hit Dance to the Music . But she should be known for much more than that: she was one of the first Black female trumpet players to “lead a major American band,” according to BET, and a well-respected veteran musician. Born in Sacramento, California, Robinson joined the band — initially known as the Stoners — in 1966 and continued working with Sly and the Family Stone until its end in 1975. Billboard reported the sad news, noting that her cancer diagnosis and the establishment of the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund was first announced in October. Related : Geddy Lee on how Rush cranked back the clock one song time at a time on R40 Live “She covered a lot of ground,” said Martini to Billboard. “She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn’t in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music, and she could blow with the best of ’em, always.” While best known for her time in Sly & the Family Stone, she continued her music career afterwards in Family Stone bassist Larry Graham’s band Graham Central Station. Over the years, she has also worked with George Clinton, Prince, and in Sinbad’s Aruba Summer Soul Festival. More recently, she has performed as part of the Family Stone with saxophonist Jerry Martini and drummer Gregg Errico since 2006. Her daughter, Sylvette Phunne Stone, has also performed with the Family Stone. Just this year, she sang lead vocals with her daughter on the Family Stone single Do Yo Dance . In a post on Cynthia Robinson’s Facebook page, representatives for Robinson expressed condolences for the Robinson Family and her bandmates and asked fans to support the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund. Also watch: Plugged Crown Headphones Review Please enable Javascript to watch this video

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