New screening method may identify more ovarian cancers

Blood tests are picture at the laboratory the hospital of the Canton of Nidwalden in StansBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - A personalized method for interpreting blood tests identifies more ovarian cancer cases than a generalized approach, a new study suggests. Using an algorithm to analyze changes in the level of a specific protein in blood was better at predicting ovarian cancer, compared to waiting until the protein level reached a general "cut-off" point, researchers found. While the results are promising, the study's lead author said it's too soon to use the new screening method in general practice. "It looks like we picked up cancers in more people earlier," said Dr. Usha Menon of University College London.

L’Oréal launches campaign for healthy skin habits

Actress Diane Keaton is among the celebrities jumping on board L'Oréal's campaign to help encourage the use of sunless tanning and SFP protection.Joining forces with Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) and a gaggle of celebrities including Eva Longoria, Aimee Mullins and skin cancer survivor Diane Keaton, L'Oréal Paris unveiled Monday "It's THAT worth it to me," a US public health awareness campaign to take place over social media.

People unaware of skin cancer risks, UK study finds

People unaware of skin cancer risks, UK study findsA new study from the British Association of Dermatologists, published Monday, highlights that 96% of UK adults fail to check themselves regularly for skin cancer and that 77% wouldn't be able to recognize signs of the disease. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. Rates have been rising steadily since 1960 and currently 250,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed annually.

Love-in for health service looms large in British election

A woman passes a National Health Service ambulance in central LondonGiven regular headlines about overflowing emergency rooms, horrendous waiting times and cancer drug rationing, Britain's love affair with the National Health Service (NHS) can be perplexing to outsiders. Protecting the health service is centre-stage in the run-up to this week's election, with rival parties locked in a war of funding promises - and warm words - for an overburdened and occasionally chaotic organisation. "It is my life's work," Prime Minister David Cameron insisted in front of a television audience last week, as he battled voter distrust of his Conservative Party's handling of healthcare.

Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca dies after battle with cancer
LONDON (AP) — The wife of Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has died aged 34 following a short battle with cancer.

Soccer-Football rallies round grieving Ferdinand
Football rallied round on Saturday to offer support to former England captain Rio Ferdinand following the death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison, from cancer. Ferdinand's Queens Park Rangers team mates and his former colleagues at Manchester United all wore black armbands during their Premier League matches. QPR player Leroy Fer offered his own personal support at Anfield after he scored in the second half during the 2-1 defeat by Liverpool, unveiling an undershirt with the message: "Stay strong family Ferdinand".

Tributes paid to Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca

Rebecca Ellison (L), the wife of former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand (R) has died aged 34 following a short battle with cancerThe wife of former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has died aged 34 following a short battle with cancer, he announced on Saturday, prompting a flood of tributes. Figures from across English football paid tribute to Rebecca Ellison, who died on Friday night from breast cancer, with fans applauding during matches and players expressing sympathy to Ferdinand. "My soulmate slipped away last night," the 36-year-old Queens Park Rangers player said in a statement. "Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

NFL player surprises teen with cancer by asking her to prom
Prom season is in full swing and “promposals” are all the rage on the Internet, but this latest might bring a tear to your eye.

Worse survival after lung cancer surgery for residents of poor neighborhoods
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Residents of low-income neighborhoods with few high school graduates may be more likely to die after lung cancer surgery than more affluent patients, a U.S. study finds. Researchers reviewed records for more than 200,000 patients who had lung cancer surgery from 2003 to 2011. They found that while factors such as age, gender and other medical conditions influenced survival, so did non-clinical variables like the neighborhoods where patients lived, and the type of hospital where they were treated. The researchers had expected that outcomes would be linked with social and economic factors, said senior author Dr. Felix Fernandez of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankings

MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankingsFile photo by Nicholas Koza Allonzo Trier poured in 33 points as No. 2 Findlay Prep beat No. 11 Our Savior New American over the weekend at Hoophall West in Arizona. MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard 1. (No. 1 last week) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 21-0 The Warriors are nearing the end of a lengthy break after winning the Iolani Classic in Hawaii pre-Christmas. Oak Hill Academy returns to action Wednesday against a touring team from Australia. 2. (3) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 15-0 They are who we thought they were. The Pilots notched their biggest win of the season Friday night at Hoophall West in Arizona, handling No. 11 Our Savior New American 82-69. 3. (4) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 16-0 On the heels of a statement win at the Cancer Research Classic, the Fighting Irish will face Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) this weekend in Kentucky. 4. (5) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 15-1 LSU fans can get a sneak peek at No. 1 prospect Ben Simmons this week at the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans. 5. (2) Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), 13-1 The Wildcats beat No. 4 Montverde Academy in the final of the City of Palms Classic. But Wheeler fell in the semifinals of the Les Schwab Invitational while Montverde went on to win the tournament title. Photo by David Hood An impressive win streak catapults Cody Riley and Sierra Canyon to No. 9 this week. 6. (9) Roselle Catholic (N.J.), 7-0 Head coach Dave Boff and the Lions continue to haunt legendary Bob Hurley at St. Anthony (Jersey City). Roselle Catholic rallied to beat the storied Friars on Friday night, 51-48. 7. (14) Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.), 9-1 It was a signature victory for head coach Mark Hall and the Dolphins on Saturday night at the Chance Harman Classic, beating No. 8 Wesleyan Christian Academy 70-61. 8. (7) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 16-2 Going 6-2 during a stretch that included four nationally ranked opponents and the best team in Canadian history shouldn't be penalized. The Trojans will join No. 1 Oak Hill Academy and No. 10 Bishop O'Dowd in the field at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions in Missouri later this month. 9. (21) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 10-1 Just three days after winning the MaxPreps Holiday Classic title, the Trailblazers swept DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) – both previously unbeaten – at Hoophall West. 10. (8) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), 5-2 Despite early losses to No. 1 Oak Hill Academy and No. 4 Montverde Academy, the Dragons have a chance to be a serious player down the stretch. O'Dowd could meet Oak Hill twice more and faces No. 5 Wheeler at the Spalding Hoophall Classic. Photo by Jim Redman Pennsylvania transfer Maverick Rowan has taken No. 15 Cardinal Gibbons of Florida to another level. 11. (10) Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.), 11-3 Credit OSNA for taking on a challenging schedule. The New York school came up short against No. 1 Oak Hill Academy and No. 2 Findlay Prep, but beat No. 7 Cape Henry Collegiate at the Chick-fil-A Classic. 12. (15) Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland), 7-0 The Vikings rallied for a 69-67 win over preseason Top 10 squad Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) at the Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia. 13. (NR) St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), 8-0 With quality wins over Ohio defending state champ St. Edward (Lakewood), St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) and Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), LeBron James' alma mater probably has a strong case to be ranked even higher. 14. (6) Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.), 12-1 Junior phenom Jayson Tatum and Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) upended Stevenson at the Cancer Research Classic. The Patriots responded the next day with a win over Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.). 15. (NR) Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 17-0 The Chiefs closed out 2014 with a 7-0 run in tournament play at the Kreul Classic and Kingdom of the Sun. Cardinal Gibbons' best win was a 19-point shellacking of Sagemont (Weston, Fla.), which turned around and reached the semifinals of the Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina. Photo by Mark Jones No. 18 Corona del Sol has won 56 of its last 58 games. 16. (22) Greensboro Day (N.C.), 20-0 The Bengals are one of the nation's stingiest defensive teams, allowing just 38.8 points per game. Greensboro Day surrendered 11 points in the second half Saturday in a 48-26 win over Durham Academy. 17. (25) Southport (Indianapolis), 9-0 The Cardinals won the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic title over the break – an event played in the world's largest high school basketball gym in New Castle, Ind. Tournament MVP Joey Brunk scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards in the final, a 66-49 drubbing of state-ranked Brownsburg. 18. (NR) Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.), 12-1 Freshman Marvin Bagley III is playing a prominent role for the Aztecs. Corona del Sol let one slip away against No. 9 Sierra Canyon over the weekend at Hoophall West – just the program's second loss in its last 58 outings. 19. (NR) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 12-1 The Stags will have a couple major positioning opportunities later this month against No. 6 Roselle Catholic and MaxPreps Holiday Classic runner-up Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.). 20. (NR) Jonesboro (Ga.), 13-1 Led by sophomore star James Walker Jr., the Cardinals have quality wins over Bartow (Fla.), Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.) and Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) and have blasted 11 opponents by 20 points or more. The lone loss came against No. 4 Montverde Academy. Photo courtesy of Precision The National Guard honored Garfield of Seattle after a banner 2013-14 season and the Bulldogs look to be formidable once again. 21. (23) Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.), 9-0 The questions surrounding the Wildcats end Saturday when they face No. 1 Oak Hill Academy at the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest in Memphis. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. 22. (NR) Garfield (Seattle), 10-0 The storied Seattle program is off to another hot start, averaging nearly 85 points per game and disposing of opponents by an average margin of nearly 35 points per game. Garfield will meet Rainier Beach (Seattle) in a key showdown Jan. 19. 23. (NR) St. Joseph (Westchester, Ill.), 11-2 The Chargers have already avenged one of their two losses this season. The other came in the final of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament against No. 14 Stevenson. On the positive side, St. Joseph beat Tarkanian Classic champion and Under Armour Holiday Classic runner-up Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.) by 16 in early December. 24. (NR) Fairfax (Los Angeles), 10-0 Eating crow here. We scoffed at another media outlet's inclusion of Fairfax in its national Top 25 and the Lions turned around and won the Under Armour Holiday Classic in San Diego – a good lesson in Twitter humility. The scouting report on Fairfax is very favorable and head coach Harvey Kitani is one of California's all-time greats. 25. (NR) Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.), 6-0 Syracuse signee Moustapha Diagne and Pope John XXIII put themselves on the map with a win at the inaugural Battle of the Villages tourney in Florida. Dropped out: No. 11 Plano West (Texas), No. 12 Atascocita (Humble, Texas), No. 13 Muskegon (Mich.), No. 15 La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), No. 16 Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), No. 17 Oldsmar Christian (Fla.), No. 19 Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), No. 20 St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.), No. 24 Rainier Beach (Seattle)

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