Do Something For Charity
Today in surprising medical news, scientists now believe some rare, unsuspecting berries found in the far northern corner of Australia might hold the key to curing cancer.
After an eight-year study, researchers have discovered that Blushwood berries — found in the rain forests of Far North Queensland — contain a compound that might be able to destroy head and neck tumors, as well as melanoma, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
Good guy Will Ferrell can now add philanthropist and crowdfunding commander to his resume.
The actor and comedian launched the SuperMegaBlastMax Gamer Challenge on Indiegogo to raise money for cancer charity yesterday.
We all have a sneaking suspicion that our cell phones are bad for us. You hear it every day: they erode our attention span and keep us connected to social media when we should be paying attention to the people right in front of our eyes. But what if cell phones are actually physically Read More
We’ll admit it: we’ve made fun of e-cigarettes before for their unwavering ability to make people look like tools. But despite e-cigarettes’ icky appearance, a new study has found that they’re actually doing a great job of helping people quit smoking.
People trying to quit smoking are 60 percent more likely to succeed if they switch to e-cigarettes than if they use nicotine products or quit cold turkey, Reuters reports.
Cell your Soul
This story is basically National Treasure, but with less Nicholas Cage, and more grandmas.
The Future Will See You Now
Italy’s Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could have a ripple effect for cellphone manufacturers all over the world by declaring a “causal link” between an Italian businessman’s non-cancerous tumor and his daily cellphone usage.
The businessman, Innocente Marcolini, said he used his cellphone as much as six hours a day for work. Now his face his paralyzed on one side.
Testimony from oncologists and researchers on Mr. Marcolini’s behalf might spook even the most hardcore cellphone user:
A few weeks ago, a 23-year-old girl named Kim Suozzi took to Reddit with a tragic backstory: during her senior year of college, she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer that–after many treatment options had been explored–was deemed untreatable. Ms. Suozzi wrote that she has a 6 to 10 month median survival rate. “I have to prepare to die,” she wrote painfully matter-of-factly. “In a way, I am fortunate because the lesion is primarily in my brain stem (controls things like breathing), so I will likely die before the tumor spreads to the areas central to who I am.”
Ms. Suozzi was writing to Reddit to ask for donations so that she could afford her dying wish. Fund-raisers for cancer patients on the social news site are nothing new, particularly because potent group pathos is a familiar chord plucked in the community, one that has proven to be a compelling driving force. What makes Ms. Suozzi’s case especially interesting is what exactly her dying wish is: the 23-year-old St. Louis resident wants to have her body cryogenically frozen: