health alert

These Rare Australian Berries Might Contain Cancer Cure

The drug made from the berries had a 75 percent success rate. (Screengrab: YouTube)

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. Read More

Survey Says

E-Cigs Still Aren’t FDA Approved, But Science Says They’ll Help you Quit Smoking

They look dumb, but we guess they help prevent cancer? (Wikimedia Commons)

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 reportsRead More

Cell your Soul

Italian Court Rules That Cellphones Cause Brain Tumors

Hope you don't get cancer, CEO guy. (flickr.com/perspective)

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: Read More

The Future Will See You Now

Futurists Take Up the Cause of a Girl With Terminal Brain Cancer Seeking Comfort in Cryogenics

(Photo: Venturist.info)

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: Read More