ACONCAGUA PROVINCIAL PARK, Argentina — Isabella de la Houssaye and her daughter, Bella, struggled to breathe in the thin air of the high Andes as they trudged up a zigzag trail to the top of Aconcagua, the highest summit outside the Himalayas. At an elevation of Isabella has Stage 4 lung cancer, which makes breathing especially hard. She and her daughter were four hours into their 14-hour push to the top when Bella, 22, broke down at roughly 21,000 feet. The vastness of the snow-capped mountains stretching out beneath them was stunning, but Bella was not contemplating the view. “I don’t know why we are here or why we are doing this,” she said to her mother as she leaned against her pack on a rocky knoll in the morning light. Wearing matching puffy orange jackets made for temperatures of minus 40 Fahrenheit, crampons, helmets and ski goggles, with buffs that covered the lower half of their faces, they looked almost identical. For two decades, Isabella, … [Read more...] about She Had Stage 4 Lung Cancer, and a Mountain to Climb
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Computers were as good or better than doctors at detecting tiny lung cancers on CT scans, in a study by researchers from Google and several medical centers. The technology is a work in progress, not ready for widespread use, but the new report, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, offers a glimpse of the future of artificial intelligence in medicine. One of the most promising areas is recognizing patterns and interpreting images — the same skills that humans use to read microscope slides, X-rays, M.R.I.s and other medical scans. By feeding huge amounts of data from medical imaging into systems called artificial neural networks, researchers can train computers to recognize patterns linked to a specific condition, like pneumonia, cancer or a wrist fracture that would be hard for a person to see. The system follows an algorithm, or set of instructions, and learns as it goes. The more data it receives, the better it becomes at interpretation. The process, known as … [Read more...] about A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.
For most people diagnosed with operable cancer, the idea of leaving it in situ might seem brave or foolhardy — or both. And when it comes to treating prostate cancer that hasn’t spread, the wait-and-see approach — or active surveillance — has always been considered the least preferred option. ‘In the past, there was always the sense that doing something was better than doing nothing for all prostate cancers,’ says Professor Chris Eden, a consultant urologist at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. For that reason, thousands of men with low-risk prostate cancer that might never have proved life-threatening have undergone invasive treatments, such as radical prostatectomy, where the prostate gland and surrounding tissue are removed surgically; or radiotherapy, where high-energy rays are used to destroy tumours. Did you know? 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every single year in the UK Although both treatments can cure the cancer, … [Read more...] about Prostate cancer conundrum: Should you opt for risky surgery?
If you ask Joseph Genda, 44, to describe himself, he starts with what he considers most important: He is a father, a husband and he is black. Dig a little deeper and you hear other ways he identifies himself: He is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Sierra Leone, a breadwinner for his family here and abroad. He is a Christian, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the center coordinator of an after-school program for Promise South Salt Lake. Genda’s part of the crowd when he says being a dad and a husband are key to who he is. When the 2018 American Family Survey asked respondents how important being a parent or a spouse/partner are to their identity, around 70 percent who are part of couples said “very” or “extremely important,” putting family at the top of a list of personal roles. They deemed family relationships far more important than their religion (43 percent), career (37 percent), community (30 percent), … [Read more...] about Who are we? American Family Survey shows the titles we claim, how they influence our lives
Story highlights Sarah Hughes was diagnosed with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis at 11 months old It is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects multiple organs and systems in the body Stem cell therapy has helped Sarah's body to heal after years of damage (CNN)For 23 years, Sarah Hughes battled with her own body just to live. As a child, her struggle was hidden behind a beaming smile; her main source of joy was riding her pony. And it was a brave smile, the same one that greeted doctor after doctor, even in the face of constant pain that Hughes lived with since she was a baby. Sarah was diagnosed with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis when she was 11 months old, her mother, Fiona, said. It's a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects multiple organs and systems in the body and impacts 30,000 children in the United States, according to Dr. Jeremy Szeto, a member of Hughes' medical team. Hughes' aunt -- her mother's twin, Sarah Jane -- passed away at 37 … [Read more...] about After experimental treatment, 24-year-old is learning how to live