Yearly Archives: 2010

Genetic tests for cancer risk, demystified

Judy Garber, MD, MPH
If you could look into a crystal ball and see that you had a greater chance of developing certain cancers, you might make some changes today to lessen those odds.
That is the theory behind the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Genetics and Prevention (CGP) clinic. There, under the leadership of co-directors Judy Garber, MD, MPH, and Sapna Syngal, MD, MPH, clinicians and researchers analyze people’s germline DNA – the genetic code inscribed in every cell in the body – searching for specific inherited gene mutations that are known to increase the risk …


Yawkey Center strengthens ties between cancer care and research

Bridges connect the Yawkey Center’s patient-care areas (right) with research labs (left)
When a moving van pulls up to the curb of a new home, it often marks the beginning of a family’s next stage of growth.
For the Dana-Farber family, that moving van arrives this winter, when many clinical operations move to the new Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, signaling the next phase in the Institute’s 63-year battle against cancer.
The Yawkey Center, opening in February 2011, will create stronger links between patient care and research, with treatment areas organized by disease type and focused …


Jason Santos and Reality TV

Jason Santos is a wise, quick witted smart young man with blue hair who wanted to do Hell’ Kitchen for exposure and nothing more! But the nothing more is bigger now than when the show was on the air!
Jason Santos is a talented chef from a small restaurant in Somerville, Massachusetts who realized to get to where he wants to go and where his talent would take him would mean considering doing a reality TV show.
Jason applied for and got on Season 7 on Hell’s Kitchen without evening cooking which is somewhat surprising since Hell’s Kitchen is a cooking show! …


What is real in realtiy TV?

I had a lot to learn about reality TV.  Reality TV is TV at its finest, it is big business.  We think as viewers what we see is what has happened and we know everything that is going on.  But do we really? Maybe not!

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Half of Insured Women Skip Annual Mammograms

Conflicting Breast Screening Guidelines May Be Partly to Blame, Researchers Say
By Charlene Laino
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) — Only about half of women whose insurance pays for mammograms go in for annual breast screenings, researchers report.
A review of medical claims from more than 1.5 million women aged 40 and older showed that only 50% had an annual mammogram in the years 2006 to 2009.
Among women aged 40 to 49, 47% had an annual mammogram. For women aged 50 to 64 and 65 and older, the …


Genes found linked to breast cancer drug resistance could guide future treatment choices

Andrea Richardson, MD, PhD, and Zhigang Charles Wang, MD, PhD
Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have discovered a gene activity signature that predicts a high risk of cancer recurrence in certain breast tumors that have been treated with commonly used chemotherapy drugs.
Despite their resistance to drugs of the anthracycline class, the breast cancers bearing this gene signature will probably still be vulnerable to other types of chemotherapy agents, say scientists in a letter to be published in Nature Medicine on its Web site and later in a print edition.

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Watching TV Shows in the Making from Game Show to Food Shows!

Being a communications major, I have always been fascinated watching TV shows in the making. So far I have been to taping of game shows, sitcoms and food shows.
How did this journey start, well many, many years ago I dragged friends in LA to a taping of a game show.  Little did I know that a game show tapes a whole week’s worth of shows in one evening and lucky for me they still to do this day speak to me!  Years later when I was in LA with my daughter the only tickets to a show taping we could …


After Hell’s Kitchen, Life is Amazing for Jason Santos!

It is amazing when you are on a show once a week for 8 weeks how many people recognize you on the street, want to talk to you and get your autograph!  How you are asked to do appearances and get paid well for doing them! Jason Santos still feels he is the same person he was before he made Hell’s Kitchen and is trying to balance what the public wants from him and what he needs for himself.  It surprises Jason that someone wants his autograph while he is at a Dunkin’Donuts!  He is still getting adjusted to being …


Meet Jason Santos, Hell’s Kitchen Season Seven Runner-Up who’s Star is Shining!

Meet Jason Santos, Hell’s Kitchen Season Seven Runner-Up who’s Star is Shining!
I had seen the commercials on Fox for Gordon Ramsey’s Hell Kitchen but hearing Gordon’s screaming did not appeal to me. I never watched the show until the summer of 2010, season 7 to be exact when 2 contestants from Boston were on the show. You have to root for the home team! I got drawn into the drama of Hell’s Kitchen! Each week that the Ben Knack and Jason Santos made it through to another week, I could not wait until the show was on again!

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Time To Try Coconut Cream Bread Pudding

Sometime over the summer when the Food Network was on and Paula Deen was making Coconut Cream Bread Pudding, it was decided right then and there that this was a must have dessert at our Thanksgiving dinner.
I was open to open to the suggestion but somewhat surprised that this would take the place of one of our traditional desserts like apple or pumpkin pie! Who was I to argue about trying something new!

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