Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Catherine Zeta-Jones checks into treatment facility for bipolar disorder

Catherine Zeta-Jones has been treated for manic depression over the stress of her husband Michael Douglas’s battle against cancer. The 41-year-old actress was admitted last Wednesday to the Silver Hill psychiatric hospital, where she reportedly shared a ward with alcoholics and drug addicts. She stayed for five days, joining 10 to 15 others in the £770-a-day detox centre at the hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. ... read more >>

Woman claims addiction in tobacco lawsuit

A 77-year-old grandmother testified at the beginning of her smokers’ lawsuit trial Thursday that she would get “antsy and nervous” when she didn’t have a cigarette during the years that she smoked. Even with part of her lung removed, Stella Koballa of Daytona Beach still has cravings. She testified that she quit smoking up to two packs a day after she was diagnosed with cancer in 1996. ... read more >>

Tobacco tax campaign will be a rough ride

Lance Armstrong pedalled (flew, actually) into California last week to promote his latest post-retirement campaign: a ballot measure raising the state tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack to generate $850 million a year for cancer research and anti-smoking programs. ... read more >>

Michael Douglas ‘quits alcohol, tobacco’

Catherine Zeta-Jones broke down in tears after learning that husband Michael Douglas had beaten throat cancer. The Welsh actress, who has two children with the Hollywood veteran actor, was apparently overwhelmed at hearing the happy news. Douglas, 66, has this week revealed he has won the battle against the deadly disease. ... read more >>

Michael Douglas: My 80% chance of recovery from throat cancer

Michael Douglas is confident of making a full recovery from throat cancer and has revealed that doctors have given him an 80 per cent chance of beating the illness. But after eight weeks of gruelling chemotherapy and radiation treatment, he admitted he had thought about the prospect of dying. ... read more >>

Santa Clara County tightens tobacco regulations

There is a new effort in the Bay Area to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed a new law Tuesday tightening regulations on tobacco products. They voted unanimously to begin regulation and enforcement of tobacco sales. Board President Ken Yeager says the main goal is to prevent sales to minors, because state regulations don’t do enough. “For the first time really here in Santa Clara County there will be a real penalty to these stores that are selling tobacco products to minors,” says Yeager. ... read more >>

‘I got whacked big time’: Michael Douglas on cancer and money meltdowns

Michael Douglas doesn’t look like a man facing the toughest battle of his life. He’s a little thinner perhaps, but surprisingly upbeat despite having been diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, for which he is undergoing a gruelling combination of chemotherapy and radiation. ‘It really knocks you out,’ he says, shaking his head. ‘You just never think it is going to be you. But I’ll beat this. The tumour is shrinking. The odds are good. I’m not dealing with mortality issues until I hear otherwise.’ ... read more >>

U.S. smoking rate hasn’t changed, CDC says

After 40 years of continual declines, the smoking rate in the United States has stabilized for the last five years, with one in every five Americans still lighting up regularly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Moreover, more than half of all children are exposed to toxic, secondhand smoke and 98% of those who live with a smoker have measurable levels of toxic chemicals in their blood stream, setting them up for future harm from cancer, heart disease and a variety of other ailments. ... read more >>

Michael Douglas Talks Cancer With Letterman: Stage 4, 80% Odds

Michael Douglas says he faces an “eight-week struggle” against throat cancer but is optimistic about his chances for recovery. During an appearance Tuesday on David Letterman’s “Late Show,” the actor said he had just finished his first week of radiation and chemotherapy. That drew a surprised reaction from Letterman. ... read more >>

Michael Douglas Has Throat Tumor: What are His Chances?

During the long, warm weeks of spring in new York, Michael Douglas suddenly began to look his age. Going to court with his troubled son Cameron, who was on trial for drug dealing, it was obvious that the actor had lost weight. He appeared greyfaced and fatigued. And as summer advanced, Douglas looked frailer and more tired while his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, showed signs of being under terrific strain, too. ... read more >>

New York State Health Department releases online map that plots out areas at high risk for cancer

An average of 39 people die every week in the Bronx from cancer. But borough residents can now take a first step in scouting environmental cancer hazards and cancer cases by neighborhood. The state Health Department has released an online tool that maps chemical warehouses, waste management sites and 23 types of cancer by census tract. ... read more >>