WBEZ | cancer http://www.wbez.org/tags/cancer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Grilled meats serve up dangerous compounds, but you can avoid some http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/grilled-meats-serve-dangerous-compounds-you-can-avoid-some-110214 <p><p>For many, Memorial Day weekend means it&rsquo;s finally time to bust out two things: the white shoes and blackened meats.&nbsp;</p><p>American dads may take pride in their cross-hatch grill marks, but those juicy, charred slabs of meat are coming under incresing scrutiny for the dangerous compounds they develop when protein meets dry blazing heat.</p><p>These include heterocyclic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and advanced glycation end products or HCAs, PAHs and AGEs.</p><p>Peter Guengerich is a biochemistry professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He&rsquo;s been studying HCAs and PAHs for 25 years, and he says that, on their own, the compounds aren&#39;t all that dangerous.</p><p>&ldquo;But our bodies have enzyme systems that convert these into reactive compounds,&rdquo; Guengerich said. &ldquo;Things that get stuck irreversibly on your DNA and can cause mutations and potentially cancer, most commonly colon cancer.&rdquo;</p><p>It&rsquo;s important to note that this has little to do with charcoal vs. gas or other fuels.</p><p>Dr Jaime Uribarri of Mount Sinai Medical Center says what matters are the AGEs &mdash; the crispy, browned, tasty bits that form on the outside of grilled meat and other foods.&nbsp; In the kitchen they&rsquo;re considered flavor, but in most medical labs, Uribarri says, they&rsquo;re linked to inflammation that causes &ldquo;diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, dementia and essentially most of the chronic medical conditions of modern times.&rdquo;</p><p>In fact, recent Mount Sinai research shows that mice fed a diet high in AGEs &mdash; similar to a Western diet &mdash; developed marked cognitive decline and precursors to Alzheimers disease and diabetes. Those fed a low-AGE diet were free of those conditions.&nbsp;</p><p>So does this mean an end to the all-American cookout?&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;If it is something done only once a year it may not be that bad,&rdquo; Uribarri says.</p><p>Only once a year?</p><p>Professor Guengerich won&rsquo;t go that far, but he does urge moderation.</p><p>&ldquo;Well basically if you only eat these things occasionally, [I&rsquo;m] probably not too concerned,&rdquo; the biochemist said. &ldquo;But if you are making a habit of eating these things every other day, grilled at high temperatures, you probably should think about it a little bit more.&rdquo;</p><p>But before you put away the Weber you should know there are lots of ways to cut down on these compounds at your barbecue.</p><p>To reduce the AGE&rsquo;s, Uribarri suggests a few things.</p><p>&ldquo;Make sure the meat is not left for very long periods of time on the grill,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Whenever possible, the meat should be marinated or freshened with juices during the cooking. And simultaneously, eat a lot of fruits vegetables and things that will kind of antagonize the bad effects of these compounds.&rdquo;</p><p>These would include antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, pomegranates and cherries &mdash; one Michigan butcher even blends them into his burger meat.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/blueberries.jpg" title="Eating antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, cherries and pomegranates with grilled foods may help reduce the harmful effects of grilling byproducts. (WBEZ/MONICA ENG) " /></div><p>Studies also show that marination in wine, vinegar or lemon juice can lower the meat&rsquo;s pH and cut way down on the formation of AGE and HCA. Another study shows that rubbing meat with fresh rosemary can cut HCA development most entirely.</p><p>Guengerich says you should also cover your grill with foil to avoid carcinogenic flare ups that produce PAHs on the surface.</p><p>&ldquo;And if you are particularly concerned you can preheat [the meat] in a microwave and get the juice out,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Then take it out and put it on the grill and you&rsquo;ll actually reduce your exposure by about 90 percent and you won&rsquo;t lose that much in the way of taste either.&rdquo;</p><p>Then there&rsquo;s the low-tech method of simply scraping off what Guengerich calls &quot;the black crud&quot; from the outside of your food. Those grill marks are rich in these carcinogenic compounds.<br /><br />Fans of cole slaw, broccoli and Brussels sprouts may also have more leeway. One study found that regular consumption of these cruciferous vegetables can help clear DNA damage wrought by the grilling process.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>And finally, Uribarri suggests simply swapping the dry high heat cooking for gentler water based methods most of the time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;So take for example a piece of meat,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;You put it on the grill to cook for half an hour, you generate so many AGEs. Then you take the same piece of meat, but now you put it under a lot of water to cook as a stew, you generate much much fewer. &ldquo;&nbsp;</p><p>This may be effective, but will anyone really want to come over to your house this summer for a burger boil?</p><p>Wiviott doesn&rsquo;t think so.<br /><br />&ldquo;No one wants to eat nine ounces of poached chicken or turkey breast,&rdquo; the pitmaster of Barn &amp; Company says.</p><p>&quot;Conversely, if you grill it and you have texture and crunch and flavor and salt and fat, that&rsquo;s when something really tastes good.&quot;</p><p>Wiviott is the author of &ldquo;Low and Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in FIve Easy Lessons.&rdquo; And he finds&nbsp; it hard to swallow all the recent science deriding his favorite foods.</p><p>&quot;In my lifetime, I&rsquo;ve seen coffee be not good for you; now it&rsquo;s good for you. Red wine not good for you; now it&rsquo;s good for you.&nbsp; Butter, pig fat. Margarine was good for you and now it&rsquo;s not,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I mean, since the cavemen started cooking, people have cooked their meat over an open fire and we&rsquo;re still around. So I can&rsquo;t imagine that it&rsquo;s all that bad for you&hellip;.Plus, it&rsquo;s absolutely delicious.&quot;</p><p>So does this mean you have to choose between boiled meat or colon cancer? Between long life and a char-striped hot dog?</p><p>&ldquo;Well it is a carcinogen,&rdquo; Guengerich says. &ldquo;But I don&rsquo;t want people to have a guilty conscience or feel like they are going to get cancer tomorrow. Just be moderate about your consumption of anything. Grilled foods included.&quot;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Farmers-market-cabbage.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts can help clear DNA damage from byproducts of grilled meats. (WBEZ/MONICA ENG) " /></div><p><strong>Tips for Reducing Grilled Food Dangers</strong></p><p>If you don&rsquo;t want to give up grilling meat all together, experts say, there are several ways to reduce the formation and your consumption of heterocyclic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and advanced glycation end products. Here are some of them:</p><ul><li>Pre-cook your meat in a pot of water, a low-temperature oven or microwave before finishing briefly on the grill.</li><li>Cover grill with foil to reduce drips and flare ups, which produce PAHs, or consider wrapping your meat in foil before placing it on the grill.&nbsp;</li><li>Marinate meat with vinegar, lemon juice or wine for at least 10 minutes before grilling. This can alter its pH, thus reducing the formation of AGEs during cooking.</li><li>Rub your meat with rosemary or other antioxidant rich fresh herbs before cooking.</li><li>Before eating, scrape off the carcinogenic &ldquo;black crud&rdquo; that may develop on meat or other foods during grilling.</li><li>Remove browned and blackened chicken skin before eating.</li><li>Eat cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables on a regular basis to provide your body with sulforaphane, which has been known to help clear DNA damaging compounds more quickly.</li><li>Eat antioxidant rich, deeply colored fruits and vegetables with your grilled meats to help counter the effects of the compounds.&nbsp;</li><li>Consider a weenie boil rather than a weenie roast. You will produce many fewer AGEs in the process.&nbsp;</li></ul></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/grilled-meats-serve-dangerous-compounds-you-can-avoid-some-110214 Morning Shift: Memorable Oscar snubs and surprises http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-28/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover Flickr lincolnblues.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at some of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. Also, the writer of a new play about cancer stops by to talk about his dad, games shows and aliens.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Memorable Oscar snubs and surprises" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-28/morning-shift-memorable-oscar-snubs-and-surprises Couple survives year full of cancer http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/couple-survives-year-full-cancer-109661 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS7424_chi000469_g2-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The year 2002 was difficult for both Carly and Larry Zabinski.</p><p>The year before the couple started dating, Carly learned her mother had brain cancer. And months later, Larry found out he had a form of cancer himself.</p><p>Carly said while she was attending college, she and her parents noticed her Mom was growing forgetful. They didn&rsquo;t make much of it at first &ndash; they just joked that her Mom was getting older.</p><p>Then one day, her Mom woke up screaming: She&rsquo;d lost her sight in one eye. Carly was really sick herself, so her Dad came home from work and took her Mom to the emergency room.</p><p>CARLY: About two hours later, I got a phone call that woke me up out of my sleep, and there was no sound on the other line &hellip;.And then I heard my Dad crying &hellip;. I remember telling myself, &lsquo;This is the start of something big, and it&rsquo;s not good.&rsquo;</p><p><em>To hear how Carly and Larry Zabinski dealt with double cases of cancer in a year, and how humor helped them get through, check out the audio above.</em></p><p><em>WBEZ&rsquo;s Lynette Kalsnes produced this edited excerpt. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/LynetteKalsnes">@LynetteKalsnes</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/couple-survives-year-full-cancer-109661 Illinois governor signs teen tanning ban http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/illinois-governor-signs-teen-tanning-ban-108428 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/tanning.png" alt="" /><p><p>As a young woman, Donna Moncivaiz would go to tanning salons looking for that perfect summer glow.</p><p>Now 51, Moncivaiz suffers from late-stage melanoma and says the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, gall bladder, liver and brain. The Beach Park mother also allowed her daughter to tan and, at 25, she too was diagnosed with early-stage melanoma.</p><p>Doctors attribute both women&#39;s melanoma to tanning beds and time spent outside without sunscreen, and that&#39;s why Moncivaiz has been among the most vocal supporters of proposed legislation that Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday to ban indoor tanning in Illinois for anyone younger than 18.</p><p>&quot;I don&#39;t want any mom to feel the guilt I feel, or go through what I&#39;m going through,&quot; said Moncivaiz, who testified in favor of the bill during the spring legislative session.</p><p>Quinn signed the bill along with a measure that prohibits anyone under age 18 from smoking electronic cigarettes.</p><p>&quot;I am signing these new laws today so that our youth and their families can be spared the consequences of very serious and preventable health problems that are caused by dangerous habits formed at a young age,&quot; Quinn said. &quot;Together these measures will protect the health of Illinois youth and save lives in the long-run.&quot;</p><p>On the tanning issue, Quinn&#39;s decision meant he agreed with critics that the health concerns merit government prohibition, rather than merely leaving the choice of tanning to youths and their parents, as industry officials had argued as the legislation was debated by lawmakers.</p><p>Dr. Judy Knox, a dermatologist from Springfield, has long advocated for a teen tanning ban, saying sometimes parents don&#39;t know their kids are using tanning beds. She said ten sessions in a tanning bed doubles the risk for melanoma.</p><p>&quot;The younger you are the more time you have then to develop that cancer,&quot; Knox said. &quot;There&#39;s still a huge myth that people think a tan is healthy.&quot;</p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization say natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation are cancer-causing substances, and in May the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed order for stricter regulations on indoor tanning devices. The American Academy of Dermatology says minors shouldn&#39;t use indoor tanning equipment because overexposure to ultraviolet radiation can lead to skin cancer.</p><p>The new law bans teens from using equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation, including sun lamps and tanning booths. They also cannot use tanning beds that emit certain electromagnetic radiation wavelengths. The bill doesn&#39;t apply to devices used in private residences, phototherapy devices used by physicians or spray tans.</p><p>Some tanning industry officials say the focus of government intervention should be on teaching moderation and that it&#39;s unfair to blame salons for overexposure that might lead to cancer, warning that a teen tanning ban would damage business.</p><p>Nick Patel, CEO of Lincolnshire-based L.A. Tan, which has about 65 salons in Illinois, said he has closed a number of locations over the last 18 months and that the new law could mean more lost jobs. Patel said his employees are trained to coach customers to tan wisely.</p><p>&quot;People just need to be educated more than anything else,&quot; he says.</p><p>The Indoor Tanning Association, which represents thousands of salon operators, contests the links between tanning and cancer.</p><p>&quot;Proponents of these laws always exaggerate the risks of exposure to ultraviolet light in order to get the attention of the public, the media and the government,&quot; the ITA said in a May 2012 statement. The group supports parental or guardian consent for those under age 18 who want to tan.</p><p>Illinois law already banned tanning by anyone younger than 14 but had allowed minors between 14 and 17 to tan with parental permission. Salons that violate the rules can be fined $250. Teen tanning already was banned altogether in Chicago and Springfield, and sponsors said the new law will level the playing field for salons across the state.</p><p>Sen. Christine Radogno, a Lemont Republican, said she co-sponsored the bill as a mother of three daughters, one who worked in a salon. She said she hated it when her daughters would tan.</p><p>&quot;We just have to make pale beautiful again,&quot; Radogno said.</p><p>For Moncivaiz, it&#39;s personal.</p><p>&quot;I think the bill will save countless lives,&quot; she said.</p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/illinois-governor-signs-teen-tanning-ban-108428 A father decides to be a different kind of father than his was http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/father-decides-be-different-kind-father-his-was-107790 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/storycorps dave and tom.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>After losing his mother to cancer, David Wartowski is finding his relationship with his father, Tom, even more important.</p><p>Tom has had his own struggles with cancer and depression.</p><p>The pair visited the Chicago StoryCorps booth to remember David&rsquo;s mother, whom they affectionately called Musiu, and to talk about their own relationship.</p><p>Tom: &hellip; My father was very, very strict (crying). He would always criticize what I did, and he thought by calling me lazy and stupid that I would turn out to be industrious and hardworking and smart. But really, it had the counter effect. He pretty much convinced me that I wasn&rsquo;t bright and that I was lazy.</p><p>David: You know, it turned out your relationship with me, with your son, was very little, I think, like the relationship you had with your father.</p><p>Tom: Yeah, there were some things I said I wasn&rsquo;t going to do - corporal punishment my father used a lot. I wasn&rsquo;t going to use that.</p><p>Tom tells his son he struggled with depression, but that his wife, David&rsquo;s mother, changed his life.</p><p>David: You were diagnosed with cancer in..</p><p>Tom: 2001</p><p>David: Shortly after Musiu died of cancer &hellip; I was in my roughly mid-20s thinking I would lose both of my parents without any siblings.</p><p>Listen to the audio above to hear more of David and Tom&rsquo;s story.</p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/father-decides-be-different-kind-father-his-was-107790 Is cancer funny? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/cancer-funny-103636 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Scott%20Beale.jpg" title="Tig Notaro (Flickr/ Scott Beale)" /></p><p>Tig Notaro is in great demand in the comedy world. After doing stand up for more than 15 years, she&rsquo;s finally made it to the big time. She&rsquo;s got a new job with Comedy Central and a book deal; her debut album is high on the charts on iTunes, and lots of magazine editors want her in their pages. So, you may ask: &ldquo;What is the secret to Notaro&#39;s sudden success?&rdquo; Well, her answer is an unusual one &mdash; she&rsquo;s got cancer!</p><p>Nataro was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and underwent a double mastectomy, chemo-therapy and radiation treatment. This was not long after she contracted a serious bacterial infection, lived through the sudden, unexpected death of her mother, and suffered a bitter break up with her girlfriend. What did she do with this bad luck and medical agony? She made fun of it, by turning it into a stand-up routine:&nbsp;&quot;Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Is everybody having a good time?&quot;</p><p>Macabre? Indeed! Shocking? You bet! Cynical? Absolutely! Angry? A little? Funny? Well, yes! After you let it all sink in. Notaro is really not being irreverent. She&rsquo;s not talking about other people&rsquo;s cancer, she&rsquo;s talking about her cancer and trying, through laughter, to take away the fear, dread and stigma of having cancer. Her routine is a bit of &ldquo;gallows humor.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s an attempt to detox her own fears, and perhaps help others to deal with their fears of illness and death.</p><p>Notaro is clearly a student of Joan Rivers, that great American philosopher who once said, &ldquo;If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.&rdquo; Humor prevents us from perceiving reality as a personal attack or a personal affront. Humor is about the ability to transcend self. It&rsquo;s the ability to celebrate our collective experiences and essential sameness. Humor allows us to laugh at our personal and collective vulnerability.</p><p>Humor has to do with transcending the absurdity and fragility of life. Nietzsche suggested that to gaze too long into the &ldquo;gapping abyss&rdquo; leads to despair and futility. Notaro&#39;s work suggests that humor, laughter and joke-telling are a way to gaze into the abyss, confront the unknowable and unanswerable, and perhaps find comfort and perspective: Humor allows us to gaze into the abyss and not be defeated.</p><p>Now Notaro has both gazed into the abyss and descended into it. But she is not defeated. She has survived and is in remission. She is laughing herself well!</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/cancer-funny-103636 Cardinal George ‘fearful’ about cancer but vows to keep working http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/cardinal-george-%E2%80%98fearful%E2%80%99-about-cancer-vows-keep-working-101958 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CardinalGeorge2.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 306px; width: 250px; " title="The leader of more than 2 million Chicago-area Catholics expects to hear next week about treatment options. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" />The spiritual leader of more than 2 million Chicago-area Roman Catholics says he is expecting to hear more next week about cancer found in his body and about treatment options.</p><p>Cardinal Francis George on Friday night made his first public appearance since finding out a week earlier that cancerous cells were in his liver and kidney.</p><p>&ldquo;We all live with the Lord as much as possible,&rdquo; he told reporters before attending a fundraiser for his archdiocese&rsquo;s Hispanic ministry. &ldquo;If this is a call to be with him for eternity, then that&rsquo;s a welcome call in that sense. But it&rsquo;s also a fearful call, because there&rsquo;s so much that&rsquo;s unknown.&rdquo;</p><p>George, 75, looked healthy but said medical tests had weakened him. He said Mayo Clinic physicians would help analyze the test results.</p><p>A 2006 cancer battle led to the removal of his bladder, prostate and part of a ureter. &ldquo;I had felt I&rsquo;d licked something and I didn&rsquo;t,&rdquo; the cardinal said. &ldquo;And so that isn&rsquo;t a good feeling.&rdquo;</p><p>George grew up in St. Pascal Parish on Chicago&rsquo;s Northwest Side. He has headed the Chicago archdiocese, which covers Cook and Lake counties, for 15 years. From 2007 to 2010, he was also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.</p><p>The cardinal said he would keep his public schedule unless treatment affected his immune system. He said he was waiting for more information about his condition before informing Pope Benedict XVI.</p></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/cardinal-george-%E2%80%98fearful%E2%80%99-about-cancer-vows-keep-working-101958 Controversial billboard on the Eisenhower alleges hot dogs cause cancer http://www.wbez.org/story/controversial-billboard-eisenhower-alleges-hot-dogs-cause-cancer-97265 <p><p>A controversial new billboard on the Eisenhower Expressway is trying to increase awareness of colorectal cancer with a blunt message: Hot Dogs Cause Butt Cancer.</p><p>Drivers passing between the Kostner and Cicero exits while heading west won't be able to miss the sign, which includes a cartoon drawing of a man in a hospital gown with a hot dog in hand. The <a href="http://www.pcrm.org/media/news/billboard-warns-chicago-of-hot-dog-butt-cancer">Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine </a>posted the billboard this week, in what they say is a way to get important research out of a medical journal and into people's brains.</p><p>Susan Levin, nutrition director for the PCRM, said the group was inspired by a 2007<a href="http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&amp;id=15642&amp;news_iv_ctrl=0&amp;abbr=pr_"> American Institute for Cancer Research study</a> that said eating processed meats increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.</p><p>"Nobody knows this - this is the kind of language you hear when people talk about tobacco and lung cancer but nobody was associating processed meats like pepperoni, or hot dogs or deli meats with cancer," Levin said.</p><p>Levin said hopes the billboard raises awareness in a city that's known for its hot dogs.<br> <br> Meanwhile, the American Meat Institute is calling the billboard "outrageous." The national meat and poultry trade organization released a<a href="http://www.meatami.com/ht/display/ReleaseDetails/i/76277"> statement</a> Wednesday that cited multiple studies that say there is no link between colon cancer and processed meats. The statement said hot dogs are part of any healthy diet when put alongside vegetables, grains and dairy.<br> <br> In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Illinois has one of the highest <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/statistics/state.htm">rates</a> of colorectal cancer in the country.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/controversial-billboard-eisenhower-alleges-hot-dogs-cause-cancer-97265 New law protects insured patients participating in clinical cancer trials http://www.wbez.org/story/new-law-protects-insured-patients-participating-clinical-cancer-trials-95216 <p><p>Illinois insurance agencies are now forbidden to deny health coverage to insured people participating in clinical cancer trials because of a new amendment to the state's Insurance Code.</p><p>Previously, companies could cancel an insured patient's medical coverage while that person receives experimental treatment despite being qualified.</p><p>Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) sponsored the measure.</p><p>"People were often faced with do they lose their insurance all together, or do they take part in a clinical trial that could save their lives," said Harris.</p><p>Harris said under the new law, the trial costs will be divided between the insurance company and the drug company running it.</p><p>The amendment passed both the House and Senate unanimously in 2011. It goes into effect on Jan. 1.</p></p> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-law-protects-insured-patients-participating-clinical-cancer-trials-95216 Richard Daley to stop traveling to be with wife http://www.wbez.org/story/richard-daley-stop-traveling-be-wife-94344 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/2 rich and mag 5.11 WBEZ.susiean.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has cancelled his travel plans indefinitely to stay with his ailing wife.</p><p>Daley's former top press aide Jacqueline Heard said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that the former mayor planned to fly to Harvard University next week as a visiting fellow. But Heard says Daley decided to cancel because he wants to stay with Maggie Daley, who has been battling metastatic breast cancer since 2002.</p><p>Last week, the couple's daughter, Elizabeth "Lally" Daley, was married after the family decided to move up the wedding by several weeks because of Maggie Daley's health.</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/richard-daley-stop-traveling-be-wife-94344