Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
by Matt Sloane
(CNN) -- Although drinking alcohol is known to be a risk factor for developing breast cancer, a new study suggests that alcohol may not have any effect on whether you survive the disease. In fact, researchers found that being a moderate drinker may actually improve your chances of survival.
"The results of the study showed there was no adverse relationship between drinking patterns before diagnosis and breast cancer survival," said Polly Newcomb, director of the cancer prevention program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the lead author of the study.
"We actually found that relative to non-drinkers there were modestly improved survival rates for moderate alcohol intake."
The researchers followed close to 25,000 breast cancer patients for an average of 11 years, and found that women who drank moderately - three to six drinks per week - before developing breast cancer were 15% less likely to die from the disease.
More importantly, she says, drinking after diagnosis also didn't appear to impact survival.
"Whether you drink post diagnostically - again, moderately - doesn't appear to adversely impact your mortality," Newcomb said.
So does that mean women who have a history of breast cancer are free to drink up?
"The results of our study would suggest that moderate alcohol consumption after a diagnosis of breast cancer does not adversely impact either breast cancer-specific or overall survival," she said.
Another benefit of moderate alcohol intake - a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease in women with breast cancer, according to Newcomb. "Cardiovascular disease is importantly being recognized as a contributor to mortality among breast cancer survivors."
The study found that women who drank those same three to six drinks per week before being diagnosed with breast cancer were 25% less likely to develop heart disease.
The bottom line, says Newcomb? "This is good news for women because it might help direct some of their choices after their diagnosis."
Dr. Sandra Swain, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which published the study Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, agreed the findings are good news for breast cancer patients, but cautioned that more research should be done to confirm them.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 11:39
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins, Entertainment Editor
Detroit author Dr. D. C. Wiggins is releasing her debut novel, “Their Darkest Hour.” The novel is a revealing tale chronicling the hidden complexities of relationships. Not wanting to perpetuate the romanticized myth of marriage, “The Darkest Hour” offers a tale of a woman who is emotionally malnourished mentally stressed and physically drained.
Inspired by true events, Dr. D. C. Wiggins tells the story of Desiree and Malik. The couple’s relationship begins to disintegrate following Malik’s recovery from a surgery to remove a brain tumor. Instead of leaning on Desiree for support during the difficult time, Malik shuts her out and finds himself more and more frustrated with his wife and himself. The couple’s journey takes them through the depths of temptation and forces them to learn the importance of truth and wisdom despite their circumstances.
Dr. D.C. Wiggins, born Dr. De’Andrea Wiggins, has had a love for reading and writing since she was a young girl. She is an author, speaker and facilitator who has presented at corporations, universities and churches around metro Detroit. Dr. Wiggins has been an educator for over fifteen years. Dr. Wiggins is committed to helping people grow spiritually and excel professionally.
Currently, she is a blogger and book review for the Tyndale Blog Network, Waterbrook Multnomah and Thomas Nelson Publishers. She is an independent contributor for the Examiner.com as the Detroit Christianity and Culture examiner. She is also the interim director of Diversity and Inclusion at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. Her diverse backgrounds and interests coupled with a long-held passion for literature and fiction gives her a unique perspective as a fiction writer.
A book signing for “Their Darkest Hour” will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the gymnasium at Impact Church located at 12844 Elmdale at Dickerson on Detroit’s east side.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 08:00
Port Huron Area School District wins energy grant to replace obsolete lighting in elementary schools
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
Today the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced that the Port Huron Area School District was awarded a $99,365 grant for installation of energy efficient lighting in seven elementary schools. The project will replace or retrofit obsolete lighting and ballasts containing PCB with newer lighting technologies, helping the schools become more energy efficient and cutting costs. According to Port Huron Area District Superintendent, H. Ronald Wollen, the district is looking to save an estimated $15,000 per year on its energy expenses due to the lighting upgrades. With energy prices on the rise, finding solutions to help schools cut their energy budget is increasingly important and will provide a safer learning environment for students.
“Replacing obsolete lighting equipment will make the school environment healthier for student and also bring energy and cost saving benefits to the school district,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “The State of Michigan is pleased to partner with the Port Huron Area School District to replace older, unsafe ballasts and inefficient lighting fixtures with environmentally friendly equipment.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PCB ballasts can be a significant source PCB emissions in schools and can have a toxic effect, especially in elementary school-aged children.
“These grant funds are a breath of fresh air in a time of tight finances and moves us another step in the right direction of providing a great learning environment for our students,” said Wollen.
Grants are administered by the Michigan Energy Office through the State Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The State Energy Program provides financial and technical assistance to states through formula and competitive grants. States use the grants to develop state strategies and goals to address their energy priorities.
Port Huron School District will be responsible for the labor to remove and install the fixtures and proper disposal of disposal of the PCB ballasts in compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act.
The project will be completed prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 16:28
Category: Community Written by News One
Sharon Tirabassi (pictured) hit the jackpot nine years ago by winning $10.5 million in the Canadian Lotto Super 7. Today, she has to catch a bus to her part-time job and lives in a rental property that she struggles to maintain, reports 234Daily.
The 35-year-old mother of six, who has gone from the lavish life of a high roller to now living from paycheck to paycheck, claims that the lack of a financial adviser and uncontrolled spending led to her downfall. Tirabassi says she was lured into purchasing all of the trappings that money can buy: a big house, fancy cars, designer wardrobe. Tirabassi also took exotic trips, threw fancy parties and gave friends and family handouts and loans, which weren’t paid back in most cases.
Before she knew it, all of her winnings had evaporated.
The once millionaire admits to checking on her bank account every now and then. There were always seemed to be enough zeroes.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 15:08
Category: Community Written by News One
Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.
To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile a missing person weekly and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing, while TV One‘s newest show, “Find Our Missing,” hosted by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, tells these stories in visual form.
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 2000
Missing Date: March 26, 2013
Age Now: 13
Missing City: Detroit
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:15
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