Did John F. Kennedy borrow his most famous line?

John F. Kennedy’s famous line from his inaugural speech ‘Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country’ has been quoted countless times since 1961. Today, I would like to offer you a different excerpt: “Are you a politician who says to himself: ‘I will use my country for my own benefit’? If so, you are naught but a parasite living on the flesh of others. Or are you a devoted … Continue reading

What I Learned Surviving 3 Bouts of Cancer

This article was first published at The Huffington Post. Most people say that their life was not the same after being diagnosed with cancer. When one experiences three separate diagnoses of cancer (in my case it was lymphoma each time), and when every subsequent time the prognosis of recovery drops significantly, one re-evaluates every single aspect of one’s life. Perhaps the single advantage of spending endless weeks in bed, ultimately accumulating to well over a year, is that I had … Continue reading

Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

  Today the question of the day is whether or not you would like to know if you are going to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. A collaborative work by research groups at the University of Rochester and Georgetown University was published in Nature Medicine earlier today.  In it they describe a new blood test that allowed them predict Alzheimer’s Disease with over 90% accuracy within a 2-3 year time frame. So, the question is: would you like to know if you … Continue reading

Amazing Science: Nanotechnology

Animals’ whiskers have and continue being inspiration for ultra-sensitive pressure sensors based on nanotechnology.  The goal is to further improve human-machine interaction by helping robots sense human touch. http://bit.ly/1eZ8Xzi … Continue reading

‘Emotional’ Map of the Human Body

An interesting article was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  A team of Finnish scientists asked about 700 people where in their body they feel different emotions. Specifically, the participants “were shown two silhouettes of bodies alongside emotional words, stories, movies, or facial expressions. They were asked to color the bodily regions whose activity they felt increasing or decreasing while viewing each stimulus.” Volunteers were asked to report bodily sensations to six basic and seven … Continue reading

Before Making Your New Year’s resolutions

Whether you are going to make New Year’s resolutions… Whether you are tired of making (unaccomplished) resolutions… Whether you find New Year’s resolutions humbug… …ask yourself the following question.  Why do you still have unmet goals – goals that would change (the quality of) your life – when you could have achieved them a long time ago?   At the end of each year most people review the old year and contemplate their hopes/plans/expectations for the approaching year.  We, humans, … Continue reading

FDA to oversee the medical apps

After few years of seeking oversight approach for certain health-related mobile applications (apps), FDA announced that it is going to apply a risk-based approach to assure safety and effectiveness of some apps – specifically, for certain moderate-risk (Class II) and high-risk (Class III) mobile medical apps. According to some experts the number of health-related apps already reached several tens of thousands. It is clear that the agency will not be able to  – and is not intending to – oversee … Continue reading

Angelina Jolie and Breast Cancer Prevention

Since Angelina Jolie’s revelation on the NYT’s Op-Ed page five days ago discussions and opinions about her decision took several turns and twists.  Yesterday The Times’s editorial board published a disclosure – as many people commended her for the brave decision, yet many others criticized her.  I decided to write this post to offer my viewpoint specifically to those people who criticize her. Speaking generally, we obsess about celebrities to such extent that we watch every step of theirs under … Continue reading

For young cancer survivors and patients (in Baltimore)

If you are a young adult affected by cancer, if you are trying to balance career and cancer and you are in the Baltimore, MD area — consider going to Y.E.S! (Young adults Embracing Survivorship). When:   Saturday, June 8, 2013 Where: 900 E. 33rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218 (former site of Memorial Stadium) Cost:    Free 9:30am – 10:00am Registration & Breakfast 10:00am – 1:00pm Program Note: You must RSVP by June 3rd by contacting: Tracy Orwig –  Tracy.Orwig@LLS.org  (443) 471-1627 … Continue reading

Make the best use of your cell phone

Unless you were on a different planet for past several years, you have heard about the controversies over the health risks of your cell phone.  I almost never carry my cell phone on me and would advise doing the same to everyone, or at least avoid having your cell phone next to your body as much as you can. In case you absolutely have to have your cell phone on you, I wanted to tell you about one thing that … Continue reading