8:15 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Dying Doctor And Woodworker Forge Tight Bond While Building Coffin

Local woodworker and artist Peter Warren met Dr. Jeff Piehler, a retired thoracic surgeon, at an art opening some years ago. But last year, the doctor came to visit Warren at his studio with an unusual request.

“He came to me and said ‘what do you think about building a casket?’” Warren said. "I told him I was fine with that."

Building his own casket

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11:17 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Prairie Village Surgeon Confronts Death By Building His Own Coffin

Dr. Jeff Piehler of Prairie Village reacted to his stage-four prostate cancer diagnosis by building his own coffin.
Credit Shari Hartbauer / Lincoln Journal Star

It’s one thing for a doctor to counsel a seriously-ill patient about how to deal with his illness and how to face the idea of death. But imagine going from being the doctor to being the patient.

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6:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Finding The Philadelphia Chromosome

Jessica Wapner is the author of The Philadelphia Chromosome.

Developing a medicine that attacks the genes of a disease may seem like science fiction, but it’s already been done.

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9:59 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Laughs For A Good Cause

Jason and Kathy Sudeikis

There’s no shortage of entertainment talent in Kansas City, and SNL funnyman Jason Sudeikis is putting his to good use.

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10:32 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Writer Thomas Kennedy On Cancer & Corporate Life

Thomas E. Kennedy

An American ex-pat writes satirically about corporate life in a Copenhagen office.

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10:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Warm Weather & Your Pet, & A PET Scanner For Your...Pet.

A CAT scanner...for dogs.
Fresno Pet ER

An uncharacteristically mild winter has led to an unusually warm spring.  You probably packed up your winter coat early and started wearing sandals sometime last month. 

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Shots - Health Blog
3:01 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

With Cancer Care, The U.S. Spends More, But Gets More

Newer cancer treatment drugs have raised the cost of treatment even more.

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 3:03 pm

By now it's hardly news that the U.S. spends more than every other industrialized country on health care. But a new study suggests that at least when it comes to cancer care, Americans may actually be getting decent value.

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Shots - Health Blog
7:31 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Cancer Diagnosis Raises Risk Of Death From Heart Attack, Suicide

The danger of death by heart attack or suicide is greatest in the first week after a cancer diagnosis.
Max Delson Martins Santos

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 9:51 am

Finding out that you have cancer greatly increases the risk of death by heart attack or suicide, according to a new study. That risk is especially big in the first week after getting the bad news.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:22 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

More Fake Cancer Drugs Found In The U.S.

The FDA says so far it hasn't gotten any reports of patients receiving the fake Altuzan.
U.S. Food And Drug Administration

Another batch of phony cancer drugs has made its way into the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says.

U.S.-based medical practices purchased vials of counterfeit medicine labeled as Altuzan from a foreign supplier, FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess tells Shots. She said the agency doesn't have any reports of patients having received the counterfeit drugs.

Altuzan is the Turkish brand name for Avastin, the FDA-approved blockbuster cancer drug from Swiss drugmaker Roche's Genentech unit. Altuzan is approved for use in Turkey — but not in the U.S.

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12:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

When Someone You Love Has A Chronic Illness

Every individual will face it at one time or another during their lifetime: a chronic illness affecting them, a family member or a close friend.

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1:26 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Cancer Overtakes Heart Disease As Number 1 Killer In Kansas

Topkea, KS – Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Kansas...even though cancer rates have been going down. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains.

For almost 90 years, heart disease has been the number one cause of death in Kansas. But the 2009 annual summary of vital statistics, which was just released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, now lists cancer as the leading killer.

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