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  1. Jury awards ovarian cancer survivor $55M in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder suit

    Health

    ST. LOUIS — For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer.  …

  2. Early detection of ovarian cancer may become possible

    Research

    A new version of a screening test for ovarian cancer may reduce deaths from the disease, but it needs more study to determine whether the benefits hold up, researchers reported Thursday. The findings come from a 14-year study of more than 200,000 women in Britain, published in the Lancet. …

    Dr. Usha Menon, the a co-author of a Lancet article that says a screening test for ovarian cancer needs more study, at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London, Dec. 17, 2015. The test may reduce deaths from the hard-to-detect disease, and the findings come from a 14-year study of more than 200,000 women in Britain, published in The Lancet. [Michael Harding | New York Times]
  3. Effective ovarian cancer treatment is underused, study finds

    Nation

    Fewer than half of ovarian cancer patients at U.S. hospitals receive the type of treatment that has long been known to prolong survival the most, doctors reported on Monday. …

    Deborah Denehy received chemotherapy directly to her abdomen to treat ovarian cancer, a treatment that is underused.
  4. Defective 'breast cancer' genes aren't just dangerous for women

    Health

    Joe Scholten's sister had already beaten breast cancer and was battling ovarian cancer when she tested positive for a genetic mutation linked to both. He responded by doing something unusual: He got tested, too. …

    Bill Rotter, who after finding a lump in his breast had a single mastectomy, now tries to bring awareness to this rare but possible form of cancer in men by openly talking and writing about what he went through. [Photo by Darren Hauck for the Washington Post]
  5. Fennelly: Gymnastics coach Steve Nunno seeks Olympic return

    Olympics

    The coach stood in the gymnastics center at the Bob Sierra YMCA. The prodigy finished her floor exercise. "You've got to land it!" Steve Nunno said, loudly, clearly. "Your mind-set can't be I don't want to make a mistake. I want you to be, 'I'm going to nail the heck out of this — watch me!' " …

    Gymnastics coach Steve Nunno says that neither he nor 16-year-old Emily Gaskins is happy with her 12th-place national ranking.
  6. Sisters diagnosed weeks apart fight breast cancer together

    Nation

    SALT LAKE CITY — Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in matching chairs and chat as their bodies are pumped full of chemotherapy drugs.  …

    Annette Page, left, and her sister Sharee Page, pose for a photograph at Sharee's home in Farmington, Utah. [Associated Press]
  7. News at noon: Iraq and Syria Q&A; Delegate meeting in Tampa; 'Hamilton' has 16 Tony Award nominations; Options other than brunch with mom this Sunday

    News

    • No one disputes that U.S. military forces are fighting in combat in Iraq and Syria — except maybe President Barack Obama and some members of his administration. Iraq and Syria Q&A: When is a U.S. 'boot on the ground' not a 'boot on the ground'? …

    Iraqi security forces participate in a March 2015 drill as U.S. forces train them in Taji, north of Baghdad. No one disputes that U.S. military forces are fighting in combat in Iraq and Syria - except maybe President Barack Obama and some members of his administration. The semantic arguments over whether there are American "boots on the ground" muddy the view of a situation in which several thousand armed U.S. military personnel are in Iraq and Syria. [Associated Press]
  8. New Obamacare rule protects the rights of transgender patients

    Health

    Allowing public school students nationwide to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity wasn't the only step the Obama administration took toward promoting transgender equality last week. …

    A new federal rule will prohibit insurance companies from categorically denying coverage to gay, lesbian and transgender invidiuals. [Getty Images]
  9. Going the distance: Miles for Moffitt helps cancer research move forward

    Health

    Suzanne Oles wasn't well enough to join the crowd at last year's Miles for Moffitt fundraiser. She was in the middle of chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer.  …

    Lung cancer survivor Suzanne Oles will walk with her doctors in Miles for Moffitt on May 14.
  10. FDA regulator, widowed by cancer, helps speed drug approval

    Nation

    BETHESDA, Md. — Mary Pazdur had exhausted the usual drugs for ovarian cancer, and with her tumors growing and her condition deteriorating, her last hope seemed to be an experimental compound that had yet to be approved by federal regulators. …

    Richard Pazdur, the oncology chief for the Food and Drug Administration, attends the funeral of his wife, Mary, who had ovarian cancer, in Bethesda, Md., in November.
  11. Experts say research shows promise for a breast cancer vaccine

    Medicine

    There are vaccines to help the body fight off measles, mumps and the flu. But breast cancer? That's exactly the technology a Florida-based company is hoping to bring to the market in the not-so-distant future. …

    Glynn Wilson
  12. Dark places breed Gulfport woman's Halloween haunts

    Humaninterest

    "I'm no Mary Poppins," Amy Slone says. …

    Amy Slone, sufferer of self-diagnosed Obsessive Halloween Disorder, has for the past 10 years built a haunted house at her Gulfport home. This year’s theme: post-nuclear apocalypse clown terror.
  13. Friday's letters: Going off the grid

    Letters

    What 2016 could look like | Aug. 1 Good reason to go off the grid While political candidates are planning campaign strategies and raising funds, engaged citizens may be planning their own methods of disconnecting from the onslaught of telephone calls and media ads.  …

  14. Drug shortages are forcing the rationing of treatments for patients

    Medicine

    CLEVELAND — In the operating room at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Brian Fitzsimons has long relied on a decades-old drug to prevent hemorrhages in patients undergoing open-heart surgery. The drug, aminocaproic acid, is widely used, cheap and safe. "It never hurt," he said. "It only helps." …

    A mitral valve repair is performed in the operating room of the Cleveland Clinic, which has rationed limited supplies of drugs. Such shortages are the new normal in American medicine. But the rationing that results has been largely hidden from patients and the public. [Andrea Bruce New York Times]