9-year-old with cancer wants cards for his last Christmas

  • But Jacob has Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, and doctors told his family in early October he probably only had a month to live.
  • So they’ll celebrate Christmas early this year, and Jacob wants people to celebrate with him by sending him cards, his mother, Michelle Simard told CNN.
  • Artinyan said the family decided to “fast-forward” Christmas to give Jacob one last celebration.
  • But before his improvised Christmas celebration takes place in early November, Jacob asked for cards from anyone around the world who wanted to share his Christmas spirit.
  • “We’d like people to live life like a penguin, and by that we mean dive into life, find warmth among friends, stay cool and just give to others,” said Artinyan, referring to Jacob’s favorite penguin poem, “Advice from a Penguin.”

Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson has battled cancer for the past four years of his life. But as doctors believe he has one last month to live, he decided to celebrate Christmas with the world.
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9-year-old with cancer wants cards for his last Christmas

WF StuCo made Christmas Cards for Jacob Thompson in Maine. Story can be found here —

  • But Jacob has Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, and doctors told his family in early October he probably only had a month to live.
  • So they’ll celebrate Christmas early this year, and Jacob wants people to celebrate with him by sending him cards, his mother, Michelle Simard told CNN.
  • An early Christmas – – Artinyan said the family decided to “fast-forward” Christmas to give Jacob one last celebration.
  • But before his improvised Christmas celebration takes place in early November, Jacob asked for cards from anyone around the world who wanted to share his Christmas spirit.
  • “We’d like people to live life like a penguin, and by that we mean dive into life, find warmth among friends, stay cool and just give to others,” said Artinyan, referring to Jacob’s favorite penguin poem, “Advice from a Penguin.”

(CNN) Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson is your average kid. His obsessions include Minecraft and Legos, and he’s a huge “Star Wars” fan.
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Heartburn Drugs Tied to Stomach Cancer Risk

Heartburn Drugs Tied to Stomach Cancer Risk

  • People who carry the stomach bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori are at increased risk for ulcers and stomach cancer.
  • A new study suggests that one reason may be the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors, or P.P.I.s, acid-reducing medicines sold under brand names such as Prilosec and Prevacid.
  • Researchers studied 63,397 people in Hong Kong successfully treated for H. pylori infection, of whom 3,271 used P.P.I.s and 21,179 took H2-receptor antagonists, another type of acid-controller (Tagamet, Pepcid and other brands).
  • Compared with those who used H2 blockers, those who took P.P.I.s had more than twice the risk for cancer, and the risk increased over time.
  • “Even after the eradication of H. pylori, the risk of cancer persists with P.P.Is,” said the lead author, Dr. Wai Keung Leung, a professor of medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

After treatment for H. pylori infection, people who took proton pump inhibitors were at increased risk of stomach cancer.
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9-year-old with cancer wants cards for his last Christmas

  • But Jacob has Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, and doctors told his family in early October he probably only had a month to live.
  • So they’ll celebrate Christmas early this year, and Jacob wants people to celebrate with him by sending him cards, his mother, Michelle Simard told CNN.
  • Artinyan said the family decided to “fast-forward” Christmas to give Jacob one last celebration.
  • But before his improvised Christmas celebration takes place in early November, Jacob asked for cards from anyone around the world who wanted to share his Christmas spirit.
  • “We’d like people to live life like a penguin, and by that we mean dive into life, find warmth among friends, stay cool and just give to others,” said Artinyan, referring to Jacob’s favorite penguin poem, “Advice from a Penguin.”

Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson has battled cancer for the past four years of his life. But as doctors believe he has one last month to live, he decided to celebrate Christmas with the world.
Continue reading “9-year-old with cancer wants cards for his last Christmas”

9-year-old with cancer wants cards for his last Christmas

  • But Jacob has Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, and doctors told his family in early October he probably only had a month to live.
  • So they’ll celebrate Christmas early this year, and Jacob wants people to celebrate with him by sending him cards, his mother, Michelle Simard told CNN.
  • Artinyan said the family decided to “fast-forward” Christmas to give Jacob one last celebration.
  • But before his improvised Christmas celebration takes place in early November, Jacob asked for cards from anyone around the world who wanted to share his Christmas spirit.
  • “We’d like people to live life like a penguin, and by that we mean dive into life, find warmth among friends, stay cool and just give to others,” said Artinyan, referring to Jacob’s favorite penguin poem, “Advice from a Penguin.”

Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson has battled cancer for the past four years of his life. But as doctors believe he has one last month to live, he decided to celebrate Christmas with the world.
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Catalonia declares independence from Spain as political crisis deepens

Catalan Parliament votes to declare independence from Spain

  • Barcelona, Spain (CNN) The Catalan Parliament voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from Spain on Friday, prompting the Spanish Senate to grant Madrid unprecedented powers to seize control of the autonomous region.
  • Less than an hour later, the Spanish Senate granted the Madrid government powers under Article 155 of the constitution to sack the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his ministers.
  • Spain’s general prosecutor confirmed it would file a lawsuit for rebellion against Puigdemont, the Catalan government and the members of the parliament board who voted in favor of independence.
  • But it seemed unlikely that members of the Catalan government who have fought so hard for independence would simply acquiesce to Spanish government forces.
  • “Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures to keep Spain strong and united,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Catalonia’s regional parliament voted Friday in favor of independence from Spain, even as the Spanish Senate prepared to vote on plans to seize control of the region in a bid to quash its independence bid.
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Cancer patient: Treat gun violence like cancer (opinion)

Cancer patient: Treat gun violence like cancer | via @CNNopinion

  • (CNN) I have metastatic colon cancer and, like the families grieving from the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I have the thoughts and prayers of almost everyone I know.
  • To be sure, colon cancer kills more people than gun violence.
  • In the United states, gun violence kills about 10 people per 100,000 per year and colon cancer kills about 15 people per 100,000 per year, but colon cancer research funding is more than 100 times what gun violence prevention research is.
  • As a pediatrician, a mother, and proud citizen of this great country, I also need the federal government to fund gun violence research from many different angles.
  • And since we don’t know who the next cancer patient or gun violence victim will be, you need this, too.

As a cancer patient and physician, I’ve see the importance of scientific research in improving cancer treatment and ask that the same approach be applied to gun violence, writes Marjorie Rosenthal.
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