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Residential Proximity to PERC Dry Cleaning Establishments and Kidney Cancer

01/31/2010

Perchloroethylene (PERC) is commonly used as a dry cleaning solvent and is believed to be a human carcinogen, with occupational exposure resulting in elevated rates of kidney cancer. Living near a dry cleaning facility using PERC has been demonstrated to increase the risk of PERC exposure throughout the building where the dry cleaning is conducted, and in nearby buildings.

Living Kidney Donors Webinar: New Dates Added

01/30/2010

Webinar Overview The Living Kidney Donors Network (LKDN) Webinar has two goals, to educate you about living donation and to teach you the skills to effectively communicate your need to family members and friends. What You’ll Learn The information discussed is divided into two main segments; the first educates you about living donation. The second discusses effective communication techniques you can use to let others know about your situation. The LKDN webinars are taught by kidney transplant recipients and donors. Peer assisted learning has proven to be a very effective model.

Medical Center Uses Web Questions to Connect Experts with Patients

01/29/2010

UMMC selects experts in a wide range of specialties, procedures, and topics. This process allows them to maximize the time that they have to answer questions. For example, UMMC has individual experts who answer questions on kidney cancer, kidney cancer surgery, and kidney transplants, rather than having one expert who answers questions on all three topics.

How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

01/29/2010

With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America’s penchant for positive thinking: On a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out “negative” thoughts. On a national level, it’s brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best—poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.

Patient Advocate's Report From Eighth International Symposium

01/29/2010

Thanks to Mike Lawing for preparing this (PDF) summary from the Eighth International Kidney Cancer Symposium, held in Chicago, in the fall of 2009.

New Family Chat Room For People Dealing With Renal Cancers

01/28/2010

Kidney Cancer Chat has a new home on the Internet. Please visit the site and bookmark it. This replaces the chat applet that was installed on the Kidney Cancer Association's site (that is no longer functional, due to technical issues). This is an unmoderated chat, not affiliated with the Association. All are welcome. Keyword: "kidneycancer."

New Drug Slows Advanced Kidney Cancer

01/27/2010

Pazopanib may double time to disease progression, study finds.

Bionomics sets up for US renal cancer trials

01/27/2010

CLINICAL trials of Bionomics' lead anti-cancer compound have opened for enrolment in the US.

Prometheus Acquires Exclusive Rights to PROLEUKIN(R) (aldesleukin) in the U.S.

01/27/2010

Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, today announced the execution of a commercialization agreement with Novartis under which Prometheus acquired exclusive rights to distribute, promote and sell PROLEUKIN® (aldesleukin) in the United States. Proleukin is a recombinant human interleukin-2 for treatment in adults with metastatic melanoma and metastatic kidney cancer.

Living with and loving a child with kidney cancer

01/26/2010

In this Talkshoe.com audio podcast, Maria Coleman Filorimo and author Tracy Gray talk with Kidney Cancer Association CEO Bill Bro about their experiences in living with a child who has kidney cancer. It's a half-hour of of inspiring and frank conversation, filled with joy, tears, and love, as two moms detail their experiences in raising a girl and boy with renal cancer. Clicking the hyperlink will launch your media player.

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