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Switching Out the Smoke

“Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. While many hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hookah, also known as […]

The Immortal Gifts of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, without his patient’s consent or knowledge, a Johns Hopkins doctor biopsied normal cells and cervical tumor cells. The cells then were shared with Doctor Gey, a Johns Hopkins researcher who, like many, had been trying for decades to grow human cells in the laboratory. Experimenting on human subjects was not an option but […]

Breast Cancer 101

When you think of Angelina Jolie, what comes to mind? Jolie is often in the news attending red carpet events, promoting movies, and traveling as a United Nations representative. On May 14, Angelina Jolie made headlines across the country for a different reason. The New York Times published an op-ed piece written by Jolie in which she […]

Cancer Out in the Open

Young adults rarely think cancer will strike them personally, or at least not until they are much older. Although it is true that children and teens are a relatively small proportion of cancer patients, genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors come into play and sometimes cancer arises due to known inherited risk or by complete surprise. […]

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