January 9, 2015

Natural Ways to Protect Yourself From HPV
Natural Health – January 2015
“These women ate normal servings of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables-it really wasn’t a lot,” says Giuliano, now a professor and researcher at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. Women in the study ate more than one serving a week of carrots, pumpkin, papaya, spinach, broccoli, and oranges. 

Oral HPV16 infection persisted longer in older men
HemOnc Today – Jan. 9
“Mounting evidence in some economically developed countries suggests that human papillomaviruses cause the majority of oropharyngeal cancers among men, with HPV type 16 implicated in most cases,” Christine M. Pierce Campbell, PhD, MPH, assistant member in the department of cancer epidemiology and Center for Infection Research in Cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, and colleagues wrote. 

Holly the Golden Retriever heals as she survives cancer
10 News – Jan. 9
Holly makes regular visits to Moffitt Cancer Center to cheer up patients and her joy is contagious.

HIM Study: Prevalent HVP-16 infections tend to persist
Dermatology News – Jan. 9
Of 23 oral HPV-16–positive men aged 18 to 64 years who provided an oral gargle sample during at least two visits during the course of the ongoing multinational cohort study and who were followed for a median of 44.4 months, 13 acquired a new incident infection and 10 entered the study with a prevalent infection. Of the incident infections, 38.5% persisted for at least 1 month, and 10% persisted for at least 24 months; none persisted for more than 36 months (median duration, 7 months), but the rate of persistence for 12 months or longer increased significantly with age (100% of men aged 45 years or older had persistent infection vs. 50% of those aged 31-44 years, and 0% of those aged 18-30 years), Dr. Christine M. Pierce Campbell of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Fla., and her colleagues reported online Jan. 9 in Cancer Prevention Research. 

Doctor honored for holistic approach with patients
WTVT, FOX-13 – Jan. 8
Dr. Balducci has dedicated more than 50 years to treating people with cancer, specializing in elder care at Moffitt Cancer Center. “If you don’t know who a person is, how can you take care of that person?” he says. 

ASCO, AACR recommend against using e-cigarettes as first line for smoking cessation for cancer patients
The Oncology Report – Jan. 8
“Rapid elimination of combustible tobacco products would dramatically reduce the burden of tobacco-related death and disease,” Thomas Brandon, Ph. D., Moffitt Cancer Center of Tampa, and his colleagues write. “The AACR and ASCO support every effort to reduce the use of combustible tobacco, and we support careful consideration of ENDS as potentially harmful, and potentially beneficial, products in this regard.”

Health 01-07-15
The Laker/Lutz News – Jan. 8
Breast Friends Forever recently raised more than $42,000 at its Pink Heals event at Caliente Resort and Spa in Land O’ Lakes. The event included a 5-kilometer walk, raffles, and a silent and live auction. The proceeds were donated to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. 

Social Studies: Charlene Wolff
East County Observer – Jan. 7
Charlene Wolff has been a part of Sarasota’s philanthropic community for more than 25 years. Known for her involvement with the Humane Society of Sarasota County, Habitat for Humanity and Moffitt Cancer Center (to name a few), she’s most recently been active in the Lemur Conservation Foundation. 

HPV: The Teen Vaccine No One Gets?
Ivanhoe Broadcast News – Jan. 7
But according to new research from the Moffitt Cancer Center, the HPV vaccine isn’t as popular as it should be especially among boys. “It feels like a little bit, we’ve fallen short,” Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D., professor and senior member of the Moffitt Cancer Center, told Ivanhoe. 

Sports year in review, July-December
The Islander – Jan. 7
Hayward received a somewhat unexpected release from Moffitt Cancer Center after a two-week stay and came out to say “hello” to his soccer playing friends and to be there for the unveiling of the new Paul “Ace” Hayward, Island Cup, which is awarded to the center’s adult soccer championship team. 

St. Stephen ministry supports cancer program
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 7
About 150 participants in the 2013 Project Cure walk along Natures Way Boulevard recently raised nearly $12,000 for the Don and Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.


Bryan Glazer joins Moffitt’s Board of Advisors
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Jan. 6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer has been appointed to Moffitt Cancer Center’s national Board of Advisors. 

Opinion: Calculating Cancer
The Scientist – Jan. 6
In 2008, our institution, Moffitt Cancer Center, eschewed the conventional wisdom and formed the department of integrated mathematical oncology (IMO).

Perils and Pluses of ‘Compassionate Use’
Medscape – Jan. 6
Mr Moch: Absolutely. I am on the board of a subsidiary of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, called M2Gen, and it is specifically focused on personalized medicine and the evolution of personalized medicine in the oncology field. That is the direction cancer medicine is going. I believe people over time will stop looking at breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer, etc, and rather will look at the genetic signal of a cancer across locations. Location may not be the important factor. 

Biomarkers Stratify Patients With Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Reuters Health – Jan. 5
In an editorial, Dr. Brian Betts and colleagues from Moffitt Cancer Center and University of South Florida in Tampa write, “This finding supports rational selection of high risk patients as defined by biomarker panel for novel targeted interventions.”

Lion Biotechnologies files IND application for metastatic melanoma study
Healio.com – Jan. 5
TIL therapy also is being evaluated by physician-sponsored clinical trials at MD Anderson Cancer Center and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, according to the release. 

Using Genetic Testing To Guide Mesothelioma Treatment
MesotheliomaHelp.net blog – Jan. 5
In a recent study from Moffitt Cancer Center, researchers developed a process to analyze genes in lung cancers so that physicians could “better select personalized treatment options for patients.” According to the study, patients who had mutations were then given treatments targeted for their specific mutation. 

01/06: People on move
Orlando Sentinel – Jan. 5
Karenne Levy, director of patient experience at Moffitt Cancer Center, Roberta Walton, attorney at Voight Attorneys at Law, and Peter Scott, vice president of operations and development at North American Veterinarian Community, and Meridyth Shaw, major market sales executive, PayCor, were appointed to the board of directors of Quest Inc.

Urge donante de médula ósea para Joy
PrimeraHora.com – Jan. 5
Joy, como le llaman cariñosamente, lleva cerca de un año recibiendo tratamientos en el hospital Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, en la ciudad de Tampa, Florida.  

Hard pills to swallow
The Economist – Jan. 4
So a pharmacist at her hospital, Moffitt Cancer Centre, helped her to apply for charitable aid.

The ‘hidden’ health cancellations
Bankrate.com “Insurance Blog” – Jan. 3
According to Kaiser Family Foundation, health care giant United Healthcare served notice this fall that it's dropping 2,250 physicians in Connecticut, 2,100 in New York City, and entire prestigious practices, including the 1,200-physician Yale Medical Group and the 250-physician Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla, the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer treatment facility in Florida.

HPV vaccine is not as popular as researchers say it should be
WNDU (South Bend, Ind.) – Jan. 2
According to new research from the Moffitt Cancer Center however, the HPV vaccine isn’t as popular as it should be, especially among boys. “It feels we have fallen short a little bit,” said Susan Vadaparampil, PhD., professor at Moffitt Cancer Center.

[ ... IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH ] Renewal of Vows: Phil and Jane Sasinek’s Commitment Goes Beyond Mere Words
The Ledger – Jan. 2
Finally, about a month ago, he was diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma — a form of skin cancer. Doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center, where Phil Sasinek goes for treatment, are also monitoring an enlarged lipoma in his upper left thigh. 

Lowry Park Zoo Asks Tampa for Loan Help
The Associated Press – Jan. 2
The newspaper reports the city has taken similar action with other nonprofit agencies, including the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Celebrate the opening of Tampa’s missing link
Tampa Tribune-Jan. 3
The Tampa Bay area is moving now. That’s right — the Interstate 4/Selmon Expressway Connector will open soon to the delight of commuters, port businesses and Ybor City enthusiasts.

Trade publication names Halifax Health to list of top women’s health programs
Daytona Beach News-Journal- Jan. 2
Becker’s Hospital Review, a Chicago-based trade publication, has named Halifax Health to its list of 100 hospitals with great women’s health programs.

Clock ticking on upgrades, fixes at Tampa zoo
Tampa Tribune- Jan. 2
If things had gone as planned, Lowry Park Zoo would have a new veterinary hospital and feeding center up and running by now.

Oncology ACOs offer innovation for high-cost populations
Managed Healthcare Executive – Jan. 1
In fact, Florida Blue has learned so much that it launched another oncology ACO a year ago with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, a National Cancer Institute-designated facility.

Jackson: Inspired by O’Neil’s grace in 2013
Tampa Tribune- Jan. 1
Of all the harrowing tales that shaped Pasco County in 2013, none outstripped Paula O’Neil’s for courage, resolve, faith and good humor.

Gibbs Cancer Center focuses on research
Herald-Journal- Jan. 1
Dr. Savitha Sharna works tirelessly from a quiet room on the third floor. The research scientist spends eight hour each day in the new laboratory at the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute, usually sitting behind a computer screen next to a large window or peering at cancer cells through a microscope.

Pills offer hope for Hep C and cancer patients
Creative Loafing- Jan. 1
Last month a new drug hailed as a major breakthrough in the battle to treat chronic hepatitis C received FDA approval, a potential game changer for patients desperate for a less painful way to treat their symptoms.

Locals celebrate New Year’s Eve on Main Street in Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach News-Journal- Jan. 1
2014 couldn’t come fast enough for some people celebrating the coming of the new year Tuesday night on Main Street. 


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