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Remedy for Sun-Damaged Hands

Lemon Sugar Licorice Sun Spot Scrub

1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 drops of licorice root extract

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix all of the ingredients. Gently scrub the back of your hands for approximately 10 minutes and rinse. Repeat twice a week.

Additional Tips: For dry, red skin use a daily hand cream that has a SPF 30. For loose or wrinkled skin, use a night cream on your hands that contains glycerin.

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Lung Cancer Research

Exhaled breath biomarker may detect lung cancer. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have discovered that it may be possible to detect lung cancer by assaying the chemical composition of exhaled breath. The researchers used a chemical detection technique to compare the chemical composition of 82 confirmed lung cancer patients breath with 155 patients who are at risk for lung cancer but free of the disease. They found that their chemical detection technique of exhaled breath accurately identified those patients with lung cancer. This could be a huge breakthrough in the diagnosis of lung cancer. So if this lung cancer detecting machine can identify lung cancer before an x-ray can, then many lives could be saved.

 

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Hard pills to swallow

“In Tampa, Florida, Marilyn Weisman also depends on charity for treatment. The 72-year-old thought she had a bad rash. She turned out to have cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a rare cancer. Though she is insured, she could not afford her share of the payment for the drug her doctors recommended. So a pharmacist at her hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, helped her to apply for charitable aid. Mrs. Weisman’s situation is surprisingly common for American cancer sufferers. Many insured patients in one of the world’s richest countries cannot afford their medicines.” (p. 45)

Source: The Economist, January 4th 2014, p. 45

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