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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Anyone have any idea whatever happened to that crane that collapsed during Sandy?

The Fiscal Cliff looks to me like one 3-D Chess game that Obama is winnning!

A question about Bradley Manning -

regardless of his guilt or innocence, how is it those responsible for his unlawful treatment during detention and his failure to get a speedy trial are themselves not under some type of indictment?

Older parents who have to give up driving - how did you handle this

to allow the parents to remain in their house? Has anyone had experience with paying for a contract taxi service to provide transportation to the store, church, doctor, etc?

Christmas Season one-upsmanship:

People who get their Christmas cards to you before December 1.

What passive-aggressive competitions have you encountered?

DU Frustration #23: You write a carefully worded, fully foot-noted refutation of an OP,

and the thread gets locked before you post!

More info on the usefulness of mammogerams:

Tumor Biology Matters
Could it be that dense tissue represents a local microenvironment that promotes cancer development, but not spread? Or that the low breast density seen in obese women creates a microenvironment that makes tumors more aggressive? That is something we need to study. Tumor biology might also explain why the risk factors for developing breast cancer may not necessarily be the same as the factors that influence a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer. In other words, maybe dense breast tissue increases the risk of getting cancer, but not dying of it. If this is true, it might mean we don't need to treat the tumors of all women with dense breast tissue the same way, or the same as we would a woman with fatty breasts.

It's especially important to think about these findings in the context of the mammography debates and the push for breast density legislation. All too often, a recommendation like the one the US Preventive Services Task Force made for routine mammography screening to begin at age 50 is interpreted as a conspiracy to cut health care costs that will ultimately increase breast cancer deaths. Or, we look to legislation, like the laws we've seen about breast density, as a way to get women more screening-even though there is no evidence that more screening is better.

We have repeatedly bumped up against the limits of what screening can do. We need to focus more on the tumor's biology and the microenvironment that surrounds it, it we are going to end this disease. The recent study on breast density showed us, yet again, that women who are obese when they are diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely to die of breast cancer than women who are not obese. Doctors need to do more than tell women about their breast density or remind them to get a mammogram. They need to be teaching women the importance of exercising, losing weight (if necessary) and eating a well-balanced diet-both before and after a breast cancer diagnosis.


OK - I need a fruit pie for dessert Christams Eve - what you got that's Christmasy?

I have an eggnog pie and chocolate cream with peppermint crunch topping. I need a fruit pie for my husband. Something with coconut "snow"?

Entitlement reform - is this a back door attempt to privatize Social Security?

Anna Karenina - did i miss it, or hasn't it opened in secondary

markets yet?
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