BTW, I love all kinds of words and things that begin with the letter "O" including ominous, olfactory, oranges, Oprah, orangutans, owls, olives, oil, observations, omens, others, and oh, oh, oh, OMG...!
What would YOU give up for a flatter tummy? Here's some interesting statistics about American thoughts on weight:
Percent who say they need to lose weight to feel sexier than they currently do: 66 Average # of pounds they think they need to lose to feel sexier: 23 Percent of American women would take a summer without sex over gaining 10 pounds: 52 Percent of American men who say the same: 25
A molecular test that analyzed a piece of Coree Hanczyk's breast tumour told her something no oncologist in the Canadian health-care system could – she didn't require chemotherapy after all.
And she paid for it out of pocket: Ms. Hanczyk had a chunk of tumour couriered from a Toronto hospital to a California laboratory, where the test cost her $3,776 (U.S.). In so doing, she saved medicare an estimated $10,000 in unnecessary treatment and spared herself such gruelling side effects as nausea and hair loss.
The test, whose analysis of 21 genes can help predict whether a cancer is likely to return within the next decade, represents an emerging field of personalized medicine that is moving at such velocity that sluggish health-care bureaucracies can't keep pace.
“I watched my mom die because of the chemotherapy; it completely shut her body down, organ by organ,” said Ms. Hanczyk, a 45-year-old flight attendant who lives outside Toronto. “… This test has been a godsend to me.”
Each year, more than 12,000 Canadian women find themselves in the same medical grey zone: In cases of small, estrogen-receptor positive tumours, with lymph nodes free of cancer, chemotherapy is beneficial to only a few – but determining who they are is often impossible.