March 29, 2004
The vitamin E in an extra handful of nuts or serving of spinach each day may help cut the risk of bladder and prostate cancers, according to two separate studies presented yesterday in Orlando. For the prostate, Finnish men who got more of the vitamin in their diets slashed their risk by as much as 53 percent. For the bladder, people in a Texas-based study had about a 40 percent reduction in risk whether they took vitamin E supplements or ate more foods that are rich in the nutrient. Though the results are intriguing, scientists said additional research is needed to see if the vitamin truly protects against cancer.
June 5, 2001
Rick Ecalono was the first in the family to be diagnosed with cancer. Bladder cancer, an old man's disease, and he was only 28. By the time he was 40, he had buried his beloved brother, Buddy, beat back three bladder cancers and found himself confronting a new one, colon cancer. The first three cancers were easily reconciled. That he should get his brother's cancer seemed too much of a coincidence. Could this cancer be hereditary, a trait as likely to be found in his genes as his blue eyes?
November 11, 1999
Theodore Hall, 74, who helped develop the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M., and was later revealed to have passed on some of its secrets to the Soviets, died Nov. 1 of cancer in Cambridge, England, his wife, Joan, said yesterday.Lester Bowie, 58, a jazz trumpeter who was a founding member of the long-running Art Ensemble of Chicago, died Monday in New York from complications from liver cancer.George McMurtrie Godley, 82, who served as U.S. ambassador to Laos and Lebanon during the Vietnam War, died Sunday in Oneonta, N.Y., of heart failure.
September 15, 1999
Bishop Alfred L. Abramowicz, 80, known as an international advocate for the Polish Catholic community, died Sunday of cancer in Chicago. He led the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland for 35 years and was known for his tireless work for the Church in Poland while that country was under communist rule.Enrique Alferez, 98, an artist who gained almost as much fame for his travels with Pancho Villa as for his art deco sculptures that decorate New Orleans, died in New Orleans on Monday.
July 3, 1998
Anthony Avena,83, whose shoeshine shop was a Queens fixture for 75 years, died in New York on June 22 of bladder cancer. The 200-square-foot shop, which sits directly below the elevated tracks of the Long Island Rail Road in downtown Flushing, Queens, consisted of Avena's shoeshine stand and the flower and key-duplicating stands he added later.Peter T. Joseph,47, a banker who headed the board of the American Ballet Theater, died of cancer June 25 in New York. He joined the ballet board in 1991.
August 4, 1997
Dr. Janet Travell,95, personal physician to Presidents John F. rTC Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, died Friday in Boston. Dr. Travell, who specialized in pain management, helped President Kennedy with his chronic back problems. When he was a senator from Massachusetts, she recommended he use a rocking chair, said her brother, Clark Travell.Dr. Travell became White House physician and stayed through the Johnson administration. Among her patients were Sen. Barry Goldwater, Ambassador to India Chester Bowles and Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn.