Life expectancy dropped in the United States for all Americans in 2016, according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Americans can now expect to live 78.8 years on average, according to the CDC. The report stated a significant decrease in the population of 0.10 percent from last year, foreshadowing a much larger drop in the future. Women can still expect to live a longer life than men – 81.2 years vs 76.3 years. The top eight causes of death in America are heart disease,
World renowned British musician, actor, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist David Bowie has died of liver cancer at age 69 on January 10, 2016. Bowie had released his final album, “Blackstar,” two days prior. Bowie had been diagnosed with cancer 18 months earlier. Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove noted that “Bowie was still writing on his deathbed; I saw a man fighting.” Bowie ended his fight at his home in New York surrounded by loved ones. His family is asking for
Thousands of synthetic chemicals used in industrial manufacturing are being used in everyday cosmetic products. The same ingredients being used in shampoos and creams are used to clean industrial equipment, stabilize pesticides and grease gears. In the U.S., there is a major loophole in federal law that allows the cosmetic industry to put thousands of harmful synthetic chemicals into care products. In most cases, these chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility, birth defect
Country-singer-turned-pop-star Taylor Swift announced via Tumblr on April 9, 2015 that her biggest fan and mother, Andrea Finlay, has been diagnosed with cancer, but she did not reveal the type or severity. Swift has always been looked at as a sweet, caring young woman who bonds with her fans by sharing details of her personal life with them. She told fans that her and her younger brother, Austin Swift, had been pestering their mother to go for a routine checkup around Christ
by MARIAH THOMPSON
Section Editor ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died at the age of 49 on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at a hospital in Avon, Connecticut. Scott had a rare cancer called appendiceal cancer, which is extremely fatal. He was first diagnosed in 2007 after complaining of stomach pains. After surgery to remove a part of his colon and some lymph nodes, the cancer had seemed to go away. However, it came back in 2011, and then again in 2013. Throughout his fight, Scott underwent
by NAOMI DOSHI
Staff Writer Spanish Honor Society held its annual dance-a-thon and fundraiser for cancer on February 28 to benefit Avery Moskowitz, a young girl with neuroblastoma cancer, and senior scholarships for the Honor Society. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Leukemia Foundation. Students can donate to the fundraiser, which started during the beginning of February, until Friday, March 14 during Block 3A. Avery, who is only three y
by ANDREA FRENCH
Section Editor It is no secret that excess sun exposure has been known to cause wrinkles, as well as skin cancer, along with many other diseases, but now studies are showing that the use of sunscreen will not only lessen your chances of getting diseases, it will also have anti-aging benefits. Encouraging people to wear sunscreen has always been a concern because too much sun, along with tanning beds, have brought about a lot of serious illness such as cancer,
by JASMINE ELSHAMY
Photo & Video Editor Actress Angelina Jolie announced on May 14 in a New York Times op-ed that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy to avoid the very great chances that she was to get breast cancer. A mastectomy is an operation that removes all or part of the breast. After learning that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, Jolie wanted to take all possible chan
by BRIANNA SICILIANO
Staff Writer Susan Stillwaggon, mother of four from Camden, New Jersey, was charged with theft by deception, forgery, endangering the welfare of a child, and using a juvenile to commit a criminal offense after taking hundreds of dollars from family and friends and claiming that her son was ill with cancer. According to the police, Stillwaggon not only convinced her family and friends, but her son as well. Stillwaggon used her Facebook page to spread the n
by JASMINE ELSHAMY
Photo & Video Editor The ability of scientists, doctors and companies to tell us how our genes might impact our health now hinges on a case being debated by the U.S. Supreme Court, the infamously drawn-out Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics case. The case dates back to a 2009 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and centers on the question of whether genes — those snippets of DNA that encode the proteins inside cells — can
by ALISON LEVIER
Section Editor Governor Christie has officially passed a bill stating that no one under the age of 17 years can use a tanning bed, and, additionally, no one under 14 years of age can get a spray tan. Girls just cannot wait to go to the tanning salon to get tan in time for prom. Teenagers flood the salons, hoping to rid themselves of wintertime paleness, and into a glow fit for the red carpet. Only, this year they may have to deal with their Casper complexion.
by MATTHEW SMITH
Staff Writer Much research has been done on the benefits of brisk walking, and it is well worth it to take the time out of a busy schedule to go for a stroll.
Instead of asking parents for a ride all the time, or wasting money and gas on somewhere you could get on foot, go for a healthy walk, if accessible.
Simply getting in some comfortable clothes and some sensible footwear and going for a short walk each day can have physical, mental, and medical benefit
by ANDREA FRENCH
Staff Writer Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch passed away on May 4, 2012 at the age of 47, after struggling with cancer for three years.
Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in one of the salivary glands in his throat in 2009. As soon as he became aware of his situation, he stopped performing and left the spotlight for a while. He had multiple surgeries and underwent radiation treatments to prevent the spreading of the cancer.
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by ANDREA FRENCH
Staff Writer As prom season approaches, more and more teens chose to go to a tanning bed and get that much wanted tan, with serious consequences.
Even though there have been many studies showing that indoor tanning increases your risk significantly for caners such as Melanoma, teens ignore all warning signs and continue.
“I have always felt that a tanned body looks so much more perfect. When you are planning on going to prom you need to look your best. If t
by EMILY BEZERRA
Staff Writer Seventeen-year-old Angela Zhang from Cupertino, California, created a possible cure for cancer, which won her top individual honors and a $100,000 prize at the Siemens Foundation’s Annual High School Science Competition in Washington D.C.
The high school senior designed a drug delivery system which would deliver the drug Salinomycin to cancer stem cells, which are responsible for initiating and driving cancer tumors. Her treatment combines th
The debate about cell phones and cancer is reignited by ANDREW DINICOLA Staff Writer The connection between cell phones and cancer has been disputed ever since cell phones became popular. Most scientists argue that there isn’t enough evidence to bring up the argument that extensive cell phone use can cause cancer. However, the debate of this undying topic was brought up at a panel for the World Health Organization, the first big health organization to hold this discussion. Th