This story has been updated. “As a cancer patient with a terminal prognosis, I find it infuriating that the HPV vaccine is tragically underutilized more than a decade since its introduction,” says Michael D. Becker, 49, who is terminally ill with head and neck cancer that resulted from human papilloma virus, or HPV. The author of A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur, Becker has been fighting advanced head and neck — or oropharyngeal — cancer, while advocating for HPV vaccination of children and young adults. The former New Jersey biotech company chief is spending what is possibly...Read More
Author: Kathy Jean Schultz
On Oct. 6, a 61-year-old man was arrested by Ventura police after he engaged in an online chat room with a 15-year-old girl. He had arranged to meet the girl, but when he arrived to do so, police met him instead. He was arrested, as he’d been chatting with a detective pretending to be the girl. This case is not rare in Ventura County. Getting into trouble or even danger because of deceptive Internet communication happens often. Virtual reality seen on websites can paint improbable visions that have no basis in real life. Sexual predators take advantage of that....Read More
FORGING A BIO-TECHNOLOGY HUB | Area pharmaceutical start-ups envision an “innovation cluster” to compete with Bay Area
Silicon Valley was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight around 1900, and was famous for exporting prunes and for its beautiful orchards. Inventors trickled in, including the developers of transistors, the predecessors of the computer processor. By 1956 they were making transistors out of a chemical called “silicon.” It was not only the valley’s name-changer, but its game-changer. The rest is history. Hoping to repeat that history, there is a push underway to build another valley — the Conejo Valley — into a biology-technology hub of medical and pharmaceutical research. “We’re still building critical mass. It’s grown a...Read More
Superbugs appear not only in science fiction. Last year a bacterial infection killed a Nevada woman because it was resistant to every antibiotic available in the U.S. Although not so long ago they were easily treatable, a number of infections are no longer curable by any antibiotics. Bacteria have figured out how to evade antibiotics that used to kill them. “New classes of antibiotics are urgently needed, as bacteria such as tuberculosis and MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant staph infection) are becoming resistant to everything we have available now,” said Dr. Katherine Hoffmann, a Cal Lutheran University professor of analytical chemistry....Read More
“I’ve never understood why men don’t talk about it. A couple of men I know who had prostate cancer, as far as them coming together — nobody talks about it. There are times men are bragging, you know, on this subject, but now it’s just total silence,” says “Joe” (not his real name) of Oxnard, who was 65 at the time of his prostate cancer diagnosis. Can a disease be healed if patients do not and will not talk about it? A prostate cancer diagnosis can fuel shame in a tough-guy culture that won’t talk about it. The prostate gland is...Read More
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