Tag: breast cancer

JDC Takes the Fight Against Breast Cancer to Eastern Europe

“We want people to know they’re still women.”

It started, like so many revolutions these days, with a blog. Breast cancer is a taboo subject in much of Eastern Europe, and women there often feel alone in their struggles against the disease.

Komen Race for the Cure Moving to McHenry Row After 10 Years in Hunt Valley

Photo by Ashley Michelle Photography, via Komen Maryland

After a decade in Hunt Valley, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will return to Baltimore to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Healthy Living Can Beat Bad Genes, Hopkins Cancer Researchers Say



Knowing that you have a genetic predisposition toward breast cancer can feel like fate has it out for you. But according to recent research out of Johns Hopkins, even a high risk of breast cancer from genetics and family history can be mitigated through healthy living.

Breast Cancer Survivors at Risk of Weight Gain, Hopkins Study Says



By the time a woman can call herself a breast cancer survivor, she’s been through a lot — generally, a scary diagnosis and then an even scarier treatment. But the health risks of breast cancer may be more wide-reaching than previously thought, according to recent research out of Johns Hopkins. 

Acupuncture Works (Even When It’s Fake), University of Maryland-Baltimore Says

Photo via ACAOM
Photo via ACAOM

Welcome to This Week in Research, BFB’s weekly exploration of some of the smartest, strangest, or most surprising research coming out of our local universities. Prepare to have your mind blown!

Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medical practice of sticking needles in particular spots on a person’s body, sometimes gets a bit of side-eye from the medical community. But a recent study out of the University of Maryland -Baltimore offers some food for thought. It showed that acupuncture helped to ease the harsh side effects of breast cancer treatment — but also that sham acupuncture worked equally well.

Out of Water

"Goldfish Bowl" by Rebecca Cusworth
“Goldfish Bowl” by Rebecca Cusworth

UB Creative Writing and Publishing Arts MFA student Mia White reflects on the most frightfully surreal season of her young life.

Those shouldn’t be there.

I’m staring down at an urban puddle that contains a school of goldfish, only about 50 percent sure the fish are real. At 10 am it’s already almost 90 degrees and the puddle is evaporating; the tips of the larger fishes’ fins just break its mucky surface.

Fortunately, I’m right outside the decrepit warehouse where I live. It has a cracked foundation and haphazardly placed DIY windows; my parents called it “a dump” when I moved in. The first time I saw our space, it didn’t feel like a dump. It felt like solidified dreams. Vast and dark, with a 40-foot long mural of clouds and mountains along one wall, it seemed so beautifully grungy, so bohemian.

This Week in Research: Chemicals Harm Fetuses; Students Fight Breast Cancer



When researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health decided to look at the effects of common environmental contaminants on fetuses, they recruited 50 pregnant women from the Baltimore area. All 50 tested positive for evidence of PCBs, DDT, pesticides, and other chemical contaminants — many of which have been banned for decades. And wealthier women had greater concentrations of chemicals than women of lower socioeconomic status.

Baltimore Tattooist Helps Out Mastectomy Patients


There are tattoo artists who specialize in monsters, or portraits of Marilyn Monroe, or elaborate gothic letters. Baltimorean Vinnie Myers, of Little Vinnie’s Tattoos in Northwest Baltimore, specializes in nipples.