Fran Drescher Issue

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NFB-Newsline β€” Phone Delivery

Circa 2005 A woman in slippers and a bathrobe enters her kitchen, prepared to enjoy the daily newspaper over breakfast. She pours herself a cup of coffee, sits down at her kitchen table and, ready to peruse the headlines, picks up the phone. NFB-NEWSLINE, a free service developed and operated by the National Federation ... Read more

Endometrial Cancer β€” What All Women Should Know

Circa 2005 According to the American Cancer Society, each year almost 650,000 American women find out they have cancer; of this group, roughly 84,000 have gynecologic cancers, including cancers of the ovary, endometrium (lining of the uterus), cervix (entrance to the uterus), fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva (external genitalia). The term uterine cancer generally ... Read more

Employment β€” On the Road with Ticket to Work

Circa 2005 For many people with disabilities, the job search is a challenge of epic proportions. The search for that elusive job that is a good match for one’s particular skill sets and interests can make anyone feel like David facing off with Goliath. But there is hope for job seekers with disabilities: through ... Read more

Passion – The meaning of Life

Circa 2005 An old legend tells of a very prosperous man, Siridean, who became frustrated with an inner sense of emptiness and embarked on a quest to find the meaning of life. He traveled far and wide, meeting with the most outstanding leaders of his time. From each he sought knowledge of the meaning ... Read more

Valerie Sobel β€” Remembering Her Son

Circa 2005 Gazing out the window of her Southern California home, Valerie Sobel sees the brilliant colors and shapes of the San Jacinto Mountains. The Swiss Alp-like vista does not, however, erase the memories of a much different viewβ€”narrow gray walls lining a hospital corridor. Sobel was told of her 18-year-old son André’s inoperable ... Read more

Fran Drescher β€” An Interview

Circa 2005 Throughout history, passion has lead people to do remarkable things and achieve extraordinary heights. An unfettered passion for equality and freedom brought an end to slavery; doctors passionate to find cures for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis teeter on the brink of medical breakthroughs. And behind every great movement, there ... Read more

Recipes β€” Spice Up Your Life

Circa 2005 DIETARY CHOICES PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN REDUCING CANCER RISK Thinking about cancer is something most of us would rather avoid, but today we know that paying more attention to our cancer risk is something that can yield real dividends. Researchers tell us the majority of cancers we face are preventableβ€”not through ... Read more

Colorado Travel β€” Year-Round Adventure

Circa 2005 Apine branch brushes your arm as the horse you sit atop rambles slowly along the mountain path. A lone bird calls quietly in the twilight, and you pull your horse off the path to join a group of campers for dinner over an open fire. Or perhaps you’d prefer clutching an oar ... Read more

Hearing Loss β€” Role Models in Medicine

Circa 2005 What did you want to be when you were growing up? Almost every child at some point picks up a toy medical kit and aspires to become a nurse, physician, veterinarian, dentist or other health professional. A child who has a hearing loss, however, is unlikely to be encouraged to use a ... Read more

Toys Theater β€” Russian Performers Who Are Deaf

Circa 2005 No one forgets that instant of childhood joy upon entering a toy store filled with noise-making race cars, colorful plastic food, elaborate toy train layouts and enough feather-soft stuffed animals to fill a small zoo. Children may grow up, give away their teddy bears and claim to be adults, but there is ... Read more

Humor Therapy β€” Baseball for Lawyers

Circa 2005 One of the great benefits of being a child is to play a game, such as baseball, and modify the rules to suit the circumstances. Instead of swinging and missing the ball and being called out on strike three, the youthful batter simply says, β€œDo over.” Calling a doover erases the mistake ... Read more

Headlines β€” Lung Cancer, MS, Harry Potter, Hearing Loss

Circa 2005 LUNG CANCER CELEBREX GETS SECOND LOOK After a lengthy re-evaluation process and the addition of new monitoring guidelines, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has reactivated a lung cancer chemoprevention trial studying celecoxib, an anti-inflammatory medication also known as Celebrex. In the wake of preliminary research elsewhere suggesting celecoxib ... Read more

Senator Grassley β€” An Ounce of Prevention

Circa 2005 AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE Dear ABILITY Readers, Benjamin Franklin’s time-tested bits of wisdom hold relevance to modern-day politics, life and leisure more than two centuries after his death. A public servant, philosopher, scientist, printer and inventor, the 18th century statesman left a legacy that continues to ... Read more

Letter From The Editor β€” The Cruise Controversy

Circa 2005 Dear Readers, Generally I avoid making any comment about religious objections to medical treatment. Different belief systems operate from their own sets of assumptions. A physician who discusses psychiatry with a Scientologist is like a cattle-rancher who confronts a vegan about the ethics of eating steak. When people’s arguments are based on ... Read more