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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Today's Globe: brain abnormalities in seniors; meat, fat and cancer; pink dominoes; Leslie Orgel

One in 60 older people may be walking around with benign brain tumors and not know it. Even more may have bulging blood vessels in the head that could burst, according to a surprising Dutch study that finds brain abnormalities are not very uncommon.

Excess body fat and red meat are linked to an increased risk of common cancers and should be avoided, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research said.

We march, we pin ribbons, we buy anything from anyone who will give a percentage to breast cancer research. While we are selling bracelets, the government is leading the charge to destroy the mammography field, Monique Doyle Spencer, author of "The Courage Muscle: A Chicken's Guide to Living with Breast Cancer," writes on the op-ed page

Leslie Orgel, the Salk Institute theoretical chemist who was the father of the RNA world theory of the origin of life and who joined with Nobel laureate Francis Crick to postulate that life might have been seeded on Earth by a higher intelligence, died at the San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care on Saturday from pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

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