Learning you have breast cancer is bad enough, but the diagnosis is doubly devastating for the 20 to 30 percent of patients who turn out to be "HER-2-positive." Tumors carrying that designation grow with unusual speed, and are more likely to recur after treatment. "Hearing you have HER-2," says Darlene Nipper, 40, "is like hearing a death sentence."Not anymore.
Imagine you're allergic to the oil of the Japanese lacquer tree--so allergic that the brush of a leaf against your skin provokes an angry rash. Strapping a blindfold over your eyes, a scientist tells you she's going to rub your right arm with lacquer leaf and your left arm with the innocuous leaf of a chestnut tree.
This Stealthy Disease Can Incubate For Decades. Now Thousands Of People Are Getting Sick. By 2010 It May Strike Down More Americans Each Year Than Aids
Eileen Kiniery had just stepped off a New Jersey commuter train on September 11 when the first of two jets hit the World Trade Center. She is still haunted by the faces she saw pressed against the tower windows over the next hour, the stray limbs and torsos in the street, but she is equally awed by the communion she experienced.
When Colin Martinez turned 43 a couple of years ago he was living under a bridge in Denver. By his count, he had devoted 31 years to getting wasted. "I smoked crack or freebased for 16 years," he says. "I injected heroin, injected cocaine, snorted cocaine and heroin, popped pills, smoked opium, smoked pot and hashish.