A taboo subject…

Patients do not want to hear that they are dying and doctors do not want to tell them. Quoted from “USA Today,” February 7, 2011: http://goo.gl/WAaoz It’s not easy to write about death. Not easy at all. And whenever I talk about my own death, I do so in a joking manner. I can’t help […]

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End-of-life law in Italy…

Polls show that at least 70% of Italians would like to be able to choose their own medical treatments and make their own end-of-life decisions. Many have expressed their wishes in “living wills.” In spite of this, in mid July Italy’s ultra conservative government came up with and managed to pass through parliament an absolutely […]

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Celery and parsley against myeloma…

I have already written a few posts about apigenin, a common flavonoid found in celery and parsley (see http://margaret.healthblogs.org/antioxidants-and-chemotherapy/chemoresistance-apigenin/). When I first began reading the apigenin studies, I just knew that this compound would kill myeloma cells, too. But I wasn’t able to find a specific apigenin-myeloma study. Until today, that is… A Chinese study […]

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Ecstasy and…myeloma?

Today I’m going to introduce a rather bizarre topic…a recent discovery concerning the surprising anticancer properties of a terribly dangerous hallucinogenic drug, which here in Italy is still, unfortunately!, immensely popular in discotheques and dance clubs among young folks, mainly because it gives them a crazy sense of euphoria, brushing aside any feelings they might have of […]

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Help page update…

Today I tried to make my blog’s Help Page a bit prettier, but I’m not very good at that. Not like Hanna! But anyway, pretty or NOT (more like the latter!), I did update my “Help Page.” To have a look at it, just scroll down the right-hand side of my blog…or click here: http://margaret.healthblogs.org/good-or-bad-for-myeloma/. Let’s […]

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Sea views…

Nothing like a few sea views on what is promising to be another boiling hot day in Florence (but last night was quite cool, yay!). I took the first two photos at Minack Theatre, which is an open-air theatre built in the 1930s (?) into the granite cliffside overlooking Porthcurno Bay, not too far from Land’s End, in Cornwall. Wikipedia tells […]

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Eden Project, Cornwall…

One of the places we visited in Cornwall was the Eden Project, which is located in an abandoned 170-year-old china clay quarry. One of the friends who was travelling with us wanted to go there because she remembered that (part of) one of the James Bond movies, “Die Another Day,” starring Pierce Brosnan, was filmed […]

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Signs…

Premise: I like signs.  I like reading street signs or signs that I see in shop windows or tacked on people’s doors. Signs of all sorts. Mostly, I enjoy taking photographs of signs…the funnier, the better. Yes, photographing gorgeous landscapes or handsome buildings is all fine and dandy…but when I get back home from a […]

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Hottest city in Europe…

Hottest city….in all of EUROPE??? No kidding…Ah, which city, you ask? Er, that would be Florence. Yes, Florence, Italy. My city…sigh…40 degrees expected here again today… I ventured outside briefly this morning, just enough time to run a few errands, and it was 36 degrees by the time I got home…mammamiaaaa! Pant pant… Ok, I really […]

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Photos of Bath…

Stefano and I returned from the UK yesterday. Let me tell ya, it was quite a shock, going from temperatures of 15° (UK) to 40° (Italy)…Celsius, of course! In fact, as soon as we descended from the plane and met our first blast of horrendous heat at the airport in Pisa, I turned to Stefano […]

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