Feb 28

For two well-known Minneapolis Star Tribune photographers, a picture is worth so much more than a thousand words. Liz Flores and David Joles, of Minneapolis, say its the only way to measure their love for their daughter during a time they found themselves in their toughest assignment yet.

I never ever thought I would be on this side of the camera, said Liz Flores.

Their daughter, Gracie Joles, was recently diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumor, just before her 8th birthday.

When you meet the second grader, its hard to believe shes sick. Gracie all giggles and grins and endless energy, living her life on stage. When WCCO visited her home, she asked if she could sing her favorite Katy Perry song, Firework.

Feb 24

FRIDAY, Feb. 25 () — Most patients struggling with a progressive and fatal form of lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis do not risk a worsening of their condition as a result of exposure to a viral infection, new research indicates.

The finding contradicts prior investigations that had suggested viral infections might rapidly advance disease in patients diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

“The results of this study suggest that the majority of cases of acute exacerbation of IPF are not due to viral infection,” study author Dr.

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Tags: Disease , Lung Disease

Feb 24

One of the most controversial figures in the porn industry, 27-year-old Mason Wyler shook things up again when the HIV-positive performer announced this month that he was appearing in two bareback scenes with Owen Hawk and Brandon Hawk — porn stars, and boyfriends, who are also HIV-positive. The reason for Wyler’s decision was that he simply wanted to have sex with the pair and that working with HIV-negative actors, bareback or not, often incites fear in them. His announcement on his blog (NSFW link here) was articulate, but was it sensible? Full article…

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Feb 24

A strong link between victimization experiences and substance abuse has been discovered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The correlation is especially prevalent among gays, lesbians and bisexuals—more so than in heterosexuals, says Tonda Hughes, professor and interim head of health systems science in the UIC College of Nursing. Hughes is lead author of the study, published in the journal Addiction.

Researchers compared victimization experiences of unwanted sexual activity, neglect, physical violence, and assault with a weapon, across four sexual-identity subgroups—heterosexual, gay or lesbian, bisexual, or “not sure.” The study used data collected nationally from 34,635 adults from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

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Tags: Abuse , Strong Link , Substance Abuse