EPA Tox Challenge – High Cost of Cancer – Frames from St. Joe’s

EPA Challenges Researchers to Improve Tox Screening Data
The Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health are issuing a challenge that will award up to $1 million to improve data generated from automated chemical screening technology used for toxicity testing. Out of thousands of chemicals in commerce today, very few have been fully evaluated for potential health effects. The Transform Tox Testing Challenge: Innovating for Metabolism, is calling on innovative thinkers to find new ways to more accurately assess effects of chemicals and better protect human health. Teams will compete in three stages. The first stage closes April 8. Up to ten submissions may receive a prize of $10,000 each and an invitation to continue on to the next stage.  For more information on the Tox Testing Challenge, visit:www.transformtoxtesting.com


High Cost of Cancer
A cancer diagnosis is costly, and new research suggests that the economic burden of annual costs after treatment is substantial. The American Cancer Society found that non-elderly survivors of colon cancer had extra costs of about $20,000 annually. Those extra expenses included direct medical costs, as well as lost productivity. For survivors of breast cancer under 65, the economic burden totaled about $14,000, and for prostate cancer it was approximately $9,000. For elderly people, colon cancer survivors had extra costs of about $19,000 a year. Senior prostate cancer survivors faced about $17,000 in extra expenses, and older survivors of breast cancer had about $14,000 in extra medical costs and lost productivity. The findings are scheduled for publication in the May issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


PAC Sells St Joe’s Art
The Parkersburg Art Center is the clearinghouse for the hundreds of framed art prints that formerly adorned the walls of St. Joseph’s Hospital. The art center will also be selling lamps from the facility. The sale opens with a reception on Sunday, January 24 at 2 pm. The frame and lamp sale will continue from January 24 to 30. Prices start at $10 per frame.


Hocking College Audit Reveals Incomplete Degrees
An internal audit at Hocking College revealed that degrees had been awarded to students who did not earn the credits they needed to obtain their degrees. The audit identified 13 degrees awarded between 2010 and 2014 which were given without appropriate credits. College President Dr. Betty Young said “corrective action” has been taken and more solutions are being utilized to prevent the problem in the future. (WOUB)


Asian Carp Expected to Take Over Erie
An invasive species – Asian carp – could make up one-third of all fish species in Lake Erie, according to new research. Using a computer prediction mode, a study team forecast the invasive fish would essentially consume a large amount of prey, resulting in declines of iconic Lake Erie fish like Walleye and Rainbow Trout and devastating the food web. The study is online at tandfonline.com.

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About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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