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Amanda Burbank

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Amanda J. Burbank is a poet, writer and editor. She's had a number of pieces published in a variety of places, from local papers and magazines to online blogs to literary magazines. She's worked on the other side of the profession as well, from beta reading for multiple aspiring novelists to assisting a literary agent to working as an editor herself. She's also worked as a teacher, homeschooling her three children for three years, learning with them as they were continually, joyously discovering. She graduated from Huntingdon College with a bachelor of arts majoring in English and Psychology. She and her husband and children live in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Beautiful bald senior portraits raise awareness about alopecia as they go viral

There are many reasons people experience hair loss. Some men and women experience pattern baldness, which is genetic and often associated with aging. Some lose their hair as a side effect of toxic drugs such as chemotherapy. This type of hair loss is generally expected to be temporary, but for some cancer survivors their hair never grows back. Many are women who used Taxotere to treat breast cancer. Others, like 17-year-old Madisyn Babcock, have autoimmune disease alopecia areata, which causes patchy hair loss and in extreme cases total loss of hair on the scalp, face and even body. No matter ... Read More

Alberta bans minors from artificial tanning in melanoma prevention effort

In an attempt to lower rising melanoma rates and protect the health of its citizens, Alberta Health Services has instituted and will be enforcing new regulations that ban minors from using artificial tanning services. “Research has shown that using artificial tanning when you are under 35 dramatically increases your risk for melanoma,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says according to The South Peace News. “The changes we’re making will help protect our youth from a disease that affects hundreds of Albertans every year and gives Albertans better information about the risks of artificial tanning.” The new rule takes effect on Jan. 1, ... Read More

Don’t delay melanoma treatment, prompt surgery saves lives, research shows

According to U.S. News and World Report, researchers with the Cleveland Clinic have found that delaying treatment of melanoma even one month reduces a patient’s chance of survival. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, on average, killing one American an hour. “The ideal timing for melanoma treatment, predominantly surgery, had yet to be determined — until now,” said primary investigator Dr. Brian Gastman. He is director of melanoma surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Gastman and colleagues used the National Cancer Database to identify and study the data of 153,218 adult patients who were diagnosed with ... Read More

Queensland celebrates falling melanoma rates

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, in the past three decades more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It can be treated if it is caught in its early stages, so prevention and early detection education have become key components to the work being done to try to slow the trend of rising melanoma rates. In the U.S. last year, researchers who noted that melanoma rates had been steadily rising for the last two decades confirmed that in the last seven years rates of incident for both invasive melanoma ... Read More

New study confirms heartburn drugs linked to progression of kidney disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, used to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers, are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world. PPIs are sold under name brands such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, by prescription and over the counter, and they are taken by more than 20 million Americans in any given year. “PPIs have been regarded as generally safe and without serious adverse effects. However, this perspective is changing,” said Danish scientists earlier this year when they published a study linking the drugs to an increased risk for serious foodborne infection, listeriosis. The drugs have been linked ... Read More

Plaintiffs in ovarian cancer talc cases are still fighting

In August the first California jury to hear a talc ovarian cancer case awarded now-deceased plaintiff Eva Echeverria a staggering $417 million, $110 million more than all four of the previous Missouri verdicts combined. The jury found that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products contributed to the development of Echeverria’s ovarian cancer and the company should have warned her and other consumers of its products’ risks. They backed up this conclusion with $347 million in punitive damages. However, on Oct. 20, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson overturned the verdict, granting Johnson and Johnson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the ... Read More

PPIs linked to increased risk for gastric cancer

Acid reducing proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, prescribed to more than 15 million Americans in just a single year and available over-the-counter to countless more, seem to be constantly connected with new troubling risks. They are already under fire for links to kidney disease and kidney failure. The manufacturers of these drugs are being sued by many patients with serious kidney injuries who allege “negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims and loss of consortium” as the cause of action against defendants. Among many other risks, including increased risk of stroke, ... Read More

Teen determined to help children with hair loss, bullies won’t stop him

Baldness can be caused by many things. It doesn’t only affect aging men with a genetic predisposition. Many of all ages experience baldness as a result of cancer treatment. In fact, there are some cancer survivors who even find themselves find themselves facing the stigma of baldness for the rest of their lives when their chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere for example, caused permanent hair loss. Another cause of hair loss is an autoimmune disease called alopecia. It often first appears during childhood and in extreme cases can cause complete loss of hair on the scalp, face and even the whole body. ... Read More

Australian campaigns against tax on medical wigs

Australian Stefanie Hodgson, 21, completely bald since sixth grade, has suffered from alopecia totalis since age 6. Metro UK shares some of her story and gives her a platform to speak out against her country’s tax on medical wigs. Alopecia totalis is an autoimmune disease which causes complete loss of hair on the scalp. It is an advanced form of alopecia areata, where hair is lost in round patches. The hair loss can be triggered by stress. Hair can grow back, but the hair loss is often recurring. In extreme cases people have complete hair loss on the scalp and ... Read More

Stem cell research good news for those with alopecia

Hair loss affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States according to CNBC. There are many causes of hair loss or alopecia. All of them impact individuals’ sense of self. Genetics, stress, immune disease, injury to the scalp, and toxic drugs can all cause hair loss. Some hair loss is temporary, other hair loss is permanent. Hair loss associated with cancer treatment is expected to be temporary, however, chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to the side effect of permanent alopecia. The drug may damage or alter the hair follicle, and the stem cells necessary for ... Read More