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Lung Cancer Rates Decline In U.S. Men And Women

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CDC’s latest journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has found that lung cancer rates are declining in both men and women.

Yay!!!

According to the report released last Friday, new cases of lung malignancies fell by 2.2% per year on average for women between 2006 and 2008.

New cases in men fell by an average of 1.4% per year between 1999 and 2006 but that accelerated to a drop of nearly 3% per year by 2006-2008.

Awesome news!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas R. Freiden believes further investment in anti-tobacco efforts will continue this trend, saying:

“Although lung cancer among men and women has decreased over the past few years, too many people continue to get sick and die from lung cancers, most of which are caused by smoking. The more we invest in proven tobacco control efforts, the fewer people will die from lung cancer.”

We're so on board with that. Do your lungs and life a favor by quitting tobacco today!

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U.N. Sets Out To Stop Mother-Child HIV Infections

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The voices of the hopeless may have finally been heard.

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the tragic disease, world leaders at the U.N. AIDS summit have hatched a plan to eliminate anymore HIV infections in newborn children from their infected mother.

Providing HIV-positive pregnant women with treatment can reduce the risk of a child being born with the virus to less than 5 percent, so with that in mind, the campaign aims to reduce the number of child infections 90% by 2015.

The initiative is being led by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the UNAIDS organization, which said in a statement:

"We believe that by 2015 children everywhere can be born free of HIV and that their mothers can remain healthy."

$500 million a year is currently being dedicated to funding the prevention of mother-child HIV transmission, but the new resolution to begin the end of the disease calls for $2.5 billion more to achieve the goal in 3 years.

We're happy to see that countries all over the world are finally joining for forces and funds to put a stop a disease which has over 9 million people waiting for treatment.

While there is still no cure, amazing leaps in treatment options over the last few years have saved millions and we believe this new initiative will continue that trend.

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A Good Election Day For The Gays!

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We're so pleased to hear this! Let's hope they each use their power to do good for the LGBT community!

It was announced today that in 2010, more openly LGBT candidates were elected into political offices than ever before in U.S. history.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund backed 164 candidates this year and of those, 106 of them won their respective races!

A victory indeed! Congrats to them all! We're filled with mass amounts of PRIDE!

Now, lets get to work on DADT and Prop 8, okay?!?!

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The Office Is Coming To China

Filed under: TV NewsRicky Gervais

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First the UK…then the U.S….now China…what will be next? Will Ricky Gervais’ 157th version of The Office take place in the Arab country Qatar?

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, though. Next on Gervais’ agenda, he’ll be putting together a version of The Office in China. Here’s what he had to say about it:

"I have some amazing news… We are about to start work on developing a Chinese 'The Office'. How cool is that?"

Pretty cool, Gervais.

Let’s just PRAY they don’t surprise us by using an all-white cast, despite the Chinese setting. We don’t want Dev Patel to have a heart attack!

How do U feel about a Chinese Office?

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Survivor Producer Found In Los Angeles, Wants Custody Of Children

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Hours after he was reported missing in Mexico, Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman has been found in the U.S.

Even though Mexican officials declared that he was not allowed to leave the country, his lawyer, Richard Hirsch is saying that they did in fact allow him to leave, stating:

"He has been informed that he has no legal obligation to remain in Mexico pending an investigation into the tragic death of his wife, Monica. He has returned to Los Angeles County to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters."

He adds that Bruce is "devastated by the loss of his wife, best friend, and the mother of his children" and his motives for returning to L.A. was to regain custody of them.

According to Hirsch, his client has not been accused of a crime and and he has the legal right to have custody of his children, which he says, "is probably what is going to happen next."

Those poor kids!

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