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Good news: Alinea’s Grant Achatz announces that

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 18, 2007

Good news: Alinea’s Grant Achatz announces that his cancer is in remission. Achatz found out earlier this year that he had cancer of the mouth and instead of the traditional surgery route, he worked with his doctors on a treatment that would allow him to continue to cook, his profession and passion.

Reconsidering Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: it was

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 05, 2007

Reconsidering Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: it was an influential booktoo bad the science was all wrong. “She cited scary figures showing a recent rise in deaths from cancer, but she didn’t consider one of the chief causes: fewer people were dying at young ages from other diseases (including the malaria that persisted in the American South until DDT). When that longevity factor as well as the impact of smoking are removed, the cancer death rate was falling in the decade before ‘Silent Spring,’ and it kept falling in the rest of the century.”

Update: Scienceblogs’ Tim Lambert has been following a campaign to discredit Carson and her book. More here and at Google. (thx, jim & paul)

Some have advised Roger Ebert not to

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 25, 2007

Some have advised Roger Ebert not to attend his yearly film festival because of his changed physical appearance due to recent cancer surgery. Ebert says nuts to that…he may look a little strange, but his brain still works, his thumbs still go up and down, and he can type his columns just fine. “We spend too much time hiding illness. There is an assumption that I must always look the same. I hope to look better than I look now. But I’m not going to miss my festival.” I love Roger Ebert.

Why is the incidence of cancer in

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 06, 2005

Why is the incidence of cancer in India so much lower than in the US?

Backslash?

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 07, 1998

Speaking of backslash dot com all day long, what does the backslash have to do with the Web?