Cancer takes heavy toll on women’s work, finances, study shows

Young women with cancer are at a high risk for employment and financial consequences, a new study finds.

“Our study addresses the burden of employment disruption and financial hardship among young women with cancer — a group who may be at particular risk for poor financial outcomes after cancer given their age and gender,” said researcher Clare Meernik, a fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

She and her colleagues surveyed more than 1,300 women in North Carolina and California a median of seven years after diagnosis. Their cancer was diagnosed when they were 15 to 39 years of age and working.

Following their diagnosis, 32% of the women had to stop working or cut back on their hours. Twenty-seven percent said they had to borrow money, go into debt or file for bankruptcy because of cancer treatment.

Women with disrupted employment were

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Heavy drinking is killing women in record numbers, and experts fear a COVID-related spike | Coronavirus

On her last day of consciousness, Misty Luminais Babin held onto hope. “I choose life,” the 38-year-old told her sister, husband and doctor from inside the Ochsner Medical Center ICU.

But her sister, Aimee Luminais Calamusa, knew it was a choice made too late. A former ICU nurse herself, she was trained to recognize signs of the end. Even after draining 3 liters of fluid from Babin’s abdomen, her liver — mottled and scarred by years of heavy drinking — couldn’t keep up. The fluid had started building up in her lungs and she gasped for air. Without oxygen, her other organs began to fail.

“When I left that day, I knew that would be the last time I talked to her, ever,” said Calamusa. “It was really hard to walk out that door.”

Babin died two days later, on June 14 of this year, after a long struggle with

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First Presidential Debate Heavy on Insults, Light on Veteran and Military Issues

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden traded insults Tuesday night in an often out-of-control debate over taxes, COVID-19, the economy and mail-in ballots.

Military and veterans issues were not on the debate agenda, though neither candidate stuck to the plan. The issues surfaced only briefly on the periphery and then mostly as vehicles by both candidates to launch personal attacks.

Halfway through the 90-minute debate, Biden called Trump the “worst president America’s ever had.”

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Trump responded that he had turned around a nation left in ruin by the Obama administration, including “fixing the broken military you gave me.”

The president said his administration is responsible for “rebuilding the military, including Space Force.”

Biden later pivoted off a question about another issue to charge that Trump had remained silent on allegations that Russia

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