Around the nation: 'Movember' campaign funds $1 million grant for prostate cancer research

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  • Massachusetts: Roshan Sethi isn't just a second-year resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; he's also a screenwriter for Hollywood-produced medical dramas such as "Black Box" and "Code Black." He explained, "When I went to medical school, I very deliberately had the intention that I was going to consult for a show someday, even though I didn't know how," adding, "My hope had always been that I would write." He didn't have to wait long. During his first year at Harvard Medical School, Sethi sent an email offering to consult for a CW pilot of a show called "Harvard Medical School." He was, some would say, the perfect candidate. Sethi used his experience consulting on the show to pitch himself as a consultant to subsequent medical dramas (Ducharme, Boston Magazine, 8/15).

  • Texas: State health officials announced that a Texas resident who recently tested positive for Zika virus contracted the disease after traveling to a Miami area where local Zika virus transmission has been reported. Texas Department of State Health Services officials said the case is the first in Texas to be linked to travel within the continental United States. So far, Texas has reported more than 100 travel-linked cases of Zika virus infection (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/15).

  • California: The so-called "Movember" movement, which encourages men to grow mustaches in November to raise money for prostate cancer research, has led to a $1 million grant for scientists at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The Movember campaign has raised $44 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation since 2007. This month, the foundation granted some of that money to researchers at UC Davis who are developing a novel therapy some say could eventually lead to a cure for prostate cancer. Nick Leonti, a Sacramento resident and Movember participant, said that by participating in Movember, "You're actually helping by being lazy, which is a really convenient way to do it." He added, "That's part of Movember's charm" (Caiola, Sacramento Bee, 8/14).

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