“We were not always ahead in matches but they have fought to the end and a lot of times with good success, so I think we can be satisfied about the points now – 36. “We are in our goal, I think. What I have already said, we are improving every week. We can see 2015 with open eyes.” After almost six months in the job, Van Gaal is now settled in Manchester. “English life is fantastic,” the Dutchman said with a smile. “I have met only friendly people on the streets and in the restaurants where I go. “I have very nice neighbours; they are all older than me but very nice. I live in a surrounding environment [that is] fantastic.” And the 63-year-old has even found a local eatery that suits his palate in Manchester city centre. He said: “My favourite food is Chinese food, and the restaurant is Wing’s. “The food is fantastic because when I came to England everybody said the food is not good, but [it is] fantastic. Also, the wine list is fantastic.” Van Gaal’s first assignment of 2015 is to stretch United’s unbeaten run to 10 games at Stoke on New Year’s Day. Van Gaal has made his anger clear at fixture planners for organising United’s game at Tottenham less than 48 hours after their Boxing Day victory over Newcastle. As a result, the 63-year-old is expected to rotate his team for the match at the Britannia Stadium. Luke Shaw and Rafael could start after suffering no reaction when they made their injury comeback at White Hart Lane last Sunday. Adnan Januzaj, Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria are back in training and could feature, but Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini are likely to miss out. United have only lost once in 20 years at the Britannia Stadium, but Mark Hughes’ team have won their last two games and Van Gaal is bracing himself for a tough test, partly because of the “difficult” surface he expects to find at the Potters’ ground. “I hear from (assistant manager) Ryan [Giggs] that Stoke City is a very difficult pitch,” Van Gaal said. Press Association The board turned to Van Gaal to revive the club’s fortunes, and the early signs were not good as United won just one of their opening six games and crashed out of the Capital One Cup to Sky Bet League One side MK Dons. The Dutchman has slowly started turning things round though and at the half way stage United are third in the table following a run of seven wins and two draws in their last nine matches. Van Gaal strives for perfection though so he is not happy with United’s current plight and is hoping there will be a better year ahead for the club’s fans. “We are improving every week and we shall be better in 2015. Just watch,” the United manager said. “We are still in a process. “I think the players understand the philosophy, and that’s why we are improving – but we can improve more when we have all the players available. “I think the fans were fantastic because we were in a moment with 10 matches and 13 points – that is not good, I think more weak than good. “They have supported us is because of the fighting spirit of my team. Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United fans 2015 will be a year to remember – for all the right reasons. As United head into the new year their supporters will reflect on a roller-coaster 12-month period that has seen them hit more lows than highs. For the first time in 28 years, the club fired their manager. David Moyes’ six-year contract was ripped up after just 10 months and United went on to finish seventh in the Barclays Premier League.
MIAMI, Florida – Since 1985, the United States has focused on breast cancer awareness in October, but in each of these years, instead of heralding the cure of this disease, we continue to see evidence of its ravages. And, worse yet, as steps to prevent or survive breast cancer are highlighted, several other forms of cancers also take a toll on Americans of every race and age.Some may recall that during his presidency, Barack Obama made the fight against cancer a priority. In 2009 when he announced a federal economic stimulus package, it included $10 billion for cancer research. In proposing that funding, the president then said, “Now is the time to commit ourselves to waging a war against cancer, as aggressive as the war cancer wages against us.”America’s official war on cancer began in 1971 when President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act to strengthen the National Cancer Institute in its effort to find cures and improved treatment for cancer. At that time, there were high hopes scientists were close to understanding the underlying causes of the disease and cures were within reach.However, despite millions of dollars expended, including $2 billion increase in research funding for the National Institute of Health approved by Congress this year, and over 48 years of intense research, cancer continues to wage terror on families, with a significant death rate that has affected almost every American family.While there some progress in treatment and improvement in the survival rate, cancer is still winning. The war to eliminate the disease not only urgently needs more aggression, but it also needs more people to heed the advice liberally given and take responsible action to prevent being victims of cancer.One of the lasting positives of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is it draws attention among women—especially younger women who may believe they are too young to fall victim to breast cancer—to the importance of preventative tests like annual mammograms.There are several other preventative tests that are available, assuming people can afford them, which are extremely helpful in preventing various cancers. Some of these tests—including those for prostate and colon cancers—may not be pleasant to endure, but nonetheless we should act responsibly and have them done.Another responsibility we have is to heed the advice on appropriate diets and lifestyle that can help prevent or minimize the risk of cancer.Since 1971 scientists and doctors have made improvements in diagnosing cancer. This improvement has, in turn, led to early detection of some cancers, improved preventative measures, and improved medical treatment. Consequently, we have also seen a reduction in cancer mortality rate from 215 deaths per 100,000 in 1991 to 172 death per 100,000 in 2010, according to “A Cancer Journal for Clinicians” in 2014.However, the death rate for some cancers is still too high. In 2018, 609,640 Americans were estimated to die from the disease. Because of the continued high death rate, a cancer diagnosis is often seen as a death sentence for cancer victims and their families.It is obvious the war against cancer involves winning several battles. The thrust in the current battle is finding effective treatments that enhance the survival rate.As research into finding effective treatment and cures continues, scientists continue to be challenged by the complexities of cancer. In the 1950s, scientists assumed viruses were the prime cause of cancer. Further research replaced that assumption with another that cancer was caused by defective cells in the body. More research indicated there are a variety of defective cells that create various types of cancers in different areas of the body.Professor of oncology/co-director of cancer biology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Victor Velculescu, formerly said it may have been wishful thinking that a disease like cancer was simple, to begin with. He said it became clear cancer isn’t a single disease, but rather each case of cancer is a unique disease. He said complicating matters is along with the peculiarity of some cancers, the disease does not remain static but continually changes. This makes it necessary to continually develop new treatment measures for various types of cancer.Finding effective cure and treatment for cancer requires increased research, including copious research into the curative effects of new sources like medical marijuana. While there are indications medical marijuana is useful in treating some cancers, more intense research is needed to ascertain its empirical effectiveness as a cure for cancer, generally.But continually funding research without conclusive findings is frustrating. How many more people must die while this seemingly endless research continues? Cancer is a global problem, and many believe a more focused collaboration of global research should find the elusive cure. Maybe emphatic deadlines should be tied to cancer research funding to hasten answers which must surely exist.