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When the Ronnie James Dio STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND was founded in 2010 in memory of the late heavy metal rock singer, his widow Wendy pledged to raise awareness that would further early detection, prevention and treatment for the deadly disease that took his life. So when the Dio Cancer Fund's Board of Directors became aware of Dr. David Wong's exciting research under the auspices of the UCLA School of Dentistry, they felt they had found a perfect match for Wendy's goals. Dr. Wong, Director of the Dental Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his dedicated team of researchers are developing a simple, non-invasive saliva swab test for the early detection of specific cancers, a concept that is tailor-made for the Dio Cancer Fund's mission. He believes this simple test, called a liquid biopsy, can and should become part of any routine physical examination conducted in a primary care physician's office and will be available for such medical use around the world within the next three years.
GARY OWENS - the British ex-rock star who was jailed for a murder he did not commit has launched a €5.2 million lawsuit against the Spanish government, reports Euro Weekly News. Owens, 56, spent 30 months in high security Spanish prisons after being arrested in Tenerife with wife Jayne, 50, in 1991. The couple were held in connection with death of Norwegian nightclub owner Torbjorn Heta, whose body was found at the bottom of a Marbella well. And the guitarist, whose NWOBHM band A II Z played with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden after hitting the British heavy metal charts in the early 1980s, is now suing for damages. His lawyer Luis Tatay, based in Valencia, revealed that a claim has been filed with the Ministry of Justice in Madrid. He said: "Mr Owens has suffered more than 25 years under a criminal investigation, two-and-a-half years in prison and being extradited from the UK to Spain. "If the Ministry fails to respond to the claim, we have the options of seeking a trial before the Audiencia Nacional [a special high court] and appealing to the Supreme Court."
13 years after their reality TV series, very longtime HardRadio friend Ozzy Osbourne and family will launch THE OSBOURNES PODCAST on March 5th. Take a ride with America's favorite rock n' roll family as they reminisce about the Emmy Award winning MTV series, swap stories with their most fascinating friends and catch up on present day events. In this ten episode podcast, Jack will lead Sharon, Ozzy and Kelly on a wild, unfiltered and unpredictable journey filled with laughter, love and everything it means to be an Osbourne. Jack Osbourne, who will serve as the de facto host of the podcast, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the idea was born out of his own love of the audio format. "There's been talk about bringing The Osbournes back, but it would never work," he says. "I thought, 'Well, this is probably the next best thing.'" visit The Osbournes Podcast website at theosbournespodcast.com.
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