Posts Tagged With: cancer

Benefit raffle for Chicago’s Ron’s Niece…..


My 6 year old niece Jolie was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer last month. She spent 2 weeks in the hospital starting her first round of chemo. She is now home and is coping surprisingly well. This will be a long battle and to support My family I will be doing a fund raiser. I will post more info next week. A chance for people to win some great prizes and help my sister Brandy Kneip and her family to focus on Jolie instead of bills.For every $20 increment of donation you will receive 1 entry for the drawing
(i.e. $100 = 5 entries), I will be including some finds from England and the Dig Wars show.

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Jolie’s Fund raiser page is ready, Please check out the Caring Bridge site for Jolie’s story and updates. Lots of great donated items that will be given away and listed on the Donation page. Any questions contact me at rpg61@msn.com
Thanks you for the donations and prayers.

http://chicagoron.com/propagandapage/Jolie%20fund%20raiser%20page.htm#

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Kens Cancer Benefit…Sponsored by The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Show


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kens-Cancer-Benefit/491700550916369
How to make a donation and get tickets for the Benefit Drawing:
Prizes keep getting added!!
To Purchase Tickets for the Ken MacIntyre Benefit Fund Raiser:
Each $5 donation gets you a ticket
You can snail mail a check or money order made out to Lisa MacIntyre to:
Greybird
P O Box 126
Acworth, GA 30101
**Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive your stubs via return mail**
You can Paypal your donation:
Log into your Paypal account and pay to LisaMac59@yahoo.com
Please include name, address, phone and email.
Everyone is very excited about the EIGHT (8) detectors that will be given away in the Benefit Drawing Oct 21st. But there are also many other great prizes. For example:

$250 Gift Card from Detectors.com (Detectors Electronics)
2 Treasure Wise Carry bags (Outdoor Outfitters)

Dick Stout’s books:
Where to Find Treasure
In Search of Treasure
The New Metal Detecting: The Hobby
Coin Hunting….in depth!

Over $200 in books from K.B. Slocum:
~Galleon Alley, The 1773 Spanish Treasure Fleet. By Weller paperback $19.98
~I Rode with Stonewall, by Douglas….hardback $52.95
~Shipwrecks & Treasures by Cahill….paperback $8.95
~Treasure on the Chesapeake Bay by Tevillian and Carter….paperback $9.95
~Santa Fe, the Autobiography of a Southwestern Town, by LaFarge..pabk $37.00
~The Buried Treasures of Maine, by Stevens….paperback $10.00
~The Outer Banks of North Carolina, by Stick….paperback $14.95
~Civil War on the Western Border, by Monaghan….paperback $10.95
~ Sherman’s March Through the Carolina’s, by Barrett hdback $30.00
~Shallow Water Treasure Hunting, by Granville…..paperback $9.95

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Hideous Creature Could Hold the Key to Curing Cancer….


Question: What happens when a hairless, bucktoothed rat secretes goo that clogs a vacuum in a research lab at the University of Rochester, New York?
Answer: Two scientists accidentally stumble upon a chemical that may prevent cancer in humans.
According to the journal Nature, a lab tech mentioned those excretions to the researchers who were investigating why mole rats are so resistant to cancer; the hideous-looking creatures live an average 30 years cancer-free.
When one of the study’s authors, Andrei Seluanov, learned about the goo, he told the tech that they should examine it because it could be related to the rats’ resistance.
They did, and discovered that it was a high molecular substance called hyaluronan which, when removed from the mole rats’ cells, made the rats more susceptible to tumors.
Upon further examination they also discovered that the gene responsible for producing the chemical is different than the ones found in any other animal.
While hyaluronan itself is found in other mammals including humans, study author Vera Gorbunova says that the molecules in hyaluronan in mole rats are significantly longer. Their length creates an environment that prevents the rats’ cells from bunching together, which would allow for the growth of cancerous tumors.
Meanwhile, the much shorter molecules found in human hyaluronan do allow cell bunching, she says.
“Naked mole rats need good elasticity in their skin, because they don’t have any fur,” Seluanov told LiveScience. “When they move through their tunnels, it’s important that they do not rupture their skin.”
The demands of their subterranean lifestyle may explain why naked mole rats developed higher levels of hyaluronan in their skin in the first place, the researchers told LiveScience.
Gorbunova says that she and her team are now looking at ways to “manipulate enzymes to increase the length of hyaluronan in humans.”
The substance is already used as a replacement to Botox to fill wrinkle, and some doctors use it as a way to relieve arthritis in knee joints. So far, Gorbunova says, no significant side effects have been reported.
The scientists’ next project is to see if gene responsible for mole rat hyaluronan is effective in mice, and if that works, they plan to test the effectiveness in human cells.
“If we can figure out a way to manipulate enzymes to increase the length of hyaluronan, we may soon be able to not only prevent cancer but cure it in patients,” says Gorbunova.
“Our hope is that one day we’ll be able to not only stop the growth of primary tumors but to stop metastasis throughout the body.”
Gorbunova adds that she and her fellow researchers have also found a kind of beauty in the hideous mole rat. “When you look at them in still pictures, yes, they’re ugly. But they’re very busy, and in motion, there is some beauty to them,” she says.

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IS HUGO CHAVEZ ALREADY DEAD?…..


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Cuba’s Castro adds to speculation with letter noting leftist leader’s ‘absence’

There are persistent rumors that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is dead, with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro adding to the speculation with a letter speaking of Chavez’ “absence.”

For weeks, Chavez has not been heard from, following a series of cancer treatments in Cuba. Earlier reports from Havana said he was fighting a respiratory infection that had developed after his fourth cancer surgery.
Chavez’ respiratory problem – referred to officially as “respiratory deficiency” – reportedly was due to a severe lung infection.

Chavez was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.

Castro sent an open letter to Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro that was published in the Cuban Communist Party’s Central Committee newspaper, Granma, reminiscing about when he first met Chavez in 1994.

The key words in the 350-word article were Castro’s observation that “however painful (Chavez’s) absence, all of you will be capable of continuing his work.”

Chavez may have died two weeks ago, when further public information about him stopped, according to Venezuelan opposition and intelligence sources.

However, the sources concede they have no confirmation. Chavez, who had won re-election, was due to be sworn in for another presidential term in mid-January. His absence created a mini-constitutional crisis

Opposition leaders have argued that since Chavez wasn’t sworn in for his new term, the Venezuelan Supreme Court should determine who is president.

The Spanish daily ABC had cited unnamed sources who say Chavez had been put into an induced coma and placed on life support.

Dr. Michael Pishvaian of the Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., said respiratory infections could require antibiotics and supplemental oxygen.

“It could be a very ominous sign,” Pishvaian said, indicating that Chavez may have been on life support.

Other sources indicate that once put on life support following the type of cancer surgery Chavez had, along with respiratory complications, the chance of survival is slim.

Recent comments by members of Chavez’s family said he was stable, although Maduro insisted the Venezuelan president had “enormous strength.”

However, a doctor who is in contact with Chavez’s medical team said several weeks ago the Venezuelan president wasn’t responding to antibiotics, had a constant fever and hadn’t eaten solid food for weeks.

The doctor, Jose Rafael Marquina of Florida, said Chavez then was on life support and that the medical team was “only prolonging unnecessary suffering.” Marquina is an opponent of Chavez.

Chavez hasn’t been seen in public since his last surgery in Havana Dec. 11.

Until now, the government has been silent on the latest rumors of Chavez’s death, even though he had designated Maduro to succeed him.

Cuban officials also may be withholding information because of concern they would lose the significant influence they’ve acquired in Venezuela through Castro’s close relationship with Chavez.

Since there is no record that Chavez was sworn in for his new presidential term, the Venezuelan constitution requires the government to call for new elections.

Opposition leaders are demanding that the government provide more information about the condition of Chavez and want new elections.

U.S. officials say they are watching developments closely but would have no comment on reports the 58-year-old Venezuelan president had died.

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A Crappy Subject…But…5 Ways Your Poop Can Advise You on Health…


A person’s poop can say a lot about his or her health. How often you go to the bathroom, and how much waste you expel, can indicate your general digestive health.
“The digestive tract contains more bacterial cells than there are cells in the entire body,” said Dr. Jean-Pierre Raufman, a gastroenterologist at University of Maryland School of Medicine. “It’s very important that our bowels work well to absorb necessary nutrients but also keep out any foods, chemicals and germs that could do us harm.”
While most people probably don’t want to put much thought into pooping, it’s an essential body function that can tell them if something is wrong. A change in bowel movements could be due merely to a change in diet, but it could also mean the body is fighting an infection or dealing with a serious condition.
Here are five hints that your poop could be giving you about your health.
Color
Stool color is often a reflection of what you eat. While various shades of brown are considered normal, some colors like black or yellow are not.
“Black stool could indicate bleeding in the stomach or the first part of the small intestine,” Raufman said.
Iron supplements can darken the stool to more of a dark green, he added. Taking bismuth-containing medicines, such as Pepto-Bismol, or eating black licorice or blueberries also may cause black stools.
Bright red stool usually suggests that blood is coming from the lower part of the digestive system, such as the large intestine, rectum or anus.
Pale white or yellow stool also can mean a problem.
“The reason why stool is brown is because of our normal production of bile,” Raufman said. “If there’s a problem with bile flow, that may mean a problem like cancer of the bile ducts, or pancreatic cancer or hepatitis.”
Shape
A change in stool shape also could be cause for concern. Stools that are narrow and pencil-thin are thought by some experts to be a symptom of colon cancer.
“It could be a sign of obstruction in the lower part of the colon,” which means the bowel is partially blocked, getting in the way of the fecal matter that is passing through, Raufman said.
Another sign of a potential problem is soft stool. Stool that sticks to the side of the toilet bowl, or is difficult to flush, could indicate the presence of too much oil.
“Oil floats, so you’ll see it in the water,” Raufman said. “They look like fat droplets, which can mean the body isn’t absorbing the fats properly.” Diseases such as chronic pancreatitis block the body from properly absorbing fat.
Whether stool floats depends on how much gas is in it. “Generally, stool that sinks or floats don’t mean there’s a problem,” he said.
Smell
Though the smell of poop can be rather unpleasant, smells that are particularly strange or foul shouldn’t be ignored.
“It’s hard to tell people that stool can smell even worse, but it can,” Raufman said. “If there is a change in your stool that persists or is unusual, you should see your doctor.”
Stool is made up of undigested food, bacteria, mucus and dead cells. It usually smells bad because of the bacteria and parasites, but it also can have compounds that produce an especially unpleasant smell.
“If you have blood in your stool, that usually comes with a particular strange odor,” he said. “Also, stool with a lot of fat can smell particularly bad.”
Reasons for a foul smell could include certain medications, having food that’s been stuck in the colon for too long, or having an infection, he said.
Constipation
Dry, hard stools that are hard to eliminate are a sign of constipation. People who are constipated may have bowel movements fewer than three times a week.
Constipation is a common complaint, and most people experience it at least once in their lives. More than 4 million Americans have frequent constipation, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Constipation could be caused by a number of factors, including a poor diet, lack of exercise, certain medications, lack of fluids or various bowel disorders.
If ignored, constipation could lead to complications such as hemorrhoids or rectal bleeding. The best way to relieve symptoms is to follow a well-balanced high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, try to exercise regularly and go to the bathroom when you feel the urge.
Diarrhea
Diarrhea happens when loose, watery stools pass through your bowels too quickly. Generally it lasts one or two days and goes away on its own.
“It’s a normal way for the body to get rid of toxic substances, like bacteria or viral infections,” but it also can lead to dehydration, Raufman said.
Parasites found in water and food can enter the body and disrupt the digestive system, causing diarrhea that can last several days.
Diarrhea also can suggest a more serious problem. Diarrhea that lasts for at least four weeks may be a sign of a chronic disease, such as irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease.
But diarrhea also could be a sign of chewing gum that contains sugar alcohol, such Xylitol or sorbitol. Raufman said, “Someone who chews one or two packs of sugar-free gum a day could also get diarrhea.”

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