The eight minute clock chimes again

EVERY 8 MINUTES someone in the United States is diagnosed with #MELANOMA, the most serious form of skin cancer.  Word came within the last several days that my brother, Bob, has this diagnosis and has had to have a large growth removed from his abdomen, which would indicate Stage 4, an advanced stage of the disease.

Although the report is that his surgeons believe they removed all of the cancer, they can’t be certain until he has a #PETscan in a couple of weeks.  Given that he admits that he has been symptomatic for about five years, but thought this was some type of hernia, he and our family have reason to be concerned that the PET scan may discover other presence of the disease.

However, there is a new treatment for advanced melanoma called #Ipilimumab that shows real promise for control, if not a cure for even the most advanced forms of the case.

Following results of the PET, Bob and his wife, Claudia, are planning to take the advice of their local physicians in Jacksonville, FL, to seek follow-up consultation, treatment at the Tampa Moffitt Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCN).

While this video clip is from a year ago, information since this production would indicate the efficacy of this treatment and evidence of actual results are now documented at leading cancer centers around the country.

Still the diagnosis gives our family pause and concern as we wait for further news while anticipating that Bob will fully recover as I have from my 2006-2010 bout with mantle cell lymphoma (#MCL).

Our family history with cancer now officially confirms a sobering statistic:  One in four people will have cancer during their lifetimes and one in three families will have a loved one with the diagnosis.

When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change



James, Jesus’ own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple with Beth Moore’s study James: Mercy Triumphs

}:{ Once you get to know both the man and the Book of James, you’ll never be the same again. Bible scholars compare James to the prophet Amos. In other ways, James more closely resembles the Book of Proverbs than any New Testament book. James is a book with many topics — social justice, joy, hardship, faith, reversal of fortunes for rich and poor, wisdom, gifts from above, single-mindedness, the dangers of the tongue, humility, and prayer — all of which are searched by the hashtag #Faultless.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

Yesterday’s posts are today’s tweets

“Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes” (and, in this case, farewell to platitudes)


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Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer

Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer }:{ My August 2007 stem cell transplant (SCT) was done with adult cells from an unrelated donor.  While the procedure is fraught with risks, mortality, and morbidity factors for the recipient, an SCT or the BMT (bone marrow) equivalent is virtually harmless to the adult donor.
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Because I was the recipient of life-saving stem cells 5.8 years ago, I am naturally more than a casual observer of the science.  But everyone who seriously follows this story line and these tweets, realizes that society and medicine at large both face certain ethical questions regarding transplants using embryonic cells.  While the adult cells issue is largely resolved, I am not sure that this “breakthrough” cloning of embryonic cells solves the larger ethical issue, but it does bring the science to an important threshold, thanks to the work of:

Shoukhrat Mitalipov is an associate scientist in the Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences of ONPRC, Oregon Stem Cell Center and Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Molecular & Medical Genetics, and co-director of the ART/ESC core at the Center. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Developmental & Stem Cell Biology at the Research Center for Medical Genetics in Moscow, Russia. He came to Utah State University in 1995 to conduct his postdoctoral research in stem cell and developmental biology. Dr. Mitalipov moved to the Oregon center in 1998.

In summary, the research by Dr. Mitalipov deals with totipotent and pluripotent stem cells that are important as a unique research tool that allows investigation of the mechanisms regulating early primate development and differentiation. Human stem cells also provide the far-reaching foundation for the field of regenerative medicine and offer hope for the treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions that can be attributed to the loss or malfunction of specific cell types. Translational research in the clinically relevant nonhuman primate model is highly desirable to evaluate the safety, feasibility and efficacy of cell-based therapies. The basic research conducted in the Mitalipov lab provides new insights into the generation, maintenance and developmental potential of primate totipotent and pluripotent stem cells.

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