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Cells dripped into the brain help man fight a deadly cancer
A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel treatment to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field. The type of immunotherapy that 50-year-old male patient received already has helped some people with blood cancers such as leukemia. But the way he was given it is new, and may allow its use not just for brain tumors but also other cancers that can spread, such as breast and lung. He was the first person to get the treatment dripped through a tube into a space in the brain where spinal fluid is made, sending it down the path the cancer traveled to his spine. He had “a remarkable response” that opens the door to wider testing, according to the neurosurgery chief at City of Hope in Duarte, California, where Grady was treated. So far, nine patients have been treated so far, but only three with infusions into the spinal fluid brain cavity. Two of the nine have not responded to treatment. This study is supported by the nonprofit Gateway for Cancer Research, the Food and Drug Administration, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Some authors get royalties from pending patents or money from Mustang Bio, Inc., which has licensed some of the technology. (Fox News)
Save A Horse, Ride A Cow!
An 18-year-old in invercargill, New Zealand woman has trained her cow to jump after being denied her own riding horse as a girl. Hannah Simpson shared video of her 7-year-old Brown Swiss cow, named Lilac, leaping over a large tree root on her family’s farm. Simpson’s bond with Lilac began when she was 11 years old and her brother suggested she ride the six-month-old calf after her parents would not give her a horse. Simpson attempted to ride other cows but all except for Lilac and one other cow bucked her off their backs. Now Lilac can jump over obstacles about four feet high, including fallen trees, but only when she’s in the mood. Lilac refuses to wear a saddle, but Simpson is content with riding the special cow bareback around her farm rather than taking her unique abilities to show-jumping competitions. (New Zealand Herald)
A sign posted at University of Kansas Libraries spells it out.
Now some library employees are wearing buttons that announce their preferred gender pronouns claiming that “Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” the sign says. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter! Misgendering someone can have lasting consequences, and using the incorrect pronoun can be hurtful, disrespectful, and invalidate someone’s identity.” The “My pronouns are” buttons come in three versions: “He him his,” “She her hers” and “They them theirs” — the latter for those who don’t identify as male or female. Library employees aren’t required to wear the buttons and buttons are available for students. It’s all part of a “You Belong Here” campaign aimed at undergraduates — including those who are transgender — and ensuring they feel welcome. (Lawrence Journal-World)
Man kicked down ex-girlfriend’s door — and was faced with painful surprise
Raleigh, North Carolina police said when a 27 year-old man tried to force his way through the back door of the apartment last Monday evening, he was clobbered in the face with a piece of firewood wielded by a 20-year-old man already inside. The man had been involved in a relationship with a female residing in the apartment he first attempted to enter. After the conflict, Police said the man then hightailed it to a nearby vacant apartment but was soon nabbed by cops who took him to the Wake County Jail where he was charged with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and attempted breaking and entering. He was released Tuesday morning after posting a $3,000 bond. (News Observer)
2017 census: U.S. babies to arrive every 8 seconds
Starting January 2017, a new baby will be born in the United States every eight seconds and a person will die every 11 seconds. And every 33 seconds, a new international immigrant – legal or otherwise – will be added to the population of the US of A. When all the numbers are added up with the combination of births, deaths and migration our country’s population will increase by one person every 17 seconds. These number-crunching stats come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s population projections for the coming new year. Nationally, the U.S. population grew by 0.7 percent to 323.1 million from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016. Data showed that 77.2 percent of Americans are aged 18 years or older. On 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the world’s population will be 7,362,350,168, an increase of 77,849,375, or 1.07 percent, from New Year’s Day 2016. After China and India, the United States is the world’s third most populous country. Come January 2017, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second. (CT Post)
People who have an affinity for marijuana may be in for a big surprise, as reports of a new marijuana-related illness are on the rise.
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS, is a disease acquired through chronic marijuana use. CHS is characterized by cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting. Hot showers appear to be the only remedy for those suffering from the symptoms of CHS, and it has become the key warning sign for physicians trying to diagnose the syndrome. Physicians say that patients will come in to emergency departments three or four times before getting a correct diagnoses, because the symptoms are not much different than common stomach bugs. Lance Crowder, a long-term marijuana user, experienced the symptoms of CHS for over two years and went to emergency rooms multiple times before getting an accurate diagnoses. (National Library of Medicine)
Allegedly drunk pilot filmed stumbling through security
An Indonesian budget airline has fired a pilot suspected of trying to fly a plane while he was drunk, and two of its executives are resigning. Passengers became suspicious when they heard slurred words and unclear announcements from the cockpit. Some of them left the plane and asked for a replacement of the pilot they believed to be either drunk or under drug influence. The flight had 154 passengers but a number reportedly decided to cancel. YouTube footage showed the pilot appeared to stagger through a metal detector at a security checkpoint and security guards picked up his belongings that were falling on the floor as he seemed out of control. The airline previously had dismissed reports that the pilot was drunk, saying initial tests of drug and alcohol were negative. Director General of Air Transportation Suprasetyo has asked Citilink to make sure the pilot underwent a medical check. The pilot is under investigation for possible drunkenness or drug use. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya has banned him from flying pending the outcome of the investigation. If proven, his license would be revoked. Citilink President Director Albert Burhan announced Friday that he and the airline’s production director would resign over the impropriety. In December 2015, three crew members — a pilot and two flight attendants were arrested for allegedly consuming crystal methamphetamine, known locally as shabu-shabu, at a hotel. (USA Today)
Today Is….. (insert drum roll sfx here)
*55-MPH Speed Limit Day
*Blue Monday (First Monday of the Year. But It Can’t Fall on New Years Day.)
*Divorce Monday (First Monday of year which is when most feel that divorces are filed.)
*Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
*National Buffet Day
*National Motivation and Inspiration Day
*National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
*National Science Fiction Day
*National Weigh-In Day (Always First Monday after New Years)
*Pet Travel and Safety Day
*Rose Bowl Game
*”Thank God It’s Monday” Day (First Monday)
*Tournament of Roses Parade Day