All the news that fell through the media cracks…..this week is medical/health news and some other stuff for good measure.
But first some really useless news…..birds cannot fart but spiders can…..
On a personal note–my fig tree is producing nicely this year….enough for me to have a midday snack of figs/feta and honey for the last week….
Now on to the important stuff….
There may be some good news for the treatment of breast cancer….something is is effecting my family now…..
One such cancer is metastatic estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. This aggressive form of breast cancer is the most common form of breast cancer, yet some cases are entirely incurable due to various mutations that can make it resistant to treatment.
However, scientists may have discovered a new weakness – and it’s a big one.
In a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign outline a new compound that directly targets human metastatic breast cancer cells and all their metastases (secondary growths around the body as a result of the cancer spreading) in mice, resulting in almost complete tumor regression.
They hope the new compound opens a new line of inquiry into halting and destroying the aggressive form of cancer, potentially developing a new class of anti-cancer drugs that could finally combat metastasis.
Metastatic estrogen receptor-positive (ERα) breast cancer is special in that it utilizes estrogen as a means to grow. As such, current therapies aim at depleting estrogen in the bodies of afflicted people – stop the “food” source and the cancer cannot grow out of control. Unfortunately, ERα cancers have a tendency to gain mutations that allow them to bypass this limitation and continue to grow, making it much harder to treat and incredibly deadly.
The news about the treatment of Alzheimer’s is not so good…..
Alzheimer’s disease is, among all the ailments that afflict humanity, perhaps the most terrifying: a disease that robs a person of their identity and disintegrates their relationships; for which there is no proven treatment or cure; and that can last for years, requiring enormous sums of money to ensure that many patients have specialized or round-the-clock care.
And it all leads toward an inevitable destination: death. Because this is also a disease with a 100 percent fatality rate.
That is the reality that millions of Americans and their families are currently confronting, and that millions have before them. They are the people at the center of the fight over the FDA’s controversial approval of Aduhelm, the first new Alzheimer’s drug in decades.
The FDA approved Aduhelm over the objections of its own scientific advisers, who said the mixed evidence of its benefits did not outweigh the known risks. The agency has now called for an independent investigator to probe the approval process. Medicare has begun a months-long process to decide whether it should cover Aduhelm and for whom, and several private health insurers have said they won’t cover the drug, given the limited evidence of its effectiveness. Last week, the Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai, two of the best-known hospital systems in the US, said they wouldn’t administer it for the same reason.
Some of the big news last week was the billionaire’s race to space…..
What about the pollution that those damn rockets throw off?
Burning these propellants provides the energy needed to launch rockets into space while also generating greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Large quantities of water vapour are produced by burning the BE-3 propellant, while combustion of both the VSS Unity and Falcon fuels produces CO₂, soot and some water vapour. The nitrogen-based oxidant used by VSS Unity also generates nitrogen oxides, compounds that contribute to air pollution closer to Earth.
Roughly two-thirds of the propellant exhaust is released into the stratosphere (12 km-50 km) and mesosphere (50 km-85 km), where it can persist for at least two to three years. The very high temperatures during launch and re-entry (when the protective heat shields of the returning crafts burn up) also convert stable nitrogen in the air into reactive nitrogen oxides.
These gases and particles have many negative effects on the atmosphere. In the stratosphere, nitrogen oxides and chemicals formed from the breakdown of water vapour convert ozone into oxygen, depleting the ozone layer which guards life on Earth against harmful UV radiation. Water vapour also produces stratospheric clouds that provide a surface for this reaction to occur at a faster pace than it otherwise would.
My thought is since you guys have massaged your damn egos then how about paying your damn taxes!
Here is another look at the so called race to space……https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/07/22/billionaire-space-race-ultimate-symbol-flawed-capitalism
Finally….did you know BIRDS are not real?
Yes Irene this in the newest stupidity from the conspiracy morons…..birds are not real……
The group “birds aren’t real”, who claim that birds are no longer real, have conducted a rally in the US, in the hope of converting others to their views.
For those uninitiated, the birds aren’t real movement claims that birds were once real but have now been replaced with drones by – you guessed it – none other than Barack Obama, back in 2001. The new robot birds are used to monitor Americans, according to the conspiracy theory.
“After the government killed off the last real bird in 2001, they released the beta versions of the first prototype bird drones, as shown in these tapes. WHAT A COINCIDENCE that on October 27th, 2001, PEARL HARBOR happened. Yet no one seems to draw the correlation. Sheep.
“Call me misinformed, call me stupid, call me under-educated, I don’t care. Just because I didn’t go to ‘high school’ doesn’t mean that I’m any less intelligent. I just haven’t been brainwashed and institutionalized like you all. I know that I am #WOKE and one day you all will see.”
Despite the obvious absurdity of the premise, the movement has a lot of supporters both online and offline. The rally, which took place in Springfield, Missouri, was attended by a large number of people, given that they were there to spread the word that birds are robots.
Please enjoy your weeks…..be well and be safe….
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