Thursday, September 10, 2009

Many Breast Cancers Harbor Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

According to a summary of research from University of New South Wales, HPV’s known to cause cervical cancers were found in 39 percent of the specimens of ductal carcinoma which had not invaded other tissues, and 21 percent of the type which was invasive.

Reports from fourteen other nations showed HPV positive breast cancers in from 4 percent up to 86 percent of the breast cancers which they had studied.

HPV’s are known to be causal in 90 – 95 percent of cervical cancers.

The stakes for females are high. Thousands die each year from cervical cancers. In 2004, over one million women found out that they had breast cancer. It was fatal for half a million.

The current HPV vaccine gives good protection from most (70%), but not all (30%) of the cervical cancer-causing HPV’s. Being intimate only with a partner who is HPV-free remains the best way to avoid getting this STD.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Announcing the Publication of Long Term Care

In 2010 estate taxes are eliminated. This means that an estate valued at eighteen and a half million dollars would be worth seven million dollars more if the holder died in 2010 than if he died in 2009. In many books seven million dollars is enough to kill for. In this story it’s enough to make a dead person live.

The book is a mystery - but not a thriller. Quickly you will know the villain. Will he succeed?

Growing alongside the plot are three love stories: Josie and Erik, young married lovers; Alexa, one of the heroines who is pursued by two handsome guys, and an improbable relationship developing between two elderly rejects from society.

This book has a character-driven plot rich in the sociological details of Southern cultures.

To find the book, search for Kindle books/Long Term Care Olson. Also visit my new WEB page, to see the first three chapters and pictures posted about characters and beautiful Rock Hill, oops, I mean beautiful Red Rock, South Carolina.

Please come along and make friends with a variety of characters and explore the minds and hearts of real Southerners.

I invite (beg?) you to lift this announcement and put it on your own Facebook/WEB /Blog Pages.

I’d love for you to write reviews for and also for my WEB page.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Alcohol Related Deaths

Some statements gleaned from Dr.Jurgen Rehm and colleagues' research (as given in an article summary @ are as follows:

"...alcohol-attributable disorders are among the most disabling disease categories within the global burden of disease..."

World-wide, 4% of deaths are because of alcohol consumption. In Europe, 10%. Of course, this includes the former Soviet Union where it's 15%!

The average global consumption of alcohol is 7 standard drinks per week. A standard drink is the amount of alcohol found in a can of beer, or 13.6 grams of pure ethanol. This average consumption includes all adults - drinkers and abstainers.

Alcohol consumption can cause cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and vehicular death as well as other categories of accidents - and injuries.

The complete article can be found in this week's edition of the Lancet.

Malaria and Quinine

Quinine, one of the older treatments for malaria, is not without side-effects. Research now shows that a source for these problems may be quinine's ability to reduce intake of tryptophan. Without this essential amino acid, humans are unable to make new proteins in the numbers needed for optimal health and growth.

There are 6000 genes in yeasts. Researchers have made mutant yeast clones - each one lacking one of these 6000 genes. This research was done using the complete genetic library of clones. They were able to show that two of these strains, both of which were unable to make tryptophan transporters had diminished growth.

To read the article summary, go to: < releases/2009-06/asfb-tdm0609.php>.

The complete article will appear in the July 3rd issue of Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Low Cost High Tech Centrifuge

You can make a centrifuge by taking a piece of tubing with one end sealed, filling it with the liquid which you wish to centrifuge and taping it to the side of a single beater egg beater. Turn the crank and the tubing spins around rapidly thus causing the tubing to be an effective centrifuge tube.

Lacking this inexpensive egg beater, you could use an electric one by putting only one beater in place.

Go to this YouTube video and see it work.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stress and Aging

Every time a cell divides, protective tips (telomeres) on the ends of its chromosomes shorten. This causes cell aging. Without these protective coverings, cell divisions are less accurate and are limited in number. In the 1980’s, Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn et al discovered telomerase, a protein which allows recovery in telomere lengths.

Now, Dr. Rita Effros and associates at UCLA have shown how stress with its concomitant production of cortisol can increase the rate of aging in immune cells. One of the multiple functions of cortisol is to reduce the production of telomerase and thus cause premature shortening of the telomeres.

A longer summary of this information can be found at and the original article, UCLA Study Identifies Mechanism behind Mind-Body Connection, in the May 2008 issue of Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wow! Cheap Effective Treatment for Osteoporosis

As men and women age, there are reductions in those hormones which keep bones strong. As a result, half of the women and one-fourth of the men over 50 will have bone fractures.

How does this work?

Without proper levels of these hormones, some immune cells called T-Lymphocytes can reduce the number of your cells which build up bone (Osteoblasts) and increase the action of those which break down bone (Osteoclasts).

In this study with mice, low dosage of aspirin was found to regulate the activity of these T-cells so that more of the bone building cells were created and the activity of the cells which broke down bone was reduced.

Perhaps someday soon, the same low dosage of aspirin which helps prevent heart damage will also be used to improve bone health.

This study was done at USC School of Dentistry, with associates from UCLA, NIDCR/NIH, Australia, Japan and USC.

A longer summary of this article can be found at .

To see the original article, go to PLoS ONE .