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Vaccination as a Tool for Cancer Prevention

I was sifting through the Medscape articles I subscribe to and came across this article on cancer causing infections and the vaccines that have the potential to cut these cancers almost in half called Vaccination as a Tool for Cancer Prevention (read it here) written by Eric H. Raabe, MD, PhD; Julia M. Kim, MD, MPH and Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH. The full article is a very concise summary of the most common cancers that are caused by infections. I am posting the abstract to this article at the bottom of this post so you can get a preview.

Thanks to the Politico for the above image

Enjoy

Dany

Abstract: Infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria, are the causes of several common cancers. Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori predisposes to gastric cancer. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are associated with liver cancer, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with lymphoma and nasopharyngeal cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major cause of cervical, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancer. Together, infection-associated tumors make up nearly 20% of all cases of cancer worldwide, causing more than 2 million malignancies per year. Most of these cases occur in developing countries. Under normal circumstances, immune surveillance helps to keep many of these virus-associated cancers in check, but in immunocompromised persons, such as those with late-stage HIV infection, the incidence and aggressiveness of these cancers increase. HBV and HPV vaccines are effective and in use, and vaccines against other cancer-causing agents are in development. Because many virus-associated cancers occur in the developing world (such as EBV-associated Burkitt’s lymphoma in Africa and HBV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma [HCC] in Asia), the development and deployment of vaccines to prevent infection with HPV, HBV, HCV, and EBV can serve as effective preventative tools to reduce the burden of cancer morbidity and mortality worldwide.

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August 31, 2010 8:58 pm Posted by | health, medicine, science, technology | Leave a comment

The Daily Show Recap for August 28th, 2010

It has been a while since I’ve done a Daily Show roundup. Here are a few select stories from the past week:

Jon Stewart points out that the man FoxNews’ morning show Fox & Friends has been railing against (Alwaleed bin Talal) for funding the Imam that wants to build a mosque near the World Trade Center is also the same man who is the largest shareholder in Fox News’ parent News Corp outside of Rupert Murdoch’s family as well as being someone invited to meetings with former President G.W. Bush.
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Here is a clip of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Fox News showing the connection that Fox News has with the man they now rail against without naming him specifically
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After Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 1 count of lying to the FBI, he does an extended interview with Jon here
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Before I talk about this next clip about the Dr. Laura “scandal,” let me just say,¬† this annoying story is just another example of a public figure confusing the difference between the 1st amendmant’s right to free speech and what most people confuse that right to mean. The 1st amendment does not give the right to say whatever you want and then expect no one to get mad or offended when you exercise their right to free speech. The 1st ammendment guarantees that the government will not punish you for exercising the freedom to speak your mind. Just like you have the right to free speech, others have the right to be mad at the words you say.

Here is an interesting look at how Sarah Palin reacted to the whole Dr. Laura N-word story and a way to say a bunch of funny ethnic slurs on air, so if you don’t want to hear a plethura of slurs, don’t watch this next clip (don’t tell me I didn’t warn you)
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Isabella Rossellini FRIGHTENS us with a new bed bugs PSA she made with the Sundance channel (watch it in it’s entirety here)
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Glenn Beck seems to just be crazy, basically saying to fight the government and do what he says.
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Here is a fun and lighthearted interview with the mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg and he talks about the NYC mosque issue and just how diverse the neighborhood is around the World Trade Center site.
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Enjoy

Dany

Stewart points out that the man Fox

News has been railing against for funding the Imam that

wants to build a Mosque near the WTC is also the same man

who is the largest shareholder in Fox’s parent NewsCorp

outside of Murdock’s family.

August 28, 2010 2:36 pm Posted by | clips, crazy celebs, DC, Law, movies, New York, NYC, politics, Religion, tv | Leave a comment

Feeling Inadequate or Shy? Ask about Tequilla

Here is a great spoof on every television drug advertisement that ever makes it to air. Take special care to listen to the adverse side effects section.

Thanks to No Agenda #227 (subscribe here) for providing the link.

Enjoy

Dany

August 23, 2010 11:30 am Posted by | clips, commercials, podcasts | 1 Comment

Inception Review

There have been very few excellent movies I have seen in 2010, Inception is definitely one of them though. It’s hard to believe that director Christopher Nolan only made his splash in 2000 with Memento, the way he has been able to wrangle a cast chock-a-block full of big names is quite impressive for such a relatively new director.

I know it took me a long time to actually get a chance to see this film in the theater, but I guess the 5th attempt was the charm (the first 4 times I tried to hit the theater, something always came up or fell through to prevent me from getting to see the movie.

There is very little about the story that I am going to talk about¬† (the film is a must see for the visuals alone), just that it is a tight story, maybe with a bit too much explaining and exposition, which lead to the film being quite long (~2.5hrs), but at the same time, the cuts I would have made would probably have shaved less than 10 minutes from the film. All I’ll say about the story is that it’s basically a heist movie dealing in business espionage that takes place inside the world of dreams with lots of gunfire. What can you steal in a dream? I’ll let you watch the movie to find out.

The performances by the main players, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Ellen Page were extremely strong. Nolan also brings back Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe from his prior film Batman Begins and there are bit parts for Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine and Pete Postlethwaite. The visuals were nothing less than stunning and I’m always a sucker for MC Escheresque impossible images realized.

I hope by the end, you can decide for yourself what it all means and what happens.

Thanks to IMDB for the above pic.

Enjoy

Dany

August 3, 2010 1:46 am Posted by | guns, movie reviews, movies | Leave a comment