signs angry with you
  • Aries:"Give me one good reason why I shouldn't set you on fire."
  • Taurus:won't talk to you and gossips behind your back
  • Gemini:confronts you with what you did wrong and tells you what you have to change
  • Cancer:silent treatment
  • Leo:sends nasty text messages to you and tells everyone they know
  • Virgo:writes a rant about you on tumblr
  • Libra:hits on your crush
  • Scorpio:gives you the coldest, deadliest stare you could imagine
  • Sagittarius:cruel to your face
  • Capricorn:adds you to their hit list
  • Aquarius:writes a poem about you then screams at you for 19 and a half years
  • Pisces:makes plans to murder you

This is a piece of artwork I’ve done for a friends upcoming charity auction to raise money for cancer research.  This is something that hits close to home since a while ago my mom had tumor in her stomach which we were worried it would turn into cancer.  Thankfully it was benign and it was treatable, but there was a time when the doctors were doing the tests that my family and I thought the worst.  So for me, anything that helps add to our understanding and treatment of cancer is good thing in my books and I’ll try and help out if I’m able. 

Now all i need to do is get my friend to start a charity for diabetes research.


Computational biology of cancer

Endometrial cancer affects 48,000 women per year in the United States. For patients with tumors greater than two centimeters in diameter, the effected organ(s) and lymph nodes may be surgically removed. Yet post-surgery analysis shows that only 22 percent of patients had metastasis, meaning 78 percent of these surgeries may have been unnecessary. How can doctors predict which patients need surgery?

Mathukumalli Vidyasagar discusses how new computational algorithms from National Science Foundation-sponsored research have been successfully applied to cancer data in a clinical translational setting. One such algorithm can predict the time to tumor recurrence in ovarian cancer patients and has been shown to predict the efficacy levels of several natural product compounds on lung cancer cells. This cutting-edge research in machine learning and computational algorithms has the potential to transform clinical practice and personalized cancer treatment therapies.

Vidyasagar is the Cecil & Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has received a number of awards in recognition of his research contributions, including Fellowship in The Royal Society, the IEEE Control Systems (Field) Award, and the Rufus Oldenburger Medal of ASME.

By: National Science Foundation.

The continuing story

I’ve always sort of prided myself on not being afraid of death and dying. I’ve certainly never been reckless or careless or adventurous in that sense, but death has never in my life troubled me even in the slightest. I was always kind of proud that death doesn’t bother me the way it does others, that I consider myself practically ready for it. I guess a childhood of faith and an adulthood of trying to re-understand that faith is responsible for it, and that exact same faith has never allowed me to even remotely consider suicide or actively seeking that death I do not fear.

I am not fearless by any means.

My dad’s cancerous diagnoses and treatments have made me realize that I was painting with broad stokes in those thoughts.

I am not afraid of my own death.

The death (or even suggestion of death) of those near me is fairly nearly paralyzing, terrifying, and physically traumatic to me.

The past few weeks have continued along without much note, one day after another as they have done and will do. It’s weird, to get an email and sort of freak out one day, and then to return to life again and again and continue. Little has actually changed. Nothing at work is different. Nothing with friends is different. Even things at home have not changed.

Life continues, time progresses.

I am meandering because I’m still unsure how to even process the idea that my dad is mortal, which feels stupid but there it is nonetheless. And while changes and updates have been few, I still find a hole in my chest that seems to be where all the energy I have disappears into. Everything feels like an added challenge, or involves too much time or energy or strength that I simply do not have.

Hush up, I’m no stranger to depression. If nothing else I at least know when it has crept back around and is trying to eat me again. (whether I have the strength or even inclination to deal with it now is both debatable and irrelevant).

In the meantime, I have requested off the first paid week of vacation I will have taken in almost 7 years for this July. And I have a few things to occupy myself with, including secret things and my camera stuff and trying to reboot my social life.

I am very tired, but I continue.

joss whedon was one of the most helpful people to one of my closest friends when she was going through cancer treatments. he personally kept in contact with her and invited her to his production sets and was just 10000% there for her

and i still think he’s a total piece of shit professionally


Funky Fungi

Bearded Tooth Mushroom - This strange looking fungus is edible when young and grows primarily in North America. The mushroom is unique due to its unusual, white and hairy appearance. The taste resembles seafood and is used mostly in Chinese cuisine.

Sky Blue (Entoloma Hochstetteri) - It is named after the German naturalist Ferdinand von Hochstetter. Found in the woodlands of New Zealand and India, the small mushroom is known for its blue color because of three azulene pigments and is not edible.

Cauliflower (Sparassis) - This unique mushroom derives its name from Greek meaning “to tear”. These species are found in Korea, USA and Australia. The mushroom is edible only when its still white in color.

Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) - They belongs to the poisonous types of fungus usually growing in the regions of the Northern Hemisphere. These beautiful deep red mushrooms are large with with white spots and are one of the most recognizable types of mushroom.

Turkey Tail (Trametes Versicolor) - This fungus can be found all over the world and looks like turkey feathers. The importance of this species is high in China and Japan as they are used in medicine for therapies against cancer.

The signs angry with you
  • Aries:"Give me one good reason why I shouldn't set you on fire."
  • Taurus:won't talk to you and gossips behind your back
  • Gemini:confronts you with what you did wrong and tells you what you have to change
  • Cancer:silent treatment
  • Leo:sends nasty text messages to you and tells everyone they know
  • Virgo:writes a rant about you on tumblr
  • Libra:hits on your crush
  • Scorpio:gives you the coldest, deadliest stare you could imagine
  • Sagittarius:cruel to your face
  • Capricorn:adds you to their hit list
  • Aquarius:writes a poem about you then screams at you for 19 and a half years
  • Pisces:makes plans to murder you

Jell-O-like Substance Attracts, Kills Cancer Cells

Chasing cancer cells with chemotherapy drugs can save lives, but there’s no guarantee that the treatment will kill every run-away cancer cell in the body.

What if, instead of hunting those metastatic cells, a treatment could lure them out of hiding — every last one of them — and eliminate them in one swift blow? Yong Wang, associate professor of bioengineering at Penn State, has created such a therapy — a tissue-like biomaterial that attracts cancer cells, like bits of metal to a magnet, and entraps them.

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When a patient comes and has an MRI scan and there’s abnormality, you can see that there’s a brain tumor there, but you can’t see where it begins and where it ends … Unfortunately, it doesn’t get that much easier when you get into the operating room. [Surgeons] operate with white light, using their eyes, their thumbs, their fingers, to figure out what’s cancer and what’s brain … [A surgeon] came to me and he said, “Jim, you and your team need to find a way to make these cancer cells light up so we can see them while we’re operating.”

We did that.

We developed a molecule that [we] inject into the bloodstream: it travels around the body; it finds the cancer cells; and it inserts a little molecular flashlight into the cancer cells and makes them glow so that surgeons can see them while they’re operating

[Later] we learned that this technology, that this tumor paint that we had invented, was about 100,000 times more sensitive than the MRI scans that we use. And that the surgeons could use it in real time, that it isn’t just a static picture hanging on the wall that was taken two or three days or two or three weeks before surgery…

30% of women with breast cancer find out that where the surgeon stopped cutting, there are still cancer cells and that they probably need to have more surgery done. And, unfortunately, they get this information 7-10 days after they’re in the operating room. That is not fair, and that can’t be the way we operate 10 years from now.

—From Dr. Jim Olson’s TEDxSeattle talk, "Making tumors glow to stop cancer," in which he explains the experimental “tumor paint” he and his team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have developed using the bioluminescence of scorpions. Watch Jim’s whole talk below:

(Above — an example of tumor paint from Jim’s talk)

Hemiglossectomy is a medical procedure that involves the removal of part of the tongue. It is practiced today for patients suffering from ailments such as oral cancer. The treatment works well in removing cancerous tissue, though it results in a visible deformity of the tongue. 

Unfortunately for patents in 18th and 19th century Europe, the treatment was less about dealing with cancer and all about correcting a stutter or stammer. Doctors thought that the best way to treat someone with a stutter was to cut off half of his or her tongue. This clearly didn’t work to fix a stutter and many patients died as a result infection and blood loss. (Source)

Share this information first and read afterwards… Share it as much as you can! The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo. Why are we not aware of this? Its because some big corporation want to make back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale.

So, since you know it now you can help a friend in need by letting him know or just drink some sour sop juice yourself as prevention from time to time. The taste is not bad after all. It’s completely natural and definitely has no side effects. If you have the space, plant one in your garden.

The other parts of the tree are also useful.

The next time you have a fruit juice, ask for a sour sop.

How many people died in vain while this billion-dollar drug maker concealed the secret of the miraculous Graviola tree?

This tree is low and is called graviola ! in Brazil, guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “soursop” in English. The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets and such.

The principal interest in this plant is because of its strong anti-cancer effects. Although it is effective for a number of medical conditions, it is its anti tumor effect that is of most interest. This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types.

Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.

If there ever was a single example that makes it dramatically clear why the existence of Health Sciences Institute is so vital to Americans like you, it’s the incredible story behind the Graviola tree..

The truth is stunningly simple: Deep within the Amazon Rainforest grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. The future has never looked more promising.

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to: Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections.

Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America ‘s largest drug manufacturers, th! e fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970′s! What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing…

Extracts from the tree were shown to: Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.. The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug! What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectivelyhunts down and kills only cancer cells..

It does not harm healthy cells! The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively researched–so why haven’t you heard anything about it?

If Graviola extract is One of America ‘s biggest billion-dollar drug makers began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.

Various parts of the Graviola tree–including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds–have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indians in South America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis.

Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money and resources into testing the tree’s anti-cancerous properties–and were shocked by the results. Graviola proved itself to be a cancer-killing dynamo. But that’s where the Graviola story nearly ended.

The company had one huge problem with the Graviola tree–it’s completely natural, and so, under federal law, not patentable. There’s no way to make serious profits from it. It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree’s most powerful anti-cancer ingredients.

If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they’d be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they hit a brick wall.

The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits–or even make back the millions it poured into research. As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research! Luckily, however, there was one scientist from the Graviola research team whose conscience wouldn’t let him see such atrocity committed.

Risking his career, he contacted a company that’s dedicated to harvesting medical plants from the Amazon Rainforest and blew the whistle. Miracle unleashed When researchers at the Health Sciences Institute were alerted to the news of Graviola,! they be gan tracking the research done on the cancer-killing tree.

Evidence of the astounding effectiveness of Graviola–and its shocking cover-up–came in fast and furious…. The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that Graviola’s “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.”

Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public… Since 1976, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, yet no double-blind clinical trials–the typical benchmark mainstream doctors and journals use to judge a treatment’s value–were ever initiated….

A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea stated that one chemical in Graviola was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at “10,000 times the potency of (the commonly used chemotherapy drug) Adriamycin…”

The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched.

Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients.

A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers Seven years of silence broken.


Superformula to Fight Cancer

The first step in the fight against cancer is believing in the cure. But the chemotherapy treatment is difficult, especially for a child. To help them believe, we worked with the A.C.Camargo Cancer Center and another client of the agency, Warner Bros., to create an idea capable of changing their negative perception of the treatment:

Transform the chemotherapy into a “Superformula.”

We made covers for intravenous bags based on characters from the ‘Justice League.’ Creating, for the first time, a child-friendly version of the treatment. Co-developed with doctors, the covers are easy to sterilize and handle and meet all hospital hygiene standards. To give these covers a more powerful meaning, we started to produce a special series of cartoons and comic books in which the superheroes go through experiences similar to those of kids with cancer, and recover their strength, thanks to this “Superformula.”

An experience that went far beyond the covers by also providing a new look to the entire Children’sWard: the game room was turned into the Hall of Justice, corridors and doors were decorated in the same theme, and the exterior acquired an exclusive entrance for these little heroes.

An idea which, since it has been up and running, is helping the children in their own struggle against one of the real world’s greatest villains.

"Overcoming is about overcoming the pain, overcoming the problems, overcoming the challenges and continuing to fight well. 
They are the real superheroes.

Please fire me. I work at the front desk of a pediatrician’s office. Today, I received a panicked phone call from the parent of a 7 year old who has “been around his grandfather who is currently going through chemo.” When I asked the parent why she felt the need to bring the child into the office for a visit for simply being around a chemo patient? “Well, I’m scared my child is catching the side effects of the chemo.”


Nanodaisies Can Kill Cancer

NC State researchers have developed a potential new weapon in the fight against cancer: a daisy-shaped drug carrier that’s many thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.

Once injected into the bloodstream, millions of these nanodaisies sneak inside cancer cells and release a cocktail of drugs to destroy them from within. The approach is more precise than conventional methods, and it may also prove more effective. By ensuring anti-cancer drugs reach their target in controlled, coordinated doses, nanodaisies could cut down on the side effects of traditional chemotherapy.

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