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Henrietta Lacks’s family wants compensation for her cells
Lacks’s son says Johns Hopkins should compensate the family for mom’s cells.

“The eldest son of Henrietta Lacks wants compensation from Johns Hopkins University and possibly others for the unauthorized use of her cells in research that led to decades of medical advances.

Lawrence Lacks said that he is the executor of his mother’s estate and that an agreement that the National Institutes of Health made with other family members over the years regarding the use of the cells was not valid. That agreement did not include compensation.

The cells taken from the 31-year-old from Turners Station, Md., after she died of an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 1951 were the first to live outside the body in a glass tube. They were dubbed the HeLa cells and have become the most widely used human cells that exist in scientific research.

Vaccines, cancer treatments and in vitro fertilization are among the many medical techniques derived from her cells.

“My mother would be so proud that her cells saved lives,” Lawrence Lacks said in a statement. “She’d be horrified that Johns Hopkins profited while her family to this day has no rights.”


Maybe before we start petitioning for Stefán to do this or that, we should let him fully heal from the illness he still very much has.


Every year when Morton Pollner had his checkup, he worried that doctors would find something on his lung. For years, they didn’t. Then his luck ran out.

“My reaction was, ‘Well, you smoked for 30 years. You got away with it for another 30 years and this is it.’ I thought it was a death sentence,” he says.

Pollner, who lives in Monroe, N.Y., was 76 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Like many patients his age, he didn’t expect there would be any effective treatment. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women. And it is mainly a disease of older people. Only about 2 percent of lung cancer patients are under 45 and the average age at diagnosis is about 70.

Older patients are frequently not offered curative treatment like surgery, because they and their families and even their doctors often think they won’t be able to tolerate it. So they are referred for supportive care to control symptoms, rather than surgery to remove the cancer.

Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery

Photos: Michael Rubenstein for NPR

If you know someone with cancer.

I know so many people who have cancer and I always tell them the same. DONT DO CHEMO. It’s a failed treatment. IF the Cancer goes away, it leaves the cells permanently damaged and susceptible to more severe tumor growth in the future. THE best way is to take CBD oil and to eat mainly alkaline foods. Most pills are made from an acidic base and that only makes the sickness worse. No virus or disease can survive in an alkaline state!

If anyone is interested, I can send them an alkaline food list as well. And if you think that getting organic food is TOO EXPENSIVE, think of the cost of treatment, prescriptions, etc.

Healthcare in the US is a business. The government makes people pay a large penalty each year for not having healthcare (and with ALOT of people out of healthcare this year YOU KNOW they are going to make money). They are also forcing people with cancer (who refuse treatment) to take the treatments through court orders.

It’s sickening. All I’m saying is be careful people. Put your health first because because nobody else will.


My mom’s surgery went well, apparently. It’s a long surgery, and she is just coming to the hospital. Dad says that she was feeling pretty good going in. Less scared than before breast cancer treatment.

The funeral for my student was today. A good half of the students were gone for the day. The front half of the church was all kids. The parents were with them at the back. Many of the girls got up to talk about memories. It was sweet. And hard. I love these babies.

anonymous asked:

What if those Justice Department lawyers are deliberately doing a sloppy job in order to undermine the defense of the EO? Instead of resigning or openly refusing, they just fail to enter relevant data into evidence and act like nincompoops during the trial. Would you consider that ethical? It's weird when your obligations as a lawyer conflict with your own ethics, and I'm not sure how I'd feel about this if it were true.

I think this would be clearly unethical. I think that if, as a lawyer, you are sworn to defend the constitution and you are asked to defend a ban you believe to be unconstitutional, you should step down like Ms. Yates did (or at least tell your superiors you cannot do a good-faith defense of the EO; if they then assign it to you anyway you’ve probably fulfilled your obligation.) You could add complications like ‘what if getting fired means you lose your health insurance and can’t afford cancer treatments for your three year old’, and in that case I’d say that you were acting unethically under extreme duress and I wouldn’t especially hold it against you, but ‘lawyers provide the strongest legal argument they can for their side’ is a really important social institution.

Of course, you can give a good-faith best effort to provide the strongest legal argument you can for your side but have it be a pretty mediocre argument because you’re aware there aren’t really very strong arguments for your side. But in a country that has a working judiciary branch in the first place, I don’t think it is ethical to argue badly because the side you’re defending is unjust.

Chas’s Exit Theory

So I’ve been wondering how Chas was going to be gone because of Lucy’s pregnancy.  They’re not going to kill her off (they better not - plus I think that’s against labour laws… can’t fire someone for getting pregnant.) and it would be a bit much to send her to an asylum for a year, especially if the show is finally going to be dealing with Aaron’s mental issues, as they say they will be… The new spoilers came up today and I think I’ve got it.  Sarah needs to go to Prague for treatment.  Debbie can’t go cause of her record (though she’s going to try).  Charity’s going to try but something comes up with that.  So there we go… Chas takes Sarah to Prague for a year for her cancer treatments.


Scarves in February! What next?
10 February 2017

Wet wet wet across the state of Western Australia, which is appropriate for the North-West (being the wet season), but here in the South-West it’s supposed to be hot and dry! Not only that, while the Eastern Seaboard is bracing for a scorching weekend, we’re donning scarves and jackets! Madness!

Certainly my visitors to the exercise clinic were in shock (especially those from tropical Singapore).

The Exercise Medicine Research Institute’s Exercise Clinic at Genesis Cancer Care, which I run, has been hosting professional visitors this week; from Singapore Health, as well as Eastern States Genesis representatives. All were observing exercise as medicine in action with a view to introducing new exercise cancer treatment programs. I put on a bonus session today and watching my clients through the eyes of others reinforces how awesome they are, and how great it is for them to have this opportunity. (And you should have heard the lads singing my praises. So sweet.) #lovemywork

My traps and delts were protesting yesterday’s workout but I had today down for stretching anyway, given I had to work and it was teeming with rain. In the evening The Husb and I high-tailed it to Park & Vine for happy hour, where we were joined by The Girl and her BF, grazed share plates and watched a full moon rising.


The future of cancer treatment is here and it’s already saving lives

One-year-old Layla Richards was going to die. It was June 2015, and an extremely aggressive cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia had charged through her body, despite traditional treatments like a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. With no other recourse, Richards was given a vial of genetically engineered cells that would, hypothetically, kill the cancer.

Months later, she was in remission. Today, she continues to live healthily at home with her parents in the U.K. It’s the first success of its kind in the field: Human leukemia was killed by lab-engineered immune cells. How it works and what’s standing in the way.

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