Monday, 30 August 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
How do I know this fact? Well it's because I have taken a look at the Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide Website and this is the figure that they publish as being the current up to date total.
I noticed that the UK contribution to the total (per capita) is very impressive, but some other countries , for whatever reason ,seem to be lagging a little behind when sourcing either Bone Marrow Donors or Cord Blood Donations.
14,843,311 is Good!,but with a little more encouragement that figure could be a lot higher in a world population of 6,884,909,953 souls!
To see the data on the BMDW site click HERE.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
This trial is looking at adding rituximab and mitoxantrone to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide to treat people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
Doctors often use chemotherapy to treat chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). One of the combinations of chemotherapy they use is fludarabine and cyclophosphamide.
We know from research that adding rituximab or mitoxantrone to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide may be better for treating CLL than fludarabine and cyclophosphamide alone.
Rituximab is a biological therapy called a monoclonal antibody. Rituximab works by attaching itself to a protein on the leukaemia cell. This makes it easier for the immune system to find the leukaemia cells and kill them. We know from research that a smaller dose of rituximab may be as good as or better than the standard dose used currently for CLL.
To read the full article click HERE to visit the Cancer Research UK Website.
I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was! Something about the strange half light caused by the overcast sky mixed with the presence of 2 complete and very bright rainbows hanging in it.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tavarez, who played the young Nala in hit musical The Lion King, was diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia in April and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant to survive.
The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, threw his support behind the 11 year old's search for a match earlier this month when he and his G-Unit bandmate Tony Yayo both registered as potential donors.
50 Cent decided to step up efforts to raise awareness about the cause by teaming up with DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor centre in the world, to hold a donor drive for the youngster at his Curtis Jackson Community Garden in Jamaica, Queens as part of his work with his charity, the G-Unity Foundation."
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
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Thursday, 12 August 2010
I often find myself asking this question, but to be honest it seems that nobody within the medical circles can give me a real reason, so I have decided to list all of the illnesses and contacts with "dodgy" materials that I can remember.Perhaps someone somewhere will look at this list at some time and say "Ah ha...that's the link!"....you never know :-)
Things that may be relevant to my Leukaemia:
Pneumonia as a baby aged approx 18 months
Mumps. Twice as a child aged 7-9 years.
Chicken Pocks (or is it Pox?) as child aged 11-13.
Bronchitis.Suffered with this several times aged 18-21....my fault for being a mug and smoking !
Contact with and inhalation of AVTUR Aviation Fuel (Benzene based) for a few years, also got covered from head to foot in several gallons of the stuff on occasion! (RAF)
Working with components containing Beryllium (RAF)
Using large amounts of white spirit and trichloroethane to clean aircraft parts. (RAF)
Handling lots of luvvly Yellow Chromate which was used for assembling Tornado Wheels (RAF)
Being gassed once a year (for 12 years) with CS gas as part of my GDT,Ground Defence Training.(RAF)
If I think of anything else that might be relevant I will add it to this post as and when I get chance :-)
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
I would just like to say hello to whoever it was that was driving a silver Rover 820 with a trailer made from half Rover 820 that I spotted on my way to work this morning as I passed through Kirklington,Nottinghamshire.
Nice to see some other nutter who has decided that having a half car as a trailer makes excellent sense :-)
Nice one...whoever you are
I was contacted by Chris, the fella who owns the half Rover trailer, and he has given me this link which explains in pictures how he built it. Great stuff !
Click HERE to see Chris's pictures.Thanks Chris, Nice one mate :-)
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
Gifted academic and musician Andrew Cook, 19, of Swanland, died at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham in November last year.The teenager had a bone marrow transplant in January last year after a donor – an exact match – was found in Portugal.But then, in July, the teenager relapsed and never recovered.
Now, fundraising group Carry On For Cookie is holding the football competition tomorrow to urge people to join the bone marrow register.
James Wood, a friend of Andrew from the age of four, has helped organise the tournament. He said: "He was a great lad and his death was a huge loss."Myself and all his friends have wanted to do something in his honour for a long time."We decided to hold the football tournament to encourage people to sign up to the bone marrow register."Each person signed up is potentially a life saved."
Despite being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May 2007, Andrew gained four grade As at AS-level.
Andrew, who attended South Hunsley School in Melton, even sat an exam in his hospital bed at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Before that, he achieved ten GCSEs.
Andrew was told he had leukaemia just two weeks after his mother Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away on December 14, 2007.
The football tournament will be held at Blackburn Leisure Centre in Skillings Lane, Brough, from 11am to 3pm.
A total of 84 players have already agreed to take part, each pledging £5 to for charity.
James, 20, of North Ferriby, said: "It is testament to Andrew's character that so many have agreed to play."
Proceeds will be split between the Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia Research.
Andrew's dad Gary, 55, said: "It is great to see so many people getting together to remember Andrew."
Thursday, 5 August 2010
I had to laugh this morning when I heard on the radio about Kanye West "selecting" Steven Holmes, a student who is studying in Nottingham, to be his mate on Twitter and also to honour him by following his tweets.
Steven ,known on twitter as "ste_101" has so far now refused to give any interviews to major news services and has said that in his opinion "Fame has never appealed to me. It's vacuous."
Well done Steve. Top marks for such a wonderfully fresh attitude to those who expected you to be overcome with gratitude at such an accolade :-)
Celebs often seem to think that "normal people " will fall at their feet when they even look at them, never mind follow them on twitter!
Steve Holmes..what a legend. Kanye West....who the hell are you?
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Ipswich coach Gary Ablett has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer. The 44-year-old former Liverpool and Everton defender was taken ill last week and has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Ablett was in charge of Stockport as they were relegated to npower League Two last season but recently took up a coaching role at Ipswich under Roy Keane and is currently in hospital in Suffolk. An Everton statement on their official website said: "Gary has always been a popular figure at Goodison, where he has forged a host of friendships through his time here as a player and a coach. "An FA Cup winner as part of Joe Royle's famous Everton side in 1995, he returned to Goodison in 2002 as a senior coach within the Blues' Academy. He departed Goodison in 2006 to take up a position as reserve team boss for Liverpool but has maintained strong friendships on the blue half of the city. Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this time." Ipswich are yet to comment but are set to release a statement on Monday afternoon.
(Reuters) - People infected with hepatitis B virus are around twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, researchers reported on Tuesday.
Hepatitis B was already known to cause liver cancer and some scientists had suspected it might cause lymphoma, too. The study,published in Lancet Oncology, confirms this. Hepatitis C is also linked to lymphoma.
The blood cancer is not common and widespread vaccination against the viruses is unlikely to affect non-Hodgkin lymphoma rates much, the researchers noted. But it may be possible to treat the virus and help non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients, they said.
Dr. Eric Engels of the U.S. National Cancer Institute and Sun Ha Jee of Yonsei University in Seoul studied the records of more than 600,000 people in South Korea, where hepatitis B was extremely common before a vaccination campaign began in 1995.
To read the full story please click HERE to visit the Reuters Website.
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
It’s shocking but it’s true, your chances of finding a lifesaving bone marrow donor ARE much more worse if you’re BLACK
…because there are 24 times more white people than black people on UK bone marrow registers.
The ACLT recently held two Super Donation Days, which aimed to boost the number of lifesaving bone marrow donors. These were the results:
75 new potential bone marrow donors
Galaxy FM (Global Radio) in Birmingham – Saturday 10th July
28 new potential bone marrow donors
Steve Williams' son Stuart was one of a cluster of children to be struck down with leukaemia while living near electrified railway lines in Pembroke Road, Spencer, in the 1980s and 90s.He called for their removal soon after MPs advised no new houses or schools should be sited within 60 metres of high voltage cables, following years of campaigning by Parents Against Leukaemia.Although British Rail removed the power lines in the 1990s, Siemens have erected new ones at its Kings Heath train depot. Mr Williams, who believes the power lines present a risk to public health, is now calling on the company to remove them.He said: "I watched in disbelief when I saw them put back up. I thought the company knew about the dangers. What I'm worried about is if, as we believe, it was the cause then, it could happen again.