Monday, 29 October 2012

Leukaemia could be treated with blasts of plasma

Scientists have found that cancer cells from leukaemia sufferers are killed when they are exposed to a type of matter known as cold plasma.
These streams of ionised gas, similar to the material found inside decorative plasma balls and plasma televisions, are thought to trigger the in built self destruct mechanism in the cancerous cells while healthy cells remain unscathed.
The researchers now believe it will be possible to develop a dialysis style treatment where the blood of leukaemia is patients is passed through plasma streams to destroy the cancer cells.
Professor Mounir Laroussi, director of the laser and plasma engineering institute at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, said: “Leukaemia is the most common childhood malignancy and accounts for approximately one out of three cancers in children
“Although there is a lot of fundamental scientific work that needs to be done, but one can imagine a machine similar to the one used for dialysis where the blood undergoes treatment by low temperature plasma.”
The researchers, whose work is published in the scientific journal Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics by the Institute of Physics, exposed the leukaemia cells to a four minute blast of plasma. The cells died around 12 hours after being treated.
Other scientists have previously proposed using streams of plasma to kill off viruses such as the common cold.
It is thought the cold plasma produces highly reactive molecules that interact with the cancer cells.
As the cancer cells take up more molecules from the blood than healthy cells, the researchers say they will be more effected by the plasma and will die.
The researchers now plan to do more work to see how healthy red and white blood cells are effected by the plasma to ensure it will not have any toxic effects if used as a treatment.
Professor Laroussi added: “Cancer cells multiply rapidly and therefore are much more likely to take up the reactive species (molecules) generated by the plasma.
“Our next steps are treating healthy cells and comparing them to the effects on cancerous cells. “

Sunday, 28 October 2012

RIP Donnall Thomas.A true Champion in the fight to beat Leukaemia


DR DONNALL Thomas, who showed it was possible to transplant bone marrow to save the lives of patients dying from leukaemia and other blood disorders — a discovery that earned him a Nobel prize — has died in Seattle. He was 92.

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RIP Donnall. Many people owe you their life....sadly in this world dominated by celebrity...not many know it!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Lord Bitchard. What a knob!


I have recently read this article which I found on the BBC News website....

Retired 'should work for pension'

What planet is this idiot living on? At a time when the pension age is being raised up to 67 this plank wants to  "force" (by way of cutting pensions if you refuse) pensioners to get involved in charitable work.
I do not disapprove of charity work (obviously!), but forcing the elderly into doing it by way of the threat of reducing their pensions is rather a brutal approach.

What wonderful idea will you have next Lord Bichard? Connecting all of the UK crematoriums up to the national grid so that you can squeeze the last drop of "contribution" out of their poor broken bodies before he allows them to rest in peace?

That was a joke by the way!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Stand up to Cancer. S^2C,SUTC,SU2C...a good idea however you write (type?) it :-)


Just watching channel 4's stand up to cancer show, and it is brilliant :-).

It is so nice to see a program specifically raising funds for cancer research.

Come on folks.....give a few quid and let's help to beat this disease once and for all :-)

Hope they manage to raise some serious cash this evening.

Brilliant stuff. Well done channel 4 :-)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Andrew Mitchell. You really don't get it do you?

Tory MPs offer Mitchell backing

Dear Mr Mitchell. Just to clarify the problem the public are having relating to the run in you had with the police.

There are 2 options available:

1) You did call the officer a pleb but are not man enough to admit it ( and you are a liar).

2)The police officers made false entries in their pocket books and are therefore themselves perverting justice with lies.

So Mr Mitchell...which is it?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Was going to sell to Music Magpie, but reviews don't look too good!

I was considering sending some of our old DVD's,CD's and games to the Music Magpie company which advertises on the TV.

Seems a lot of folk are not happy with the number of "damaged" items which MM refuse to pay for...but then sell on under the name "zoverstock"

Sadly, after reading a lot of very damning reviews on the internet i think i will be dropping mine around to the local charity shop instead!

Considering using this company? Read the reviews HERE

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Bone marrow appeal for Nottinghamshire leukaemia boy

The family of a nine-year-old boy who has raised thousands of pounds for charity are hoping a bone marrow appeal will help save his life.

Archie Andrews, of Nottinghamshire, has fought against leukaemia since he was three, and recently suffered a relapse.

He has helped with fundraising events for the Queen's Medical Centre child cancer ward in Nottingham

To read more about this story please follow this link:

Important note*

The Anthony Nolan Trust will now accept donors aged from 16 to 30 :-)

Want to save a life? Click HERE!