Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Mt Sinai Medicine Matters emailed me a release on research into possible increase of cells that produce  insulin.

I don't intend to blog regularly on diabetes despite my "pre" status.  But they consider this groundbreaking.  Some recent research on these cells had pertained to Type 1.

The Big News part is:

Now they suspect this beta cell info may also be a help for Type 2.

Included is a clear, simple explanation of how this all works.

After flopping around on Google, I still don't have a link for you for today's release posted to me 28 September 12 a.m.  But you may want go Google it later today.

I wish you health.

Monday, September 28, 2015

BC - Do you really need a pre-op MRI?

ON JAMA Network through Twitter:

Use of Preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Breast Cancer  A Canadian Population-Based Study

I'm taking this from the study abstract:

Importance  Contrary to practice guidelines, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is commonly used in the preoperative evaluation of women with breast cancer. While existing literature has found little benefit to MRI in most patients, potential downstream consequences associated with breast MRI are not well described."

I take that to mean:  nobody tells us the down side of taking this test.

"Conclusions and Relevance  Preoperative breast MRI use has increased substantially in routine clinical practice and is associated with a significant increase in ancillary investigations, wait time to surgery, mastectomies, and contralateral prophylactic mastectomies."

Do you need a test that can delay your surgery, trap you into additional tests, and urge an unnecessary mastectomy?  

There has been more on Twitter lately about over-testing.  I may be putting other links in from time to time.

I searched JAMA directly on Twitter today 9/24/15, and got directly to this study. May not work later.

http://oncology.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2443152&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social_jn&utm_term=241124969&utm_content=press_release|article_engagement&utm_campaign=press_release&linkId=17296643  Today,9/28  this link did get me back to the article.

 Sorry, but you'll have to cut and paste.

I wish you health.

Friday, September 18, 2015


"Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic gets $13.2 million grant for new breast cancer study"

After I tuned out last night, Twitter set the web on fire with what may be a light at the end of the tunnel for triple-negative BC patients who are in remission.  But read the article carefully:  

"The Department of Defense announcement of a $13.2 million grant this week to cover the cost for a 280-patient phase II clinical trial of vaccine in patients with breast cancer was good news for two Jacksonville organizations."

Under a photo of Dr. Keith Knutson, the article goes on to say:

 "The vaccine, which Knutson developed with the help of three colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is designed to prevent the recurrence of the cancer in women who have been treated for triple negative breast cancer and are in remission." (bold mine)

This cost -  13 mil for 280-patient study is sobering.  May all who can enroll.


I wish you health.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Weekend pork-out diet? - Sign up for pre-diabetes.

If you haven't seen it mentioned on TWitter, see this "can't run/can't hide" article on line from the L.A. Times:


"Scientists asked six men to eat 6,000 calories a day

 in bid to fight obesity." 

  This is what happens inside us each time we overeat.  It's so dangerous that the experiment was conducted inside a hospital.  And the results were obvious almost at once.  And we continually pay.  It reminded me for the first time since I was diagnosed as prediabetic that I used to love a certain ice cream so much I'd have only that for supper sometimes.   It makes me flinch at photos of people sampling everything at the Bar-BQ festival.   I'm still learning to eat better.  

I wish you health.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015


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Press release:

Aspirin could hold key to supercharged cancer immunotherapy

September 3, 2015
Cancer Research UK

This press release info was also on Twitter from  the BBC

and on the 3rd from Reuters  

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/03/us-health-cancer-aspirin-idUSKCN0R31TQ20150903  "Scientists Turn to Aspirin..."

I found Reuters article easy to read; gets to the point.

I wish you health.