Breast Cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge launches cannabis-infused wine
Published: 10 October 2014
American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 2004. She is a long-time proponent of cannabis reform and having survived breast cancer, she attributes her recovery to the use of the herb. She often touted the medicinal benefits of marijuana to help ease the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea and loss of appetite.
Etheridge said she want to give back to the medical marijuana community by launching a range of products made from cannabis, including cannabis-infused wine, aimed at people suffering from cancer. Being a cancer survivor she knows that patients who are suffering deserve access to a medication that can provide them relief.
The singer speaks about the importance of bringing medical marijuana to New York when she released her new album, entitled, This is M.E. She highly recommends cannabis for anyone who is suffering from the negative effects of cancer treatment, and that she hopes to soon bring her cannabis-infused wine to all medical marijuana states.
Richie Benaud reveals he has skin cancer
Published: 10 November 2014
Cricket commentator Richie Benaud revealed he has skin cancer at the Sydney Cricket Ground during Nine Network’s launch of its summer cricket coverage on Monday. He is undergoing radiation therapy for skin cancer on his forehead and the top of his head. Doctors are pleased with his progress and told reporters he was coping with it very well.
The cricket commentator believed the cancer on his forehead and the top of his head was caused by playing cricket in the sun without a hat. Said he was influenced by the example of great allrounder Keith ‘Nugget’ Miller who never wore a cap.
The former Australian test cricketer urged people to take precautions to protect themselves in the sun. ‘I recommend to everyone they wear protection on their heads. Eighty-four-year-olds don’t seem to mend as well as they used to.’
He has been away from his commentary role from the car accident injuries which included two fractured vertebrae 13 months ago. However, he confirmed he would make a return to cover the fourth Test against India at the SCG in his hometown.
Breakthrough in sarcoma cancer research made by Australian scientist
Published: 11 November 2014
Australian cancer researcher made a breakthrough in uncovering the secrets of sarcomas. Sarcoma or cancer of the connective tissues affects young people, making up around 20% of childhood cancers with a survival rate of less than 50%.
In a study published in the journal Cancer Cell, Director David Thomas and a research team from the Walter Eliza Hall Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, uncovered extramutated chromosome which they dubbed as neochoromosome. It comprise bits and pieces of normal chromosomes, put together in a Frankenstein-like fashion, to make an abnormal chromosome, which is then amplified and multiplied to drive cancer growth.
The study used unique scientific techniques to identify what was the rearrangement present in the neochomosome DNA. They found that there were about 1,000 breakpoints and 500 rearrangements present inside one of these neochromosomes. They developed a mathematical model that simulates the mutation process that might have generated all of those rearrangements. The discoveries will pave the way for several potential therapies for the cancer that have these neochromosomes.
News sourced from: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2014/s4125793.htm