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Common drugs can halt the progression of skin cancer

I read this article today online from the Australian Courier Mail. I thought it was rather interesting and hopefully promising for anyone that has developed skin cancer.

 

COMMON anti-inflammatory drugs could stop skin cancers turning into deadly ulcerated melanomas, Queensland researchers have found.

A study by the Brisbane-based QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has shown that regular use of some anti-inflammatory painkillers including aspirin and ibuprofen reduce the likelihood of melanomas becoming ulcerated and thus worsening survival odds.

Statins, a popular cholesterol lowering drug, were also found to lower the risk of the condition, with researchers suggesting this medication might “modify inflammatory mechanisms in the body that cause melanomas to become ulcerated.”

Conversely, the 787-person study found that diabetes sufferers were at increased risk of developing ulcerated melanomas which occur when the top layer of skin disappears.

Lead researcher Lena von Schuckmann said further studies were needed, but the findings, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, were “really exciting.”

“Potentially, down the track, we can find some causations and potentially find some modifiable risk factors for melanoma ulcerations,” she said.

Meanwhile, a University of Queensland study released yesterday found that adding aspirin to some cancer drugs could boost their effectiveness.

The mouse study, published in journal Clinical Cancer Research, showed that mixing the painkiller with Sorafenib, a cancer inhibitor drug, “strongly enhanced its effectiveness” for treatment of lung cancer and melanomas with RAS genetic mutations.

Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillian said ulcerated melanomas were associated with poorer survival outcomes because they were fast growing.

“Research into this area is vital to help us better understand how to detect and treat melanomas early to improve survival and reduce long-term effects on patients,” she said.

“If you notice a new spot on your skin or a change in the size, shape or colour of a spot, it’s important to visit your GP as early detection saves lives.”

 

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Something to Make You Smile

 

The Queensland Country Lawyer…

Joe grew up in a small town in outback Queensland, then moved to Brisbane to attend law school. He decided to come back to the country town because he felt he could be a big shot at home. He really wanted to impress everyone, so he returned and opened his new law office.

The first day he saw a man coming up the side walk. He decided to make a big impression on this new client when he arrived. As the man came to the door, Joe picked up the phone. He motioned the man in, all the while talking on the phone.

“No. Absolutely not! You tell those clowns in Sydney that we won’t settle this case for less than one million… Yes, the Court of Appeal has agreed to hear that case next week. I’ll be handling the Primary arguments and the other members of my team will provide support! Okay, tell the Attorney General that I’ll meet with him next week to discuss the details…”

The ‘conversation’ went on for almost five minutes. All the while the man sat patiently as Joe rattled instructions.

Finally, Joe put down the phone and turned to the man, “I’m sorry for the delay but as you can see, I’m very busy. What can I do for you?”

The man replied, “I’m from Telstra, (Phone Company in Australia)  and I came to hook up your phone!”

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Did You Know – 07/31/2017

  1. Growing plants  at your desk could boost productivity by 15 percent according to researchers at the University of Queensland. Greenery also improves levels of happiness and a feeling of consecutiveness

2. Watching cute video’s of baby animals like kittens during working hours boosts concentration and productivity by up to 44 percent according to researchers of Hiroshima University in Japan. Hey you might even get a raise.

 

3. Color your world. Decorate your office surroundings with color such as red which can increase your attention to detail. Blue – well that can spark creativity. This is a study done by the University of British Columbia in Canada.

 

 

4. Walking – Billionaire Richard Branson a person whom I admire is known for his walking meetings. Research done by the Stanford University in the US shows that a leisurely  stroll can boost your creativity by about 60%.

 

5. The Kind of music listen to – A Study from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan discovered music with lyrics can reduce a person’s ability to focus. The research from Canada’s University of Windsor found that background the background music can assist with repetitive tasks in particular.

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Just Skinny Dipping

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An elderly man in Queensland had owned a large farm for several years.
He had a large natural pool in the back of his farm bordered by sheltering scrub.
It was nicely shaped and deep enough for swimming, so he fixed it up with a picnic table, gazebo, and planted some palms and some mango and avacado trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn’t been there for a while, and look it over so he grabbed a bucket to bring back any ripe fruit.

As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.
As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.

One of the women shouted to him, ‘we’re not coming out until you leave!’

The old man frowned, ‘I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.’

Holding the bucket up he said, ‘I’m just here to feed the croc.’

Some old men can still think fast

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Snake v Crocodile – No Camping There For Me

This so makes you want to go for a camping holiday there — Not!

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A python begins to swallow the crocodile at Lake Moondarra near Mount Isa on March 2, 2014 in Queensland, Australia. The snake fought, wrestled and then ate a crocodile whole following a dramatic five-hour long battle. The incident was captured on camera by Tiffany Corlis at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia. (Marvin Muller/Barcroft Media /Landov)

That is one satisfied snake.
Photographers in Queensland, Australia, captured a snake battling a crocodile over the span of five hours, climaxing with the snake swallowing the crocodile whole.
“[The crocodile] was fighting at the start, it was trying to keep its head out of water and survive,” one photographer, Tiffany Corlis, told ABC Australia. “But as the morning progressed you could tell both of them were getting a little weaker as the struggle was going on. Finally the croc sort of gave in.”

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The fight happened on the shore of Lake Moondarra, a popular place for Queensland residents to go swimming – though Corlis said she plans to send someone else in first before stepping foot in the water in the future.
“It was just unbelievable,” she said. “We were sort of thinking the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew, pardon the pun, but it did actually eat the crocodile.”

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The outline of the crocodile seen inside the python at Lake Moondarra near Mount Isa on March 2, 2014 in Queensland, Australia. A snake fought, wrestled and then ate a crocodile whole following a dramatic five-hour long battle.

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