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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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I Have Dipped My Toe In


Dip Your Toe

Once again my friend has sent me an opportunity that I think is worth the “Risk”. Risk I say, Of course there is risk involved, but how high do you rate such risk if the cost of participating is only $50 one-time?

I guess you have all heard of Bitcoin and at the moment they are hovering $490 – $90 more than 10 days ago. For many this is a buying opportunity. For some they would not touch them.

But what if you don’t want to “ride the tiger” that is Bitcoin? Is there any other way you could profit from it, other than actually buying it?

Yes, there is.

One avenue there is high hopes for is GBBG – a group of Bitcoin developers who are working on a number of exciting projects.

You can get an idea as to what they have planned in this blog post:


The good news is you can become a co-founder of this group for a very modest one-time fee, and stand to gain should their projects yield profits.

As I said there is risk involved, but how high do you rate such risk if the cost of participating was $40 one-time, it is now $50 one time. The reason why the amount has risen to $50 is that they are increasing the price by $10 every 250 people. I paid the $50, I was too slow.

GBBG is running this crowd-funding project through their member portal – BitBillions, and you can learn more from the link below:


 You can register for free, look around, and if you like what you see you can upgrade to co-founder within the member area.

Check it out you have nothing to lose

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Did You Know – 05/09/2013


1. Love this one – According to the British Medical Journal, Women who had more that three alcoholic drinks a week over 10 years reduced their rheumatoid arthritis risk by about half – Drink on ladies


2. Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration hence its use for legal ads. It also speeds metabolism.



3. A bird’s heart beats 400 times per minute while resting and up to 1000 beats per minute while flying.



4. At the height of its power, in 400  BC , the greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.



5. In medieval France cheating wives were made to chase a chicken through town Naked.



6. The “Zip” in the Zip code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.


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