This is Care Giving

I just read a post on “UPWORTHY Things that Matter” about the coverage of a woman’s last days.  It showed some video clips of her and her care givers as they each faced challenges at the end.  It brought back to me the time I supported my wife in hospice and in her last days.  I can’t say that it was uplifting.  But I can say that from the point of view of the woman in the article and I believe from my wife’s perspective, being cared for at home by loved ones provided a sense of safety, serenity and dignity in their last days.  I believe that this very touching post with videos shows the value of care givers.  To read and view the UPWORTHY post click HERE.


Continuing cancer research at the University of Illinois leads to phase I clinical trials in humans. A drug in pill form, PAC-1 can kill cancer cells without attacking healthy cells.   For more on this ground breaking research go to CancerDrugResearch.

Today the University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted to create a College of Medicine on the Urbana-Champaign campus. If approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and that is likely, this will be the University’s second College of Medicine. This new college is focused on technology based driven innovations in health care. It will integrate the research from the University’s resources in Engineering, Technology, and supercomputing with Carle Hospital nationally recognized comprehensive health care system. www.medicine.illinois.edu

Thank goodness for rodents and other test animals. Researchers found that blind mole-rats, native to the eastern Mediterranean, have proven resistant to cancer and aging. When compared with mice and regular rats, blind mole-rats can live beyond twenty years compared to 3.5 for mice and rats and their susceptibility to cancer is significantly less. By studying the blind mole-rat, researchers have found that there is a relationship to oxygen and DNA damage/repair, aging and cancer. Go to the following link for more information. BlindMoleRatCancerResearch.


University of Illinois researchers have found a positive relationship from apigenin and luteolin in killing pancreatic cancer cells. These compounds come from flavonoids which come from fruits and vegetables. For more on the study see “Compounds in some fruits, veggies can kill cancer cells”


Dogs to Human Trials

An anonymous investor provided a $2 million investment in an anti-cancer drug research. The drug, known as PAC-1 (pack one) has proven promising in studies involving mice and dogs. The compound is under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and if approved should be available for human trials in 2014. For more details about this discovery, see the attached article, “Cancer drug tested in pet dogs now set for human trials,” Inside Illinois, August 1, 2013, p. 1, 5.  cancerresearch

New Gel Aids Cancer Research

University of Illinois professor Brendan Hurley and postdoctoral researcher Sara Pedron developed a three-dimensional hydrogel that mimics conditions in the brain thus enabling researchers to conduct experiments on brain cancer cells. The researchers found that they could increase or decrease malignancy by altering a naturally occurring acid in brain tissue. For more details about this discovery, see the attached article, “Researchers Develop New Approach for Studying Brain Cancer,” Inside Illinois, August 15, 2013, p. 6. braincancerresearch

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