Wednesday, December 02, 2009
James Kreppner Death Notice
"KREPPNER, James Rudolf - March 6, 1962 to May 14, 2009 The world has lost an extraordinary human being. It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of James, a man possessed of a brilliant mind, gentle soul and tender heart, after a long, courageous and feisty battle with illness, on May 14, 2009, in his 47th year due to HIV and Hepatitis C-related complications...James was a highly respected, articulate and exemplary activist who represented the true meaning of fairness and kindness."
Note/background: Please reference prior blog postings Nov 1-5th, 2009 regarding the apparent lack of access to care of an ovarian cancer woman and the systemic issues surrounding the H1N1.
email response (better late than never) December 2, 2009 4:57 pm:
"Thank you for writing and bringing to my attention your concerns regarding the government’s handling of the H1N1 vaccine roll out. As you are aware, the vaccine is now available to all members of the public.
Your views and comments are appreciated and helpful to my work as Leader of Canada’s New Democrats.
Between the conflicting messages, queue jumping, and sole sourced contracts; we feel the federal government could have done a better job handling the distribution of the vaccine. NDP Health Critic Judy Wasylycia-Leis continues to be our lead on this issue and you can review her work by visiting: http://www.judywl.ndp.ca/news/health.
Looking forward, we will continue to press the federal government to take a proper role in helping Canadians stay healthy and providing access to treatment when needed through:
- promoting healthy living
- hiring and training more doctors and nurses
- creating a pan-Canadian home care program
- ensuring prescription medicines are affordable
If you are interested in our plans to improve health care in Canada, I encourage you to check for details here: http://www.ndp.ca/platform/healthcare.
Again, thank you for sharing your views and comments as they helpful to my work as Leader of Canada’s New Democrats. All the best.
Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada's New Democrats"
highly technical paper, but the issues that always seem to find ovarian cancer at 'odds' with other cancers:
Despite the above findings that 14-3-3Ïƒ expression correlates with and may predict poor prognosis of breast, colorectal, prostate, and pancreatic cancers, opposite observations have also been made in other cancers including endometrium  and ovary , where it was found that the absence or low expression level of 14-3-3Ïƒ predicted poor survival or showed no correlation (see Table 1). In another study of 192 cases of ovarian cancer patients, no significant correlation between 14-3-3Ïƒ expression and survival was found . Thus, it is possible that 14-3-3Ïƒ in prognosis prediction is cancer type dependent, and more detailed studies on this issue will be needed.
In response to recent media: Does Morphine Stimulate Cancer Growth? | GeriPal - A Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog
Please read the full article/discussion. Many questions were asked and responses given which may be helpful for many.
Over the last week Reuters, ABC news, MSNBC, BBC News, and more than 75 other outlets reported on how two "two new studies add to growing evidence that morphine and other opiate-based painkillers may promote the growth and spread of cancer cells." What was most shocking were the headlines used to promote the stories:
* Morphine 'might spread cancer' (BBC News)
* Morphine May Help Tumors Spread in Cancer Patients (US News and World Reports)
* Pain drug morphine may accelerate cancer growth (Reuters, ABC News)
* Common Pain Relief Medication May Encourage Cancer Growth (Science Daily)