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New Melanoma Treatment — A Turning Point Against Cancer?

Dr. Jedd Wolchok, with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, spoke with NBC's Robert Bazell on a case that could lead to changes in the treatment for melanoma.

Dr. Jedd Wolchok, with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, spoke with NBC's Robert Bazell on a case that could lead to changes in the treatment for melanoma.

For more than a century, scientists have been attempting to harness the immune system to fight cancer — trying to get the antibodies and cells that protect us from bacteria and viruses to kill diseased cells.  Every once in a while, a tantalizing success occurred. But time and again the treatment could not be repeated.

The case begins with a drug called ipilimumab, approved in 2011 for advanced melanoma treatment. The drug turns the immune system into a cancer-killer, bringing some patients back from the brink of death. Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, striking 76,000 Americans and killing more than 9,000 every year. Because there are few treatments for advanced melanoma, the new drug was greeted with excitement by doctors and patients. But ipilimumab, sold under the brand named Yervoy by Bristol Myers Squibb, works in only 10 to 20 percent of patients. Until now, no one knew why.

Valerie Esposito, a 42-year-old mother of three, was taking ipilimumab for advanced melanoma and it wasn’t working very well. The cancer was spreading through her body.  One huge tumor, in fact, was pressing on her spine. To relieve the pressure, her doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York radiated the lump. Within weeks, other tumors throughout her body started shrinking dramatically.

This has occurred before in cancer immunology. But this time oncologist Dr. Jedd Wolchok and his team of melanoma specialists at Sloan Kettering think they have figured out, at the molecular level, exactly how that shot of radiation altered her immune system to allow the drug to kill far more cancer cells. It created pieces of tumors — proteins called antigens — that sparked specific changes in how antibodies and disease-fighting white cells recognized the cancer cells as foreign and thus destroyed them.  Already the researchers are planning a nationwide clinical trial to determine if the findings can allow the drug to help many more patients with advanced melanoma. They also believe the same approach could work for kidney, lung and other cancers.

Source: http://www.vitals.msnbc.msn.com

Man Who Learned to Read at 91, Writes a Book at 98

For 91 years, James Henry, a lifelong fisherman, did not know how to read and write and carried the shame of not being able to order from a menu. It had been his life’s ambition to read. Now 98, the Connecticut captain has achieved that, and more, penning a memoir of short stories about his life at sea.

After nearly a year of tutoring, the captain from Mystic began writing stories by hand on a yellow legal pad. From those short stories, the memoir “A Fisherman’s Language” was born.

Check out Captain James Arruda Henry’s inspiring website @ Fishermanslanguage.com.

Source: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org

Blind Surfer From Brazil Wows Hawaiian Pipeline Crowd (Video)

When Makua learned that Derek Rabelo, who was visiting from Brazil, could surf even though he was totally blind, the Hawaaiian was so blown away that he gave his new friend a brand new surf board.

WATCH the beautiful 3 minute video by Lemos Images TV…

China Frees 24,000 Abducted Women & Children

Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted children and women last year, some of whom had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution as far away as Angola, officials reported. Trafficking of women and children is a serious problem in China — blamed in part on the strict “one-child” policy, which has put a premium on baby boys — and activists say the cases uncovered by police are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a report posted on its website that police across the country had rescued 8,660 children and 15,458 women in 2011 — all victims of trafficking. The ministry added that authorities had cracked nearly 3,200 trafficking gangs last year, including a ring that sent Chinese women to Angola and forced them into prostitution. Nearly 11,300 people accused of trafficking were punished from 2008 to 2011 and the number of traffickers has shrunk, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Want to learn more about human trafficking and what you can do to help? Visit http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/about/slavery/. “There are more than 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in human history.”

Learn how your favorite brands relate to trafficking and other labor abuses. Free2Work provides consumers with information on forced and child labor for the brands and products you love. Mobile apps can be downloaded to the iPhone and Android. Visit http://www.free2work.org/.

Source: http://www.news.ninemsn.com

Spinkles Cupcake ATM

Having sugar “withdrawals?” Less than a week after Sprinkles Beverly Hills announced their very first 24-hour cupcake automat, the baked goods ATM is up and running! 600 freshly-made, individually boxed cupcakes are ready for each day. Eventually, the ATM will also offer Sprinkles cupcake mixes, apparel and dog treats. New York is next in line for the convenient cupcake dispenser; Sprinkles recently announced that they were eying midtown, downtown and the Upper West Side neighborhoods for the next three cupcake ATM locations. What a treat!

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Thought for the Day

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” -Jesse Jackson

Missing Teen Found Hours after Story Featured on ‘The View’

It took just 15 minutes to locate a teen who went missing five months ago in New York City, after Whoopi Goldberg broadcasted her photo and appealed for help on the ABC talk show The View. An anonymous tipster who recognized the 16-year-old’s profile from Friday’s segment called to report her whereabouts, which led to her recovery at a women’s shelter.

The View wanted to help create more parity between media attention focused on white women who go missing and women of color. They believe media attention is often key in finding missing persons. “This reunion proves how vital national media coverage is in finding missing persons,” said Derrica Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of Black and Missing Foundation. “As an advocate for missing persons of color, it is our mission to help bridge the gap in the disparity of coverage of our missing persons.”

Source: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org