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Pancreatic Cancer: The Silent Killer


Pancreatic cancer is one of the fastest spreading cancers and one of the deadliest with only a 4% survival rate in patients five years after the diagnosis.  Often times called the “Silent Killer” pancreatic cancer does not cause symptoms in the early stages. In the US, there are 44,000 new cases each year and 37,000 people die of the disease.


running stretchesEight Running Stretches to Remember


With the season for 5Ks and 10Ks underway, it is important to warm up properly before these events to prevent any injuries. When running, you’re not using just your legs.  Each muscle plays a role in your running routine, so it is especially important to stretch before and after.  Here are a few stretching tips for you to note before you hit the ground running!


319px-Human_embryonic_stem_cellsStem Cell Therapy: The Answer to Chronic Conditions?


Dr. Steven Schwartz, an eye doctor from UCLA, has begun to test the first embryonic-stem-cell therapy for Stargardt’s and dry macular degeneration. One of the people in his clinical trial is a 26 year-old female that is legally blind.  She is being evaluated as a potential pioneer to receive the first retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells generated from embryonic stem cells.  If she is accepted, she will join other patients with macular degeneration who will have thousands of cells injected into their eyes to replace their destroyed RPE cells in the retina and hopefully rescue any remaining photoreceptor cells.


800px-Smiling_girlThe Girl Who Collapses From Laughing


Kay Underwood, a 23-year-old girl from England, has a disease called Cataplexy that only affects one in 2,000 people.  This disease is brought on by any strong emotion that triggers the weakening of muscles. These strong emotions can include exhilaration, fear, surprise, anger, or even laughter.

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