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Thursday, January 24, 2008

What do we now change?

"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself" - Jim Rohn

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One of the most human reactions to dealing with cancer as the patient or a loved one of the patient is to ask: What now! What can we do to prevent recurrance (if remission is attained)?

A lot of well meaning people, some who have been down this trail, will offer advice about lifestyle and dietary changes. None of this is without good intention or merit, but when all is said and done, the medical experts and caregivers still don't know the root cause of cancer. More than likely, the real cause is life itself. We live in a world that provides at the same time all the bounties of health, but the germs of disease, as well.

Just as the recovery from cancer is a personal experience that is different for every patient, the root cause of the disease is unpredictable. While no benefit for today is found in contemplating the individual cause for these diseases, there is much hope (if not controversy, as well) in the medical research that is making great advances in treatment and finding cures. Such is the following story.

Stem Cells Help Mice with Muscular Dystrophy

For the first time, genetically manipulated embryonic stem cells were transplanted into mice afflicted with muscular dystrophy, and the rodents' muscle function improved. Muscular dystrophy is an umbrella term that covers nearly a dozen genetic diseases that primarily affect the muscles. The most common form of the disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), generally appears around age 3 or 4, and victims rarely live past 30. In tests measuring the muscle development of mice afflicted with DMD, the muscles of treated mice contracted with 3 times as much force as the muscles of mice that not been treated with the stem cells. More ...

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