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Adventurer in San Diego aims to swim across Pacific Ocean - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:51

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Adventurer in San Diego aims to swim across Pacific Ocean
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Adventurer in San Diego aims to swim across Pacific Ocean ... Lecomte is raising money for his mission to become first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. ... Lecomte is the same age that his father was when he died of cancer in 1992. ... boat ...

Lucy Mecklenburgh signs up for The Island with Bear Grylls - The List

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:12

The List

Lucy Mecklenburgh signs up for The Island with Bear Grylls
The List
will be joining nine other celebrities on the remote island later this year - all for charity. A source told The Sun Online: "Lucy ... The series sees Bear - a well-known adventurer - drop groups of men and women on desert islands in the Pacific to ...

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The creation of a public engineer

MIT Cancer Research RSS - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 03:25

“In my lab, we bridge a gap,” says Hadley Sikes. “We try to figure out how to take established science and implement it in clinical practice in a reliable, easy and cost-effective way.”

The associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering is one of an increasing number of MIT faculty members who do what might best be called public engineering, which emphasizes the interaction between society and technology.

Her team is integrating molecular technologies for diagnosing malaria and other infectious diseases in resource-limited areas, including Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. At the same time, her lab is developing technologies to predict the effectiveness of particular chemotherapeutics in treating an individual patient’s cancer that might one day be used at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The desire to bridge that gap — between theory and practice, the local and the global, the developed world and the developing world — inspired Sikes to transition from academic basic science to chemical engineering when she was a post-doc. That decision has guided her career and teaching ever since.

Graduate students in the Sikes Lab, for example, study research literature on molecular signatures of health and disease, which, in turn, informs their ongoing design of technologies to help medical practitioners save lives in rural villages, in urban centers, and in countries rich and poor.

“I want our devices to be widely used in clinical settings all over the world,” says Sikes. “Their widespread adoption would have a profound impact on people suffering from various diseases. I want to be part of that — and I want our lab to be part of that.”

Learning by doing

Growing up in Alabama, Sikes developed a love of science, math, and innovation, but her public school lacked the funds for high-tech equipment. The school did, however, host an annual science fair, which inspired Sikes to be creative in the way she embraced project design and drew on her accumulated knowledge.

Sikes passes on such lessons to her students in courses like 10.492 (Integrated Chemical Engineering), a senior design class focused on biosensors. The class acquaints students with approaches to the detection and quantification of biological molecules for purposes ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental monitoring to food safety to defense.

In a group design project, students creatively apply concepts from kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport to current problems.

“I give students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in their core classes,” she says. “They tap that knowledge in new ways and apply it in practice.”

The here and now

Google software engineer Derek Wu ’15, a former 10.492 student, says his design project involved drawing on concepts from other disciplines, and applying that knowledge in the context of biology and human health.

His group proposed using microneedle patches, rather than injections, to deliver synthetic biomarkers into the human body to detect non-communicable diseases, such as cancer or thrombosis. Using the patches requires much less training compared with injections — a useful technique, particularly in resource-limited settings.

“Whenever I had questions, Hadley always approached answers from the student point of view,” recalls Wu. “I always felt she was on my side when she was helping me address various challenges.”

His former classmate Matias Porras ’15, now a program analyst at Genentech in San Francisco, worked on the project with Wu. “I really enjoyed finding a way to improve the way diagnostics are done in developing countries,” he says.

Sikes says MIT is at the center of innovation — and that’s exactly where she, and her students love to be.

“Students can start to do the clinical testing and prototyping right away," she says. “Things seem possible here. Things that seem kind of far-off maybe in other places — those things are happening here.”

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Getting ready for the solar eclipse - Science News for Students (blog)

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 01:05

Science News for Students (blog)

Getting ready for the solar eclipse
Science News for Students (blog)
For observers on Earth, the eclipse first touches U.S. soil at 10:16 a.m. Pacific time near Oregon's Depoe Bay. The shadow will move through five state capitals ... Cape Island, S.C., is the shadow's final stop. The shadow will then leave the continent ...

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What's on at the movies - Times Colonist

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:35

Times Colonist

What's on at the movies
Times Colonist
(Vic Theatre) With his four-year-old daughter, Abigail, suffering from terminal cancer, Darryl Eckford desperately tries to support her during her final weeks. Abigail is obsessed with space and seems to know incredible details about the Apollo 1 space ...

First week of May proclaimed MMAC Week - Saipan Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:11

Saipan Tribune

First week of May proclaimed MMAC Week
Saipan Tribune
Representatives of all the 18 groups that will take part at the 2017 Marianas March Against Cancer got on stage for a group photo with the MMAC committee, Commonwealth Cancer Association staff, and acting governor Victor B. Hocog at the proclamation ...

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Just 'An Island in the Pacific': How Washington Demeans Its Colonial Conquests - Foreign Policy In Focus

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 05:36

Foreign Policy In Focus

Just 'An Island in the Pacific': How Washington Demeans Its Colonial Conquests
Foreign Policy In Focus
The impact of the 67 nuclear weapons tests conducted by the U.S. in the northern atolls (most famously on Bikini) is measured not just in contaminated islands and devastating cancer rates, but in the profound changes to Marshallese culture and society.

Fungal diseases are on the rise. Is environmental change to blame? - Ensia

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 03:26

Ensia

Fungal diseases are on the rise. Is environmental change to blame?
Ensia
The emergence of C. gattii in the Pacific Northwest raised the notion that changes in climate could potentially increase the range of some fungal pathogens, according to May, who studies why some fungi are more harmful to humans than others ...

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC Announces Raymond James As Lead Sponsor for 2017 Father's Day Walk/Run - Montreal Gazette

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 02:18

Montreal Gazette

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC Announces Raymond James As Lead Sponsor for 2017 Father's Day Walk/Run
Montreal Gazette
"When it comes to prostate cancer, we all share the same focus, to find better ways to prevent and treat this terrible disease," says Leanne Kopp, Executive Director, The Island Prostate Centre. "Prostate cancer doesn't care about postal codes. It ...

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Wielgus, head of USA Swimming for 2 decades, dies at 67 - Observer-Reporter

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:24

Observer-Reporter

Wielgus, head of USA Swimming for 2 decades, dies at 67
Observer-Reporter
Wielgus' vision to promote swimming to wider audiences resulted in securing year-round television coverage of major events, including the Pro Swim Series, national and world championships, U.S. Olympic trials, Pan Pacific championships and Duel in the ...

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She knew the muscle issues and fatigue weren't normal, but it took years to diagnose - The Bellingham Herald

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:17

The Bellingham Herald

She knew the muscle issues and fatigue weren't normal, but it took years to diagnose
The Bellingham Herald
The chronic autoimmune disease tends to last longer than six weeks and often for many years, with flare ups where symptoms are worse and then improve. ▫ The most common ... 4 Certain ethnic groups (people of African, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native ...

You see 4 in the photo but there should be 5 dolphins in this facility. :( - Mothership.sg (registration)

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 22:29

Mothership.sg (registration)

You see 4 in the photo but there should be 5 dolphins in this facility. :(
Mothership.sg (registration)
Meanwhile, the Sea Shepherd folks also observed injuries on the two adult female dolphins at COK, one of which is also suffering a degrading skin condition — either a sign of age or skin cancer. According to the Straits Times, UWS ... The first male ...

Guam youth surfers compete in Hawaii's Rell Sunn Menehune Surf Championships - Pacific Daily News

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:52

Pacific Daily News

Guam youth surfers compete in Hawaii's Rell Sunn Menehune Surf Championships
Pacific Daily News
was the quintessential water-woman, excelling at all water sports, including surfing, bodysurfing, spearfishing, and open-water outrigger canoeing before her untimely death from breast cancer in 1998, the release states. Makaha Beach is considered by ...

World War II veterans are still battling the state over pensions: official information - Stuff.co.nz

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:03

Stuff.co.nz

World War II veterans are still battling the state over pensions: official information
Stuff.co.nz
The two returned service men, aged 95 and 92, were among a list of veterans who fought in a range of conflicts and emergencies, from WWII and the nuclear test era in the Pacific, to Vietnam and mine clearance operations in Afghanistan. ... the Malayan ...

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Sirtex share price takes a hit on study outcome - The Australian

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 03:02

The Australian

Sirtex share price takes a hit on study outcome
The Australian
Sirtex said it would immediately start sales and marketing activities on the SARAH result across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Morgan Stanley analyst Sean Laaman said that while the overall survival was shorter, the result was not statistically ...

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Chuck Wielgus, head of USA Swimming for 2 decades, dies in Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs Gazette

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:08

Swimming World Magazine

Chuck Wielgus, head of USA Swimming for 2 decades, dies in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Gazette
... his illness in recent years. Wielgus' vision to promote swimming to wider audiences resulted in securing year-round television coverage of major events, including the Pro Swim Series, national and world championships, U.S. Olympic trials, Pan ...
USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus dies at 67USA TODAY
Chuck Wielgus Passes Away From Long Battle With Cancer; Age 67Swimming World Magazine

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News roundup: Lawmakers and leaders use cable news to get messages across to Trump - Salt Lake Tribune (blog)

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:53

News roundup: Lawmakers and leaders use cable news to get messages across to Trump
Salt Lake Tribune (blog)
The University of Utah's tumultuous week was topped off with a strongly worded advertisement from Jon Huntsman Sr. in Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers decrying the termination of Mary Beckerle, CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. [Trib] [DNews] ...

Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer - LA Observed

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 17:58

Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer
LA Observed
Cecilia Alvear, a retired NBC News producer who was a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, died on Friday at home in Pacific Palisades after a recurrence of breast cancer. She was first diagnosed with the disease 23 ...

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus dies at 67 - USA TODAY

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 06:56

Swimming World Magazine

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus dies at 67
USA TODAY
The cancer was first diagnosed in 2006 and Wielgus underwent regular chemotherapy while leading USA Swimming to record growth. ... Unger has taken an active role in helping run the organization while Wielgus was dealing with his illness in recent years ...
Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive who helped bring home 156 Olympic medals, dies at 67Los Angeles Times
Chuck Wielgus Passes Away From Long Battle With Cancer; Age 67Swimming World Magazine

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Chuck Wielgus Passes Away From Long Battle With Cancer - Swimming World Magazine

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 05:33

Swimming World Magazine

Chuck Wielgus Passes Away From Long Battle With Cancer
Swimming World Magazine
... audiences resulted in securing annual year-round network television coverage of championship swimming events, including the Pro Swim Series, National Championships, World Championships, U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Pan Pacific Championships and the ...

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