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Amata Radewagen visits the CNMI - Saipan Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:01

Saipan Tribune

Amata Radewagen visits the CNMI
Saipan Tribune
She proceeded directly to the Hopwood Middle School grounds and visited with friends and community members at the annual Marianas March Against Cancer. On Sunday, Radewagen held a gathering at the Pacific Islands Club with family, friends and members ...

Staying healthy in the Pacific region - Marianas Variety

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 06:45

Staying healthy in the Pacific region
Marianas Variety
A WORLD Bank report has put the spotlight on the economic threat that non-communicable diseases or NCDs pose to the Pacific Islands. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease have emerged as the top killers in the region.

CNMI GOP lauds Congresswoman Amata Radewagen's visit - Marianas Variety

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 06:40

CNMI GOP lauds Congresswoman Amata Radewagen's visit
Marianas Variety
... after which she proceeded directly to the Hopwood Middle School grounds and visited with friends and community members at the annual Marianas March Against Cancer event. On Sunday, the congresswoman held a gathering at the Pacific Islands Club ...

WDH Warns of Hepatitis Dangers During Month of May - Oil City

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 06:25

Oil City

WDH Warns of Hepatitis Dangers During Month of May
Oil City
“In fact, more than 60 percent of liver cancer cases are caused by hepatitis B or C.” ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all people born in Asia and the Pacific Islands get tested as well as individuals with certain risks.

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Veteran Northwest journalist and author, Gene Woodwick ... - The Daily World

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 15:05

The Daily World

Veteran Northwest journalist and author, Gene Woodwick ...
The Daily World
Longtime Ocean Shores resident, Gene Leatha Woodwick, 77, succumbed to cancer at her home surrounded by family on May 4, 2017. Her death culminates a ...

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Wyoming Health Officials Issue Viral Hepatitis Warning - Kgab

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:15

Kgab

Wyoming Health Officials Issue Viral Hepatitis Warning
Kgab
Both diseases can cause severe liver damage or failure, and more than 60 percent of liver cancer cases are caused by hHepatitis B or C. Anderson says ... People at high risk for Hepatitis B include those born in Asia or the Pacific Islands, travelers ...

Alan Duff: Bad behaviour all about race, class and culture - New Zealand Herald

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 06:03

Alan Duff: Bad behaviour all about race, class and culture
New Zealand Herald
The culture of violence is a cancer. As half-Maori I have long stopped wondering, even hoping, why no ... That's the Maori and Pacific Island leadership, and a bit of Government culpability, too. The latter a lot less guilty. Grow up with no one ...

MMAC raises grand total of $200,772 - Saipan News, Headlines ... - Saipan Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sun, 05/07/2017 - 09:10

Saipan Tribune

MMAC raises grand total of $200,772 - Saipan News, Headlines ...
Saipan Tribune
Luminaries light up the evening in commemoration of those who succumbed to cancer. The community remembered their loved ones and survivors of the ...

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The Proud Pacific Nation That Preserves Its Homeland With the Bikini Anthem - Global Voices Online

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 23:05

Global Voices Online

The Proud Pacific Nation That Preserves Its Homeland With the Bikini Anthem
Global Voices Online
Unfortunately, local Marshallese and American military veterans, some of whom were brought to the Marshall Islands for subsequent cleanup efforts, suffered the consequences. Both groups continue to experience unusually high rates of cancer — and ...

Our view: Towbes, Morton, Lacayo were rare type of leaders - Pacific Coast Business Times

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 02:15

Our view: Towbes, Morton, Lacayo were rare type of leaders
Pacific Coast Business Times
His union work is permanently memorialized at the CSU Channel Islands center on workforce development that holds his archives and bears his name. But for many of ... Even in the face of a cancer diagnosis, he didn't lose his sense of humor. • Think for ...

Nuclear power and the collapse of society - Greenpeace International (blog)

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 00:31

Greenpeace International (blog)

Nuclear power and the collapse of society
Greenpeace International (blog)
Island children, suffered lifelong health effects, including cancers, and most died prematurely. The Lucky Dragon sailors were exposed to ... Meanwhile, 300 tons of radioactive water floods into the Pacific Ocean every day. Cleanup cost estimates have ...

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'Veep' stars respond to Australian injured while laughing - Island Packet

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 21:40

Island Packet

'Veep' stars respond to Australian injured while laughing
Island Packet
"We would like to apologize to Australia, our key ally in the Asia-Pacific region, for writing something that would cause bodily harm to your people." Perrett said after all the entertainment "Veep" had provided him, he was glad to give some amusement ...

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Exploring your wildest imagination - Bismarck Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 19:02

Exploring your wildest imagination
Bismarck Tribune
Would you cure cancer, end hunger in the world, bring world peace or would you prefer to just own a nice Pacific Island with all the amenities and just plant your feet in the ocean and your butt in the sand? Would you choose to live forever? Most of us ...

Vitale preparing 12th annual gala to fight pediatric cancer - NBC 29 News

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 03:58

NBC 29 News

Vitale preparing 12th annual gala to fight pediatric cancer
NBC 29 News
Amphibious military exercises on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam are moving ahead as scheduled a day after being suspended when a French landing craft ran aground.Full Story. Amphibious military exercises on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam are moving ...

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Pacific islands speak in one voice on asbestos - Pasifik - Pasifik News - Pasifik News

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 20:56

Pasifik News

Pacific islands speak in one voice on asbestos - Pasifik - Pasifik News
Pasifik News
Lupe Matoto, Tonga's Director of Environment who is representing Tonga, addressed the plenary on behalf of Cook Islands, Samoa, Republic of the Marshall ...

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Engineer, pianist, global citizen

MIT Cancer Research RSS - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:00

As a teenager in a small school in Taiwan, Tiffany Yeh filled her days with Model UN and student government — and she knew that she would one day be a doctor. When it came time to choosing college, she thought, “OK, I have four years to do something different, whatever I want, and I should take that opportunity to explore a new field.”

“I really admired engineers. I just thought that they were really cool because they think outside of the box, and they can create a solution to most any problem that they see. I wanted to be like that,” says the MIT senior. “I decided to come to MIT because it was the best place to do engineering, and I eventually settled on materials science, because I felt like it was really applicable to all sorts of fields, including medicine.”

As an undergraduate, Yeh has immersed herself in materials science research to improve the ways drugs penetrate cancerous tumors. She has also nurtured her love of the piano and exposed herself to new experiences through internships around the world.

“During my time at MIT I traveled every summer and every IAP [Independent Activities Period], because from the beginning I had a big interest in international development, and getting to know different cultures, and exploring health care and poverty through working abroad,” she says. “None of this was planned from the start — my path has been like a bumblebee’s — but I realized that a lot of my interests centered on global health and health technologies, and eventually I started looking more at the policy side, as well as the education side.”

Impacting the world

After finishing her first year, Yeh travelled to Sri Lanka with the MIT Global Startup Labs. She joined a team of three graduate students as an entrepreneurship assistant, and mentored two teams of young entrepreneurs on the ground. Both of Yeh’s Sri Lankan teams had interests in social good: One created a dyslexia therapy app, and the other developed an organic farm-to-table platform.

Our partners on the ground were top CEOs or consulting firm heads, and they were just kind of like, ‘what is this kid doing here amongst all the other people on the team?’” Yeh recalls.

She threw herself into networking events and pitched her teams’ projects to interested local investors in the business community in Sri Lanka. She also tried to “spend time looking at their business model, and ask questions that were more outside of the box, and push them to look at their business from angles that they hadn’t really thought about before,” she says.  

During IAP the following year, Yeh combined her interests in education and health care in Bangalore, at a non-governmental organization called EnAble India. After securing funding from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, Yeh travelled to join the NGO’s pilot program to train people with severe disabilities for information technology internships in Bangalore’s companies.

Yeh taught basic computer skills and employability skills, and she sat in on group virtual sessions to give her students feedback on their interactions and the various roles needed to function in a company. She valued the experience but suspected that she wanted to have an impact on a larger scale. Last year, Yeh received funding from the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) to intern with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

Yeh worked in the Family, Women’s, and Children’s Health Cluster in the Assistant Director-General’s Office with the senior advisor on innovation. Her work focused on developing a health technologies assessment mechanism through WHO. While the U.S. for example, relies on the Food and Drug Administration to examine the merits of emerging technologies, devices are being developed especially for low-resource environments, and “it is exactly developing countries that don’t have the infrastructure to look at health technologies and decide which ones they should procure,” Yeh says. 

Stateside

Back at MIT, Yeh fills her days with research and playing the piano. “I do kind of have this duality, of the type of stuff I do at MIT and the type of stuff I do abroad. Abroad, it’s all global health, policy, education. At MIT, aside from coursework I think the activities I really champion are the research and the piano,” Yeh says.  

Yeh began playing piano when she was four and stuck with the same teacher until she left for college. “Piano is a very big part of me, because it’s a way for me to stay grounded, and to process my emotions,” Yeh says. At MIT, she worried that she wouldn’t be able to find the same sort of teacher and close mentor. But almost as soon as she arrived, she found one in Timothy McFarland, an affiliate artist at MIT, with whom she has studied for the last four years.

As an Emerson scholar, Yeh receives private piano lessons and performs in a recital each semester. She also accompanies other Emerson scholars who play strings or woodwinds.

“When I look at a score, it feels like there are secrets hidden within it, secrets about emotions. It’s only when you play it and analyze it and tease out the emotions, you figure out this is what the composer was trying to convey,” she says. “It’s a way for me to feel maybe emotions that I had buried before, or that I didn’t feel like I could adequately express through words.”

Yeh also found a good research fit early on in her MIT career. As a sophomore, she joined the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, led by Sangeeta Bhatia, the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. There, Yeh has worked with postdoc Simone Schurle on magnetic microrobots called artificial bacterial flagella, or ABFs. These tiny robotic particles are modelled after the flagellar tails of the bacteria E. coli and are actuated by an external magnetic field.

In cancer treatments, drug-loaded nanoparticles are sent into the bloodstream surrounding the tumor. “But the problem is that in tumors there is increased interstitial fluid pressure, and that prevents the nanoparticles from reaching deep into the tumor,” Yeh says. “What we are trying to do with these ABFs is to use them as a way to enhance the penetration of these drug-loaded nanoparticles into the tumor.”

So far, Yeh has shown this phenomenon in studies using a microfluidic device. A collagen matrix simulates the tumor, and the ABF is sent into a perpendicular channel that simulates the blood vessel. Using fluorescence, Yeh is able to see how deep the nanoparticles reach into the model tumor. She and Schurle are submitting a paper with their findings.

Yeh plans to attend medical school in the fall, though she says she still struggles with how to balance her many interests.

“The idea that I am having right now is, if I could work on a team in medical school where we are developing a new medical device, and then test it out in the field, and bring it to a low resource setting and see how it works there,” she says. “We can bring it back, prototype again, reiterate the process, and eventually take it to a patent stage and clinical trials, and get it out there and [get it] approved. I think it would be really cool to be part of a process like that.”

Categories: Cancer Research

Volunteers provide women's health services on isolated Pacific island - Daily Inter Lake

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:02

Daily Inter Lake

Volunteers provide women's health services on isolated Pacific island
Daily Inter Lake
Volunteers provide women's health services on isolated Pacific island ... From the windows, the nurse practitioners, surgeons and technicians could see the collection of islands in the central Pacific Ocean made from the rim of a submerged volcanic ...

What's unique about Rancho Cucamonga's latest Sprouts market - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:31

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

What's unique about Rancho Cucamonga's latest Sprouts market
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Sprouts joins Walgreens, Del Taco and other shops and services at the neighborhood center at 6753 Carnelian St., which had been previously anchored by Island Pacific, a Filipino supermarket. That store opened in 2012, closed in 2014 and then reopened ...

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Miconia wins: Experts concede Hawaii Island has lost the war against invasive plant - West Hawaii Today

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 07:28

West Hawaii Today

Miconia wins: Experts concede Hawaii Island has lost the war against invasive plant
West Hawaii Today
“Even if you control the adult plants, the seed bank is just going to go on and on and on,” said Franny Kinslow Brewer, communications director for the Big Island Invasive Species Council. An adult miconia plant produces about 1 ... “They call it the ...

Community clinics proving successful in lifestyle and dietary change. - Gisborne Herald

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:26

Gisborne Herald

Community clinics proving successful in lifestyle and dietary change.
Gisborne Herald
“Staff will also arrange to have an interpreter present when I am seeing Pacific Island people,” he said. “Recently ... The people we are seeing at this practice have a broader range of conditions, including cancer, and heart disease, or have had a ...

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