Daily Archives: October 20, 2014

A paralysed man has learnt to walk again in a “historic” British-led breakthrough

This pressed: UN Officials Criticize Detroit Water Shutoffs

UN Officials Criticize Detroit Water Shutoffs.

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant – BBC News


What the floods did to Kashmir’s grand heritage

What the floods did to Kashmir’s grand heritage http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29685904

Reggae singer John Holt dies at 67

Reggae singer John Holt dies at 67 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29686797

Fresh fighting in key Syrian town

Fresh fighting in key Syrian town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29698930

Ebola-hit nations get key supplies

Ebola-hit nations get key supplies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29699174

Fresh fighting in key Syrian town

Fresh fighting in key Syrian town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29698930

Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Enterovirus D68


Man Treated for Ebola in Atlanta Now ‘Free’ of the Virus – WebMD


Ebola’s End Nowhere in Sight – US News




WRAPUP 8-Using military and new protocols, U.S. ramps up Ebola response


CBC News – September 2014 was the hottest on record


Dallas releases 43 from Ebola quarantine. Officials plead for compassion not stigma. – The Washington Post


Brits my boss, not Barroso, says PM

Brits my boss, not Barroso, says PM http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29684585

Brits my boss, not Barroso, says PM

Brits my boss, not Barroso, says PM http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29684585

New Multiple Myeloma Drug Set to Begin Clinical Trials|Specialty Pharmacy TIme

Specialty Pharmacy News

Treatment inhibits key process that enables cancer cells to multiply.

Researchers in London plan to begin clinical trials on a significant new treatment for multiple myeloma by the end of next year.

In laboratory testing, the drug, known as DTP3, killed myeloma cells within human cells and mice without causing any toxic side effects. In a paper published on October 13, 2014 in Cancer Cells, researchers outlined how the drug inhibits a key process that allows cancer cells to multiply.

“Lab studies suggest that DTP3 could have therapeutic benefit for patients with multiple myeloma and potentially several other types of cancer, but we will need to confirm this in our clinical trials, the first of which will start next year,” said lead researcher Professor Guido Franzoso in a press release.

DTP3 was developed through an evaluation of the mechanisms that enable cancer cells to continue multiplying beyond their normal lifespan. Specifically, the researchers studied a protein called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB), which plays a key role in inflammation, in addition to immune and stress response systems.

“We had known for many years that NF-kB is very important for cancer cells, but because it is also needed by healthy cells, we did not know how to block it specifically,” Franzoso said. “The discovery that blocking the GADD45β/MKK7 segment of the NF-κB pathway with our DTP3 peptide therapeutic selectively kills myeloma cells could offer a completely new approach to treating patients with certain cancers, such as multiple myeloma.” – See more at: http://www.specialtypharmacytimes.com/news/New-Multiple-Myeloma-Drug-Set-to-Begin-Clinical-Trials#sthash.XGAUTmks.Gyz2Cy02.dpuf

via New Multiple Myeloma Drug Set to Begin Clinical Trials.

this pressed for your right to know: Photos: ‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ Features Stark Portraits of Humanity|NewsWeek

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Living on a dollar a day seems nearly unfathomable, but roughly one in six people in our world do on a daily basis. For her work Living On A Dollar A Day, photographer Renée C. Byer teamed up with San Francisco nonprofit The Forgotten International and ventured to four continents to capture intimate stills of people affected by extreme poverty.

“For me it’s very important to go behind the scenes and into their home to find pieces of daily life that everyone can relate to,” Byers said in an interview with National Geographic. “So people aren’t seeing a photo that will push them away, but will pull them back into the scene. So they’re not being overwhelmed by the emotion, but they’re able to relate to the emotion. So that they can imagine themselves trying to live this life, and in some way, hopefully, they could help.”


Photos: ‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ Features Stark Portraits of Humanity | newsweek

Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra: make music part of your life series

Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra

Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville – La Jolla Music Society SummerFest: make music part of your life series

Rossini: Overture to The Barber of SevilleLa Jolla Music Society SummerFest

Sibelius, Symphonie Nr 7 C Dur op 105 Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker: great compositions/performances

Sibelius, Symphonie Nr 7 C Dur op 105 Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker

Brahms, J. – Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (Tragische Ouvertüre): great compositions/performances

Brahms, J. – Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Claude Debussy – Images pour orchestre: make music pat of yourf life series

Saint of the Day for Monday, October 20th, 2014: St. Paul of the Cross

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St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in the Republic of Genoa, January 3, 1694. His infancy and youth were spent in great innocence and piety. He was inspired from on high to found a congregation; … continue reading

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today’s holiday: The Birth of the Bab

The Birth of the Bab

The Birth of the Bab is a holy day in the Baha’i religion to celebrate the birthday in 1819 of Mirza Ali Mohammad in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). In 1844, Mirza Ali declared himself the Bab (meaning “gate”) and foretold the coming of one greater than he. The day, on which work is suspended, is a happy social occasion for Baha’is. More… Discuss

quotation: “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” George Eliot

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

today’s birthday: Béla Lugosi (1882)

Béla Lugosi (1882)

Lugosi, a Hungarian-born US actor, is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the Broadway stage production and subsequent film of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire story. He appeared in the 1931 film version wearing minimal makeup and using his natural, heavily accented voice. Following this memorable performance, Lugosi found himself frequently typecast as a horror film villain. When Lugosi died in 1956, his son and fourth wife decided to bury him wearing what part of his Dracula costume? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón (1883)

Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón (1883)

The Treaty of Ancón ended Peru’s involvement in the War of the Pacific, which broke out between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru in 1879. Victorious, Chile annexed the Peruvian province of Tarapacá and gained substantial mineral-rich territories, leaving Bolivia without access to the sea. The loss of the coast remains an emotional issue for many Bolivians, who attribute their country’s problems to being landlocked. What items stolen during the war did Chile return to Peru in 2007? More… Discuss

Hopping Relatively Recent Development in Kangaroos

Hopping Relatively Recent Development in Kangaroos

Kangaroos are known for their characteristic hop, but they didn’t always get around like this. Analysis of the fossilized bones of extinct kangaroos called sthenurines finds that they were not anatomically cut out for hopping and likely got around instead by walking in much the same manner that humans do. Sthenurines lived in Australia from about 13 million years ago to about 30,000 years ago, going extinct around the same time that humans arrived on the continent, quite possibly as a result of human activities. More… Discuss



The story of Roxelana is a true rags-to-riches tale. Little is known of her early life, but she was likely born in Ukraine in the 16th century. At some point, she was captured by Crimean Tatars and taken as a slave. Brought to Constantinople (now Istanbul), she was selected to be a concubine in the harem of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Roxelana soon gained Suleiman’s favor and—in a shocking break with tradition—he made her his legal wife. What did this mean for the sons she bore him? More… Discuss

word: quaff


Definition: (verb) To swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught.
Synonyms: gulp, swig
Usage: Recently returned to port, the sailors quaffed their ale with gusto. Discuss.

Pentagon Orders 30-Member Ebola Response Team – 8NEWS – WRIC | News Where You Live


Actress Lynda Bellingham dies at 66

Actress Lynda Bellingham dies at 66 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29685903

Federal police sent to Mexico towns

Federal police sent to Mexico towns http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29685800

Europe ‘will fail to protect climate’

Europe ‘will fail to protect climate’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29690507

Russian rouble weakens on downgrade

Russian rouble weakens on downgrade http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29685551

Ukraine ready to trash politicians

Ukraine ready to trash politicians http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29536641

Ebola’s West African victims: Where’s the outrage? | www.ajc.com


Parents, Stop Rushing To Give Tylenol To Your Kids: You’re Doing It Wrong – Forbes


Where the Beatles lived in Liverpool

Where the Beatles lived in Liverpool http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-29642223

Facebook warning to US drugs officers

Facebook warning to US drugs officers http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29673357

Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight

Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29685830