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New Developments In Cancer Research Could Mean An End To Chemotherapy As We Know It

It could lead to a less painful manner of treating cancers in the future.

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Scientists have discovered a new method of identifying potential cancers this past weekend, with the onset of a chemical drink containing 5-ALA being administered to suspected glioma patients in order to help them distinguish between a brain tumor and healthy cells. The pink glow given off by the chemical allows surgeons to properly identify a possible growth and thereby terminate the malady before it can evolve into full-blown cancer.

As the onset of new medical innovations sweep through the 21st century, it is heartening to see a powerful new technique (which is also as unobtrusive as can be possible) able to pinpoint the exact location of unremitting cell growth in order to solve the problem at a biochemical level before it arises into a structural and biological deformity.

Normally, all cells have a tumor suppressor gene known as p53, which initiates apoptosis (cell death) in cells that do not properly pass through the multiple phases of the cell cycle (such as properly replicating DNA during the S phase), preventing cells from developing into harmful mutations through errors within their genetic sequence.

Since cancerous tissues originate as normal cells that have their p53 suppressor gene switched off, resulting in a cascade of unregulated cell cycle actions that cause an unmitigated growth of cell tissue, it can be difficult to originally identify a particular cluster of cells as potentially cancerous, to begin with.

Current therapy against various cancers includes chemotherapy, which is a nonspecific approach that ends up killing off the tumor cells, but also healthy cells that are constantly dividing and growing in areas such as hair, bone marrow, and skin, which is the reason that side effects of chemotherapy often result in hair loss and sickness of the body.

By being able to identify the specific cells that a patient has as liable to spring into unmediated cell growth and replication, doctors can more effectively treat various forms of cancer without inducing loss of healthy tissue through extreme measures such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. During the experimental trials of the 5-ALA drink, approximately 99 patients with suspected high-grade gliomas were administered the drug prior to surgery.

Utilizing microscopes, surgeons were then able to identify 85 patients with fluorescent tissue (the marker of the 5-ALA drink) as they operated to eliminate the tumors from their patients' brains, with 81 of those identifications confirmed to be fast-growing cancers by pathological analysis.

A continued approach of these identifications could potentially result in the production of a line of drugs that would be able to identify the p53 suppressor gene, and thereby specifically target those cells that do not have their gene active without compromising the functionality of already healthy growth tissue, leading to a less painful manner of treating cancers in the future.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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I Stopped Taking My ADHD Medication And It Made Me 10 Times Happier

Many people with ADHD choose to medicate to manage their symptoms, but that choice is not without any negative side effects.

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When I was 7 years old, I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.

I was in the third grade and falling behind in nearly every subject and my teachers were losing hope. I endured several weeks of testing before being diagnosed, but even more weeks of medication testing after I was diagnosed. Once it had been determined that I responded positively to medication, I began taking Concerta.

I took Concerta every day from fourth grade on to my freshman year of college.

About every three years, I would start taking a stronger dosage and every time my dosage increased, I experienced more and more negative side effects of the drug.

Common side effects people experience when they take ADHD medications are altered personalities. The meds make you feel more reserved and uncomfortable. You are constantly on alert and this makes one feel very self-conscious. Another side effect of ADHD meds is suppression of identifying personality traits and strong emotions. Many people, including myself, report feeling robot or zombie-like. All of these side effects disappeared when I stopped taking Concerta.

Around the beginning of my first year of college, I considered stopping medicating.

College is a fresh start and I was beginning to wonder what not medicating would feel like. I had become so used to the way Concerta made me feel, I did not know what it felt like to truly be myself. So, after being medicated from 2008-2017, I stopped taking my ADHD pills.

At first, I didn't feel much of a difference, but as time went on I began feeling happier. I found myself to be more outgoing and social. I have always been considered a warm, approachable person, but this was different. People began commenting on how often I was smiling, my friend group was expanding, I began feeling more confident in myself and speaking in public.

During the fall semester of my sophomore year, I began experiencing the symptoms of my ADHD on a whole new level. I was having extreme difficulty paying attention in class, trouble completing all my assignments in a timely fashion, forgetting simple things, and more.

I felt like my grades were suffering and I was worried not medicating was compromising the quality of my education because I no longer had pills to help me manage my symptoms, so I started medicating once again.

At the start of my sophomore winter semester, I began taking Concerta again in hopes my educational experience would improve. While school was easier to manage, I could not stand the way the meds were making me feel. I experienced intense migraines, loss of interest in any/all activities I once enjoyed, I stopped eating, and my friends often commented on how dull I seemed. Due to all the negative side-effects of starting my medication again, I got rid of them for good.

Over a year has gone by since I first made the choice to give up my medication.

School is a lot harder and paying attention takes significantly more energy, but I would not trade any of my ADHD struggles for the feeling of finally being free from the methylphenidate based drug used to treat my disorder. For the first time since third grade, I feel like myself and I am proud of who I am and who I am becoming.

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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