Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Kills Cancer Cells Without Harming Normal Cells
Posted: 05 April 2013 08:16 AM   [ Ignore ]
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http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/04/boron-neutron-capture-therapy-kills.html

Cancer painfully ends more than 500,000 lives in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The scientific crusade against cancer recently achieved a victory under the leadership of University of Missouri Curators’ Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s team has developed a new form of radiation therapy that successfully put cancer into remission in mice. This innovative treatment produced none of the harmful side-effects of conventional chemo and radiation cancer therapies. Clinical trials in humans could begin soon after Hawthorne secures funding


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Posted: 06 April 2013 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Kind of unrelated -  but it really bugs me when organisations quote figures like 500,000 deaths from cancer each year without qualifying it or putting it in any sort of context.

So if we say the USA has roughly 300million people and they live and average of 80 years (just ballpark figures).  Then the annual replacement rate is 300m/80 = 3.75m.  So the figure of 500,000 would mean only ~13% of people die from cancer.  Since everyone has to die from something then all that means is those dying from cancer are not dying from anything else.    Wanting to reduce the death rate from cancer implies we want to grow the population. Only if we ensure a simultaneously reduced birth rate does it lead to just living longer.

In actual fact the birth/death +immigration/emigration rates are not equal, with the total deaths in the US lower at only ~2m per year.  The full breakdown from the CDC for 2010 is

  Heart disease: 597,689
  Cancer: 574,743
  Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
  Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
  Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
  Diabetes: 69,071
  Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
  Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
  Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm

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Posted: 17 April 2013 08:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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jamesr - 06 April 2013 12:45 PM

  Heart disease:
  Cancer:
  Chronic lower respiratory diseases:
  Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases):
  Accidents (unintentional injuries):
  Alzheimer’s disease:
  Diabetes:
  Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis:
  Influenza and Pneumonia:
  Intentional self-harm (suicide):

Pick one.  (None is not an option).

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