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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

My mother has half a neck (missing the right sterno-cleito-mastoid muscle). She’s quite a stunning woman, tall, shapely, and she holds herself with a certain presence. With her grace and pride and sharp intelligence, she might almost be intimidating to an insecure person who first meets her, and it’s the rare person who notices this […]

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The Drug That’s Getting a Second Chance: Thioridazine and Cancer Stem Cells

Even when still available, Thioridazine was anything but a first-line drug in treating psychosis or schizophrenia–and that was before it was withdrawn from the market. In the class of the first-generation or ‘typical’ antipsychotics, its main purpose was to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia–but the National Institute of Health felt it was dangerous enough that they […]

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A Cell Donation Day That Will Live in Infamy–Part II

So back to Henrietta Lacks and her overly hardy–some say virulent–cervical cancer cells. You may recall from last post that Ms. Lacks’ cells, entitled HeLa, were taken without her permission, and without recompense to the family. They were nabbed by one Dr. George Gey, head of tissue research at Johns Hopkins, where Ms. Lacks was treated. And […]

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