(ISNS) — Patients battling the blood cancer leukemia could one day receive a new type of treatment that uses a plasma — a gas of electrically charged particles — to kill cancer cells while keeping the healthy cells intact, according to new research.
“We have a really amazing device,” said Mounir Laroussi, director of the laser and plasma engineering institute at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., “We can generate a beam of plasma that is around room temperature. It doesn’t burn anything; it doesn’t destroy or poke holes. You can touch it with your hand.”
After 10 minutes of treatment with the cold-plasma blowtorch, over 90 percent of leukemia cells were destroyed, according to the study published by Laroussi and research scientist Nazir Barekzi in October in the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.
Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer and is responsible for almost one-third of all cancer-related deaths in children, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Currently, leukemia survivors can lead healthy lives but long-term side-effects of the treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and bone marrow transplants, remain serious, said Laroussi.
Cold plasma, on the other hand, is made from near room-temperature nontoxic gases and is not believed to have negative long-term side effects.
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Lucky Strike Christmas advertisement, 1955. Hey, remember when cartons of cigarettes came all dolled up for Christmas?
Talk about hypocrisy and screwed up priorities.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israeli plans for new settlements near East Jerusalem do not help efforts to bring about a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis.
Clinton told Israeli officials in Washington that plans for new settlements abutting East Jerusalem “set back the cause of a negotiated peace.”
“We all need to work together to find a path forward in negotiations that can finally deliver on a two-state solution. That must remain our goal,” Clinton said.
Friday’s announcement of 3,000 new homes on Israeli-occupied land is especially contentious as building in the area near East Jerusalem known as E1 could obstruct the ultimate creation of a contiguous Palestinian state because it cuts through the West Bank.
In remarks at a Washington foreign policy forum, Clinton spoke warmly of the longstanding alliance between the United States and Israel and Washington’s objection to this week’s move by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to increase his group’s status at the United Nations to that of a non-member observer state.
Being a thoughtful and kind person, I offered some advice last year to Barack Obama. I cited some powerful IRS data from the 1980s to demonstrate that there is not a simplistic linear relationship between tax rates and tax revenue.
This is the infamous Laffer Curve, and it’s simply the common-sense recognition that you should include changes in taxable income in your calculations when trying to measure the impact of higher or lower tax rates on tax revenues.
No, it doesn’t mean lower tax rates “pay for themselves” or that higher tax rates lead to less revenue. That only happens in unusual circumstances. But it does mean that lawmakers should exercise some prudence and judgment when deciding tax policy.
If you know your Marxism-Leninism, it would seem impossible for the Communist Party to not only endorse but ally with the Democrat Party in the United States, as the latter ostensibly remains a party of free market capitalism. But we’re not in the old traditional free market America anymore. In today’s political realm, the forces of the far-left — the forces of the proletarian revolution envisioned by The Communist Manifesto — have made common cause with the party in power as the hegemonic institution capable of emancipating the working classes. It’s frankly an astounding development, one that truly makes mockery of all those on the left who’ve ridiculed conservative commentators for their warnings of Barack Obama’s communist roots. But there are no more Truman Democrats. The party is now officially the party of class warfare and the CPUSA is fully on board.
Here’s this, from WND, “COMMUNIST PARTY USA: GO, OBAMA, GO!“:
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But wait, I thought the Waltons who own Walmart are big Obama/Democrat donors? Funny how supporters of Obama and the other Democrats are doing all they can to avoid the new taxes and costs associated with ObamaCARE. Despite their love of Obama and Democrats, Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, is set to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week.
By making the fine for not providing health care cheaper than providing health care, this was always the plan: to encourage employers to send us to the government.
Remember how Obama’s big ObamaCare sell was, “You get to keep the health insurance you have”?
It was all a lie, a hustle, a con, a ruse…
But now it’s the law of the land … forever.
Kid watching Alabama beating Georgia today. Hey, Alabama now gets to play Notre Dame for the championship.