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Reverend Mark Bidwell is the minister at the Metropolitan Community Church in Ferndale is also a former police chaplain in Detroit is in the midst of a terrible controversy involving drugs, alcohol, sex and death.
Mr. Bidwell was the one to call 911 after Steven Fitch, 43, had stopped breathing during a party at his place. When was this call placed? 5:30am. The reason the call was so early is because they two had been up all night partying and having sex. In fact, the minister admitted to meeting Fitch online the night before and inviting him to his home to have sex. I’m sure God would be proud of this man representing him here on earth.
According to the police report Bidwell told a 911 operator: ‘I’ve got someone who has apparently stopped breathing.’
When the dispatcher asked how old the victim was, the 52-year-old replied: ‘Honestly, I don’t even know. We just met today.’
- You can’t make this crap up! (barbaradiamond.blogspot.com)
I had no idea the Irish were interested in drugs given their fascination and addiction to alcohol. This youngster dared to do something even the most hardened drug smugglers in Mexico have fears of doing.
A young Irishman is contemplating spending the next decade and a half in jail after he tried to sneak past Brazilian customs with a kilo of cocaine hidden in his guts.
The 20-year-old holidaymaker, identified only as P.B.B., was stopped as he tried to board a flight back to Europe from Sao Paolo’s Congonhas airport.
He had somehow managed to stuff 72 bags, containing almost a kilo of coke with a street value of up to 150,000 euros, down his throat, according to police.
‘Dying man has new lease on life after his immune system is trained to kill cancer with reconstructed form of HIV’
If you’re one who believes that ‘everything happens for a reason’, then this is definitely a great example of that. First cancer was introduced than the notorious HIV/AIDS and the idea that using one could get rid of the other, is simply remarkable. Scientists should be incredibly proud of the work that they’ve done lately on advancements for curing both cancer and HIV/AIDS.
A New Jersey man diagnosed with leukaemia has a new lease on life after taking a gamble on an experimental cancer treatment that saw him injected with a harmless form of HIV.
Bill Ludwig, 65, is one of only three patients who have received the groundbreaking treatment at the University of Pennsylvania for the most common form of leukaemia, called CLL.
And the results are so incredible researchers believe it could mark the beginning of a major advance in cancer treatment.
The New York Times reports the research team, led by Dr Carl June, removed from the patients white blood cells that normally fight infections and genetically engineered them with a reconstructed and disabled form of HIV-1 by selecting DNA from humans, mice and cows, a virus that infects woodchucks, and one that infects cows.
The infusions were then returned to the patient; and because the virus infects T-cells – a white blood cell that fights viruses and tumours – and alters the T-cells to reproduce chimeric antigen receptors, protein complexes turn into ‘serial killers’ that attach to and eradicate cancer cells.
Mr Ludwig, a retired corrections officer from Bridgeton, New Jersey, was the first patient to undergo the experimental treatment.
Doctors estimate it killed two pounds of cancer cells in his blood.
Dr June said that, ‘The patient then becomes a bioreactor,’ experiencing flu-like symptoms as T-cells were producing chemicals called cytokines, as Mr Ludwig did.
After a few weeks, however, his symptoms were gone – and so was his leukaemia.
Mr Ludwig said he feels renewed. In less than 12 month’s time he’s back on the green, playing his favourite sport – golf. ‘I have my life back,’ he said.
Doctors cannot say Mr Ludwig is cured, as it has been less than a year since the operation. However, the altered T-cells are built to multiply and live on, in theory, fighting off potential relapses.
Dr June said two other patients had been successfully treated using this type of gene therapy.
One patient experienced full remission; another patient experienced partial remission.
But the results far exceeded his expectations.
Dr June told MSNBC.com: ‘The results exceeded our expectations quite a bit. Our entire team is really excited. And as well, the patients are excited.’
Reconstructed HIV has been used to treat other diseases but has never before been used to treat cancer.
New research looks promising; Dr June said money from drug companies has poured in since the results. He plans on next testing his team’s treatment against solid tumours, including hard-to-treat cancers like mesothelioma and ovarian and pancreatic cancer.
This entire planet’s weather is strikingly familiar to that of Florida. I have to got to say that so far, I am uninterested; Although, it is a brand new fucking planet.
It’s the second planet outside our solar system that seems to be orbiting in “the habitable zone” around its star, according to the European Southern Observatory, which today announced the discovery of HD 85512 b and more than 50 other plants around other stars. In that habitable zone, “water may be present in liquid form if conditions are right,” the ESC adds.
One issue, though, if you don’t like steamy weather: “Temperatures there may range from 85 to 120 degrees with plenty of humidity,” the AP adds.
The news of HD 85512 b’s discovery has been filtering out for a couple weeks. National Geographic wrote about it late last month and offered this cautionary note for all those hoping the planet has or had life:
“Manfred Cuntz, director of the astronomy program at the University of Texas, Arlington, noted that more information is needed before anyone can speculate whether aliens are wandering around the newfound planet.
” ‘It’s not their fault no extra information [about the planet's atmosphere] is available right now,’ Cuntz said of the research team. ‘It looks like this is a strong candidate, in principle.’ ”
On Science Daily, they have just announced that a new drug has been designed to “identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection.”
This is a great feat for scientists, especially the researchers who have been working on developing this new drug.
In a paper published July 27 in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them — including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever.
The drug works by targeting a type of RNA produced only in cells that have been infected by viruses. “In theory, it should work against all viruses,” says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory’s Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group who invented the new technology.
Seeing how effective it has been, suggests that it could possibly even be used to combat newer viruses that have been recently or will become, an issue. Luckily due to the enormous success with initial testing, they will continue to test on mice and hopefully be moving on to bigger, larger species, more quickly than is often the case.
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