About 20 years ago I remember hearing for the first time about Ebola. At that time there was a doctor who very clearly explained how it develops. He indicated that there are certain tribes in Africa that will EAT the dead bodies of their family members who have died. Why? Because they believe that by eating parts of their bodies, the ancestors will become a part of them eternally.
In short, that’s how Ebola virus develops.
I find it very disturbing that the truth about how it develops is not being discussed any more. I find it further disturbing that lies are being told about how it spreads. Two people with the disease have been brought over here. An interviewer on MSNBC asked a doctor if he could get it by someone on an airplane sneezing. The doctor LIED and said no. What are these lies about?
Keep in mind that two Americans contracted the disease even though they were wearing protective gear. So if THEY could get it, what makes people think that someone on an airplane being sneezed on cannot?
I cannot find any information regarding the true nature of this disease. Even if it’s only contracted by bodily fluids, why wouldn’t it spread? After all….anyone remember AIDS?
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A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, researchers have found. The treatment, an antibody that blocks a “do not eat” signal normally displayed on tumor cells, coaxes the immune system to destroy the cancer cells.
A decade ago, biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, discovered that leukemia cells produce higher levels of a protein called CD47 than do healthy cells. CD47, he and other scientists found, is also displayed on healthy blood cells; it’s a marker that blocks the immune system from destroying them as they circulate. Cancers take advantage of this flag to trick the immune system into ignoring them. In the past few years, Weissman’s lab showed that blocking CD47 with an antibody cured some cases of lymphomas and leukemias in mice by stimulating the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as invaders. Now, he and colleagues have shown that the CD47-blocking antibody may have a far wider impact than just blood cancers.
“What we’ve shown is that CD47 isn’t just important on leukemias and lymphomas,” says Weissman. “It’s on every single human primary tumor that we tested.” Moreover, Weissman’s lab found that cancer cells always had higher levels of CD47 than did healthy cells. How much CD47 a tumor made could predict the survival odds of a patient.
To determine whether blocking CD47 was beneficial, the scientists exposed tumor cells to macrophages, a type of immune cell, and anti-CD47 molecules in petri dishes. Without the drug, the macrophages ignored the cancerous cells. But when the CD47 was present, the macrophages engulfed and destroyed cancer cells from all tumor types.
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