Welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon and let’s carry on.
As mentioned last week, I’m a big believer/supporter of genetic/molecular diagnosis and treatments of cancer. In concert with Charles’ fine article, here is the latest with OSU medical research regarding lung cancer. This is significant, because lung cancer is a brutal disease. To start, lung cancer is the 2nd most prevalent cancer. Interestingly, there are more cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but with a 70% mortality rate, lung cancer patients aren’t as prevalent. Sadly enough.
Researchers at the (OSUCCC – James) have discovered that levels of the gene microRNA-31 (miR-31) predict the spread of the most common form of lung cancer to nearby lymph nodes.
They found that high levels of miR-31 in primary tumor cells predicted lymph node metastasis and poor survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Low expression levels were associated with the absence of metastases and excellent survival.
“Our findings suggest that microRNA expression in the primary lung tumor can estimate whether the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes and can help direct patients to the most appropriate treatment,” says principal investigator Tim Lautenschlaeger, MD, a researcher in Radiation Oncology and the OSUCCC – James Experimental Therapeutics Program.
This process gives researchers and treatment providers a much clearer picture of the disease, which determines treatment protocols. Once the treatment protocol is determined, the patient has a better chance of recovery, or at least holding the course.
We’ve had several articles discussing the relationship and impact upon one another of collegiate academic mission and collegiate athletics. As you’ve guessed, this is another one. It pertains to money, academics and athletics. No, it’s not another article on paying collegiate athletes. It’s about the allocation of scarce resources, money, and how one high school in Texas, of all places, refocused their financial resources. Bottom line; to deal with budget restrictions, the school closed its football program, academic performance improved and there were no riots in the streets. The link is below.
The first acknowledged colleges/universities were established in the 11th century. The first intercollegiate sports activities were in the mid-19th century. I’m pretty sure this has established university mission precedence by a wide margin. Now, I enjoy a good on-field ass-kicking as much as the next fan, but I doubt that is why students/parents opt to attend a particular school. Personally, my brother and I chose to attend our respective universities not on the strength of their football prowess, but on their education curricula.
There have been several articles by MaliBuckeye on collegiate athletics; these are primarily worked into his SBP articles. I suggest that you revisit them, several poignant points are made. In one article, he linked to one of my favorite non-tBBC writers, Charles Pierce (about half way down the article). I’m going to take you to another of my favorite non-tBBC writers, PZ Myers for his take on this academic-sports issue. It lays out an example of a high school that dropped its football program and used the financial savings to improve its core mission; education. It’s an interesting read.
Not sure there is an answer, but first, we have to ask the right Question.