Weekend Wonderings

Written December 8th, 2013 by Ken

thinking chimpWelcome to this week’s latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Since I write this before the Big Ten Championship Game, the outcome is still in doubt. However the game turns out, I hope you’ve all recovered, for good or ill, and we move on with our lives. And hopefully, we move on to the NCG. Please take a few minutes, grab a beverage and let’s get into this. Also, the Browns play the Patriots today, so you may need to double up the elixir.

The James/Wexner

Here’s some interesting news from The James. Due to the generous efforts and donations of Pelotonia volunteers and donors, nine research grants have been awarded.

“These pilot grants, funded by Pelotonia, are so critical to ensure that Ohio State stays at the forefront of speeding the development and delivery of treatments that target the molecules and markers fueling each person’s unique cancer,” says Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of OSUCCC and chief executive officer of the James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. “These projects represent bold, out-of-the box thinking to develop preventions and treatments that target individual cancers. None of these ideas would have been funded—along with so many other big ideas in cancer research—were it not for the thousands and thousands of Pelotonia riders and donors. Each of rider helps bring us closer to our shared vision of a cancer-free world.”

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The James II

Written January 28th, 2013 by Ken

OSU MedicalThis is a follow up to my first article on The James, as we pick it up with a very brief Q&A with Eileen Scahill of The James. This will be the 2nd in an ongoing series I’ll do on The James.

One side note before Eileen takes the stage. Cancer is a horrendous disease, or more accurately a horrendous family of diseases and as stated in the earlier article, The James has established itself as a leading research and treatment center. For one example, if you get multiple myeloma (and I don’t recommend iyou do), the staff at The James treats upwards to 90% of the reported cases in Ohio, or slightly more than 600 patients per year, as well as out of state patients. Providing a critical service to state residents, as well as the general community at large, is certainly an example of the OSUCCC-James fulfilling The Ohio State University Vision.

I’d asked Eileen acouple of questions, and she was gracious enough to provide some informative detail of the OSUCCC-James.

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The James

Written January 21st, 2013 by Ken

The Other Team in Columbus

As much as we enjoy blogging and reading about sports, games and our favorite OSU teams, there is another team in Columbus playing a much more serious game; the game of life. Whenever one hears or sees anything about ‘OSU’, the initial reaction is probably about football and basketball. The other nationally ranked team at OSU is at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Specifically, those at the he Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Officially the OSUCCC-James, colloquially, it’s ‘The James’. Most of my articles generally have a back-story and this is no different. The Director of the OSUCCC, Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri, hails from Buffalo, NY.

For most, if not all of you, cancer is all too personal due to family members and/or friends dealing with this disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, below.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death (2010)

  • Heart disease: 597,689
  • Cancer: 574,743
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
  • Diabetes: 69,071
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

This is the first of a several part series covering ‘The James’. I had a few questions about The James and they were answered by Eileen Scahill, Media Relations Manager, Ohio State University Medical Center. Without further adieu, Part 1.

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