Kids can be sometimes be surprising in how considerate they are. Children often get credit for being innocent and nonjudgmental and funsies and yadda yadda, but it’s rare that people recognize just how sensitive kids can be towards the happiness and wellbeing of others. More
Behold the power of green veggies! A new study revealed that a compound found in cruciferous veggies, like broccoli, can not only prevent–but kill– leukemia cells.
Published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers found that a specific compound in vegetables like broccoli–sulforaphane–caused the cancer cells in acute lymphoblastic leukemia to die. More
Did any of you catch the two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders shaving their heads last night during the game against the Buffalo Bills? The women, Crystal Ann and Megan M. shaved their heads in solidarity with coach Chuck Pagano, who has been battling leukemia. A fundraising drive initiated by the Colt’s mascot, Blue, raised $22,000 for leukemia research. More
Club kids are a mysterious demographic, with strange customs and unusual fashion sense. They also, apparently, have been sitting on (and rolling with) a potential cure for blood cancer. MDMA, the drug that makes Ecstasy so totally amazing that it’s OK to wear furry hats and plastic jewelry, has been widely reported to have potential cancer-curing properties and could, in theory, be used to treat diseases like leukemia. More
Social media can take credit for changing many people’s lives, but for Huw Williams, were it not for Facebook, he might not be alive today.
Williams was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 and desperately needed a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. His initial drug treatment failed and no one in his family was a match, so his chances of getting a transplant looked grim. But one click from a random person on Facebook changed Williams’ life forever. More
This is the first in a series of Blisstree posts about living with chronic health conditions.
I have a weird, chronic skin disease. It’s called Hailey-Hailey (named after two doctor brothers who discovered it in 1939). It’s a rare, genetic, autosomal (not autoimmune) skin condition, which means it’s chromosomal, but has nothing to do with the sex chromosomes. Lots of people – including medical professionals – confuse Hailey-Hailey with eczema or psoriasis, but it’s not either. (And it’s not contagious, so if you meet me, don’t be scared.) I’ve had HH all my life, but its symptoms usually lie dormant until the patient is in their early- to mid-20s. Without getting too technical and scientific, basically a missing protein and a calcium pump malfunction mean that the skin’s cells can’t properly adhere to each other. So they split apart – like cuts. And it gets better: These cuts often blister, weep, and bleed. Hailey-Hailey’s painful rash-like symptoms typically hang out on the chest, back, neck, upper arms, underarms, and backs of the legs. Imagine having a lot of open sores all over your body, and never being sure when they’re going to go away. At its best, HH looks like a bunch of little blisters. At its worst, your skin looks like it’s been attacked by a small but rabid animal. It’s a lot of fun. But lest I wallow in self pity, there are other HH sufferers out there who have it even worse than I do (under their breasts, on their genitals, on their rear end). More
Green tea is a refreshing summer drink, but new studies show that green tea extract might be much more useful than once imagined. The Mayo Clinic has done a series of studies that support the idea that the chemical epigallocatechin … More