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PostPosted: September 11th, 2007, 4:01 pm 

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Location: Satsuma, Alabama
Calling All Parrot Heads!!!!!!

Put On Your Walking Shoes and Help Us Stomp Out Breast Cancer!!!!!

We're calling all Parrot Heads to come out and walk as an important part of "Team ParrotHead" to help raise money for a local organization, the Zonta Club of Key West. Zonta is holding their annual "ABC 5K Run/Walk" on Saturday, November 3rd. This organization raises money to cover mammograms, thin-prep pap tests, other diagnostic test and preventive measures for uninsured and underinsured women. Monroe County has some of the highest incidence of breast cancer, because of so many workers living there who have no healthcare.

To find out more about the Zonta Walk, "Team ParrotHead" and where you can pre-register, please go to

Last year we had over 90+ PHs to register and walk with us.
We expect more this year!!
Pre-Register Early!!

See you in Key West at the Zonta Walk!!

Thank you,

Charlotte Skinner
PHiP Zonta Walk Event Chair

PostPosted: June 27th, 2008, 4:01 am 

Joined: May 2nd, 2008, 4:31 am
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Hi friends, I think you will like to know this finding that University of Michigan study has found that the absence or low function of a gene, called CHFR in breast cells trigger abnormal cells which are predisposed to become cancerous. The study lays the foundation for better ways to choose most effective breast cancer treatments, and analysis of CHFR gene is also a hot area of interest among researchers trying to explain colorectal, stomach, lung and other forms of cancer.

The findings have revealed how and why new "daughter" cells, produced as cells in body tissues renew themselves, receive too few or too many chromosomes if expression of the CHFR gene is missing or low. The loss of CHFR can lead to the survival of genetically unstable cells loaded with too many chromosomes, which can lead to cancer.

"Our findings show that loss of CHFR disrupts normal chromosome segregation in breast cells during cell division and creates genomic instability, which can drive genetic mechanisms that accelerate the development of cancer," said Elizabeth Petty, M.D. , a U-M professor in the departments of human genetics and internal medicine and the senior author of the study.

The findings can shed more light on the scientific basis for diagnostic markers and identify which patients can benefit from specific types of cancer drugs.

"Our previous findings, and the work of others, have shown that cancer cells cultured in the lab that have low or absent CHFR expression are more susceptible to treatment with a class of drugs called taxanes, such as paclitaxel (Taxol) and docetaxel, that attack the dividing cells when they are trying to separate their chromosomes," said Lisa Privette, Ph.D., the study's first author, a recent U-M Medical School graduate and now a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

read more abot ths from here ... -gene.html

thank you

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