Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 5 Age-Old Cancer Myths Debunked

Top 5 Age-Old Cancer Myths Debunked

Working in the field of cancer research have attracted many people coming up to me and ask: “Is there a cure for cancer yet”, “I heard meditation would help heal the body from this disease” or “Have you read this article about this therapy that would put drug companies out of business”. The last one I’ve seen a lot in particular, and it sounds like a click-bait link that wants to make you to believe treating cancer is that simple. To help better understand where we are at scientifically, and current knowledge and treatment for this disease, I thought I repost this “Top 5 age-old cancer myths debunked” article from Leap Magazine last winter. As a scientist, we are doing our best to uncover some of the unanswered questions about cancer, in hopes that our discovery can one day be translated for clinical use, and innovate better treatment to fight this disease. Here are the top 5 most common myths about cancer and the actual facts behind them.

1.     Cancer is a modern and man-made disease.
In reality, cancer has existed as long as humans have. Egyptian and Greek researchers wrote about it thousands of years ago, and researchers have since found signs of cancer in a 3,000-year-old skeleton. Michaela Binder, a PhD student at Durham University, found the hole-riddled skeleton, which dates back o around 1,200 BC, at the Amara West site in northern Sudan. Binder’s finding is of particular interest as it is 2,000 years older than the previously confirmed instance of the disease. The fact is, the biggest factor for contracting cancer is age – because more people are living longer, and we have eradicated many infectious diseases, the DNA in people’s cells gets damaged over time, leaving them more susceptible to getting cancer.

2.     Cancer cells like sugar.
Some people believe that cancer feeds on sugar, and therefore it should be removed from all patients’ diets. In actuality, all cells, whether cancerous or not, use glucose for energy. The body does not choose which cells get fuel, but instead converts all the carbohydrates we eat to glucose, fructose and simple sugars. Tissues then use them for energy as needed. Researchers are currently working to discover the difference in energy use of cancerous versus healthy cells, and are trying to use the data to develop better cancer treatments. Experts say that while limiting sugar is part of a healthy diet. It’s not accurate to say sugar in our food specifically feeds cancer cells.

3.     They have found a cancer cure.
While everything from coffee enemas to cannabis has been touted as a miracle cure, no such salve has been proven to eradicate cancer. Often, success are difficult to discern – not knowing the “patient’s” medical diagnosis, stage of disease or even outlook, if they have actually been cured or even had cancer to begin with. There is also no mention of the people who may have tried the “cures” and died. Researchers say thi sis the reason why peer-reviewed, rigorous lab research and clinical trials are necessary – to determine whether a prospective treatments is safe and effective, and that this is the standard to which all cancer treatments should be held.

4.     Drug companies are keeping the cure a secret.
Almost everyone has heard the claim hat a cure for cancer has actually been found, but pharmaceutical companies are making so much money off the disease, they are suppressing it. But logic would say that it would be in pharmaceutical companies’ best interest to reveal the cure or drug, with huge sales of the antidote sure to follow. And one can’t discount the fact that people who work for pharmaceutical companies and doctors are just that: people. They can and do get cancer, and some have even die from it. To say that they are the ones behind a cure being revealed is a bit difficult to believe when viewed in this light.

5.     Cancer treatment kills rather than cure.
It’s true that the side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery are real and unpleasant, but it’s important to remember that they are designed to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, that sometimes means affecting healthy cells too. The later the stage a cancer has reached before attempting treatment, the less a chance that it will work. Surgery is still considered the best treatment for cancer, but it needs to be diagnosed early enough to be effective. Radiotherapy is known to cure more people than cancer drugs, but drugs and chemo do play an important part in cancer treatment, whether it’s to prolong a life or, in some cases, cure the disease.

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Getting To Know City & Style Blogger Nicholas Trobiano - An Interview

Getting To Know City & Style Blogger Nicholas Trobiano
An Interview
(photos: Nicholas Trobiano)
I've arrived at my first stop, Tampa Florida to pursue an exciting cancer research career ahead of me. Many have asked before I left Canada if that means I am putting my passion for fashion behind. After all, Florida isn't exactly the place I want to be to work in fashion. But HEY, if I could make it in Canada, I can probably make it anywhere. My appraoch? Is to first discover like like-minded and unique aesthetic individuals around the area. Through doing some research on different blogs and social media, I found Nicholas Trobiano, a city & style blogger based out of Tampa Bay. As a "GQ Insider", he's definitely the guy to go to here if you want to discuss about gentlemen's fashion and luxury lifestyle. I've had the opportunity to interview him; My very first interview segment in this new adventure in Florida.

Who is Nicholas Trobiano?
I am a city and style blogger in Tampa, Florida. I grew up in South Florida before moving to Tampa in 2008 to study marketing and journalism at The University of South Florida. I first started my blog,, as a creative outlet of my job in marketing. I needed a space where I could create and tell stories that reflected my vision rather than someone else’s. At the time, very few bloggers wrote about life in Tampa Bay, so I saw it as an opportunity to uncover the interesting, architectural, and sartorial places around me. So far, it has worked.

How would you describe your style?
My style is simple and monochromatic. Most people who know me think I only wear all-black. But in truth, I think all black makes me more creative. Sure, it is easy to match the color, but to combine unique cuts or interesting fabrics and hardware is much more interesting. That is where I get creative.

Do you have a particular favorite brand(s) or designer(s) and why?
Tom Ford is my biggest inspiration and is incomparable, in my opinion. But other designers including Kris Van Assche, Olivier Rousteing, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.

What is the fashion scene like in Tampa?
Tampa style is hard to pin down. It’s a mix of Urban Outfitters, lululemon, and J Crew. There is an overwhelming preppy-vibe that is heavily influenced by leisure and athleticwear. In my opinion, Tampa men have some work to do. As convenient as gym shorts may be may be, wicking fabrics shouldn’t dominate anyone’s closet.

Do you find it difficult to exhibit personal fashion in sunny places such as Tampa all year round?
I certainly yearn for options since being outdoors in anything other than a swimsuit and tank top is typically a chore, but fortunately, I rarely leave the air conditioning. So I am able to wear my self-imposed “uniform” of a all-black shirts, denim, and boots all year.

If we were to travel to Tampa, what would is the first thing you recommend (shopping or food)?
Coffee. It is a bit of an unknown secret, but Tampa has a vast coffee scene that continues to grow. My suggestions would be Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa or Bandit Coffee Co. in St. Petersburg. Both serve great brews and have exceptionally friendly staffs. Plus, their music selections are always spot-on.

Between New York, London, Milan and Paris, which fashion week(s) do you like the most?
I love the city of New York, but I would have to say London Fashion Week Men’s is my favorite of them all. I am most excited to see what happens in London, not necessarily for the ready-to-wear pieces because quite frankly I am not sure how much of them I would wear personally. But unlike the other cities that venerate suits, top coats and traditional menswear garments, London champions the non-conformists who push the limits of menswear. Just look at what Bobby Abley has done over the past few seasons. Can you imagine him showing his collection alongside Herm├Ęs or Saint Laurent? I cannot.

Do you have upcoming projects you like to share with my readers?
I am working closely with some exciting partners to bring you my favorite products of the holiday season. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, NICHOLAS TROBIANO, and Instagram, @nicholastrobiano, for photos, stories, and maybe a couple other surprises.

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Friday, December 9, 2016

Designer Feature: Filip Bjernebo, South Lane Stockholm

Designer Feature: Filip Bjernebo, South Lane Stockholm
(Photos: associated press)
Combining avant-garde aesthetic and traditional Scandinavian minimalism, Filip Bjernebo’s South Lane Stockholm accessories label pulls together his inspirations from travelling the world. As such, the latest AVANT collection propels the brand into the world of high fashion, redefine the meaning of a true cosmopolite.
The 28-year old Swedish designer grew up in Sweden, then moved to the UK and now resides in my hometown of Hong Kong. In 2008, he launched his first web-only accessories brand. Slowly it became more elaborate as he traveled to even more destinations, and taking elements from these places into his works.

The foundation of all designs contain Scandinavian aesthetics (very clean and minimal), then propelled by details such as Parisian architecture, the excitement of NYC’s urban flavor and East London’s street-savvy vibes. The 2016 AVANT collection is comprised of 10 timepieces. Because each watch plate is individually hand-scratched, resulting in a raw, industrialized and avant-garde detailing, hence each one is considered ‘unqiue’ and ‘one-of-a-kind’.
Currently, Bjernerbo’s collection can be found in department stores, such as Harvey Nicols, Luisa Via Roma, and many boutiques in Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East.
xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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