Pine bark and melanoma – Leelamine


A compound derived from pine bark is making waves as a new possibility for treating melanoma. Interestingly, what it seems to do is the much of the same thing cannabis does: that is, work with cannabinoid┬áreceptors CB1 and CB2 in the brain. These receptors are responsible for certain psycho and physiological activities and processes like…

Melanoma vaccine – Vaccinia Melanoma Cell Lysate (VMCL)


Melanoma vaccine – Vaccinia Melanoma Cell Lysate (VMCL) is giving melanoma victims hope AM By Caroline Winter This has been a busy week or two, so I haven’t had time to update posts with new melanoma research out there. Here’s a vaccine that’s showing promise. This vaccine, different from Amgen’s talimogene laherparapvec, (also known as…

Who doesn’t love a good hat?


I’ve always loved hats, and never had an excuse to wear one. Now I do!┬áLike Kevin’s fedora and cool looks from years past, hats provide important protection, as well as swagger. While skin cancer is on the rise worldwide, melanoma is being called “Australia’s cancer”. It affects around 400,000 Australians a year. In fact, much…

Copper, germs and cancer


Here’s a bit of trivia for you – do you know why old buildings and hospitals used to use brass or copper handles and handrails? It’s because bacteria can only survive 8 hours on brass, and even less time on copper. They self-sanitize, thanks to copper! Researchers have discovered that copper and alloys made from…