Friday, May 27, 2011

Do You Want Angiogenesis With That? Obesity. Feral Cats. Cargo Trailer.

How is Angiogenesis Important for Health?    "Angiogenesis, the growth of new capillary blood vessels in the body, is an important natural process in the body used for healing and reproduction. The body controls angiogenesis by producing a precise balance of growth and inhibitory factors in healthy tissues." More at:


William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

William Li heads the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.

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"William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor.

The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game."




"Obesity is a disease now linked to angiogenesis. Adipose tissue is highly vascularized, and angiogenesis promotes fat expansion by supplying fat cells with oxygen and nutrients. Fat tissue itself contains many promoters of angiogenesis, including angiogenic stem cells. Laboratory studies have shown that inhibiting angiogenesis in obese mice decreases their weight to normal levels. Obesity increases the risk of various cancers. Obese individuals have increased levels of proangiogenic factors that may contribute to tumor growth."

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Angiogenesis is a disease common denominator
"Angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels, is a "common denominator" shared by diseases affecting more than one billion people worldwide. This includes all cancers, cardiovascular disease, blindness, arthritis, complications of AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and more than 70 other major health conditions affecting children and adults in developed and developing nations. Our vision is that angiogenesis-based therapies are a unifying approach to disease and will have the same impact in the 21st century that antibiotics had in the 20th century. " 




Dog's tale of survival opens door in cancer research


"Navy's cancer was back. Marion Haber knew that her golden retriever pup was going to die if she didn't act fast.

"Without surgery and treatment, Navy would have had three months to live," says Haber, a fourth-year student at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston. But traditional treatments, such as amputation, chemotherapy and radiation, would have meant Navy, then only 18 months old, wouldn't be able to swim at a nearby lake or go for long walks.

So Haber opted for an experimental treatment that eliminated Navy's cancer within 10 weeks without any of the side effects associated with traditional therapies.


Haber had first found cancer in Navy's chest while practicing examinations on the dog in September 2000. That tumor was removed by a surgeon, who to be on the safe side removed extra tissue and five ribs, replacing them with three prosthetics. When the tumor appeared on Navy's leg just weeks after the surgery, Haber knew that was very bad news. That's when she sought the anti-angiogenic treatment.

Navy's treatment began on Christmas Day 2000. By early March 2001, her veterinary oncologist could not find a trace of cancer. "That's a remarkable achievement, for the dog to have no side effects and the tumor be gone," says Judah Folkman, the father of angiogenesis.  Today, 10 years later, all traces of her cancer are gone."  By Erin Kirk, USA TODAY

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Another trap sprung!  Ray had set a trap near a clowder of feral cats.  It trapped a feral, and dangerous Mama cat and her two wild kittens.  There is a lady in this subdivision who thinks she is doing the right thing by feeding all these stray cats. Just by looking at them one can see that they are sick and suffering.  At least she is getting them all together so we can do something about it, and protect the area's pet cats from their diseases.   One scratch, bite or contact with their saliva infects other cats with their deadly diseases.

Animal Control picked them up.  In cases like this, they take our trap and return it the next day as it is too dangerous to transfer them into their truck cages. It would be great if folks would just keep their pet cats indoors, they live so much longer.


Then Ray and I cut and formed the metal to trim the back door jamb in the cargo trailer.  Right now it is just bare framing with the metal siding on the outside.  This will cover the jamb and give it a more finished look.  We don't have a metal folding brake, so we hand-bent each side over a 4 x 4.  This made the metal 3-1/2" inside the folds, just right to trim the door jamb, and it will fold over the inside and outside of the doorway.  Once that is up, we can install the back wall paneling over the inside edge of it to cover it up.   


Jay was doing a few alterations to the back door to be ready for the metal, and making sure the door would still close.  The doorway is out of square so we had to insert some custom made thin wedges first, and we will cover them with the folded metal.  He made the thin wedges out of a 2x4 cut on the 3-1/2" side with the table saw.  He also started to cut the framing for the bed in the rear, but that can't be finished until the paneling is up, so everything is waiting on the door jam.


The weather was a lot cooler and less humid, so the cats, Prime and Bobcat, enjoyed being on the screen porch nearly all day.


Dizzy-Dick said...

How do you sanatize the trap after use? Don't forget to let me know when the tour of your new RV will be scheduled.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Hi Dizzy-Dick, thank you for your comment.

Yes, you guessed it....the mama cat and her two kittens soiled the cage. Animal Control returned it today.
A good Lysol-ing came first. An old stick from the burn pile, and some thin paper towels got most of it off, which could be disposed of in the workshop toilet. Then I hosed it down into the ditch.

The trap is only used for nuisance animals, and it stored on hooks in the carport, so our animals are never near it.

The trailer's progress is in an album for all to see, and I add to it as we complete different areas:

Happy Tails, and Trails, Penny.