KU medical student researching breast cancer now battling the disease, too | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Breast Cancer Awareness Month is taking on a whole new meaning for one young woman at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. 

The 29-year-old is a Ph.D. student and researcher, and now also a breast cancer patient. The diagnosis is now helping her in the search for a cure.

Lauryn Werner loves spending time in the lab. The fourth-year Ph.D. medical student at KU is passionate about helping uncover answers that could lead to better cancer treatments, maybe even a cure.

“There’s a very important reason why this work needs to be done. People’s lives are on the line. People’s family members and friends are dying of various forms of this disease every day,” said Werner, with KU Medical School’s biochemistry and biology department.

Lauryn’s work in the Hagan Lab is looking specifically at ways to help improve breast cancer treatments.

“So finding therapies that

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Is It Safe To See Grandparents For The Holidays During COVID-19? Experts Weigh In

On Friday, the United States hit a new record number of daily COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations are up. Experts believe that the third wave of the virus is here and that it will be worse than what came before.

At the same time, many Americans are experiencing “pandemic fatigue” and now, of course, the holidays are here. Families are eager to get together and squeeze some typical connection and cheer out of this otherwise stressful and isolated year — but how?

HuffPost Parents spoke to several experts about some best practices for safety and having difficult planning discussions when it comes to grandparents, the holidays, and COVID-19.

First, the obvious: Staying home is the safety gold standard.

“While it is really sad, and feels like a loss — in addition to everything we have lost over the past months — it is really safest to not travel and not gather with

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Guide to Going Out Safely During the Pandemic

Months into the pandemic, it can feel like our isolated lifestyle may never end. If you’re yearning to go out and do, well, something you haven’t done in a while, should you?

Certainly, important medical appoint­ments and surgeries—where the potential risks of letting health problems go untreated are greater than the threat of COVID-19—may need to proceed, says George Abraham, MD, chair of the infec­tious disease board at the American Board of Internal Medicine.

With less essential activities, such as getting your hair cut, it’s a much grayer area. “In these situations, it comes down to the prevalence rates of COVID-19 in your community,” Abraham says. Most infectious disease specialists consider a low level of new daily cases (fewer than 10 per 100,000 people) and a positive COVID-19 rate of under 2 percent fairly safe, he says.

Even with low prevalence rates, if you’re at higher risk for severe COVID-19—as

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Sunway City Kuala Lumpur: Sustainable and Smart Through Technology – CMO Today.

Sunway Group is tapping the cloud and other advanced technologies to add an array of smart capabilities to Malaysia’s first fully integrated green township.

Four decades ago, Malaysia’s Sunway City Kuala Lumpur was little more than a wasteland, barren and virtually devoid of life following years of mining upheaval. Gravel, sand, and mud were essentially all that was left behind.

Today, the 800-acre site is Malaysia’s first fully integrated green township, serving a vibrant community of more than 200,000 people with smart energy management systems, an elevated electric bus system, free Wi-Fi, and an array of sustainability features that have earned it numerous certifications and awards. Green space makes up roughly 40% of the township, which is now home to more than 150 species of flora and fauna. Coexisting among them are an award-winning mall, a water theme park, three hotels, multiple universities, a medical center, and residential and

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A Childhood Passion For Wine Led To Marbue Marke’s Winemaking Career

    Growing up in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the West Coast of Africa, Marbue Marke believed he would follow in the footsteps of his mother, uncles, and other family members and become a physician. His grandparents introduced him to wine during traditional Sunday family dinners, which awakened in him a passion that became his calling. As a student at the University of California of California, Davis, which happens to have a world-renowned winemaking program, Marke realized that he did not want to go on to medical school, and he switched his studies to the Department of Viticulture and Enology there. 

     In addition to his degree from U.C. Davis, Marke has also earned an MBA from Sonoma State University. The list of wineries on his resume, including Cosentino, Benziger, E & J Gallo, and Caldwell Vineyard

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The 5 Biggest Internet Of Things (IoT) Trends In 2021 Everyone Must Get Ready For Now

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most prominent tech trends to have emerged in recent years. In simple terms, it refers to the fact that while the word “internet” initially referred to the wide-scale networking of computers, today, devices of every size and shape – from cars to kitchen appliances to industrial machinery – are connected and sharing information digitally, on a global scale.

As with every aspect of our lives, the global coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected the way this trend is developing and impacting our lives. In a world where contact between humans is, for now, more limited, contact between devices, tools, and toys can help us to remain connected.

So, here’s my look ahead to 2021 and some of the ways we can expect to see

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New Landmark Study at UM School of Medicine Finds Aspirin Use Reduces Risk of Death in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients | News

BALTIMORE, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were taking a daily low-dose aspirin to protect against cardiovascular disease had a significantly lower risk of complications and death compared to those who were not taking aspirin, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Aspirin takers were less likely to be placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) or hooked up to a mechanical ventilator, and they were more likely to survive the infection compared to hospitalized patients who were not taking aspirin, The study, published today in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, provides “cautious optimism,” the researchers say, for an inexpensive, accessible medication with a well-known safety profile that could help prevent severe complications.

“This is a critical finding that needs to be confirmed through a randomized clinical trial,” said study leader Jonathan Chow, MD,

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How to Get the Most Out of Virtual Doctors’ Visits

Covid or not, people still need to see their doctor. As a neurosurgery coordinator for a hospital, I educate patients on treatments, schedule visits, and retrieve records. Some of those visits are telemedicine (online video) appointments. Virtual health care has become a necessity but also a choice. Yet many still don’t understand what online medical charts are or how to best use them. It’s not just for simple scheduling with your primary care doc or meds refill requests.

Contrary to what some may think, telemedicine is not FaceTime or Zoom. Yes, it’s a video chat, but your doctor can also store and view x-rays, MRIs, bloodwork, and other notes all via one encrypted portal. You, the patient, can become an active participant in your own care by uploading or sharing information via this portal, including messages to your doctor. You can also give access to your online chart to other

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Thai Parliament meets to debate political protest tensions


Pro-democracy activists wave their mobile phone with flashing lights during a protest rally at Ratchaprasong business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand gathered again on Sunday in Bangkok, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a special session of Parliament called to try to ease political tensions.


Thailand’s Parliament began a special session Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister’s resignation and other reforms.

As Speaker of the House Chuan Leekpai began the session, only 450 of the total of 731 members of both houses had signed in for the meeting.

The demonstrations by student-led groups in the Bangkok and other cities have three main demands: that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha step down, the constitution be amended to

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Lancaster County voters: Here are some issues to consider before you vote for president [editorial] | Editorials


We are just nine days from Election Day. As of Friday morning, 59,138 of the 352,114 registered voters in Lancaster County had cast their ballots by mail. In 2016, Donald Trump won Lancaster County by nearly 20 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. This year, President Trump faces former Vice President Joe Biden.

Lancaster County residents tend to be pragmatic, judging the president on his actions rather than his personality. We’ve outlined some of the issues we hope Lancaster County residents consider when they cast their ballots for president.

— The U.S. unemployment rate in January 2017: 4.8%.

— The U.S. unemployment rate in September 2020: 7.9%.

— The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Jan. 20, 2017, the day Trump was sworn into office: 19,827.25.

— Where the Dow was at midday Friday: 28,200, an increase of 42.2% since Trump took office.

— Percentage of Americans who own stock,

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