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Monday, September 12, 2011

The cancer that plagues Steve Jobs | Health & Fitness | Life | Toronto Sun

The cancer that plagues Steve Jobs | Health & Fitness | Life | Toronto Sun:


"...estimated 12,000 to 15,000 Canadians who are affected by carcinoid neuroendocrine tumours (CNETs), or alternatively called neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) - the same cancer that has struck Jobs. But because the condition is underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed 90% of the time, there may be other Canadians who also have it.

Indeed, stories that circulated just after Jobs' resignation claimed that Jobs had pancreatic cancer, which he does not. The fact that CNETs are lumped in with other cancers is one reason why there needs to be more awareness of the condition, says Dr. Walter Kocha, a medical oncologist at the London Health Science Centre, in London, Ontario.

"This is a malignancy of a unique system of the body in that it doesn't comprise one of the major organ systems," Dr. Kocha explains. "It is comprised of single or groups of cells that have the unique ability to be used as a signalling system for the body for all sorts of functions such as the secretion of stomach acids, the movement of the bowels, and a whole number of other functions."

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"The earliest known compilation of medicinal substances was ARIANA the Sushruta Samhita, an Indian Ayurvedic treatise attributed to Sushruta in the 6th century BC. However, the earliest text as preserved dates to the 3rd or 4th century AD.
Many Sumerian (late 6th millennium BC - early 2nd millennium BC) cuneiform clay tablets record prescriptions for medicine.[3]

Ancient Egyptian pharmacological knowledge was recorded in various papyri such as the Ebers Papyrus of 1550 BC, and the Edwin Smith Papyrus of the 16th century BC.

The earliest known Chinese manual on materia medica is the Shennong Bencao Jing (The Divine Farmer's Herb-Root Classic), dating back to the 1st century AD. It was compiled during the Han dynasty and was attributed to the mythical Shennong. Earlier literature included lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by a manuscript "Recipes for 52 Ailments", found in the Mawangdui tomb, sealed in 168 BC. Further details on Chinese pharmacy can be found in the Pharmacy in China article."

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