Emily Allchurch, Grand Tour: In Search of Soane (After Gandy), 2012
This photographic construction is based on an 1818 Joseph Gandy painting that depicts numerous architectural designs executed by the great English Neoclassicist John Soane (1753-1837).
Francesco Scaramuzza’s Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, Canto IX.
John William Godward (1861-1922)
A Congenial Task (Detail)
Oil on canvas, 1915
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Victor Brauner, Prelude to a Civilization, 1954, encaustic and pen and ink on Masonite, The Met
Vitamin D crystals, image courtesy of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
Vitamin D Increases Breast Cancer Patient Survival
Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research.
In previous studies, Cedric F. Garland, DrPH, professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, showed that low vitamin D levels were linked to a high risk of premenopausal breast cancer. That finding, he said, prompted him to question the relationship between 25-hydroxyvitamin D — a metabolite produced by the body from the ingestion of vitamin D — and breast cancer survival rates.
Garland and colleagues performed a statistical analysis of five studies of 25-hydroxyvitamin D obtained at the time of patient diagnosis and their follow-up for an average of nine years. Combined, the studies included 4,443 breast cancer patients.
“Vitamin D metabolites increase communication between cells by switching on a protein that blocks aggressive cell division,” said Garland. “As long as vitamin D receptors are present tumor growth is prevented and kept from expanding its blood supply. Vitamin D receptors are not lost until a tumor is very advanced. This is the reason for better survival in patients whose vitamin D blood levels are high.”
Women in the high serum group had an average level of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in their blood. The low group averaged 17 ng/ml. The average level in patients with breast cancer in the United States is 17 ng/ml.
“The study has implications for including vitamin D as an adjuvant to conventional breast cancer therapy,” said co-author Heather Hofflich, DO, UC San Diego associate professor in the Department of Medicine.
Prayer for Joy
I had a request for a prayer for joy. So, here is what I wrote. I think I will include it in the payer book I am writing/compiling. I am in the long process of editing and formatting. It should be available in a month or two.
Pray The Five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in English with Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.
You all have to check this out.