SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

March 5, 2013

Clever 15 yr old creates cancer test

Does anybody recall my saying  (repeatedly) how lucky we are to be living in the current time and how marvelous it is to have Google and Wikipedia providing the world to us as if it were our very own oyster?  Well, here is an amazing story about just that.  I totally love this.  It is ALL  “out there” .  .  .   so, here from Dr Mercola is one to really like.  Jan

15-Year-Old Invents New Test for Early, Reliable Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

March 04, 2013 | 154,026 views |

Andraka New Pancreatic Cancer Test How This 15-Year-Old High School Freshman Invented a 3-Cent Cancer Life-Saving
   Andraka New Pancreatic Cancer Test
It’s an amazing tale… Using Google and Wikipedia, this high school freshman accomplished in under a year what scientists with millions of dollars-worth of research grants have failed to do. This new tool costs 3 cents, takes 5 minutes, and is 90% accurate for detecting 3 types of cancer…

Story at-a-glance

  • Pancreatic cancer is a devastatingly fatal form of cancer, and is typically regarded as the most deadly and universally rapid-killing form of cancer
  • A 15-year-old freshman high school student, Jack Andraka, invented a dipstick-type sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that is 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection. The test costs three cents, takes five minutes, and has a 90 percent accuracy rate
  • His primary research tools were Google, Wikipedia, and freely available research studies—online resources available to virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection
  • Three lifestyle issues known to contribute to pancreatic cancer are sugar/fructose consumption, lack of exercise, and vitamin D deficiency

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