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High School Freshman Wins Award For Pancreatic Cancer Test
WBAL News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Robert Lang

Posted on 05/23/2012 5:01:12 AM PDT by Puzzleman

He is only a freshman at North County High School in Anne Arundel County.

However, 15-year-old Jack Andraka is being recognized for developing what may become an effective way to detect pancreatic cancer.

(Excerpt) Read more at wbal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: cancer; health; maryland; medicine; pancreaticcancer; test
Just when you think the younger generation is hopeless ...
1 posted on 05/23/2012 5:01:26 AM PDT by Puzzleman
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To: Puzzleman

I lost my best friend to this horrible disease.


2 posted on 05/23/2012 5:03:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Puzzleman

Incredible story. I wish there was a way to follow it up.


3 posted on 05/23/2012 5:05:06 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: CaptainK

Not all of our youth are on drugs and worthless. Here is one young man whom we should all keep an eye on. He will go very far! Well done young man!!!!


4 posted on 05/23/2012 5:12:24 AM PDT by Progov
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To: CaptainK

Not all of our youth are on drugs and worthless. Here is one young man whom we should all keep an eye on. He will go very far! Well done young man!!!!


5 posted on 05/23/2012 5:12:39 AM PDT by Progov
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To: Puzzleman
I just yesterday said to my cousin (who recently lost her son to this horrendous disease) ‘someone needs to develop an early test for pancreatic Ca’. Lets hope this pans out. I have known several people who lost theirs lives to pancreatic ca. All because it doesn't show symptoms until it is already too late to help them.
6 posted on 05/23/2012 5:12:54 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Puzzleman

I hope he goes far in life. I lost my dad to this disease.

Pancreatic cancer is nasty stuff, 100% mortality.

God Speed, young man.


7 posted on 05/23/2012 5:18:03 AM PDT by shag377 (Illegitimis nil carborundum sunt!)
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To: Progov

Scroll down and look at all the award winners. Many are from the “dumb” USA.

http://triblive.com/business/1823661-74/science-test-andraka-cancer-sciences-fair-canada-engineering-intel-ontario


8 posted on 05/23/2012 5:20:50 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Puzzleman

bump—cancer

glad he was born.


9 posted on 05/23/2012 5:26:49 AM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: Puzzleman

WOW, this is huge. My mother in law died from this, they didn’t discover it until about 2 months before she died. She’d been feeling badly for about year. And they thought my brother in law had it. He had to go through some intrusive tests to find out, he didn’t have it.


10 posted on 05/23/2012 5:28:42 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Puzzleman

FDA approval is expected around the year 2397. </sarc


11 posted on 05/23/2012 5:31:16 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (1984 - to Conservatives, a WARNING... to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Sacajaweau

I lost a friend to it just last night...horrible cancer......


12 posted on 05/23/2012 5:34:20 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: Puzzleman

Wow. I actually know this family. Very nice people.


13 posted on 05/23/2012 5:35:31 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Taffini
"glad he was born."

On FR, it's still OK to say, "glad he was not aborted!"

14 posted on 05/23/2012 5:35:53 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Puzzleman

Interesting, he says in the article that it should be effective for other forms of cancer including ovarian and lung. He patented the idea so if this thing really works I expect he will not need student loans to pay for his medical school training. Great story.


15 posted on 05/23/2012 5:39:51 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Puzzleman

Stellar work, young man. I have high hopes for today’s youth when I hear of stories like this.

I just lost a friend to this disease only two weeks ago.


16 posted on 05/23/2012 5:40:59 AM PDT by SueRae (The Tower of Sauron falls on 11.06.2012)
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To: Puzzleman

Ovarian and Lung too!!!

Lost my mom to ovarian cancer. this is amazing! I only wish he invented it 10 years ago.


17 posted on 05/23/2012 5:41:30 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Puzzleman

“He says a bio tech firm in San Diego has been interested in his test, and will help perform clinical trials on his product in order to win FDA approval”

Why do you need FDA approval? It’s a paper that detects a protein?

Thank God for this brilliant young man!

(makes me want to motivate my 14-year-old!)


18 posted on 05/23/2012 5:43:15 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: gwilhelm56

——FDA approval is expected around the year 2397. </sarc——

Not if we call it a “gay disease.”


19 posted on 05/23/2012 5:47:09 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (hViva Christo Rey!)
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To: neverdem; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Puzzleman.


20 posted on 05/23/2012 5:54:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Puzzleman
The optimistic side of me says Thank God for this young man and may he be greatly blessed for this discovery.

The cynical, dark side of me says, how did this simple test for a specific protein escape the view of big Pharma and thousands upon thousands of pedigreed medical researchers all these years?

21 posted on 05/23/2012 5:58:21 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Puzzleman

This is awesome.
Perseverance on the young man’s part.
Willingness to risk on the part of the prof at Hopkins.
And now, a potential breakthrough in this horrible disease.

Way to go!


22 posted on 05/23/2012 6:13:40 AM PDT by iceskater (I am a Carnivore Conservative - No peas for me. (h/t N.Theknow))
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To: Puzzleman
"...after nearly 200 other researchers rejected Andraka's request for help.

These other researchers should look for a different line of work.

23 posted on 05/23/2012 6:13:51 AM PDT by vortigern
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bttt


24 posted on 05/23/2012 6:16:05 AM PDT by Matchett-PI ("If you want to understand the modern Left, read Dostoevsky's The Possessed. Trust me" ~RJ Moeller)
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To: netmilsmom
"Why do you need FDA approval? It’s a paper that detects a protein?"

FDA approval is required to prove the efficacy of the test. If people are going to rely on it to tell them whether they are actually sick or not, you have to know that it works and under what conditions it works.
25 posted on 05/23/2012 6:18:51 AM PDT by Ron/GA
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To: Ron/GA

>>FDA approval is required to prove the efficacy of the test. If people are going to rely on it to tell them whether they are actually sick or not, you have to know that it works and under what conditions it works. <<

Wow, I didn’t know that.
Thanks!


26 posted on 05/23/2012 6:22:32 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: originalbuckeye
I have known several people who lost theirs lives to pancreatic ca. All because it doesn't show symptoms until it is already too late to help them.

I guess the real trick is trying to determine "who" to test, and how often. Do you test everyone in an annual screening? Do you test otherwise normally healthy people? Are there other "markers" that would suggest that some categories of people are more prone to this cancer?

The good news is that this test seems relatively inexpensive, so it could be offered as part of a routine screening.

27 posted on 05/23/2012 6:23:41 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: pepsi_junkie

“He patented the idea so if this thing really works I expect he will not need student loans to pay for his medical school training”

If this proves out he won’t need any kind of training except maybe how to retire and enjoy life!


28 posted on 05/23/2012 6:26:26 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: sitetest

Please convey our admiration and best wishes to this young man! Lost a good friend and hunting mentor to this cancer last year.


29 posted on 05/23/2012 6:35:08 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: gwilhelm56
FDA approval is expected around the year 2397.

nothing that actually works and only costs 3 cents will ever be approved

30 posted on 05/23/2012 6:46:07 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: Puzzleman

What a wonderful story.

What abysmal writing by Mr. Lang.


31 posted on 05/23/2012 6:46:59 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: Puzzleman

Awesome! Congratulations to this young man!


32 posted on 05/23/2012 6:56:26 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: TheRightGuy

That’s exactly what I thought.
3 cents will become $3000.You have to count all the hands that will handle the 3 cent paper,blood vials,additional tests.....


33 posted on 05/23/2012 7:10:28 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: Progov

I worked with the International Science and Engineering Fair for over 20 years as it grew from 600 contestants to over 1500 from over 40 countries. Amazing talent from all the kids there and great support from their teachers and awards from science organizations, the military and univerities.


34 posted on 05/23/2012 7:17:02 AM PDT by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: Puzzleman

WHOA THERE!! A medical test developed by a private citizen?!? Quick, get this kid to a re-education camp errr I mean Ivy League school so he can learn never to do anything like this again without the supervision of government.


35 posted on 05/23/2012 7:20:28 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: FlipWilson

Well, who would have thought? Ever since I can remember we have been told how far behind our youth were in math and science compared to some other countries. However, look how much has been accomplished by Americans’s since the 60’s. It’s the same old bullshit promulgated by special interest, like teacher union’s, to have more money thrown their way supposedly to improve education, since we are always so far behind. just sayin.


36 posted on 05/23/2012 8:06:51 AM PDT by V V Camp Enari 67-68 (Viet Vet)
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37 posted on 05/23/2012 8:21:09 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: green iguana
What abysmal writing by Mr. Lang.

Absolutely. I picked out two very obvious mistakes, even on cursory reading. Mr. Lang obviously had no idea what he was writing about.

38 posted on 05/23/2012 8:30:29 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: Puzzleman

Congratulations to this young man for a truly brilliant and innovative idea that has the potential to save thousands of lives.


39 posted on 05/23/2012 8:58:17 AM PDT by mojito
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To: neverdem; Puzzleman

Amazing young guy.

Lost a good friend to this disease last year. A diagnosis and 2 weeks later she was gone.

Miss you, little j.


40 posted on 05/23/2012 9:40:05 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Puzzleman; sickoflibs; Gilbo_3; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Impy

You know, on the one side of the “youth” spectrum, we have this amazing kid and others like him...

...and on the other side, there’s Trayvon Martin and those like him.

Couldn’t have a more drastic picture of polar opposites.

One goes down a good path....the other goes off the edge.


41 posted on 05/23/2012 9:44:37 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: FlipWilson
Quick, get this kid to a re-education camp errr I mean Ivy League school so he can learn never to do anything like this again without the supervision of government.

Ivy League school Ivy-covered North Korea (term used by an educator aware of what is going on).

42 posted on 05/23/2012 10:04:21 AM PDT by QT3.14 (Never Argue With A LIBERAL...They Will Drag You Down To Their Level, Then Beat You With Experience!)
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To: Puzzleman

This is some of the best news I’ve heard recently! Thank God for this young man!


43 posted on 05/23/2012 10:08:36 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: FamiliarFace

Yes, I too lost a dear friend to pancreatic cancer almost 2 years ago now...we got a call on my birthday sept 1, her husband said to come quickly, we came out from AZ to central CA that weekend and she was gone the next Tuesday...but we know that she went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. No one know the end, but you can know where you go by putting your life in the hand of the only one who gives Eternal life...


44 posted on 05/23/2012 6:12:24 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Puzzleman; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Might as well cut your own head off if you’re diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I hope this kid’s idea works.

Maryland PING!


45 posted on 05/23/2012 8:23:19 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: NFHale

Agreed.


46 posted on 05/23/2012 9:54:19 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: NFHale; stephenjohnbanker; GOPsterinMA

We should lock him in a lab, keep him away from girls and music. ;p


47 posted on 05/25/2012 12:55:04 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

: )


48 posted on 05/25/2012 10:15:06 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Impy

It’s just such a striking contrast...

Our culture produces people like this kid...

Ghetto culture produces, well...we all know what that produces.


49 posted on 05/25/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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