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Sniffing Out Lung Cancer – Dogs May Hold the Clue to Early Detection (video)


Trained canines could one day help to moderate the rate of death from lung cancer with the help of their keen sense of smell definitely. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal found that four dogs, two German shepherds, an Australian shepherd and a Labrador were 71 percent accurate in detecting lung cancer at an early stage.

German researchers at the hospital in samples from Germany Schillerhoehe breath collected from 220 volunteers, 110 healthy individuals, 60 with lung cancer and 50 with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The volunteers breathed into a tube filled with wool that has absorbed any fragrance available. After nine months of training, the dogs have learned to sniff the tubes and sit in front of the sample in which the odor of lung cancer were detected.

The researchers suggest that tumors produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that canines are capable of common sense, despite all the conflicting smells of tobacco, food or even of COPD. The only problem is that they were unable to determine which chemicals are the production of these distinct smells. Moreover, the fact that humans are incapable of VOC sense makes it more difficult for researchers to be exact to determine this.

Studies on the ability of dogs to detect cancer date back to 1989. Although the results were not always consistent, previous research has provided evidence for the early detection dog by the senses of several other cancers as well, including the bladder, colon, breast and skin .

Their help in the detection of lung cancer is enormous, given the challenges the doctors had to diagnose patients early enough to provide effective treatments. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more people die of lung cancer than any other cancer. This is largely because the symptoms of lung cancer are not just distinct enough to assume the risk of a patient. In fact, everyone is different and at least 25 percent of lung cancer patients do not even have recognizable symptoms.

If further research finds success in identifying the sources of VOCs such, doctors are hopeful that something like an “electronic nose” may be developed for use in hospitals. In turn, leading to higher rates of early detection, early treatment and ultimately, fatal accidents and less.

Dogs were used to sniff drugs, dead bodies, bombs and more for decades. Some breeds have more than 200 million olfactory receptors, which are responsible for detecting molecules of odor. Humans have only 5 million. Their capabilities are extremely valuable for science and medicine, to say the least.

The next step for researchers is to determine what and how these dogs are detecting and create a practical device that will also benefit of all humanity. You know what they say, a dog is the best friend of a man. In this case, they could very well be an important part of the rescue force of mankind


UFOs filmed above BBC building in London (Video)


If UFOs are real and trying to get our attention perhaps they are getting a little more savvy about the way we humans work.

A new video has emerged purporting to show ‘a mothership and its fleet’ zipping around in the clouds above a BBC building in West London.

Perhaps the group of intergalactic travelers was hoping for some coverage from Auntie.

Instead they were caught on camera by a passer-by, and at least one other person who can be seen filming or taking pictures on his camera phone while the video is filmed.

In the video, the cameraman runs towards the corner of Bolsover Street and Clipstone Street where two other men are already standing, gazing skywards, one of whom is using a mobile phone camera.

As the camera is pointed upwards, over the BBC’s Yalding House, three white dots flash across the sky at great speed in a triangle formation, they are very quickly followed by two similar sized white dots.

As the camera pans down again, two people on the opposite side of the road can also been seen watching events unfold above them.

Then one larger, bright and more slow moving disc-shaped white object appears, circles around briefly and zips off.

By this time a crowd of five people have gathered on the street corner to observe. A Scottish man’s voice is heard off camera saying the word ‘UFO’.

Shortly after another Scottish man’s voice is heard saying: ‘Are you getting that up there? I couldn’t see before because the sun as flashing by.’

Far be it from us to suggest that the video is a hoax, but were people so minded then that part of London is home to a great many production houses offering both the expertise and facilities to mock up a convincing video.

Another similar video posted by alymc01 appears to have been filmed from the office of The Mill, a company which creates visual effects for the film industry.

But as the person who circulated the footage wrote in order to circumvent the cynical naysayers: ‘If you believe it’s easy photoshopped why don’t you make a video & show us all.’

The video was originally uploaded to YouTube by 31-year-old user alymc01, but it has been more widely circulated by a user called EllasVirgo, who on his YouTube profile describes himself as a farmer from Australia.

Virgo’s YouTube channel is filled with space, asteroid and UFO-related snippets, including videos with titles such as ‘More proof Nasa is lying’.

In the brief text accompanying the video Virgo wrote: ‘UFOs Over London BBC Radio 1 Building.

‘Right – took over a week to get it….but finally managed to get these critters on camera on a clear day, and even get a close-up

‘It seems to be attracting quite a crowd now when they appear

‘Can anyone explain what on earth these lights are please?’