Asian Trip 2018 – Singapore

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Singapore Skyline

Our Malaysia Airlines flight from KLIA to Singapore was on-time and uneventful. While the 737 had a very new interior, the seat pitch was really tight. I’m not often grateful that I’m short; but on this flight, I was glad my legs weren’t supermodel-length or my knees would have been bruised being smashed up against the seat in front of… Read more »

Asian Trip 2018 – Kuala Lumpur

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Pool deck view, Mandarin Oriental KL

Our Malaysia Airlines flight from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur was delayed, so we had an extra hour to loiter around the Phuket International Airport before we boarded the older vintage 737. The seats were not the newest but had a semi-decent amount of legroom. The short hour-ish flight featured a small snack and juice service, a bonus meal I was… Read more »

Asian Trip 2018 – Phuket

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Sunset in Phuket

Although I felt that we really didn’t get a chance to explore as much of Bangkok as I would have liked, I was happy to be headed to a place where I could put my toes in the sand. Phuket is not exactly the hidden island paradise of Thailand though. I originally wanted to go to Langkawi in Malaysia instead;… Read more »

Asian Trip 2018 – Bangkok

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Checking in for our domestic Bangkok Airways flight in the Chiang Mai airport took less than five minutes. With some time to kill, we wandered around the gate area and happened to discover a coffee shop that had paprika potato chips! (If you don’t know, paprika potato chips are one of my most favorite snacks ever.) I did my little… Read more »

Asian Trip 2018 – Chiang Mai

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

After a restful night’s sleep, it was time to jump back on the train to Changi Airport to catch our Scoot Air flight up to Chiang Mai. I can understand why the Changi Airport is voted as a top-ranked airport. The signage is easy-to-follow (English is prominent), there’s waterfalls, gardens, shops, restaurants, and other diversions to while away time spent… Read more »

Asian Trip 2018 – Getting There

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Welcome to the first installment of my trip to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore! I’m about a week into my adventure and figured I better start writing things down before I forget. There’s so much to see and experience in this part of the world that it would be easy for things to blur together. If you like my ramblings, read… Read more »

More Accurately Target Melanoma By Getting Personalized

Immunotherapy is helping cancer patients, including those with melanoma, to more successfully fight their diseases. However, a new study released in this month’s┬áCancer Discovery highlights the fact that a more personalized approach could be even more successful. Brief background… immunotherapy works by activating the body’s T cells to find and destroy cancer cells. Obviously, this only works if the T… Read more »

Melanoma Rates Rising for Men

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The 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference recently wrapped up in Glasgow, Scotland. One of the most disheartening research results┬áreported is the fact that the rate of men dying from melanoma has risen around the world. So, you might ask, isn’t the rate of melanoma death rates rising anyway? Well, in some countries the death rates are steady or even falling for… Read more »

Did You Inherit Melanoma?

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Scientists know that melanoma has a genetic component – mutations have been found in up to 40% of families with a high rate of melanoma. If you have a first-degree relative with melanoma, you are 2-3 times more likely to develop the disease. And the more relatives you have with melanoma, the risk rate increases drastically.  There are several genes… Read more »