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Grant McArthurWomen who take aspirin have a reduced risk of developing melanomas, with the anti-cancer effect increasing each year they take the drug, new research shows.
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A US study of almost 60,000 women aged 50 to 79, published in the journal Cancer, showed that those who took aspirin regularly were less likely to develop melanomas over 12 years than those who did not take it.

Overall, women who used aspirin were 21 per cent less likely to develop melanomas – a figure that rose to 30 per cent in women who used aspirin for five or more years.

Researchers led by Jean Tang, of Stanford University, controlled for factors that may have affected skin-cancer risk, including tanning practices and sunscreen use.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence about the benefits of aspirin in preventing cancer.

Previous studies have shown that a daily dose of aspirin can reduce the risk of developing breast, lung and bowel cancer.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre researcher Steven Stacker said aspirin’s role in preventing inflammation probably had anti-cancer effects.

”Cancer is a whole raft of diseases and they all have particular characteristics, so it’s a bit hard to predict with accuracy whether [aspirin] is playing the same role in each of them,” he said.

”We certainly know from data coming through from these solid tumours – like breast, lung and colon – that aspirins are having a role in preventing metastasis, so preventing the spread from the primary tumour to another site. Whether it is playing the same role in melanoma, we don’t know yet.”

Associate Professor Stacker recently found that lymphatic vessels expand to allow cancer to spread through the body, in a process that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin may be able to shut down.

He said researchers were working to better understand the anti-cancer effects of drugs like aspirin, ”in the hope they can be boosted and replicated through the development of new treatments”.

Aspirin is recommended to patients with vascular problems because it helps prevent blood clots.

But doctors say it is too early for healthy people to take it daily to prevent cancer because it could cause catastrophic bleeding and slow bleeds that led to anaemia, particularly in the elderly.

Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s melanoma service, Grant McArthur, said the study provided important information to stimulate further research into the effect of aspirin-like drugs on melanomas.

”Preventing exposure to UV radiation from the sun and solariums remains the best way to reduce the risk of melanoma. We will, however, be watching further studies of this kind with great interest,” he said.

Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. It is the third-most-common cancer in Australia, with more than 10,000 new cases and 1400 deaths each year.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi looks set to swing the axe for Saturday night’s crucial match against Western Sydney Wanderers after he lamented his team’s lack of fight after its 2-0 home loss to Adelaide United at AAMI Park.
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”We haven’t won coming from behind this season. When things have been going well we are probably one of the best teams to watch at home. Tonight when we went a goal down the team’s head dropped too easily, so that was disappointing. It’s happened a lot this year.

”It’s everyone together. I take full responsibility, it’s why I made a couple of changes [off the bench] early, I thought it would lift the team,” he said. ”Normally when a team doesn’t win you will make changes. If the boys don’t perform I will put someone else in.”

With the bottom six teams on the ladder locked in a dogfight for the last two finals spots Heart remains a slim chance, but can ill afford any slip-ups. It entertains the league leader on Saturday and then finishes with away games in Brisbane and against Central Coast Mariners.

Aloisi rued his team’s inability to take advantage of its early momentum when it was twice denied by the brilliance of Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

”Galekovic kept them in the game. We should have punished them, we had three great chances … they got the penalty and from there we struggled. They were better than us after that. They were finding little holes, Marcelo Carrusca and Dario Vidosic started getting on the ball … When you are playing at home you should be the one dominating possession and the attacking play.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

A goal in each half was enough to give Adelaide United its first away win in almost four months and see off Melbourne Heart 2-0 in front of a poor AAMI Park crowd of 5393 on Monday night.
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The 7.30pm kick-off on a public holiday for a team that struggles to attract big gates outside of the derbies against Melbourne Victory is something the FFA might want to reconsider – even if both sides had requested the fixture.

The win cements Adelaide’s place in the top four and the Reds are certain to now host a home final.

Heart, which hosts Premiers Plate-elect Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, now has a mountain to climb if it is to make the play-offs for the second season in succession.

That only one goal separated these sides at the interval was something of a surprise, given the open nature of the game.

That Heart had to be adventurous was a given. With Sydney and Perth both having won earlier in the round and Brisbane picking up a point, the red and whites had slumped to second-last on the table when this game began.

Still, such is the congestion in the lower half of the table with five of the six clubs scrambling for the final two spots in the play-offs, the home side also knew a win would lift it above Sydney and Newcastle into fifth position.

Heart coach John Aloisi raised plenty of eyebrows with his starting line-up. First-choice centre-back Patrick Gerhardt was left out, with Aloisi preferring to recall teenage centre-half David Vrankovic. Eli Babalj, a regular since his return from an unhappy six months in Serbia, was another to face the axe. He was relegated to the bench to make way for a fit-again Josip Tadic.

Skipper Fred was also left on the sidelines, with Nick Kalmar’s good form continuing to earn him a starting berth. But at least the Brazilian had a part to play. His South American compatriot, Jonathan Germano, usually in the heart of midfield, was not even in the match-day squad.

Aloisi may have had one eye on the fixture against the Wanderers, but he has always insisted he has full confidence in any of his players to do a job when required. And for much of the opening 45 minutes they did in a contest where both sides tried to take the game to their opponents.

The visitors almost broke the deadlock in the second minute from a terrific long-range strike by young striker Tomi Juric.

Kalmar has been in rare touch and weighed in with some important goals from midfield. Alas for him and Heart, his touch deserted him in this game, and he failed to convert three good opportunities in almost as many minutes before the quarter-hour mark.

The Reds struck the woodwork for the second time when Dario Vidosic’s drive hit the bar with goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne beaten. But it wasn’t long before the Socceroo midfielder put his side in front from what looked like a soft penalty after Jeremy Walker challenged Carrusco and was judged to have caught him high by referee Chris Beath.

The Reds were always going to be dangerous on the counter once they got their noses in front, and it was not a shock when they doubled the advantage in the 53rd minute after Iain Ramsay found himself in space in the penalty area and shot past Redmayne.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

IT has taken them a year to get there but the Newcastle Knights are at last looking like a Wayne Bennett-coached team.
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After a frustrating, anti-climactic 2012 campaign that started with a golden-point loss to St George Illawarra and ended with Newcastle a lowly 12th on the ladder, the Knights kicked off this season of redemption in emphatic fashion on Monday night.

The Wests Tigers, admittedly, were awful and there will be far tougher tests for Newcastle in the six months ahead – starting with Manly at Brookvale on Sunday.

But their 42-10 win at Hunter Stadium can only have reassured Bennett, his players, and the 21,935-strong crowd that the Knights are heading in the right direction and capable of doing some serious damage this year.

There were some nervous moments for the home team in the early exchanges.

After playmaker Jarrod Mullen skewed his first clearing kick of the year out on the full, the Tigers opened the scoring in the sixth minute when forward Adam Blair crashed through some flimsy defence.

For a few minutes, there was enough deja vu in the air for the Novocastrian faithful to lose their voice. But tries by wingers James McManus and Akuila Uate had Newcastle in front after 22 minutes and from that point the Tigers rarely threatened.

If the presence of strategically recruited enforcers Beau Scott and Jeremy Smith gave the Knights a menacing edge and sense of confidence, it was the survivors from last year’s annus horribilis who appeared to revel in a clean slate.

Uate celebrated the four-year deal he signed last week with a hat-trick, while McManus bagged a double, as did young centre Dane Gagai.

Fullback Darius Boyd was a class act from kick-off to full-time, troubling the Tigers every time he touched the ball and producing a bone-rattling try-saver on his opposite number, Tim Moltzen.

Mullen and skipper Kurt Gidley were generally creative and composed, no doubt enjoying directing traffic behind a dominant pack.

Up front, Willie Mason and Kade Snowden lumbered forward with power and intent, while workhorse Chris Houston toiled away in trademark style.

Hooker Travis Waddell, expecting to play the season with Souths Logan in the Queensland Cup, made the most of his opportunity in the absence of the injured Danny Buderus and Matt Hilder.

Bench players – Neville Costigan, Alex McKinnon, Robbie Rochow and Tyrone Roberts – all provided impact and spark when they entered the fray.

The positives for the Tigers, in contrast, were few and far between. Under debutant coach Mick Potter, the eternally enigmatic Wests were regarded in the pre-season as an unknown quantity.

Last year they finished 10th, a performance so disappointing it cost Tim Sheens his job.

On Mondaynight’s display, as Tigers skipper Robbie Farah admitted afterwards, ‘‘we need to turn things around quick or otherwise it’s going to be a long year for us’’.

The match was only round one of 24, and come the business end of the season will have been forgotten by most. Bennett, who has been involved in 26 season-openers since he launched the Brisbane Broncos in 1988, was not getting carried away.

When it was pointed out Newcastle were on top of the points table, he deadpanned: ‘‘Wow’’, with perhaps the hint of a smirk.

‘‘I know this much,’’ he said. ‘‘What starts off in March doesn’t really equate to what’s going to finish up in September.

‘‘I’ve seen teams go off on day one looking like how are you going to beat them and by the end of the season they haven’t even made the eight.

‘‘So there’s a lot out there in front of us yet, for all of us that may have had wins.’’

Maybe so, but they say you get only one chance to leave a first impression. Compared to last season, last night’s was a dramatic improvement.

TAKE THAT: Knights enforcer Beau Scott comes in for some attention from the Tigers players during their NRL opener last night. Picture: Peter Stoop

Ah, fatherhood. Such a rewarding experience – until you’re on national television, cooking for YOUR LIVES. Of course, it isn’t that extreme (despite what the TERNIGHT voice-over man would have us believe) but Mick and Matt, those wholesome Tasmanians are really under pressure tonight, from none other than the Cupcake Queen and her friend, Joanna.
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Mick and Matt are “humble Tasmanians” but even this humble Tasmanian is not beyond stealing the quotes of criminals. Matt, commenting on the task ahead, says if their best is not good enough, they will be gone.

Mick’s response? “Such is life.”

Repetition by contestants and judges of the tasks ahead and the eventual outcome of the episode? Such is life.

Extra-long episodes padded out by meaningless waffle? Such is life.

Wailing from Jenna? Such is life.

Matt is the leader of team tonight – or so he thinks. Mick at first says he backs his son, saying it will be him on a plate. I hope not. Cannibalism is so three millennia ago.

Joanna begs Jenna to harden up for the sake of their future in the competition. Viewers beg the same; for Jenna’s ongoing wailing may cause hundreds of thousands of televisions to be thrown out windows in frustration. Just me, then?

Samuel whips out the trademark MKR motherhood statements about the need for the teams to hold their nerve, but it is just a secret plot to impress Ali. They’re not a couple. Or are they?

Mick and Matt now turn to conversation about not wanting to go home. Home. Such a terrible place, evidently. Everyone in this contest talks it down so much you would be forgiven for thinking they all lived in hovels and backwaters. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so tough. It must be desperately difficult to deal with Ashlee and Sophia every day for months on end.

Mick contracts early-onset dementia and forgets a couple of things. Matt is scared into submission by previous bad experiences of correcting his father. “Dad has a short fuse,” he explains. “I’m going to tread lightly and try not to rock the boat,” confusing his position in the kitchen for the bass-voiced Old Spice ambassador. I’m on a boat.

Luke, “from Bondi”, says he bonded with Jenna and Joanna during the instant restaurant rounds and is backing them. Apparently his idea of support is patronising comments. Jenna is waiting for an opportune time to hit him over the head with a saucepan.

Ashlee and Sophia are not impressed by the South Australian cupcake queens. They have done the best they can do, they say. There are no tricks left up their sleeve, they add, confusing the planned mango mousse and sago dessert for a set of scarves and a top hat.

Matt cooks the rice for his team’s main. Mick always cooks the rice at home – so what could go wrong? Surely nothing! Joanna delays cooking beef ribs, prompting Luke to issue instructions in his to-camera interview. Memo Luke: she can’t hear you!

Jenna finally deigns to help Joanna by making salad for the entree. Ashlee and Sophia are perplexed by Jenna and Joanna’s thinking about cooking the beef ribs. I’m perplexed by Ashlee and Sophia’s constant negativity. Oh wait, I’m not – it’s right out of central casting.

Mick piles the pressure on to Matt. There’s just nothing like paternal support. Matt has overcooked the rice, prompting Kerrie to gasp. She hasn’t seen a culinary sin this heinous since she ate at Jessie and Biswa’s instant restaurant.

The judges – nameless – arrive for tasting. One of them is Guy Grossi and the other is Karen Martini, but who knows who the other two are? Certainly not the casual viewer.

Mick and Matt’s chilli sauce is widely panned as being too sweet. Jenna and Joanna’s side salad is praised for its crunch. Yes, really. It’s a salad.

Cooks return to prepare the main. Mick feels the pressure of serving fish. “I’d never be able to show me face at home again if I can’t fillet and skin fish,” he says. Never fear, Mick, I’m sure Matt still loves you.

Jenna and Joanna – well, mainly Joanna; Jenna just wails at the issues with the beef ribs – fear the meat juices won’t thicken, and make an abortive attempt to cook bread. It doesn’t cook and it promptly dispatched to the bin. Joanna swears off bread for life. Coeliacs everywhere celebrate.

In another case of bad timing, the chick peas Jenna and Joanna planned to serve with their beef ribs are not cooked and won’t make a tasty puree. She contemplates serving them whole, which does sound appealing, doesn’t it. In the end, she has run out of time for the puree. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Matt is also having issues with pulses being cooked, although could someone please check the pulses of the viewers? The “action” is particularly lacking.

Joanna’s summation of the beef is succinct. “It’s shit.” Mick and Matt argue about whether the pan for the fish was oiled properly and about efficiency of serving. Mick tries to wrest control from Matt but the bloodless attempt at a coup is short and fails.

The judges decry Mick and Matt’s chalky lentils and inconsistent fish but are largely impressed by the beef ribs of Jenna and Joanna. Their cupcake rises.

In a move that seems too nice for this most bitchy of reality programs, Matt asks Jenna if she’s keeping it together as the teams move into dessert. “No,” she replies, “but that’s normal.”

The disasters continue into dessert, with Jenna’s illustrious plans for sago being a component of her mango mousse and Matt’s cream cheese topping consigned to the bin. Quelle dèsastre!

Matt reinvents his cheesecake with an Italian meringue topping but there’s no points or support from Dad. “Our ship’s sailed if we stuff this up,” says Mick. Gee, thanks!

The support continues as Matt pipes the meringue – Mick notices and shouts that it needs to be done neatly. As further punishment, Mick burns Matt with the blow torch as he toasts the meringues atop the cakes. Third degree burns won’t land you in court, Mick…

Jenna garnishes her mousse with dehydrated pineapple and toffee, but there is no cupcake, so this sudden death contest becomes exactly that, and Jenna is never seen again.

As the judges deliver their final marks, with Jenna and Joanna first to receive the news, Mick and Matt grow increasingly worried about their fate. Matt is considering moving out of home to avoid future burns to any other parts of his bodies. Mick considers evicting Matt anyway – he overcooked the cheesecake, and that’s just not on. Can’t a father get a decent dessert these days?

The blonde, unnamed judge forgets her manners when she tells Jenna that having the sago would make the dessert more playful. Don’t play with your food!

Jenna and Joanna score 42/60, with Mick and Matt winning just 31/60.

As the platitudes for Mick and Matt flow, Craig says he will miss them. “You don’t see honest people that often,” he says, which suggests he needs new friends, or to stop hanging around with Ashlee and Sophia.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.