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Walkers sought for Light the Night

Teams of walkers and team captains are being recruited for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk to be held in Delaware Park on Sept. 27.

A luncheon for team captains will be held at noon Thursday at Chef’s Restaurant, 291 Seneca St., where they will meet the chapter’s Light the Night patient ambassadors and have the opportunity to share fundraising ideas. Diana Fairbanks, anchor and reporter for WIVB-TV News 4 Buffalo and CW 23, and this year’s honorary chairwoman, will serve as master of ceremonies for the lunch. To make a reservation or learn more about the event, call 834-2578 or visit lightthenight.org/wcny.

Fitness in Parks has new sites

YMCA Buffalo Niagara has again teamed up with Independent Health to offer Fitness in the Parks.

The free community exercise program will feature two new programs at Canalside in the weeks ahead and more options in Niagara County.

The program runs through Aug. 31 at Bassett Park (Amherst), Canalside (Buffalo), Delaware Park (North Buffalo), Cheektowaga Town Park, Chestnut Ridge Park (Orchard Park), Main Street Park (Clarence), Artpark (Lewiston), and Ellicott Creek Park (Town of Tonawanda).

Programming includes hourlong sessions of Pilates, Zumba, tai chi, cardio dance, boot camp and yoga. New this year at Canalside is Family Recess on Sunday afternoons and Walks Along the Waterfront at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Classes are taught by certified YMCA instructors, and no registration is required. A complete listing of times, classes and locations can be found online at ymcabuffaloniagara.org or call 565-6000, Ext. 128 for more details. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Tops Markets are sponsors.

Pancreatic cancer nuked in test trials

A researcher is reporting success in test trials using listeria bacteria to battle pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is deadly because it tends to spread to other parts of the body before symptoms appear.

In previous work in mice, Claudia Gravekamp, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, had shown that weakened listeria bacteria colonize tumor tissue but not healthy tissue. The bacteria seem to home in on the metastatic tumors. To take advantage of this, her team armed the bacteria with a radioactive payload. They seeded mice with human pancreatic tumors and then injected them daily with the souped-up bacteria for a week, giving them a week off before four more days of injections. A few days later, there were on average 90 percent fewer metastatic tumors in this group than in untreated mice, and the average weights of original pancreatic tumors had decreased by 64 percent. A week later, the animals’ livers and kidneys had completely cleared the radioactive bacteria from their systems.

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