Blood Test May Detect Pancreatic Cancer

The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer strikes fear in the hearts of those who are familiar with it. Since pancreatic cancer is so difficult to diagnose, by the time it is found, it has a 5 year survival rate of less than 5% and is at Stage IV. 

Researchers at John Hopkins believe they have found a way to detect it earlier. The researchers were able to find 2 genes that were present in the blood of 81 patients who had early stage pancreatic cancer, and not in the blood of those who didn’t have the disease. This could be a very important finding that could have a significant effect on the  survival rates for this cancer.



Sticks and Stones in Schroon Lake, NY

We visited this relatively new restaurant for the second time last night. The first time we sat outside and were in a rush, so I didn’t pay enough attention to the food to really make a decision about it. This time was different. We arrived at about 6PM on a Saturday night. The restaurant was almost full, but we were escorted to a booth near the bar. It was chilly, so I asked if I could close the window, and the waitress instantly closed it for me. She was wonderful all night! Attentive without being annoying, she took great care of us!

The booth made my husband happy! He is tall, and the booths are higher than the average dining room table, which makes it comfortable to sit there. I am only average height, and I was comfortable too. The waitress recommended a dark ale to him, and he said it was wonderful. The appetizer, a chicken with sesame fried linguine and peanut butter sauce, was outstanding!! It was tangy and tender, and the noodles had a taste from my childhood that I can’t put my finger on. We shared a bowl of seafood chowder that was outstanding.

My husband had the glazed salmon for dinner. This wild caught salmon gleamed with moistness as he pulled it apart with his fork. He was practically salivating as he ate it! I had the wild mushroom ravioli in a vodka sauce – the sauce was delicious, but not overpowering, the ravioli were perfectly cooked! The grand finale, an apple crisp heated up in the wood fired oven, smothered with vanilla ice cream, with caramel sauce drizzled over the top, was one of the top 5 desserts I have ever had. Unbelievable. I can’t wait to go back and try their other desserts.

The decor is Adirondack with some nice touches: the aforementioned high booths, carved bears, and original artwork by the talented Adirondack artist, Dorothy McDevitt. At 71 dollars without tip, we felt the money was well spent for a fabulous meal!!

We will be back, Sticks and Stones.

Sticks and Stones is located just south of the village of Schroon Lake, on Route 9.