Robots are helping us do a lot these days but as an adult who had far too many needle experiences in her childhood, I'm certainly wishing this one was invented sooner. Say hello to MEDi.Read More
The Crimson Binome and his crew swoop in and take away all your white blood cells, probably.
Despite how unhealthy and desperately miserable fasting (or even juice cleansing) sounds to most of us, scientists at the University of Southern California have discovered that it can do way more good for your body than a regular bad crash diet. By fasting for just three days, the USC team discovered that you can reboot your entire immune system.Read More
We Can Be Heroes
We couldn't find a picture of a cow punching cancer in the face, so this will have to do.
Looks like your mother and those moustache ads were right - milk really is good for you, but not just in the way they claimed. Researchers in Taiwan have discovered a peptide fragment derived from cow's milk which really hates human stomach cancer cells; hates them so much, in fact, it just goes right ahead and kills them. Best use of milk ever.Read More
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Keep the Change Ya Filthy Animal
It generally pays to be careful when proclaiming that a new treatment "may put an end to cancer." That being said, recent research shows that drugs that utilize the cancer-fighting technique of CD47-blocking will result in the shrinkage of primary tumors and could serve as a single treatment for all cancers. CD47-blocking has been testing as a treatment for lymphomas and leukemias, but new research has shown that it has vastly greater potential than originally thought. As a kicker, CD47-blocking doesn't even kill cancer itself; it gets your body to do it.Read More
I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion
While this story isn't what you'd call recent, it was so touching that we couldn't ignore it. It's also very sad, so consider yourself warned. But while it's a sad story about a little girl's fight with brain cancer, it's a great story about how a bunch of Star Wars fans (some in very high places) made that little girl happy while she didn't feel very well. It's also an origin story, and we love those. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to Katie Johnson and the droid whose creation she inspired: R2-KT.Read More
A Lesson in Humility
Not a Misprint
For the first time, researchers have successfully used gene therapy to treat a form of leukemia called chronic lymphoblastic leukemia. The clinical trial was only conducted in three patients, which is such a small sample size that it is far too soon to be declaring victory over cancer, but it is an encouraging breakthrough. The research is described in two papers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine. People have been talking about gene therapy for more than twenty years. Though it holds immense potential, researchers have run into problems with gene therapy as a treatment. In previous research, therapeutic genes that are inserted in a specific place tended to move around for reasons that researchers have struggled to understand. The goal of gene therapy is for a gene that is inserted into a specific place to stay in that spot to serve out its function in the cell. With the new leukemia treatment, this is exactly what the researchers were able to achieve.Read More
Finding a cure for cancer has been the mission of millions of scientists around the world. Significant breakthroughs have been made in developing treatments for cancer, and even some preventative measures have been developed like the HPV vaccine that guards against certain strains of the humanpapillomavirus, one of the few viral causes of cancer. But despite advances in immuno and virotherapy, there remains a need for an effective, easily produced, and easy to tolerate treatment for cancer.Researchers working in part at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, and St. James University Hospital in Leeds, UK believe they have developed a new virotherapy with tremendous potential. Their method focuses on prostate cancer in mice, and while very successful it remains to be seen whether this therapy could be translated with the same effectiveness into humans. Read More
LactoPharma, a New Zealand-based pharmaceutical company, devotes its research to finding medically valuable biologically active compounds in milk. In itself, that'd be a cool enough line of research, but they've outdone themselves with their latest, experimental delivery system: putting biomedicine in ice cream.Read More