Stem cell transplant could halt the effects of multiple sclerosis when combined with chemotherapy, acccording to a new study published in The Lancet. The researchers observed 24 patients ages 18 to 50, revealing that the treatment significantly reduced the onset of the disease.
Jennifer Molson, one of the trial participants, is one of the living proof of this groundbreaking discovery. Molson was diagnosed with the disease when she was 21. At 26, she was in a wheelchair and unable to even cut her own food. She joined the trial in 2001 when there were no drugs to inhibit the attacks.
Molson admitted, though, that it took time for her to notice improvements. It was not until after a year and a half when she started to feel normal, and it took more months before she began to be able to do other activities such as drying her hair and walking down the stairs. more >>
A recent study has revealed that people aged 45 to 50, who maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep track of their fitness, have 37 percent lower risk of suffering a stroke after the age of 65.
The World Health Organization reports that the number two of the top 10 causes of death in 2012 worldwide is stroke. In the US, stroke is number five cause of death of Americans by 2015. Also, 40 percent of stroke deaths in America are in men and 60 percent are in females. With these statistics, stroke is not something to laugh at.
When the supply of blood to the brain is interrupted or reduced, stroke occurs due to the brain not being able to get enough oxygen or nutrients. Stroke is a major cause of long-term disability. more >>
A California neurosurgeon who died from lung cancer in 2015 explained in a memoir published this year what it was that compelled him to reclaim his Christian faith after embracing "ironclad atheism."
Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at Stanford's Department of Neurosurgery and a fellow at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, died on March 9, 2015, after fighting a two-year battle with stage IV lung cancer.
Being an educated man who graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, Kalanithi earned a master's in English literature from Stanford and earned master's in history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge, Kalanithi was considered to be a deep thinker who constantly pondered how "biology, literature and philosophy intersect." more >>
Immunotherapy opened doors for a new to cure cancer. Results of clinical trials released on Monday showed the potential of immunotherapy in treating advanced cases of cancer, particularly bladder cancer. In the study, researchers analyzed atezolizumab, an antibody, to know whether it can reduce the tumors and they were excited by the results.
"We are encouraged to see that atezolizumab immunotherapy may help address this major unmet need," said Arjun Vasant Balar, a medical doctor and assistant professor of medicine at the New York University.
Participants of the trials were patients with metastatic bladder cancer who were ineligible for standard chemotherapy. About 24 percent of them showed a reduction in tumor size, gaining more confidence in Tecentriq, the first and only PD-L1 inhibitor approved by the Food and Drug Association. more >>
The sun rays have gotten harsher for the skin nowadays. As much as we'd like to bathe under it, there has been a rise in the number of people with skin cancer, and so does the increasing need for sunscreens.
Which are the best and the worst sunscreens, you say?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is dedicated in monitoring all sunscreens to find those that would truly help keep you off the risk of skin cancer. According to the group, there's a growing concern on using sunscreens, moisturizers and lip products that have oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor and allergen. Another harmful chemical that EWG says can be found on some sunscreens is retinyl palmitate, a form of Vitamin A that could increases the risk of skin cancer. more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini has revealed that his close friend, Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who was held in Iranian prison for her Christian faith, is in extreme pain and "one step from death" after being temporarily released to receive medical treatment.
"Bail was put up for Nasim and she is now home. I got to talk to her. She got time from prison but there is still a high possibility they will have to take her back after a week or so. I think they allowed this to shut down the news. I saw her, and she looks like she is just one step from death," Abedini wrote in a Facebook update on Monday.
"She went to the hospital to get treatment after her temporary release and they recognized her and wouldn't treat her. Her sister in law is a doctor and she is now in her house to help her start eating," he added. more >>