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 >>
Dieting is not simply about cutting down calorie intake. A new study by Spain-based researchers, published in the journal Lancet, revealed consuming more "good" fats can be helpful in losing a little weight and lowering cholesterol.
The participants of the study were composed mostly of people who were overweight and had either type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure or were smokers. They were grouped into three groups. The first and second groups were asked to follow an unrestricted Mediterranean diet, which did not include foods and beverages that have been highly associated with long-term weight gain such as fast foods, sweets, butter, red meat/processed meat and sugar-sweetened beverages. The said, however, include vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and whole grains. Also, the first group had to cook all the foods using olive oil while the second group had extra nuts on their diet. Meanwhile, the third group were told to avoid all dietary fat.
In a span of three to five years, the first two groups revealed better results in reducing a little weight and keeping the weight off than the third group, who had seen little difference. Also, the second group who consumed more nuts saw the least increase in waist size. more >>
A new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology by Guardant Health has shown cancer can be detected through blood tests via DNA fragments from tumors.
According to NH Voice, the researchers have found after looking at the results of the so-called liquid biopsies, which show that mutations found in the blood are also found in tumors.
Raw foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, when stored in the fridge have been highly associated with listeriosis, an illness blamed over the death of 79-year-old Ellen DiStefano from Franklin County in Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that according to a lawsuit filed in the Clark County Common Pleas Court, DiStefano became ill after she ate a salad containing fruits produced by Dole. She was taken to hospital in January, where she was diagnosed with an infection caused by the listeria monocytogenes bacteria. DiStefano died on Feb. 27.
The Star reveals that Dole has stopped all production in its Ohio plant and has recalled packaged salads in the state as well as from supermarkets in Ontario, Brunswick and Quebec in Canada. The decision was after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that linked DiStefano's death and the hospitalizations of 12 people in six states in the US to Dole's packaged salads. more >>