Melissa Litke

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A 3-D approach to stop cancer in its tracks

Every day, roughly 100 billion new cells are created inside the human body. These cells join trillions of older cells to form the tissues and organs …

Cancer

The microbiome has been called the forgotten organ — and it could hold the 'next paradigm shift in science and medicine'

The bugs that live in our gut might one day soon be used to guide the way we treat everything from infections to cancer.<p>Scientists have been working on ways to use the microbiome, or the assortment of microorganisms that live in and on us, to unlock new treatments for difficult diseases. It's led …

Microbiology

These brain cells could explain your anxiety

Anxiety is common, but how it affects the brain is, as yet, poorly understood. New research has revealed "anxiety cells," which provides a fresh …

Neuroscience

'Right to Try' Law Won't Lead to Miracle Cures

For terminally ill patients, false hope and disappointment are more likely.<p>During his State of the Union address, Trump’s brief foray into medical issues sounded almost reasonable. People do want lower drug prices, as he promised. And who could argue when he said he would help people with incurable …

Nonprofits

AI can predict when we'll die — here's why that's a good thing

A new algorithm could ease critically ill patients' final days.<p>Artificial intelligence is proving to be a revolutionary tool across many industries, but the technology is having a particularly big impact when it comes to healthcare. Researchers are using AI to combat the flu, by building improved …

Medicine

Cancer jab that eliminates tumours even after they've spread will start human trials

A cancer jab that can eliminate tumours even when they have spread throughout the body is about to start human trials.<p>Scientists at Stanford University in the US found that injecting tiny amounts of two drugs directly into a tumour not only kills the original cancer, but also triggers an ‘amazing …

Cancer

Researchers Discover 'Anxiety Cells' In The Brain

Scientists have found specialized brain cells in mice that appear to control anxiety levels.<p>The finding, reported Wednesday in the journal <i>Neuron,</i> could eventually lead to better treatments for anxiety disorders, which affect nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.<p>"The therapies we have now have …

Neuroscience

This Incredible Virus Attacks Brain Cancer And Actually Boosts Our Immune System

The first therapeutic virus to pass the blood-brain barrier.<p>A study attempting to show that viruses could be delivered to brain tumours has delivered …

Cancer

South Korea, U.S. launch air drills amid North Korean warnings of nuclear war

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States launched large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons programme that has raised global tensions.<p>The annual U.S.-South Korean drill, called …

A Pill Might Control Pancreatic Cancer, Even If It Doesn't Cure It

A new type of cancer medication, called PARP inhibitors, is gaining traction in clinical practice. Already the FDA has approved several drugs in this class: Lynparza (olaparib, AstraZeneca), Rubraca (rucaparib, Clovis), and Zejula (niraparib, Tesaro). So far, these pills are approved only for women …

Cancer

A New Vaccine Could Make The Brain Immune to Heroin And Opioids, Scientists Say

The next best way to actually treat addiction?<p>Drug overdoses in the US are feared to have caused more than 60,000 deaths in 2016, but new vaccines …

Immunotherapy

To be or not to be vaccinated

22 Aug 2017 at 04:00<p>Copy text Save PDF Email Print text<p>Emergency and rescue teams from Fort Somdej Phranaresuan Maharaj Hospital and Prasat …

Hpv

Cambridge Cancer Genomics offers a better way to gauge effective cancer treatments

John Cassidy’s family has been at the forefront of cancer research for three generations now.<p>The Cambridge-educated co-founder and chief executive officer of cancer diagnostics company Cambridge Cancer Genomics was just following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps when he took up …

How a jury determined the most innocent product in America hid a deadly secret

Talcum powder was once thought safe enough for a baby’s bottom and a lady’s, well…lady parts. It absorbs moisture, minimizes friction, and is used to prevent rashes—US manufacturer Johnson & Johnson for many years promoted the powder for infant care and feminine hygiene.<p>Now, however, the company …

Cancer

Can a Simple Blood Test Find Cancer Before It Spreads?

This noninvasive test can catch cancer early<p>The trickiest part of diagnosing someone with cancer is catching it early enough to effectively treat it. But now, researchers from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center may have a potential solution for spotting the symptoms before they even appear: a …

Cancer

Alternative Treatments More Than Double Risk of Death for Cancer Patients

Alternative cancer treatments that seem too good to be true may actually be dangerous.<p>In fact, these treatments can more than double the risk of …

Novartis CEO opens door to cancer patient demanding ‘fair’ CAR-T pricing

Cancer patient David Mitchell is so concerned about the potentially high price of CAR-T treatments that he requested a meeting with Joe Jimenez, CEO …

Pharma

Zebrafish implanted with a cancer patient’s tumor could guide cancer treatment

Eight years ago, developmental biologist Rita Fior learned that her mother, who needed cancer treatment at the time, would receive different drugs …

A Potential Long-Term Cure For Deadly Peanut Allergies Could Be Around The Corner

Children with peanut allergies are aided by the inclusion of probiotics in their normal treatment regimen, new research suggests.<p>Probiotics could be the key to curing children of peanut allergies, and might also point the way to breakthroughs on treating any food allergy at all.<p>New research …

Growing Artificial Organs for Medical Research

QGel has created a synthetic gel in which miniature human organs and tumors can be grown so that cancer researchers can test new drugs on human …

Biotechnology

A New Class of Antimicrobials Has Just Been Found in Human Breast Milk

Fresh superbug weapon!<p>The looming threat of antibiotic resistance means we desperately need new remedies to counter deadly superbugs, and researchers …

No moral reason not to create chimeras capable of making human eggs, ethicist argues

First came the prospect of pigs incubating human organs. Now a medical ethicist is raising new moral questions by suggesting scientists create …

Genetics