Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of healthy, disease-free living by decades. And Barzilai knows about the science of aging. He is, after all, the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. And, as such, he usually talks about his plan with the caution of a seasoned researcher. Usually. Truth is, Barzilai is known among his colleagues for his excitability—one author says he could pass as the older brother of Austin Powers—and sometimes he can’t help himself. Like the time he referred to his plan—which, among other things, would demonstrate that human aging can be slowed with a cheap pill—as “history-making.” In 2015, he stood outside of the offices of the Food and Drug Administration, flanked by a number of distinguished researchers on aging, and likened the plan to a … [Read more...] about Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop
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University of Otago research provides insights into an underlying mechanism that could explain why new cancer therapies to help treat metastatic melanoma do not always work on patients, paving the way for predicting which patients will benefit from certain drugs. Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology, Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee, who has already gained national recognition as one of the country’s top emerging scientists, jointly led the work published in a leading international journal from the Cell Press, iScience, together with colleagues Professor Mike Eccles from the Department of Pathology and Professor Peter Hersey from the University of Sydney. Their findings shed much needed light on why new immune checkpoint inhibitor therapies such as nivolumab and pembrolizumab – approved by the New Zealand Government for the first time in 2016 to treat metastatic melanoma – do not work on many patients. The new immunotherapeutic drugs herald a significant … [Read more...] about Discovery Unlocks Secrets Behind Cancer Drug Resistance
This wasn’t 15-year-old Connor McMahon’s first time in the hospital. But the 107° fever he’d been running for three days had his dad frightened. The teen was hallucinating, talking gibberish and spouting curses.“I thought he was going to die,” says Connor’s father, Don McMahon, who stayed close as his son received and recovered from an experimental treatment for leukemia. “It was really hard to watch.” But the fever finally broke, and Connor returned home. Just a month later, in November 2016, he was cancer-free and back on the ice in his hockey skates and pads.That episode was Connor’s third bout with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The experimental treatment was a last hope for the boy, who was first diagnosed at age 3. He has spent a total of six years of his life receiving chemotherapy. When the cancer came back in 2016, the doctors said the prognosis wasn’t good.At that point, “it was about quality of life, not … [Read more...] about How to make CAR-T cell therapies for cancer safer and more effective
TINY robots small enough to be injected into the human body have been hailed as a potential breakthrough in the battle to cure cancer. Known as “biohybrids”, the microbots can be controlled remotely to deliver life-saving drugs directly to affected areas for maximum efficiency. They are made from biological cells that are engineered with additional features so they can be guided through the bloodstream. Microscopic spirulina algae are fused with magnetic particles and have been shown to carry cancer-fighting drugs straight to tumours. Professor Kostas Kostarelos is part of the University of Manchester team that developed the technology. He said: "Creating robotic systems which can be propelled and guided in the body has been and still is a holy grail in the field of delivery system engineering". MOST READ IN TECHCORE OF THE PROBLEM? Apple engineer says pressure to design iPhone is reason I’m divorced APPY TO HELP We reveal the six free smartphone apps that … [Read more...] about Tiny cancer fighting robots could be injected into humans to fight disease
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments To Your Health by Eli Rosenberg by Eli Rosenberg Email the author April 30 at 6:49 PM Email the author (iStock) At least a dozen and a half people have been diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer in two locations in North Carolina and Alabama, leaving medical experts mystified about the cause. Ocular melanoma occurs in about 6 out of every 1 million people, according to CBS News, and at least 18 people who have been … [Read more...] about A rare eye cancer showed up in three friends. Doctors want to know if the cases are connected.