Posted on 06 December 2012.
Easier Way To Test For Cancer Now Available
Cancer testing is always a major area of research because in most cases detecting and diagnosing cancer early can significantly improve treatment possibilities. Fortunately this week a medial study published results that indicate there may soon be an entirely new way to test for colon cancer and it is shockingly simple.
The new colon cancer test is significantly more effective than most cancer tests and doctors say that it will likely catch on because it is simple, fast, cheap, and effective. Breathing onto a test pad or machine is all it takes according to the report and based upon chemicals found in the patient’s breath the test can determine whether or not colon cancer is present. It seems farfetched by dozens of medical studies have been conducted to determine the accuracy and effectiveness, so far they’re all seeing the same results.
Doctors are hopeful that this test will roll out onto the worldwide market soon so that more people begin screening for colon cancer. Doctors also say that this is a step in the right direction for a number of reasons, primarily because it shows that with enough research a simple and effective cancer test can be created in many cases. This is great news for the medical industry for sure.
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Posted on 15 August 2012.
Cocoa Improves Cognitive Abilities
Chocolate and the cocoa bean have been shown to be beneficial multiple times in the past and this week a major medical report shows once again just how beneficial it can be. By testing a number of senior citizens with cognitive ability issues the researchers managed to see a dramatic increase in cognitive abilities when cocoa was introduced.
The actual part of the cocoa bean that did the most was the flavanol, which was directly correlated to the increase in cognitive abilities. The improvement in cognitive functions was surprising according to researchers, and that is absolutely great news for millions of people. Cognitive abilities and skills are some of the most commonly lost abilities among senior citizens which is precisely why this news is so absolutely awesome.
News like this hasn’t come out in a while and many doctors feel that this will absolutely be amazing for seniors and even younger generations. Additional research is being conducted to determine whether some sort of medication could be made to serve the same purpose as cocoa. Additional research is also being conducted to determine whether or not consistent cocoa consumption might prevent the development of cognitive skills failure. Either way it is absolutely amazing news that such an impressive piece of research has come out that is going to drastically improve the lives of millions of older people worldwide.
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Posted on 24 July 2012.
US Promises More AIDS Relief Funding
Today the United States announced a major increase in funding that would be provided to various organizations and countries around the world in order to help fuel the fight against HIV and AIDS. The announcement came from Secretary of State Clinton and the initiative is part of a larger medical recovery program that will be used to help support many organizations around the world.
As part of the announcement Clinton also announced that the International AIDS Conference would be in the United States this year, the first time this has happened in 22 years. The conference is one of the biggest and most important conferences for the medical industry and thanks to various medical breakthroughs recently this year is expected to be one of the best conferences of the past few years.
The total funding from the U.S. government will now be enough to fund the drugs and medication needed for over 4 million people worldwide, which is a significant increase from the current numbers. More importantly the United States is now going to invest hundreds of millions more dollars into prevention research and various prevention campaigns that will hopefully be the next big step in fighting the war against HIV and AIDS. Multiple research programs are very promising right now and in the future they might just be the answer everyone is looking for.
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Posted on 12 July 2012.
HIV Drug Study Marks Turning Point
A group of medical studies released this week have been making headlines all around the world as they bring an incredibly large promise that may change the world. HIV and AIDS have become major problems in a number of areas and this drug treatment may finally be the answer everyone has been looking for.
The drug system is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, but rather a form of prevention. Obviously current prevention methods are available but this new method is reportedly significantly more effective and permanent in high risk areas. The multiple studies released show that those who took the drug were 62% less likely to contract HIV when put into risky situations.
This may not be a completely effective method but it is by far the most effective medical treatment in development today. Many doctors believe that as this drug becomes available and begins to become more and more common it will be easier to expand and improve so that the effectiveness also increases. This is absolutely amazing news for the world because if the effectiveness improves as expected it could be the end of the HIV virus.
The drug treatment won’t be available just yet, but the good news is that medical experts are pushing for a rush on the release. This drug could be a major turning point in the war against HIV and AIDS and it will likely soon be on the market around the world.
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Posted on 24 May 2012.
Stem Cells Showing Promise in Chronic Pain Relief
Chronic pain is a very real problem for millions of people and unfortunately for many there simply is no good way to treat the pain. Medication and drugs can only do so much for many chronic pain patients and because of this they’re forced to life with the pain. Fortunately now they have some good news to look forward to as an initial study shows that stem cell development might just help.
Stem cell research has always been a controversial topic but this breakthrough may bring great news to the millions that need pain relief. Chronic pain in mice was successful treated very well thanks to a new stem cell treatment and many analysts are very hopeful that this treatment may eventually be available as a medical solution.
It might be a few more years before any actual medication is available but the future possibilities are incredibly promising. Should this treatment develop into an actual medical solution it will be absolutely great news for the millions of people suffering from chronic pain.
A follow up study on this topic is planned for the near future but at this time nobody has made it clear just how successful they think it will be. The possibility in itself is absolutely great news and hopefully soon medical experts will know just how likely it is for the stem cell treatment to become a real medical treatment in the future.
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Posted on 17 April 2012.
Research Shows that Anti-HIV Pills May Be Effective
HIV and Aids are a huge issue in the medical world, despite years of research and millions of dollars spent there is still no actual cure or preventative vaccine available at this point. Fortunately research released this week has brought some great news to the world in the form of a potentially effective drug that may prevent the spread of HIV/Aids. The drug is obviously still in development but the current research shows that it is likely to be quite effective in preventing the spread.
The research was conducted at Stanford University and the preliminary test results available now show that the test medicine reduced the chances of contracting HIV by about 50%. This is absolutely great news because it shows that there is in fact progress being made in the area of HIV and Aids research. The vaccine as it is now being considered will likely still be in development for quite some time but the fact that there is solid proof that it is possible is definitely encouraging news for researchers.
Multiple follow up studies are being conducted right now to determine whether or not the pill will actually be this effective in real world scenarios. Experts and medical professionals are incredibly hopeful that it will be as effective as expected and the best part is that researchers hope that at some point it could become a true vaccine that would stop the spread of HIV for good around the world.
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Posted on 06 April 2012.
Autism Researchers Rapidly Approaching a Potential Cause
Researchers have been out to determine what exactly causes or leads to autism and unfortunately for a variety of reasons they have been less than successful. The good news is that the latest reports indicate that there is actually some progress being made as some researchers may have found an actual link to what leads to autism.
This is great news for everyone because it means that there may soon be an actual treatment or way to prevent autism from developing. Obviously it is more complicated than that but analysts and experts say that this is definitely a step in the right direction. According to the genetic researchers there seems to be a link between mutation in sperm and development of autism. The fact that we might now have a solid link to what might be a cause autism is absolutely amazing news in every way. The next logical step in the research is to try and determine whether some sort of a cure or preventative measure can be developed from this information.
Developing some sort of medicine from this information is definitely still off in the future, but analysts say that it is definitely a very real possibility. If the researchers continue to have the good luck they’ve been experiencing we could see some serious breakthroughs in the development of a vaccine or cure. Autism is slowly being understood more and more and for millions of people it can not come soon enough.
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Posted on 06 December 2011.
In the past, patients that suffered major heart damage had no medical interventions that would save their lives besides organ transplantation. But the good news is that the latest news in the fight to treat diseased hearts shows the potential for successful treatment. Stem Cells have been injected into the hearts of people that had suffered major damage to the heart muscle. The result was impressive improvement on the part of the patient.
Stem cell researchers have been touting such potential for years. Scientists in the area of stem cell research have long been hopeful that the use of stem cell treatment will become a major player in the fight to remain healthy and to heal. Stem cells have been shown in the lab to impact damaged tissue, repair or even replace the tissue or organs of those that were unable to repair themselves.
This is the potential of all stem cell research: to repair or replace damaged organs that normally would never become viable. In theory, science suggests that we will be able to replace damaged livers, kidneys, and other tissues and organs in the body.
The most recent study grew stem cells from patients’ hearts after serious and damaging heart attacks had occurred. The heart muscle had become permanently damaged and would be unable to become better or stronger. The prognosis was terminal regardless of the medical interventions used
However, the patients did not perish as expected. Instead, the researchers obtained tissue from the hearts and prepared stem cells from them. The cells were placed into the damaged heart and the heart re-grew viable tissue. The best part is that the cells were the patient’s own so rejection was not an issue.
The patient heart function prior to the injection of stem cells was at an average of 30%, a severely low number. Four months later, the average patients’ heart function had increased to around 38% and at the one year mark, at around 42% – a dramatic improvement.
The research shows that the heart stem cells that had been injected into the patients had grew back healthy cardiac tissue in the severely damaged patients. The damaged heart disease had actually decreased by 30% in a year. Similar results have been reported in other research hospitals to back up this research showing that damaged hearts can potentially be repaired in the future.
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Posted on 01 October 2011.
Beta Blocker May Halt Spread of Breast Cancer
In the United Kingdom and across the globe, researchers are excited about the prospect that a common blood pressure medication may halt the spread of Breast Cancer in patients. The Cancer experts are looking to host a major study to evaluate the potential of beta blockers to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
The results of data from over 700 patients in the UK show promise that the drugs have had an impact on patients. Patients with breast cancer that previously had beta blockers showed one half the incidence of their cancer spreading as women that had not had the medication. Cancer that spreads from the initial area to surrounding tissue carries a higher potential for mortality than those whose cancer has not spread.
Patients with breast cancer have seen the spread of the disease to other parts of the body in about 30 percent of the patients. These 30% account for greater than 85% of the deaths that result from breast cancer, so the findings from the initial studies show promising results.
The United Kingdom plans the extensive study to evaluate the potential effects of beta blockers on the spread of cancer from the Breast into surrounding tissues. The cancer study will evaluate approximately 30,000 patients and expects results next year. Early work on beta blocker show that cancer related deaths decreased by approximately 70%. The researchers hope that the beta blockers will stop the cells from moving which will inhibit the spread of cancer cells.
This study of how blood pressure medication affects breast cancer has had similar results around the world. In Ireland, women that were taking a beta blocker, propranolol were much less likely to have advanced breast cancer than those not on the drug. Women given the drug after diagnosis also fared better. After five years, only nine percent had died compared to twenty seven percent that were not taking the drug.
The doctors at MD Anderson in Houston examined the tumors of women having surgery and did not see an appreciable difference between those on beta blocker and those that were not, however, the women on beta blockers fared better afterward. After three years, eighty seven percent of those on the drugs were alive compared to seventy seven percent not taking the meds. As beta blockers are already a known drug, this development has the potential to save a large number of lives.
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Posted on 28 September 2011.
LucasFilm Uses The Force Against Cancer
Lucasfilm, a leading film and entertainment company famous for the Star Wars Saga is taking on another rival. This time, the renowned company is using the force to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Lucas film is partnering with eBay, Sports figures and members of Hollywood to bring their combined star power to bear against the disease that ravages so many people. According to Stand Up To Cancer Co-Founder Sue Schwartz, the compilation of artists is a wonderful force for good.
The group of celebrities will star in a video encouraging the general public to Use The Force for Good and partner with Lucasfilm and company in donating to the SU2C organization. The list of celebrities that have become Ambassadors for this charity and the cause read like a celebrity A list. Some of them include Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone and Samuel L. Jackson. These actors are only a few of the celebrities that support this cause. Each of these stars will use the force as they act in classic Star Wars scenes to raise awareness for cancer research.
Cancer affects one in two men and one in three women during their lifetimes. In 2011, almost 1,596,670 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed. This does not include skin cancers or cancer that is non invasive. In 2011, about 571,950 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 11.7 million Americans with a history of cancer are survivors. Some of these individuals were cancer free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.
The mission of SU2C is to provide information that is designed to persuade each person to support science in the work to end this disease. The campaign started by Lucasfilm and company provides a fantastic medium for legions of Star Wars fans to stand up and support cancer research. Partnering with Lucasfilm in this cause is eBay. The auction site is using the force of its 97 million active members. The auction giant will provide an online destination to see unique Star Wars items that are being auctioned off. The fans can bid on rare items, and one of a kind limited edition experiences such as dinner with prominent filmmakers.
During September, Major League Baseball is featuring Star Wars/Stand Up To Cancer nights in their parks. The events offer ticket packages and include Star Wars characters, photo ops and exclusive teeshirts. SU2C has benefited significantly with the support and participation of the players, owners and fans. To date, Major League Baseball has donated over 30 million dollars towards research. It is the intention of all involved that SU2C will be able to fund innovative research that brings new therapies and saves lives.
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