"It may reduce your odds of a cancer diagnosis."
Based on something a sophomore discovered.
But, as usual, more research is needed.
"The Cancer Treatment That's Helping to Change the Lives of Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia"
Short interview with the Vice President of Oncology Clinical Research at Johnson & Johnson about Imbruvica®.
There have been a couple "new eras" for curing cancer. Let's hope this one really pans out well.
"And I Think the Answer is Going to Be Yes." That's the cover story in this month's Popular Mechanics[!]. It includes this great story:
“That’s the first patient I met,” [Jim] Allison says. “She was about twenty-four years old. She had metastatic melanoma. It was in her brain, her lungs, her liver. She had failed everything. She had just graduated from college, just gotten married. They gave her a month.”
The woman, Sharon Belvin, enrolled in a phase-two trial of ipilimumab at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where Allison worked at the time. Today, Belvin is thirty-five, cancer- free, and the mother of two children. When Allison won the Lasker prize, in 2015, the committee flew Belvin to New York City with her husband and her parents to see him receive it. “She picked me up and started squeezing me,” Allison says. “I walked back to my lab and thought, Wow, I cure mice of tumors and all they do is bite me.” He adds, dryly, “Of course, we gave them the tumors in the first place.”
But until we get there, it can be very smart to try to help yourself: "Why cancer patients must look for their own clinical trials".
“Oncologists can barely keep up. My sister found a trial I was a perfect candidate for, and my doctors didn’t even know it existed.”
(Link via Instapundit.)
Getting a good doctor is at least half the battle. And that' s largely up to you. And luck.
Don't panic is the message.
Ebola is a scary disease, made much more scary by some wildly exaggerated claims in some books and movies. So, before we talk about Ebola, let's talk about another scary disease called "rabies."
It's a virus, serum transmitted -- meaning contact with blood, saliva, or other bodily fluids from an infected individual is needed to transmit the disease. Thousands of people die of it worldwide, every year. Once you've sickened with it, become symptomatic, the symptoms are pretty horrible, and there's really no effective treatment. People who develop the symptoms are very likely to die.
In fact, the number of people who have survived active rabies can be counted on one hand with fingers left over.
"It’s really like a complete office visit in a 5-pound box."
Bring it to market, stat!
I'm sorry, but this seems just unfair.
A vicious cycle emerges, the researchers say: The older we get, the more our ability for restorative sleep erodes, which speeds up the aging process.