As many know, cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. It’s a malignant growth or tumor resulting from such a division of cells. While there are treatments for cancer, not all types of cancer are curable.
Luckily, “new research shows a sharp escalation in the weapons race against cancer, with several high-tech approaches long dreamed of but not possible or successful until now.
At a weekend conference of more than 30,000 cancer specialists, scientists reported: -New “smart” drugs that deliver powerful poisons directly to cancer cells while leaving healthy ones alone.
Doctors have successfully dropped the first “smart bomb” on breast cancer, using a drug to deliver a toxic payload to tumor cells while leaving healthy ones alone.
In a key test involving nearly 1,000 women with very advanced disease, the experimental treatment extended by several months the time women lived without their cancer getting worse, doctors planned to report Sunday at a cancer conference in Chicago.
More importantly, the treatment seems likely to improve survival; it will take more time to know for sure. After two years, 65 percent of women who received it were still alive versus 47 percent of those in a comparison group given two standard cancer drugs.
That margin fell just short of the very strict criteria researchers set for stopping the study and declaring the new treatment a winner, and they hope the benefit becomes more clear with time. In fact, so many women on the new treatment are still alive that researchers cannot yet determine average survival for the group.
“The absolute difference is greater than one year in how long these people live,” said the study’s leader, Dr. Kimberly Blackwell of Duke University. “This is a major step forward.”
A warning to hopeful patients: the drug is still experimental, so not available yet. Its backers hope it can reach the market within a year.” [For specifics please read the article “Study: ‘Smart Bomb Drug Affects Breast Cancer”]
Furthermore, “an experimental cancer drug successfully shrank tumors in patients with different kinds of cancer, including typically hard-to-treat lung cancers, according to a new study. Oncologists said the research was encouraging, but more study was needed to know whether the drug would prolong life for cancer patients.
The study, led by Dr. Suzanne Topalian, was presented Friday at the Super Bowl of cancer professionals, a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In a small, early phase study, researchers used a drug targeting a portion of the body’s immune system, a pathway called PD-1, which usually works to stop the body from fighting cancerous tumors. By shutting down the pathway, the drug stokes the body’s immune system to fight tumor cells.
Researchers gave the drug to nearly 240 patients with advanced melanoma, colorectal, prostate, kidney and lung cancers. All the patients had tried up to five other treatments, which failed. After up to two years on the drug, tumors shrank in 26 of 94 patients with melanoma, nine of 33 patients with kidney cancer and 14 of 76 patients with lung cancer.
The drug was not without side effects. About 14 percent of patients in the trial reported conditions such as skin rashes, diarrhea or breathing problems.” [For specifics, please read the source article, “Study: Experimental Drug Shrinks Cancer Tumors”]
While these studies are proving to fight against cancer, we here at NewsFeed of Today sincerely hope the public will be informed of better and clear progress in the future. Overall, we wish good luck to all in the fight against cancer.
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As many know, the media doesn’t have a very good rap for providing through information for an informed reader. Luckily, we here with NewsFeed of Today try to make sure we are well-informed and get our point across.
Just today, Yahoo! News posted an article “Chagas: Is a tropical disease really the new ‘AIDS?’” and as per the usual with Yahoo! New, their information isn’t necessarily the greatest and appears to be designed to create a wide-set panic. The article claims, “There are a number of striking similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with HIV/AIDS,” the authors [of an editorial, published by the Public Library of Science’s Neglected Tropical Diseases] wrote, “particularly for those with HIV/AIDS who contracted the disease in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
Yahoo! News also claims that “Both diseases disproportionately affect people living in poverty, both are chronic conditions requiring prolonged, expensive treatment, and as with patients in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, “most patients with Chagas disease do not have access to health care facilities.””
ALl of the information provided is shocking and not entirely correct.
According to U.S. National Library of Medicine – The World’s Largest Medical Library, “Chagas disease is an illness spread by insects. It is common in South and Central America. It is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi [the Kissing bug], a parasite related to the African trypanosome that causes sleeping sickness. It is spread by reduvid bugs and is one of the major health problems in South America. Due to immigration, the disease also affects people in the United States.”
“The symptoms of the acute phase include: fever, general ill feeling (malaise), swelling of one eye, swollen red area at site of insect bite. After the acute phase, the disease goes into remission. No other symptoms may appear for many years. When symptoms finally develop, they may include: constipation, digestive problems, pain in the abdomen, swallowing difficulties.”
However, as many people know, these various symptoms can occur for many different reasons and if they don’t clear up within a reasonable amount of time, then an individual should make haste to see a doctor. Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you think you may be infected with Chagas disease.
Now Yahoo! News claims there are similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with HIV/AIDS. That’s passable, but there are distinctions between Chagas and HIV/AIDS because Chagas does not affect the immune system, and it is only transmitted by blood or mother to child – human to human. Instead of HIV/AIDS, it is actually quite similar to Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus or Malaria, which are transmitted by insects and can be life threatening. ”While HIV/AIDS attacks the body’s immune system, Chagas afflicts the heart and digestive organs.”
To conclude, if you are experecing any health issues, it is probably best that you contact a doctor and set up an appointment for them to take a look at you. Unless you believe your symptoms require more urgency, then it is probably best that you immediately get to a local hospital/doctor. While the media industry tries its hardest to get releavet news to its readers/viewers, perhaps some media outlets should allow their viewers to make an informed decision, but this is just our opinion.
Michigan Teen Makes A Starburst Wrapper Prom Dress
A high school student from Ishpeming, Michigan, Diane MeNease, fashioned eighteen thousand Starburst wrappers into a bodice for a homemade dress and wore it to prom on May 5th. it took her a year-and-a-half to collect all the wrappers and five months to create the dress which also features a black satin “ball gown” skirt layered with tulle. [Link to Yahoo! article]
Be Careful of What You Read
During the last week of April, several media outlets such as Yahoo News, The New York Daily News, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post and MSN, ran articles about a female, Polish dentist who ‘pulled all of the teeth of her ex-boyfriend.’ As it turns out, some of the bigger media distributors aren’t always sure of the facts and in some cases, tend to tilt the facts to their favor. In regards to this situation, Polish television news channel TVN4 published an article mocking foreign media’s coverage of the story, which it speculates began as a prank. [Link to first article on the Huffington Post] [Link to corrected article on MSN]
Tortured Afghan Teen Speaks on Attackers: ‘The same should be done to them.’
Last year, people around the world were outraged when they heard the story of Sahar Gul. Married at 13, Sahar Gul says her husband raped her and various in-laws tortured her. Three of her attackers were recently sentenced for 10 years. “Ten years is not enough. They should have been given 50 years,” she told CNN. (Please note: CNN does not usually reveal the identities of women and girls who allege they have been raped, but this young woman wanted to be seen and tell her story. [Link to article on CNN]
Warning: If you are not particularly fond of overly opinionated news articles, then this might not be the article for you.
“When a six-year-old boy kicked his school principal last week, the school called in police, not the parents.
The student had already been suspended for kicking and biting another official, when he allegedly threatened a teacher and kicked Principal Pat Lumbley. This time, the child was placed in police custody and charged with battery and intimidation.
“In the big picture … I have to look at school safety and have to look at student safety,” Lumbley, an Indiana elementary school administrator, told a local Fox affiliate. The county’s police lieutenant defended the decision, adding “putting him into the system can open up avenues perhaps the parents don’t have.” “
Alright, “looking at student safety” is a good response from a school administrator, at least, from my perspective; however, what about the safety of the child charged with battery and intimidation? Using scare tactics and intimidating a six-year-old child into obedience can have adverse affects to their psyche, when the child more than likely doesn’t fully understand the whole situation or even the meaning of having charges against him.
What I don’t understand is when I was in kindergarten and a child misbehaved, the teacher or their assistant would put the child in timeout and tell the parents at the end of the day. Then, the parents would handle the child by either further punishing them by taking away toys or ‘rights,’ or discussing the situation with the child, discussing how the child was in the wrong and should therefore, apologize. Why isn’t this happening anymore?
In the future, if I have a child and I send them to kindergarten, I want my future child’s teachers to handle any situation involving children appropriately and not resort to extremes because the adult is too scared to put a child in a corner.
Personally, I am very confused as to how the penal system will be able to help a bratty child.
Apparently, many school officials feel that law enforcement is the only place to turn to help manage unsafe or disrespectful behavior. For instance: in Texas, an estimated 300,000 kids were give misdemeanors in 2010 (this number includes children as young as six, in Georgia, a 6-year-old was carted out of her kindergarten classroom in handcuffs after allegedly throwing a caustic tantrum, and over the past year, kids under the age of 13 have been arrested, or threatened with arrest, for giving wedgies, having a food fight and spraying perfume. In more serious circumstances, children are facing real prison time over hockey game fouls and threatening classroom notes. One 6-year-old was accused of sexual assault by school officials during a recess game of tag. In order to have the sexual battery charge wiped from his school record, the child’s parents had to hire a lawyer to prove that the charges had no legal basis.
“Everyone suffers when adults don’t have the skills and support to manage unsafe or respectful behavior such as kicking and tantrums effectively,” Irene van der Zande, executive director and founder of Kidpower, tells Shine. Her California-based non-profit program helps schools and parents teach kids safety, respect and tolerance independent of police intervention.
But many school officials feel law enforcement is the only place to turn for help. The rapid increase in school shootings since the Columbine tragedy has left administrators scrambling for better safety measures. Overcrowding, financial cutbacks and access to weapons in the information age are all conditions of new generation and a system struggling to adapt to it. As a result a higher percentage of students between the ages of 12 and 18, say they’re more afraid of attack or harm at school than away from school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2010, 85 percent of public schools cited incidents of violence, theft, and other criminal activity. That same year, 60 percent of schools called in police for backup.
“Advocates of school policing believe crackdowns send a message to the student body, and help keep large underage populations in check and safe. Principal Lumbley feels he protected the rest of his elementary school’s student body by having a 6-year-old student arrested. But critics say those punitive measures are really designed to protect teachers.
“Teachers rely on the police to enforce discipline,” Kady Simpkins, a juvenile defense lawyer, told The Guardian. “Part of it is that they’re not accountable. They’re not going to get into trouble for it. The parent can’t come in and yell at them. They say: it’s not us, it’s the police.”
As for the Indiana 6-year-old student charged with battery and intimidation, it’s hard to believe he’s any wiser.
“I can’t imagine the prosecution being able to sustain a battery charge against a six year old,” a New York Family Law Attorney, who chose to remain anonymous, tells Shine. “There is a ‘mens rea’ or ‘state of mind’ element to all crimes and I can’t imagine a prosecutor being able to successfully argue that a six-year-old could meet the state of mind requirement for battery or any crime for that matter.”
That’s not to say that kids with severe behavioral problems should be dealt with the same way as other students, but child advocates believe that criminalizing their actions doesn’t solve any problems.
“Kids who have trouble behaving well in school can almost always be turned around with preparation, firm, respectful interventions, and a plan of action that gets school officials and parents working together as a team,” Kidpower’s van der Zande tells Shine. “When adults overreact, the harm done is not only to the child involved but also to other children who witness this.” “
It is incredibly unfortunate that parents, teachers, assistants, and school officials are unable to control a single six-year-old child, who is only just being to develop.