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News: December 12, 2009

Researchers Find New Drug To Shrink Breast Cancer Tumors

December 12, 2009

Boston (SmartAboutHealth) - Researchers have discovered a new antibody drug that has the ability to shrink breast cancer tumors that other drugs have failed to impact.
The study was carried out by researcher Dr. Ian Krop and colleagues at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
What they discovered is that a hybrid drug, T-DM1, was able to shrink or at least stop the growth of HER2-positive breast cancer tumors.
The drug is a combination of the antibody tratuzumab and the drug DM1, which has the ability to kill breast cancer cells.
The way in which the drug works is pretty remarkable, as it has the ability to cling onto and attack only breast cancer cells, not the healthy cells in the body.
The antibody can work in conjunction with chemotherapy, allowing the chemotherapy to work while not harming the rest of the body.
During the study, they found that the drug was effective in treating 40% of women who have the HER2-positive breast cancers.
The tumors were shrunk by a margin of 30% or more when it was used.
The drug was also found to stabilize the breast cancer tumors at a high rate as well.
The new drug was presented at the 32nd annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.


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December 2, 2009 | Fatty acids in diet affect ulcerative colitis risk

People who eat lots of red meat, cook with certain types of oil, and use some kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)-heavy margarines may be increasing their risk of a painful inflammatory bowel disease, a study in more than 200,000 Europeans shows.  These foods are high in linoleic acid and the study have found that people who were the heaviest consumers of this omega-6 PUFA were more than twice as likely to develop ulcerative colitis as those who consumed the ...

December 1, 2009 | Ecstasy Users at Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea

The widely used club drug ecstasy appears to increase the risk of sleep apnea, say U.S. researchers.  "People who use ecstasy need to know that this drug damages the brain and can cause immediate and dangerous problems such as sleep apnea," study author Dr. Una McCann, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a news release.  McCann and colleagues conducted sleep tests on 71 people who'd used ecstasy (MDMA) and ...

November 30, 2009 | Switching to Light Cigarettes Will Not help you Quit Smoking

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) says that there are 44 million American smokers and many of these smokers are looking for ways to quit. Some smokers in an attempt to kick the habit are switching to "light" or "ultra light" to help their battle against nicotine, however, a ...

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December 20, 2009

Wii, Xbox 360 and Other Video Games Offer Some Benefits

Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation, and other video games are hot on holiday gift lists, but some parents wonder whether these games offer any benefits or are detrimental to kids. The results of a new study may put some minds at ease, while others may not.  According to the findings reported in the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, regular ...

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According to Stuart Warden, a researcher who studies musculoskeletal health and sports medicine, athletes who ritualistically take NSAID's to prevent post event and workout soreness and inflammation may be depriving the body of healing, in addition to risking other long term health problems. Taking anti inflammatory medications before running or other athletic events, is not ...

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