Scientists Say Nanobots Could Kill Individual Cancer Cells

By Dan Robitzski – Re-Blogged From Futurism
They could also be used to track, target, and deliver anticancer drugs to tumor cells.

A team of scientists from Saudi Arabia is planning to implant individual cells with iron nanobots that can track their location in the body — and perhaps even kill off tumors.

The tiny nanobots, little more than microscopic coils of metal wires, would show up during an MRI scan, allowing doctors to watch their movement through the body. They could also be used to track, target, and deliver anticancer drugs to tumor cells, according to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology researchers behind the project.

“Cell labeling and tracking has become an invaluable tool for scientific and clinical applications,” Aldo Martinez-Banderas, a grad student who worked on the project, said in a press release. “One of the key aspects of cell tracking studies is the sensitivity to detect a small number of cells after implantation, so the strong magnetization and biocompatibility of our nanowires are advantageous characteristics for MRI tracking.”

So far, the nanobots haven’t been used to actually kill off cancer cells, though the team has ideas on how they might. Thus far, the nanobots were used to successfully identify breast cancer cells through MRI readings, according to research published in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology.

“These core-shell nanowires have various additional features, including the ability to control them magnetically to guide them to a particular location, to carry drugs, or be to heated with a laser,” lead researcher Jürgen Kosel said in the release. “Combining all of that with the capability of tracking creates a theranostic platform that can open the door for very promising new approaches in nanomedicine.”

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Human Trial Suggests CRISPR Could Be a Viable Cancer Treatment

By Kristin Houser – Re-Blogged From Futurism

This could be great news for experimental cancer treatments.

Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania just published the results of the first U.S. trial of CRISPR-edited cells in cancer patients — and they’re very encouraging.

In April 2019, UPenn confirmed that a team of its researchers had officially begun testing CRISPR-edited cells in humans.

For that trial, the scientists had removed immune cells from three patients with advanced, treatment-resistant cancers. They then used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit the cells in order to improve their ability to fight tumors before returning them to the patients’ bodies.

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Scientists Discover Immune Cell That Kills Most Cancers

By Kristin Houser – Re-Blogged From Futurism

“Previously nobody believed this could be possible.”

A newly discovered immune cell could lead to the creation of a universal cancer treatment — a “Holy Grail” treatment that would work for all cancers, in all people.

The treatment leverages T-cells, a type of white blood cell that helps our bodies’ immune systems by scanning for and killing abnormal cells. For background, scientists have recently started harnessing that ability in the fight against cancer through a therapy called CAR-T, which involves removing T-cells from a patient’s blood and genetically engineering them to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

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Engineer Finds Way to Pull Diseases From Blood Using Magnets

By Kristin Houser – Re-Blogged From Futurism
“In theory, you can go after almost anything. Poisons, pathogens, viruses, bacteria…”

A British engineer has found a way to filter unwanted cells from blood using magnets — and his tool could be used in clinical trials as soon as next year.

Thanks to existing research, biochemical scientist George Frodsham knew it was possible to force magnetic nanoparticles to bind to specific cells in the body. But while other researchers did so primarily to make those cells show up in images, he wondered whether the same technique might allow doctors to remove unwanted cells from the blood.

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Fraud and Corruption Bring Big Payoffs

California judges provide stage for kangaroo court justice over Roundup weedkiller

By Paul Driessen – Re-Blogged From WUWT

San Francisco area juries have awarded cancer patients some $80 million each, based on claims that the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, caused their cancer – and that Bayer-Monsanto negligently or deliberately failed to warn consumers that the glyphosate it manufactures is carcinogenic. (It’s not.) Judges reduced the original truly outrageous awards of $289 million and even $1 billion per plaintiff!

Meanwhile, ubiquitous ads are still trolling for new clients, saying anyone who ever used Roundup and now has Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma or other cancer could be the next jackpot justice winner. Mass tort plaintiff law firms have lined up 18,500 additional “corporate victims” for glyphosate litigation alone.

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A Personal Note.

By Bob Shapiro

Many of you know that I am living through Prostate Cancer. The treatments seem to be focused on using a couple of weeks here, or a couple of weeks there in an effort to add several months down the road.

I’ve had a good life- not that I’m rushing to say good-bye at 73 – and it’s been interesting to see how my priorities have been brought more clearly into focus.

I’ve been very happy sharing my ideas these last 5 years (whether I’ve written them or someone else) on my Blog and on Facebook. If you’ve found them worth your time enough to read some of them, well thank you.

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Advance in Slowing Prostate Cancer Made in Clinical Trials

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Cutting-edge prostate cancer drugs that help extend life in the toughest cases might also be useful in fighting less aggressive tumors, two new clinical trials suggest.

Two drugs that interfere with cancer’s ability to use testosterone for fuel, apalutamide (Erleada) and enzalutamide (Xtandi), are already approved for use against more advanced prostate tumors that do not respond to regular therapy.

But these trials show the drugs also can improve survival and slow progression in prostate cancers that do respond to regular therapy, which typically involves medication that halts production of testosterone.

Study Proves Drug Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Helth

Finasteride, best known as the enlarged-prostate medicine Proscar, is a safe, effective way to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, according to long-term findings from the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT).

The trial was funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and enrolled nearly 19,000 men between 1993 and 1997. Initially it found that finasteride — a hormone-blocking drug — cut the risk of prostate cancer by 25 percent. Those results were published in 2003.

The newly released long-term data show that the reduction of prostate cancer risk has continued and that fewer than 100 men in the trial died from prostate cancer in more than two decades of follow-up, according to a research team led by Dr. Ian Thompson.

Israeli Scientists Predict Cure for Cancer Within a Year

By Solange Reyner – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Israeli scientists say they will likely have a cure for cancer within a year, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Dan Aridor, CEO of Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd., said his team is developing an anti-cancer drug that will target several mutations in cancer cells using a combination of several-cancer directed peptides. The treatment is called MuTaTo, or multiobjective toxin.

“Our cancer cure will be effective from day one, will last a duration of a few weeks and will have no or minimal side-effects at a much lower cost than most other treatments on the market,” Aridor said. “Our solution will be both generic and personal.”

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8 Health Hazards Caused by Lack of Vitamin D

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Our bodies need vitamin D for many health benefits but in the cold winter months it may be hard to get enough of this hormone that’s created when your skin is exposed to sunlight.

Without sufficient amounts of vitamin D, you could develop serious heart conditions and weakened bones. Children who have a vitamin D deficiency are at higher risk for developing rickets, a condition where their bones become soft and weak.

The Mayo Clinic recommends 400 international units or I.U.’s daily for children up to one year old, 600 I.U’s for those from one to 70 years of age and 800 I.U’s for folks over 70.

Serious Kidney Injury Common During Cancer Chemotherapy

By Thomson Reuters – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Nearly one in 10 cancer patients treated with chemotherapy or newer targeted drugs may be hospitalized for serious kidney injury, a Canadian study suggests.

The study involved roughly 163,000 patients who started chemotherapy or targeted therapies for a new cancer diagnosis in Ontario from 2007 to 2014. Overall, 10,880 were hospitalized with serious kidney damage or for dialysis.

This translated into a cumulative acute kidney injury rate of 9.3 percent, the study found.

People with advanced tumors were 41 percent more likely to have acute kidney injuries than patients with early-stage cancer.

Drug Cuts Breast Cancer Return in Half

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds.

The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was HER2-positive — meaning it carries a protein that promotes cancer growth.

About one in every five breast cancers is HER2-positive.

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Meet the Carousing, Harmonica-Playing Texan Who Just Won a Nobel for his Cancer Breakthrough

Re-Blogged From Wired

Chance favors the prepared mind. —Louis Pasteur
James Allison looks like a cross between Jerry Garcia and Ben Franklin, and he’s a bit of both, an iconoclastic scientist and musician known for good times and great achievements. He also doesn’t always answer his phone, especially when the call arrives at 5 am, from an unfamiliar number.So when the Nobel Prize committee tried to reach Allison a few weeks ago to inform him he’d been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine, Allison ignored the call. Finally, at 5:30 am, Allison’s son dialed in on a familiar number to deliver the news. The calls have not stopped since.

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New Gene Editing Method Could Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

By Solange Reyner – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Scientists at the University of California San Francisco have found a way to edit genomes, a method they say could revolutionize treatments for cancer, infections like HIV and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is a “turning point,” Vincenzo Cerundolo, director of the Human Immunology Unit at Oxford University, told The Washington Post. “It is a game-changer in the field, and I’m sure that this technology has legs.”

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First Blood Test for Melanoma Developed

By AFP – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a “world first” breakthrough that could save many lives.

The scientists, from Edith Cowan University, said the new test could help doctors detect the skin cancer before it spreads through a person’s body.

“Patients who have their melanoma detected in its early stage have a five-year survival rate between 90 and 99 percent,” lead researcher Pauline Zaenker said in a statement.

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Breath Test to Detect Cancer in Trials at Hospitals

By Clyde Hughes – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A breath test that could detect cancer is in trials now in numerous hospitals after a test run in one health center since 2015, The Sun reported.

The ReCIVA Breath Sampler reportedly can analyze a gasp of breath for the slightest trace of cancer-linked chemicals. Cambridge scientists Billy Boyle, who lost his wife to colon cancer at 36 in 2014, created the test, The Sun wrote.

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Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

By – Re-Blogged From Seeker

Even if a new drug proves to prolong human life, it won’t receive regulatory approval for that purpose unless the FDA accepts that aging is a treatable medical condition.

“We’re not going to see people spend longer in nursing homes. We’re going to see them spend more time out of nursing homes.”

“I think this is probably the most exciting thing to happen in aging research yet, and I think that’s going to be true no matter how the trial results turn out.”

Breast Cancer Cured With Experimental Treatment

By AFP – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A woman with an aggressive form of breast cancer which defied chemotherapy and spread to other organs, was cured with an experimental treatment that triggered her immune system, researchers said Monday.

The woman has been cancer-free for two years, reported the US-based team, presenting their results as “a new immunotherapy approach” for the treatment of patients with a late-stage form of the disease.

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‘Liquid Biopsy’ Screens Blood for Cancer Before Symptoms Detectable

By Zoe Papadakis – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

“Liquid biopsies” will enable doctors to screen a patient’s blood for up to 10 different types of common cancers before they even start to show symptoms by picking up on DNA markers related to the disease, as well as measuring certain proteins commonly elevated when cancer is present, Voice of America reported.

For years researchers have been working to develop a quick and easy test that can detect cancer early and the idea of using blood samples to check for the disease has been gaining ground over the last few months, The American Cancer Society noted.

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New Treatment Cripples Breast Cancer Cells

By AFP – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows breast cancer cells to lie dormant in other parts of the body only to re-emerge years later with lethal force, according to a study published Tuesday.

In experiments with human cells and live mice, researchers showed that disabling the mechanism — with drugs or gene manipulation — crippled the cancer cells and inhibited their capacity to spread.

Immune Therapy Scores Big Win Against Lung Cancer in Study

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It’s the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers.

In the study, Merck’s Keytruda, given with standard chemotherapy, cut in half the risk of dying or having the cancer worsen, compared to chemo alone after nearly one year. The results are expected to quickly set a new standard of care for about 70,000 patients each year in the United States whose lung cancer has already spread by the time it’s found.

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Japan to Trial Urine Test to Spot Cancer in Humans

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.

Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago.

Image: Japan to Trial Urine Test to Spot Cancer in Humans
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Cancer Vaccine to Be Tested in Lymphoma Patients

By Nick Tate – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Stanford Univesity researchers are recruiting lymphoma patients to test a new cancer vaccine that had a 97 percent success rate in “curing” mice with cancer.

The clinical trial will involve about 15 patients with low-grade lymphoma and begin by the end of the year, according to a Stanford news release.

 Lead research Dr. Ronald Levy, director of the lymphoma program at the Stanford Cancer Institute in California, said he believes the treatment could be useful for many tumor types.

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Could Overlooked ‘Organ’ Help Cancer Spread?

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Thanks to a laser-equipped mini-microscope developed by a French start-up, scientists have discovered a previously undetected feature of the human anatomy that could help explain why some cancers spread so quickly.

Nobody was looking for the interstitium, as the new quasi-organ is called, because no one knew it was there, at least not in complex form revealed in a study published this week.

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Daily Dose of Viagra May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A small daily dose of Viagra reduces the risk of colorectal cancer in mice genetically modified to have the disease. Viagra reduced the formation of polyps by 50 percent, according to a study performed at Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia.

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Glowing Dyes Reveal Hidden Cancers During Surgery

By The Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor — until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow. A spot over his heart shined purplish pink. Another shimmered in a lung.

They were hidden cancers revealed by fluorescent dye, an advance that soon may transform how hundreds of thousands of operations are done each year.

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Will Congress Finally Get Tough on Junk Science?

By Paul Driessen – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

House hearing investigates a UN cancer agency accused of misusing US taxpayer funds

A growing problem for modern industrialized Western societies is the legion of government agencies and unelected bureaucrats and allied nongovernmental organizations that seem impervious to transparency, accountability or reform. Their expansive power often controls public perceptions and public policies.

Prominent among them are those involved in climate change research and energy policy. In recent years, they have adjusted data to fit the dangerous manmade climate chaos narrative, while doling out billions of taxpayer dollars for research that supports this perspective, and basing dire predictions and policy demands primarily on climate models that assume carbon dioxide now drives climate and weather (and the sun, water vapor, ocean currents and other powerful natural forces have been relegated to minor roles).

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Cancer “Vaccine” That Wipes out Tumors Ready for Human Trial

By Chelsea Gohd – Re-Blogged From Futurism

In Brief: After showing remarkable results in animal models, a new localized immunotherapy that targets the tumor with a simple injection is ready to enter clinical trials.

Cancer “Vaccine”

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a compound that when injected into a tumor destroys it along with all the other cancerous masses present in the body.

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Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

By – Re-Blogged From Seeker

Even if a new drug proves to prolong human life, it won’t receive regulatory approval for that purpose unless the FDA accepts that aging is a treatable medical condition.

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Evolutionary Geneticists Spot Natural Selection Happening Now in People

By The Conversation – Re-Blogged From Futurism

In Brief

Everyone who’s been through high school knows about Darwin and natural selection. It’s difficult to study how it works while we’re experiencing it, but we now have some idea of how natural selection is affecting humans.

Human evolution can seem like a phenomenon of the distant past which applies only to our ancestors living millions of years ago. But human evolution is ongoing. To evolve simply means that mutations — the accidental changes to genes that happen normally in the process of copying DNA — are becoming more or less common in the population over time.

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New Dialysis-Style Treatment ‘Washes’ Blood of Cancer Cells

By June Javelosa – Re-Blogged From https://futurism.com

In Brief

A significant milestone in cancer research sees the development of a new system that can dramatically pull down the cost of cancer treatment and reduce risk of cancer spreading by cleaning cancer from the blood.

Milestone

A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (NSW) have developed a new system that can potentially lower the cost of cancer treatment using biochip filters that identify and remove cancer cells. The team refers to the process as “dialysis for cancer.”

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Major Diseases Are In Decline

By Kip Hansen – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Science is a wonderful thing.  As time moves on, in a single direction,  Science, as an endeavor, discovers new things and improves our lives.   Sometimes though, things get better, and we don’t know why.

That’s the news from Gina Kolata,  Health & Science reporter at the NY Times, in an article dated JULY 8, 2016, titled A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline. [ here ].

The Good News:

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