New Drug Offers Hope of Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

By HealthDay – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

There have been many setbacks on the long road to finding a treatment that might slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease, but a new trial offers a glimmer of hope.

Researchers report that an experimental drug called BAN2401 slowed mental decline by as much as 30 percent in Alzheimer’s patients. It also appeared to clear away the amyloid protein plaques in the brain that have long been linked to the devastating illness.

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Japan Scientists to Use ‘Reprogrammed’ Stem Cells to Fight Parkinson’s

By Thomson Reuters – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

TOKYO – Japanese scientists said Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting “reprogrammed” stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder.

Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells and researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical.

Experimental Drug Halts Parkinson’s Progression

By Clyde Hughes – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

An experimental drug developed by Johns Hopkins University researchers appears to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms in mice, a statement from the university said this week.

The researchers said that the drug called NLY01 has been proven in studies to block the degradation of brain cells that is the leading cause of Parkinson’s disease. The treatment has been used in the past to treat diabetes, researchers said in the university statement.

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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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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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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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