November 10, 2017

Health Roundup: Colon cancer, chronic fatigue, Tylenol, gut bacteria Vit D, magnesium cream

New System for Treating Colorectal Cancer Can Lead to Complete Cure

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston have developed a new, three-step system that uses nuclear medicine to target and eliminate colorectal cancer. In this study with a mouse model, researchers achieved a 100-percent cure rate—without any treatment-related toxic effects. The study is reported in the November featured article in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Until now, radioimmunotherapy (targeted therapy) of solid tumors using antibody-targeted radionuclides has had limited therapeutic success. “This research is novel because of the benchmarks reached by the treatment regimen, in terms of curative tumor doses, with non-toxic secondary radiation to the body’s normal tissues,” explains Steven M. Larson, MD, and Sarah Cheal, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “The success in murine tumor models comes from the unique quality of the reagents developed by our group, and the reduction to practice methodology, including a theranostic approach that can be readily transferred, we believe, to patients.”  Theranostics, a term derived from therapy and diagnostics, is the use of a single agent to both diagnose and treat disease. The theranostic agent first finds the cancer cells, then destroys them, leaving healthy cells unharmed—minimizing side effects and improving quality of life for patients.

People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Exhausted at a Cellular Level, Study Shows

If you're one of the millions of people worldwide who deals with the symptoms of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome, sometimes also called myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME), it can often feel like your entire body is drained of energy.  New research has found immune cells taken from the blood of volunteers diagnosed with the condition show clear signs of low energy production, not only adding details to a complex and confusing condition....Scientists have begun to identify stark distinctions in immune cells, gut bacteria, and blood biomarkers among those diagnosed with the disease. Now it seems as if there is a clear metabolic difference between the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in individuals with CFS and healthy controls.

Tylenol is as effective as addictive opioids, study claims

Researchers at Northwestern University gave 411 patients either a drugstore painkiller or a prescription opioid to treat broken bones and sprains. All groups reported the same pain levels after two months. Though the study only assessed short-term pain relief, experts say the paper is crucial as more than two million Americans are hooked on opioids.

Healthy gut bacteria could help protect you from almost EVERY age-related disease, study finds

Changing your diet to maintain healthy gut bacteria could help to protect you from nearly all age-related diseases, new research suggests. Imbalanced gut bacteria may to blame for many age-related diseases, according to the new study from University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands. The researchers found that the poorly balanced gut bacteria in older mice could induce ‘inflammaging’ in younger mice when it was transplanted to them. Inflammaging is a chronic inflammation condition associated with aging, which is linked to most serious age-related health conditions, like stroke, dementia and cardiovascular disease.

Do you know where your adrenal glands are?  Only 15% of adults know the right answer

When it comes to knowledge of the human body, many of us do not know our adrenal glands from our elbows. In a survey that asked people to mark on a diagram of the body where various organs were, the only part of body 100 per cent of participants got right was the brain. The organ we get wrong most is the adrenal glands – only 15 per cent of us know where these are. Many people wrongly thought they were in the neck. ‘We also thought everybody knows where the heart is. But that wasn’t the case.’

Women with low levels of vitamin D are nearly 50 per cent more likely to develop multiple sclerosis

The findings could help to explain why there are higher rates of the disease among those in the North who get less sunlight, which helps the body make vitamin D.  It is believed the 'sunshine vitamin', also found in eggs, red meat and oily fish, may help to suppress immune cells that attack the body to cause MS. The disease can leave people wheelchair-bound by severely damaging their muscles.

Magnesium cream could combat high blood pressure without the need to take pills

People with higher than average blood pressure can be deficient in magnesium which is thought to help the body to regulate blood flow.  However some people do not like taking pills or have difficulty ingesting them.    A new study has found that topical application of magnesium lotion absorbed through skin significantly boosts levels of the mineral in the blood.  Magnesium cream could be used as an alternative or in addition to medication to combat high blood pressure.
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