From Fish to Pharmacy
Genetic experiments have come a long way from growing peas. A new line of testing created a zebrafish with cells that can glow under certain conditions, which helps scientists figure out what drug is the best at killing cancer cells.
New Drug Target for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Researchers are always looking for new ways to selectively attack cancers while leaving healthy cells alone, as many of the most common treatments for cancer involve some unfortunate friendly fire.
Inflammation and Cancer
The link between inflammation and cancer has been used to advertise everything from fish oil to aspirin, but the science behind it can be murky. Some new research may show the mechanism behind the link.
Stemming the Return of Leukemia
Since the advent of targeted therapies, chronic myeloid leukemia ( CML ) has become easier to treat. And while the drugs usually put people into remission, the disease can return with full fury.
Different Leukemia, Different Treatment
Many genetic changes are involved in any given cancer, but some changes are very important to consider for chemotherapy. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is an example of a cancer where treatment can vary widely depending on the genetics involved.
Drugs Dissolve Blood Clots Treat Embolism
Clot-busters used to treat severe cases of pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in the lungs, can safely treat less serious cases. New research suggests they are safe and effective in treating moderate pulmonary embolism.
FDA Green Lights Anemia Drug Omontys
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials have approved Omontys ( peginesatide ), a drug administered through monthly injections to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.
Spicing Up Heart Health
Spicing up lunch with the addition of fiery peppers may do the heart favors. Capsaicin , a substance that adds the heat to a variety of peppers, including jalapenos and habaneros , has been found to improve heart and blood vessel health.
Restricting Transfusions Safe
U.S. blood bank officials are recommending more restrictive guidelines for red blood cell transfusions because evidence shows lowering the threshold still protects the health of patients.
Rivaroxaban for Treating Pulmonary Embolism
New oral blood thinner rivaroxaban ( Xarelto ) has been shown to be safer for treating a pulmonary embolism as compared to enoxaparin ( Lovenox ) injections, and was found to be just as effective.