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Spider Silk Helps Cancer Treatment

Immune cells that have absorbed nanoparticles of spider silk (green), carrying peptides for potential cancer vaccines
Immune cells that have absorbed nanoparticles of spider silk (green), carrying peptides for potential cancer vaccines(Credit: Laboratoire Bourquin – UNIGE)

Strong and light, spider silk is one of the most impressive materials in the natural world. Both the real thing and synthetic versions have been used to improve everything from clothing to car seatscooling electronics to preserving produce, making sweet music or helping people hear it, and even patching up severed nerves. Now, scientists in Germany and Switzerland have found a new use for spider silk – wrapping up cancer drugs to protect them until they can reach their tumorous targets. read more

Discriminating Antibiotics

Researchers at Penn State have developed an antibiotic that targets a specific species of bad bacteria,...
Researchers at Penn State have developed an antibiotic that targets a specific species of bad bacteria, without harming the good ones in your gut(Credit: phodopus/Depositphotos)

Antibiotics are effective at killing bacteria (for now, at least), but they aren’t very picky, indiscriminately wiping out both good and bad bacteria. This can upset the fragile balance of your microbiome, which is increasingly being linked to general health and wellbeing. Now, researchers at Penn State have developed a new approach to make a drug that can single out a specific, opportunistic bacteria known as C. difficile. read more

Video Podcast – Trump May Legalize Pot

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses.

Of course we Constitutionalists, even the common ones, know that it isn’t the federal government’s job to make it illegal or legalize it in the first place. That’s the sole responsibility of the States.

In other words, president Trump would merely be setting right what should have been since the feds started medaling in the State’s business in the first place. read more

New Drug Delivery for Brain Cancer

An artist's rendition of MIT's new nanoparticles, which can carry two forms of drug to combat...
An artist’s rendition of MIT’s new nanoparticles, which can carry two forms of drug to combat brain cancer(Credit: Stephen Morton)

Glioblastoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. Affecting the brain, those unlucky enough to receive a diagnosis don’t have many treatment options – and usually a median life expectancy of just over a year. Now, researchers at MIT have developed nanoparticles that could provide hope, crossing the blood-brain barrier and delivering two types of drugs to fight tumors. read more

Tobacco Antibiotics Attacks Superbugs

La Trobe researchers have isolated a peptide from tobacco flowers that could be a promising new...
La Trobe researchers have isolated a peptide from tobacco flowers that could be a promising new antibiotic candidate(Credit: La Trobe University)

The world is in desperate need of new antibiotics, as bacteria continue to evolve and develop resistance to the ones we have. Now, researchers at La Trobe University have found a peptide in the flower of a tobacco plant that could be the first of a brand new kind of antibiotic, hopefully helping us avoid the looming doomsday of superbugs. read more

Oral Insulin Moving to Final Stages of Testing

Insulin in a pill is one step closer to reality as clinical trials progress
Insulin in a pill is one step closer to reality as clinical trials progress(Credit: SergIllin/Depositphotos)

For decades researchers have worked to find a way to orally administer insulin effectively to patients with diabetes. Now this game-changing treatment is one step closer to reality, with pharmaceutical company Oramed embarking on a final Phase 2b human clinical trial to prove the efficacy of its oral insulin before moving to the final stages of trials and registrations that could bring the treatment to market within a few short years. read more

Thinking of Vacationing in Cancún – Think Again

from British website Refinery 29:

The Party Destination That’s Fast Becoming A Murder Capital

Many Brits think of Cancún as an idyllic paradise of white sand, turquoise sea and flatteringly lit beach parties, thanks to its long-held reputation as a popular holiday destination. However the Mexican city is fast becoming known for something else entirely.
Cancún, situated on the coast of the Yucatán peninsula towards the Caribbean Sea, is evolving into a hotbed of murder and violent crime. The murder rate has more than doubled over the past year; more than 100 people have been killed since the start of 2018, with 14 people murdered in a single 36-hour period last month – the highest rate Mexico has ever seen – and five more bodies found in a car just a fortnight later.

The Border Wall Works – Let’s Build It

from Constitution.com:

Trump Gets Amazing Proof of Just How Effective Border Walls Can Be

There is an old saying that good fences make for good neighbors and during his recent trip to California, President Donald trump learned how effective even a makeshift border wall can be.

Trump got some shocking news when he visited the southern border near San Diego, California, on Tuesday, March 13. Not only did he learn that a border wall can be highly effective, but he found out that there doesn’t even have to be some elaborate, high-dollar system to make it effective for stopping illegal border crossings.

Trump headed to the People’s Republic of California this week in part to view some border wall prototypes. read more

What to do With Our Unclaimed Dead

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Unclaimed cremated bodies

The opioid crisis just seems to be getting worse, with every passing year. Last year the epidemic cost the lives of over 64,000 people. It is now the number one cause of death for people under the age of 50.

We speak a lot of the drug crisis in America, and it’s always the same. How do we stem the tide of not only illegal drugs but almost prescription opioid abuse? We also speak of the toll it takes on the abusers and their families.

While this important to be sure, there is another toll taken. This toll is the burden of what to do with the thousands of unclaimed dead caused by drug overdose.

The initial burden falls on the Funeral Home. They are the ones responsible for handling, cremation and burial of the unclaimed dead, assuming cremation is even an option. In many States it is not. This is an ever-increasing burden as the drug crisis disproportionately affects the poor and homeless.

Bodies often show up at the Funeral Home with no identification and no next of kin to contact. The Daily Mail writes that, “In 15 states, the government sets aside money each year to cover the cost of cremating and burying the deceased who left no assets behind. Other states push the financial burden down to the local level.” read more

New Flu Pill Works in One Day – And You Can’t Have It

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Many of us don’t think much of the flu, other than the warnings on commercials for various remedies, that it’s cold and flu season. It’s never been thought of as a killer disease or affliction.

However, the fact is that Worldwide, the flu has become an epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, “these annual [flu] epidemics to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 290 000 to 650 000 deaths.”

Up to 650,000 deaths worldwide from an illness, that until recently we’ve put in the same class as the common cold.

But one might say – okay, that’s worldwide, and worldwide means a lot more third world nations with poor healthcare than developed nations. Yes, to some extent this is true, and it skews the curve as it were, but even here in America, influenza kills about 50,000 per year. That’s 137 Americans dying every day. In fact, it’s number eight of the top 10 killer diseases in America – above kidney disease and approaching the same level as number seven, diabetes.

But fear not, for a Japanese pharmaceutical company, Shionogi & Co. has developed a drug that is capable of killing the flu virus in a single day. That’s right – one pill – one day. read more