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Turmeric Skin Graft

A small sample of the Scaravoid foam
A small sample of the Scaravoid foam(Credit: Empa)

Most people think of turmeric as a kitchen spice, or perhaps as a health supplement that’s taken orally. Now, however, scientists have incorporated curcumin – a compound extracted from turmeric – into a porous foam that’s designed to heal skin wounds with a minimum of scarring. read more

Earliest Breast Cancer Test Yet

A novel blood test is hoped to help track the efficacy of early-stage drug treatments for...
A novel blood test is hoped to help track the efficacy of early-stage drug treatments for breast cancer and avoid unnecessary surgical procedures(Credit: rbhavana/Depositphotos)

An extraordinarily sensitive new blood test has been developed that promises to be able to effectively track the progression of breast cancer at its earliest stages. It is suggested the blood test could track the efficacy of drug therapies better than current imaging techniques and prevent unnecessary surgical procedures or needless extra doses of chemotherapy. read more

Young Blood the Key To Stop Alzheimer’s?

The company behind a Phase 2 trial of its proprietary young plasma protein formulation says it...
The company behind a Phase 2 trial of its proprietary young plasma protein formulation says it can potentially slow, or even stop, cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease(Credit: albund/Depositphotos)

Alkahest, a California-based biotech start-up, has just revealed some compelling early results from an ongoing Phase 2 trial into the efficacy of its novel formulation of plasma proteins derived from young blood, developed to slow, or even stop, the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. read more

Cancer Killer Found in Common Flower

The common flower Feverfew has been found to host an anti-cancer compound
The common flower Feverfew has been found to host an anti-cancer compound(Credit: HeikeRau/Depositphotos)

Feverfew is a common flower easily recognizable either from a home garden or the shelf of the local health store. For hundreds of years it’s been used as a traditional medicine for migraines and other pains, though its actual usefulness in that regard is questionable.
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WND Exclusive – What comes after ‘Medicare for All’?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

According to leading polls of Democratic primary voters, health care is still one the top issues. And it took center stage, as a new human right, by means of the new progressive socialist tag-team, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, during Tuesday’s Democratic debate.

On night 2, there was not the unbridled enthusiasm for the Sanders-Warren Medicare for All scheme, as Joe Biden threw cold water on it and defended Obamacare. But he appears to be one of only a few. To many of the rest, it’s like Obamacare never existed – like it had no positive effect on “health care” at all.

It didn’t, by the way.

And here we are today. It’s déjà-vu all over again (h/t: Yogi Berra). Almost a decade after Obamacare was signed into law, the issue is still front and center. read more

Capsule Collects Gut Bacteria

The capsule has so far been successfully tested on pigs and non-human primates, but not on...
The capsule has so far been successfully tested on pigs and non-human primates, but not on people(Credit: Tufts University)

The over-abundance or lack of certain types of gut bacteria has been linked to everything from depression to heart disease to childhood asthma. Non-invasively determining which microbes make up a person’s “gut microbiome,” however, can be difficult – which is why a new 3D-printed capsule was developed. read more

How to Protect Transplanted Cells

MSCs (blue) wrapped in a microgel coating (purple) have proven to be effective at defending transplanted...
MSCs (blue) wrapped in a microgel coating (purple) have proven to be effective at defending transplanted bone marrow tissue from the immune system(Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University)

Bone marrow transplants are a common treatment for certain conditions related to the blood, but the patient’s immune system can often react badly to the foreign cells and attack them. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) may help, but they too can be cleared out by immune cells. Now, a Harvard team has shown that coating MSCs in a thin hydrogel can protect them, making bone marrow transplants more successful. read more

Vaccine to Supercharge T-Cells

T cells (red) and B cells (blue) in the lymph nodes, after the vaccine CAR-T cell...
T cells (red) and B cells (blue) in the lymph nodes, after the vaccine CAR-T cell therapy kicks them into overdrive(Credit: Leyuan Ma and Jason Chang)

Our bodies have powerful built-in defenses in the form of the immune system, but sometimes it needs an extra push. Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapy involves reprogramming T-cells to hunt down cancer, which has been effective against blood cancers but not so much against solid tumors. Now, scientists at MIT have found a way to supercharge the technique with a vaccine booster. read more

New Molecule May Starve Cancer Cells

A new molecule has raised hopes of developing drugs that kill cancer stem cells
A new molecule has raised hopes of developing drugs that kill cancer stem cells(Credit: vitanovski/Depositphotos)

Too often the surgical removal of cancer or its elimination through chemo or radiotherapy isn’t the end of the story, but where do the relapses come from? Part of the explanation may lay in what are known as cancer stem cells, which could be thought of as little seedlings that hide away in the body’s tissues until they feel the time is right to return to action. A newly discovered molecule has raised hopes of cutting these crafty critters off at the source, with early experiments demonstrating how it can latch onto cancer stem cells and starve them of what they need to survive. read more

Ultrasonic Pulse Therapy for Tumors

Researchers have found that gas embolotherapy (blowing bubbles in the blood) could fight cancer in two...
Researchers have found that gas embolotherapy (blowing bubbles in the blood) could fight cancer in two ways(Credit: delfoto/Depositphotos)

Cancer can be a tricky foe, so the best way to fight it might not be with a direct attack, but to cut off its supply lines. One such method, known as gas embolotherapy, involves creating tiny bubbles in the tumor blood vessels, which block the blood supply and starve the cancer out. Now, researchers from China and France have found that the technique could also deal a second blow as a drug delivery system. read more