Salmonella Kills Cancer Cells?

A genetically modified Salmonella strain has been shown to kill off cancer cells without t...

A genetically modified Salmonella strain has been shown to kill off cancer cells without the nasty side effects (Photo: Shutterstock)

 

Though generally a bacteria we’d associate with a severe bout of food poisoning, previous research has suggested that Salmonella needn’t always bring bad news and stomach cramps.

Certain strains have been shown to kill off cancer cells, but to use them as a form of treatment for humans without inducing any nasty side effects has so far proven difficult. read more

A Drug That Can Turn Off Cancer

A revolutionary drug that ‘switches off’ cancer may soon be offered to patients with some forms of the disease.

If prescribed, the once-a-day tablet, called ibrutinib, could spare blood cancer patients the sometimes agonising side effects of traditional

A revolutionary drug, called ibrutinib, that ‘switches off’ cancer may soon be offered to patients with some forms of the disease. Stock photo
A revolutionary drug, called ibrutinib, that ‘switches off’ cancer may soon be offered to patients with some forms of the disease.

Ibrutinib is one of only a handful of new medicines to be made available via the Cancer Drugs Fund after two trials in 28 British hospitals showed it to be extremely effective in treating both mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). read more

The Silliness of Settled Science

By: the Common Constitutionalist

How often have we heard the ridiculous claim that such and such a science is settled?

It doesn’t matter what it is and normally there is a political component attached to it, but we’ve heard it hundreds of times on a myriad of different topics ranging from salt to sugar to fatty foods to energy drinks to coffee to fracking to how much sleep we need and of course the grand daddy of them all – global warming.

For decades experts preached the settled science that milk is rich in calcium and will build strong bones, yet in October of last year Forbes published a saltstudy from Sweden that found milk not only didn’t strengthen bones but was bad for the heart.

How long we’ve been warned by the American Heart Association regarding our salt intake? We were all going to die because we consume too much salt. The New England Journal of Medicine even published a study entitled “Global Sodium Consumption and Death from Cardiovascular Causes.”
The study concluded that salt kills 1.65 million people a year worldwide. It’s the New England Journal of Medicine so naturally it must be settled science – right?

Not quite. That same auguste Journal later published a study that says the Heart Association’s maximum intake of salt is so low it might actually pose a danger. So is this the new settled science? Who are we to believe? read more

Olive Oil Destroys Cancer Cells

A compound in extra-virgin olive oil has been found to destroy cancer cells without harmin...

A compound in extra-virgin olive oil has been found to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells (Photo: Shutterstock)

 An ingredient found in extra-virgin olive oil called oleocanthal has been known as a compound capable of killing a variety of human cancer cells, but how this process actually played out was not understood. Now, a team of researchers has uncovered not only how oleocanthal destroys cancer cells, but that it is able to do so while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

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