Tag Archives: treatment

Defeating cancer by taking advantage of its inbuilt frailties

The treatment of cancer is a conflicting and complex process; the drugs that are used to kill cancer cells are also toxic to your healthy tissues. However, the different physiology of tumors provides a route to deliver

Bad news for people with a penicillin allergy

There are over 500,000 hospitalizations annually in the U.S. in which patients will have a reported allergy against first line antibiotics. Beta-lactams are the largest group of antibiotics which include penicillins, cephalosporins, and carbapenems. These antibiotics are

The “other” concussion: spinal cord concussion

It was a breezy Sunday afternoon at a football game and the crowd falls silent as they watch the star running back lie motionless after a tackle. The medical team rushed over; the player is conscious and

CD164 helps physicians to diagnose and treat cancer in Sézary Syndrome

Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL) represent malignancies of the T-lymphocytes that go to or reside in the skin. Roughly 50% of all CTCL cases are Sézary Syndrome and Mycosis Fungoides. The typical external manifestation of the disease is

Skin versus nerve as a source of cells for the treatment of spinal cord injury

Following injury to the adult human spinal cord spontaneous repair processes fail resulting in life-long functional deficits below the level of injury, which can include paralysis, absent or abnormal sensory perception, chronic pain, and diminished cardiovascular, respiratory,

Heat-alkalinity-time pasteurization can efficiently inactivate PEDV in porcine plasma

Emergence of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in North America and Asia resulted in massive losses to the pork industry. The virus is spread by the fecal-oral route and infection can cause acute diarrhea, dehydration and vomiting

Heart disease in cancer patients (onco-cardiology / cardio-oncology)

In the United States, heart disease and cancer have been the 2 leading causes of death from 1935 through 2013. In 2010, both diseases accounted for almost half of all deaths in the U.S. Notwithstanding, much success

Parkinson disease and duodenal levodopa infusion: why patients withdraw the treatment?

Parkinson disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder associated to degeneration of neurons in the brain, particularly in a region called substantia nigra. These neurons produce dopamine, a neural transmitter that is involved in the control

Early family regularity protects against later disruptive behavior

Children’s temperamental anger or frustration reactions, defined as negative affect in reaction to interruption of ongoing tasks or blocking the child’s goal, are already observable in the first 2 to 3 months of life, and may decline

Can pharmacogenetics testing help reduce psychiatric suffering?

Pharmacogenetics testing is relatively new to the field of psychiatry having been introduced only within recent years and at an affordable cost in the clinical setting. The case history illustrated in this report describes how pharmacogenetics testing

Real life treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma: impact of deviation from guidelines recommended therapy

Primary liver cancer is one of the most common cancers at the global level. The outcome of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is related to the extent of both tumor and liver disease, which influence the applicability and efficacy

Is a tissue-engineering approach effective for the treatment of osteoporotic bone defects?

Osteoporosis (OP) is a disease that affects the formation, maintenance, and density of bone. OP is also associated with an increased risk of bone fracture. For those people/patients facing a traumatic injury or tumor removal in the

Lutetium-177 radioisotope targeted therapy for treatment of cancer and other diseases

By their nature, radioactive isotopes are unstable and can change to more stable forms by radioactive decay and emission of different types of radiation.  This emitted radiation is useful for cancer treatment which includes placement of “sealed”

Gene therapy: a promising candidate for cystic fibrosis treatment

An improved gene therapy treatment can cure mice with cystic fibrosis (CF). Cell cultures from CF patients, too, respond well to the treatment. Those are the encouraging results of a study presented by the Laboratory for Molecular

Treatments for peritoneal metastases for colorectal cancer

In a recent attempt to initiate a uniform standard of care for peritoneal metastases from colorectal cancer around the globe, the Peritoneal Surface Oncology Group International (PSOGI), at their biennial meeting, formulated international recommendations for the management

The fate and influence of engineered nanoparticles in wastewater treatment plants

Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) (intentionally created particles with one or more dimensions greater than 1 nanometer and less than 100 nanometers) are now used in consumer and industrial products. However, there are concerns surrounding their potential effects on

Undertreatment of men in their seventies with aggressive prostate cancer

Prostate cancer may be cured by either surgery or radiation treatment, but these “radical treatments” often cause permanent side effects that negatively affect the quality of life. Small prostate cancers usually grow very slowly, so more elderly

A better deal for the elderly at the end of life

The normal process of dying has been hijacked by medicine.  It is not a cruel deception and it is not what the elderly want; not what treating doctors want and not what society can afford. So how

Computer-assisted screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for dwi offenders

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a common, reoccurring, and costly crime.  In fact, DWI is one of the most frequently committed crimes in the United States and approximately one third of those arrested are likely to re-offend. 

Blocking miR-212/132 in T cells is a potential therapy for treating colitis

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is thought to be caused by aberrant immune response to host intestinal microbiota, leading inflammation in gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, anemia,