The type of skin cancer known as melanoma has historically been one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Though a few drugs have helped extend the 5 and 10 year survival periods, news of two particular drugs presented at yesterday's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology have sparked some real hope for the future.
Scientists from the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the drug SAHA shows promise as a potential therapy for familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD). As yet, there is no treatment for the neurological disease, the second most common non-elderly dementia.
For centuries, a truly 'magic' mushroom has been used in China and Japan to cure or assist the cure of cancers! This magic mushroom is the Trametes versicolor (or Coriolus versicolor) commonly known as the turkey tail mushroom because of its layered, feathered appearance. Finally, in 2011, traditional western medicine has learned about the extract from this beautiful mushroom and observed it stop the development of prostate cancer in mice.
Judgment Day believers need not read this, unless May 21, 2011 has come and gone and you're still here. For those that are interested in a more scientific analysis of their life spans, a British company, Life Length, has the technology to predict how long you will live through a small blood sample.
There have been several recent studies about the health benefits of tomatoes and tomato products. That bright red pigment called lycopene has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. But a comprehensive report by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia delves deep into 14 of those studies to find clinical evidence of the exact amounts required in our daily diets. (That includes Bloody Mary's, no?)
Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain have uncovered a sad truth about early onset Alzheimer's disease - that more than half of those who develop it are misdiagnosed because they exhibit symptoms not customarily associated with Alzheimer's.
If you're having trouble remembering where you parked your car or put your keys and refer to these occasions as 'senior moments,' you're not wrong - because, as we age, we lose the ability to form new memories. This is not news; but what is new is that memory formation can now be observed through three different kinds of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). And this ability may lead to better memory drugs and faster proof of their efficacy.