Nanorobots developed at IISC Bangalore hold promise for cancer treatment

Nanorobots developed at IISC Bangalore hold promise for cancer treatment

Researchers at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore have developed a method of using nanorobots to deliver payloads to specific parts of a living cell–a breakthrough that could transform cancer treatment. “We can now very precisely move it from point A and B, that too inside a living cell,” Malay Pal, a co-author of the paper published in the journal Advanced Materials, said. The breakthrough for the Bangalore team is the use of rotating magnetic fields to guide the probes instead of using more conventional tools such as ultrasound or chemicals. The…

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Novel treatment for cancer: Immunotherapy trials show promise in curing the disease

Novel treatment for cancer: Immunotherapy trials show promise in curing the disease

In the winter of 2013, Sue Scott, then 36, had already planned her own funeral. Her cervical cancer was spreading fast. Multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery had all failed. Tumours were invading her liver and colon, and squeezing her ureters. Her last chance was to enroll in an experimental trial in which doctors were trying to partially replace patients’ immune systems with T-cells that would specifically attack cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection. Within a few months, her tumours completely disappeared. This…

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Human eggs grown to maturity in lab, signals breakthrough in fertility treatment

Human eggs grown to maturity in lab, signals breakthrough in fertility treatment

Scientists have grown human egg cells to full maturity in the lab in a potential breakthrough for fertility treatment, they announced in a study published on Friday. Researchers in New York and Edinburgh developed a new method to grow eggs from very early-stage cells obtained from ovary tissue, a team reported in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction. The eggs were grown to the point at which they could be fertilised. This had previously been achieved with mouse egg cells, while human eggs had been successfully cultivated starting from a much…

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85% Diabetics Face Amputations Due to the Lack of Proper Treatment

85% Diabetics Face Amputations Due to the Lack of Proper Treatment

It is a commonly known fact that India is the diabetes capital of the world. With every passing year, more and more people are falling prey to this dangerous, life-threatening disease. Besides causing fluctuation in sugar levels, diabetes can also sprout various other health problems. One such issue is wounds. Currently 15 per cent of of India’s diabetic population suffers from ulcers in their lifetime, as reported in the national conference on diabetics, attended by over 50 eminent surgeons. The data also revealed that 85 per cent of diabetics see…

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What is Epilepsy: Its Causes and Treatment

What is Epilepsy: Its Causes and Treatment

The word “epilepsy” comes from the Greek word, “epi” which means “upon” and “leptos” which means “seizure”. People with epilepsy tend to have recurrent seizures (fits). The seizures occur because of a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. This causes a temporary disturbance in the messaging systems between brain cells. During a seizure the patient’s brain becomes “halted” or “mixed up”. Every function in our body is triggered by messaging systems in our brain. What a patient with epilepsy experiences during a seizure will depend on what part…

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Eating Celery & Broccoli May Support Breast Cancer Treatment

Eating Celery & Broccoli May Support Breast Cancer Treatment

A group of researchers from University of Missouri have discovered that regular consumption of vegetables like celery and broccoli and also herbs like parley and thyme can reduce the risk of developing metastasis that originates from breast cancer on women. The study shows that these vegetables and herbs contain a natural compound called Luteolin that helps in supporting breast cancer treatment by reducing the side effects. Luteolin is a non-toxic plant-based compound that has been shown to act against several types of cancers. This particular study focuses on triple negative breast cancers where…

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Fungal treatment of artificial voice box may improve speech

Fungal treatment of artificial voice box may improve speech

Treating fungal infection inside the artificial voice box may improve speech quality and help people with throat cancerwho lose their larynx, a study has found. Throat cancer refers to cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the tonsils and the oropharynx. During a total laryngectomy, the entire voice box (larynx) is removed and the windpipe (trachea) and food pipe (oesophagus) are separated from each other. This operation creates an opening between the food pipe and the windpipe, where the voice prosthesis…

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Palliative Care Should be Standard in Cancer Treatment: Guideline

Palliative Care Should be Standard in Cancer Treatment: Guideline

For patients with advanced cancer, palliative care should start early and be an integral part of treatment, not just something added on near the end of life, according to a new practice guideline from the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Expanding on a 2012 opinion, the guideline authors say that caregivers of advanced-cancer patients and early-stage cancer patients should also be considered for palliative – sometimes known as “comfort” – care. Palliative care teams help build rapport and relationships with patients and family caregivers, manage symptoms like fatigue, mood…

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Report: More Than Half of Mentally Ill U.S. Adults Get No Treatment

Report: More Than Half of Mentally Ill U.S. Adults Get No Treatment

Mental Health America just released its annual assessment of Americans with mental illness, the treatment they receive and the resources available to them – and the conclusions are sobering: Twenty percent of adults (43.7 million) have a mental health condition, and more than half of them do not receive treatment. Among youth, the rates of depression are rising, but 80 percent of children and adolescents either get insufficient treatment or none at all. “Once again, our report shows that too many Americans are suffering and far too many are not…

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For Osteoporosis, Early Treatment Is Crucial

For Osteoporosis, Early Treatment Is Crucial

My neighbor Arlyn Riskind, who is 53, has premenopausal osteoporosis, diagnosed nine years ago. She takes low-dose birth control pills to preserve her bone mass and postpone menopause. But after menopause, she knows she “may be soon faced with some decision-making.” And she is quite anxious about it. The source of her angst is whether to begin treating her osteoporosis with bisphosphonates, drugs that are very effective at increasing bone density but carry some small risks. These include an increased chance of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw, in which the…

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