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Placebo: A veritable treatment option

February 11, 2018 – Long after cancer treatment ends, many patients continue to deal with one particular symptom that refuses to go away: fatigue. In a new study, researchers have found that the power of placebos, even when fully disclosed to patients, might be harnessed to reduce fatigue in cancer survivors.

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Lutetium 177 dotatate (Lutathera): A treatment for gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs)

January 29, 2018 – Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NET)s are a rare group of cancers with limited treatment options that affects primarily the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract of patients.  

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Vemurafenib (Zelboraf) for BRAF V600E positive Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD)

Dezember 21, 2017 – Erdheim–Chester disease ((ECD), also known as Erdheim–Chester syndrome or polyostotic sclerosing histiocytosis) is a form of a bone marrow borne blood cancer. It is a rare disease characterized by the abnormal multiplication of a specific type of white blood cells called histiocytes,

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Netupitant/Palonosetron [Akynzeo] for nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy approved in the US

October 12, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on October 10,  approved Akynzeo (netupitant and palonosetron) to treat nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy. Akynzeo is a fixed combination capsule comprised of two drugs. Oral palonosetron approved in 2008 as Aloxi,

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Boxed Warning Updated: TNF Blockers and Cancer Risks in Children

November 3, 2009 – As we learn from it’s todays announcement, FDA is requiring stronger warnings about an increased risk of lymphoma and other cancers in children and adolescents who are treated with drugs that block tumor necrosis factor. TNF blockers include Infliximab [Remicade], Etanercept [Enbrel], Adalizumab [Humira], Certolizumab [Cimzia],

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  • Tick, tock: How stress speeds up your chromosomes' aging clock December 5, 2019
    Ageing is an inevitability for all living organisms, and although we still don't know exactly why our bodies gradually grow ever more decrepit, we are starting to grasp how it happens.
  • Genome testing for siblings of kids with autism may detect ASD before symptoms appear December 5, 2019
    One of the key priorities of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is starting early, with some evidence showing infants as young as seven months old could benefit. Yet, most children in North America aren't diagnosed with ASD until they're over four years of age. New research led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) […]
  • 2019: the year gene therapy came of age December 5, 2019
    In the summer, a mother in Nashville with a seemingly incurable genetic disorder finally found an end to her suffering—by editing her genome.
  • Scientists create 'epigenetic couch potato' mouse December 4, 2019
    Why is it that some people love to exercise, and others hate it? Most people would assume it's all due to genetics, but a new Baylor College of Medicine led study in mice shows for the first time that a different molecular level of regulation—epigenetics—plays a key role in determining one's innate drive to exercise. […]
  • Human genetic enhancement might soon be possible—but where do we draw the line? December 4, 2019
    The first genetically edited children were born in China in late 2018. Twins Lulu and Nana had a particular gene—known as CCR5—modified during embryonic development. The aim was to make them (and their descendants) resistant to HIV. By some definitions, this would be an example of human enhancement.
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