An Amazing Year for a Weapon Against Cancer

(DGIwire) – Immuno-oncology continues to prove its worth as an extraordinary research area in cancer care. Finding ways to customize the human immune system to power-up the battle against cancer has led to a wide range of breakthroughs so far, and the year 2018 was no exception. In a recent recap of the top immuno-oncology […]

What Makes a Lab a Productive Work Environment?

(DGIwire) – What is the recipe for the ideal laboratory work environment? A mixture of good management and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Recent articles in Nature and Laboratory Equipment have spotlighted the first of these elements. A survey of 3,200 scientists, conducted by Nature, suggested that a thorough training in lab and personnel management is crucial to […]

Spotlighting a Breakthrough in the Race to Treat Cancer

(DGIwire) – The human immune system has evolved over the course of 500 million years into a personalized and effective natural defense against disease. Which raises the question: Why doesn’t the immune system fight cancer? The answer is, it does, or tries to. But cancer uses tricks to hide from the immune system, shut down […]

A Fresh Approach to Treating Cancer: Targeting Proteins

(DGIwire) – Many headlines from the world of cancer research are focusing on the potential of checkpoint inhibitors—a way of releasing the brakes on immune cells so they can attack cancer cells. But as recently noted on LifeScienceLeader.com, some companies are exploring drugs that could work in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in the hopes of […]

Electroporation: A Vital Advance to Further Life Science Research

(DGIwire) – “Electroporation” is a big word that describes a process taking place on a small scale in the laboratory. As noted on BiotechArticles.com, electroporation involves passing an electric current through the surface of a living cell. By doing so, pores appear on the surface through which material can easily pass. Widely used in the […]

Taking Better Aim at Tumors

(DGIwire) – When it comes to treating cancer, chemotherapy and immunotherapy have proven to be powerful within certain limits. Take immunotherapy: Despite its great promise, it doesn’t help every patient to which it is given—and its track record of success is uneven among different cancers. So notes Douglas J. Swirsky, President and CEO of Rexahn […]

Will the ‘Immunotherapy Explosion’ Continue?

(DGIwire) – The field of immunotherapy—in which a patient’s immune system is made to fight against cancer cells—is exploding. This opinion was recently expressed by Dr. James Allison, the co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine, in Cancer Research Analyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research. For the first time, […]

3 Important Things to Know About Stem Cells

(DGIwire) – Imagine a tiny object with the power to transform itself into a vast array of different materials utilized by the human body. It may sound like science fiction, but this is precisely what objects called stem cells are capable of doing. What exactly are stem cells and how can they assist in various […]

What’s Next in the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer?

(DGIwire) – Sobering news from the world of medicine: More than 56,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019, according to a recent estimate by the American Cancer Society. This represents a two percent increase over the previous year’s diagnoses. While the ACS also states that the disease’s five-year survival rate continues to […]

3 Tips to Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Injections Easier

(DGIwire) – Anyone who uses injectable medication to treat their rheumatoid arthritis (RA) knows that injecting can be challenging at first. But there are strategies that can be used to help take the sting out of these injections. Here are a few tips: Ask a healthcare provider for a trainer. “Needle anxiety is a common […]

A Look at Shocking Advances in Cancer Treatment

(DGIwire) – This is an amazing era for cancer research. In one corner of the arena, a promising new class of cancer treatments recruits the cells in blood to fight tumors, using powerful gene-editing tools to transform a type of white blood cell—called a T cell—from an immune cell that normally targets bacterial or fungal […]

3 Things to Know About Biological Therapy for Cancer

(DGIwire) – For patients with cancer, biological therapies may be used to treat the cancer itself or the side effects of other cancer treatments, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Many forms of biological therapies have been approved and others are still being studied in clinical trials. Here are three things to know about […]

For Cancer Immunotherapy Patients, a ‘One-Two Punch’ Could Hold Promise

(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy, in which the human immune system is harnessed to treat cancer, has shown great promise but relatively few patients have responded significantly. Among strategies to enhance its power, one of the most intriguing involves so-called “combination” therapies—a “one-two punch” in which immunotherapy is administered along with another type of therapeutic. In recent […]

Why the Future of Cancer Immunotherapy Looks Bright

(DGIwire) – Cancer immunotherapy is a field of medicine that aims to identify treatments for cancer by enhancing the human body’s immune response. According to a recent review article in Frontiers of Immunology, this form of treatment has witnessed a surge in interest in recent years and is likely to transform the treatment of many […]

Getting Patients to Self-Administer Medication Correctly Is a Focus of Innovation

(DGIwire) – In the world of medicine, the level and variety of innovation today is truly unprecedented. As a recent article on PharmaVOICE.com noted, this is an era not only of gene and cancer immunotherapies but also therapeutics that are “digital” and “smart.” As the magazine explains, these aim to merge various smart devices with […]

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