A Nobel-Worthy Advance: Battling Cancer by Retooling the Body’s Immune Response

(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy—the method of harnessing the body’s own immune system to attack and kill cancer cells—is not just one of the most exciting frontiers in medicine today; it is now officially Nobel Prize-winning work. As recently reported by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and many other media outlets, two pioneers in the field—Drs. James […]

RNAi: Paving the Way to a New Class of Treatments

(DGIwire) – These are exciting times for gene therapy. As Business Insider recently reported, a biopharmaceutical company announced positive results from a late-stage clinical study of a drug for a rare nerve disorder, familial amyloid polyneuropathy. This drug, notes a report in STAT, harnesses a phenomenon called RNA interference (RNAi). This is a naturally occurring […]

RNAi: How One Man Helped Discover a Potential Road to Better Treatments

(DGIwire) – Dr. Craig Mello received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2006—but he didn’t always want to be a life scientist. Instead, digging for dinosaur bones lured him into science, according to a profile published by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Mello’s father, a paleontologist with the Smithsonian Institution, often took […]

3 Exciting Applications of Immunotherapy

(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy is treatment of a disease by inducing, enhancing or suppressing an immune response. Some types of immunotherapy only target certain cells of the immune system, while others affect the immune system in a general way. Here are a few examples of immunotherapy treatments being used today: Cancer Cancer immunotherapy is designed to […]

Coffee Lovers Rejoice!!!

(DGIwire) — Both the benefits and adverse health effects of coffee consumption have been the subject of study in recent years. Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But the latest run of studies has indicated that in […]

8 Things to Know About Childhood Cancer

(DGIwire) – Parents of a child with cancer might be daunted by the vast range of information available on this disease. No matter which specific form of cancer is being dealt with, certain fundamental facts ought to be conveyed at the outset. Here are eight important things to know: Cancer is the number one killer […]

Resolution: Improve Your Health, Americans

(DGIwire)  Health and fitness are always at the top of the list when it comes to New Year Resolutions regardless of anyone’s age. That is the good news and also the bad news because overall health in America is going in the wrong direction. Although you may hear that average life span in the United […]

Will Cancer Kill You?

(DGIwire) — According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer rates worldwide have doubled over the past 20 years and will most likely double again in the next 20 years unless immediate action is taken.  This prediction is from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is a special unit of WHO.  More than […]

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