New class of drug gives hope to some ovarian cancer patients

A study published today in Nature Communications shows that the drug rucaparib has been effective in treating certain types of ovarian cancers if used early in treatment, after a diagnosis, and before the cancer cells build up a resistance to chemotherapy. Rucaparib is in a relatively new class of drugs—Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase or PARP inhibitors—which have been approved for therapy in ovarian cancers. […]

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Glimmer of hope for generations of boys born with muscle wasting disease

New research gives hope medics might eventually be able to earlier diagnose and better treat a devastating and lethal muscle wasting disease. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a genetic mutation and affects one in every 5,000 boys born. Because the affected gene is on the X chromosome, girls can develop the disease, but only very rarely (1 in about […]

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Are corona passports the magic bullet Ministers hope they'll be?

Are corona passports really the magic bullet Ministers hope they’ll be? Experts are sceptical that testing to prove people DON’T have Covid-19 could help unlock society Tech companies believe a smartphone app could unlock society as we know it  This simple-to-use technology would prove our ‘Covid status’ and allow access   Experts claim a negative test result can’t guarantee an individual is […]

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Another One! Meghan, Harry Hope to Get Pregnant Again by Next Year

Back-to-back babies! Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry want to give their 6-month-old son, Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor, a little brother or sister sooner rather than later. The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, are hoping to conceive baby No. 2 by next year, a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “Their family is their No. 1 […]

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One-two punch drug combination offers hope for pancreatic cancer therapy

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have identified a combination of two anti-cancer compounds that shrank pancreatic tumors in mice—supporting the immediate evaluation of the drugs in a clinical trial. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved versions of the compounds are used today to treat certain leukemias and solid tumors, including melanoma. The study was published in Nature […]

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Moments of clarity in dementia patients at end of life: Glimmers of hope?

It happens unexpectedly: a person long thought lost to the ravages of dementia, unable to recall the events of their lives or even recognize those closest to them, will suddenly wake up and exhibit surprisingly normal behavior, only to pass away shortly thereafter. This phenomenon, which experts refer to as terminal or paradoxical lucidity, has been reported since antiquity, yet […]

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Promising molecule targets protein to offer hope for people with Parkinson’s

Results from a study published today looking at a molecule targeting clumps of alpha-synuclein, a key protein linked to Parkinson’s, offers hope that it may be possible to slow down or prevent the progression of the condition in humans. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have been able to investigate the effect of a molecule called anle138b, by developing a […]

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New drugs, test offer TB hope for millions

Thousands of scientists, activists and disease survivors Saturday wrap up a global conference on lung health dominated by the announcement of several breakthroughs in the battle against tuberculosis. The following is a round-up of developments in how doctors and aid workers are tackling the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Miracle drug Some strains of TB—a severe lung infection that can spread […]

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