Friday, August 03, 2012

Tarceva Battles Lung Cancer in Some

(HealthDay News) -- New research finds that the targeted cancer drug Tarceva nearly triples the amount of time lung cancer patients survive without a recurrence and has fewer side effects than standard chemotherapy.

The authors of a study appearing in the July 21 online issue of The Lancet Oncology recommend using Tarceva (erlotinib) as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer who have the particular gene mutation this drug targets.

Other experts agreed.

"This is a very important study [because] it shows that we can identify patients with a specific genetic marker and direct specific treatment toward them," said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La.

"In the past, if a patient needed system-wide treatment, it would be chemotherapy. However, now it's clear that we need to check for the EGFR mutation, and if they have that mutation it is likely that it is better for that patient as their initial treatment to get erlotinib instead of chemotherapy," added Dr. Alan Astrow, director of hematology and medical oncology at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. "It's an important result." Read more…

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Men Not Being Told Enough About PSA Tests

(HealthDay News) -- Most men are not being told the pros and cons of PSA tests, two new studies find.

Although PSA tests can detect prostate cancer, they can't predict which cancers are aggressive and which are so slow-growing that they don't need to be treated. This leads to overtreatment, which can have immediate consequences, such as impotence and incontinence, and only a tiny increase in survival, researchers say.

"Men in the United States have not been adequately told about the questions regarding the efficacy of prostate cancer screening," said Dr. Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, who was not involved in either study.

"They have been misled and over-promised," he said. "People have replaced the hope that prostate cancer screening is beneficial with the message that it is definitely beneficial."

The reports are published in the Sept. 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Read more…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How vitamin D helps prevent lung cancer

by: Aurora Geib

Increasing vitamin D may now be a matter of life or death, as recent studies have shown that it may play a vital role in the fight against lung cancer. To date, lung cancer is one of the three most common cancers that kill men and women in developed countries with a statistic of one million deaths every year.

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego discovered a correlative relationship between higher rates of lung cancer and less exposure to the sun.


Cancer and vitamin D

The study compared data from national and international databases and compared the lung cancer rates in 111 countries. It found a correlation with smoking, lung cancer and significant lower UVB exposure. Although the current study focused only on lung cancer, research conducted on other cancers have pointed to the fact that most cancer cases are seen in subjects living far from the equator, suggesting that lower levels of vitamin D also account for a high risk of colon and other cancers. Read more…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Is Big Pharma behind push to release critical details about H5N1 'super virus'?

by: Jonathan Benson

For the past several months, there has been an ongoing debate about whether or not to publish controversial research about a new militarized and highly-virulent strain of H5N1 avian flu capable of spreading between mammals, including between humans. The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) holds the position that certain details about how the virus was created should be withheld from publishing, while various others in the scientific community, many of which appear to work for vaccine interests, are demanding full disclosure.

The issue stems from research conducted by Dr. Ron Fouchier and his colleagues from Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands that resulted in the deliberate creation of a weaponized form of H5N1 that spreads between mammals. Prior to this research, H5N1 transmission was limited primarily to birds, as natural forms of the virus do not typically afflict mammals (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=116&t=26358).

But after years of warning the public that H5N1 would one day magically transform into a "super virus" capable of killing billions of people, the U.S. government and others conveniently saw their prediction come true in the form of an intentional "transformation" brought about by research, the details of which many are pushing to have published for the whole world to see. And based on recent reports, those pushing for their release appear to have dollar signs in their eyes, as gaining access to how the virus was made will allow them to create vaccines for this super virus once it is "accidentally" released into the wild. Read more…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Natural cranberry juice more effective than pills for fighting infections


by: Michelle Bosmier

A new study from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts confirms that natural cranberry juice is more effective in fighting infections than pills containing concentrated doses of the flavonoids found in cranberries. The study published in the Food Science and Biotechnology journal was led by Dr. Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering.

The new paper adds to the highly positive conclusions previously published by professor Camesano on the health benefits of cranberries. Earlier WPI studies have shown that their juice can prevent infectious bacteria, specifically a virulent form of E. coli, from attaching to the wall of the urinary tract. This strain is covered with hair-like projections that help it hook onto urinary tract cells.

Exposure to bioactive elements in cranberries reduce the ability of the bacteria to adhere to healthy cells. As a result, the E. coli is unable to form a biofilm, which would allow the bacteria to grow and spread further. Eventually they are easily eliminated by the natural flow of urine. Read more…

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Doctors use Fukushima-like radiation to "treat" thyroid disorders


Japan has been reporting for several days that much of the raw milk being produced in the Fukushima province is now radioactive. This raises today's quiz question: If the FDA were operating in Japan, what would they do about this raw, radioactive milk?

Answer: They would seize it because it's RAW, not because it's radioactive.

After all, it is the FDA that has long supported the mass irradiation of the food supply as a way to sterilize it and "kill pathogens." The food irradiation agenda has long been a top priority of the FDA (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6844). Meanwhile, the FDA has been a steady enemy of raw milk (and other raw foods).

Perhaps the Fukushima nuclear power plant has a future after all: Instead of producing power, it can function as an FDA-approved food irradiation center where fresh, raw foods are exposed to radiation to make them "safe" for public consumption (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/rr/radiationsickness.php).

Does your doctor want to irradiate your thyroid gland?
It's not just your food that's being irradiated, of course: It's also your body. In addition to the radiation-emitting mammography machines and cancer radiotherapy treatment machines used in hospitals every day, there's also a very common radiation treatment for so-called "hyperthyroidism" that involves injecting a radioactive form of iodine into patients and "burning out" their thyroid gland. Read more…

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Scientists announce amazing findings: chocolate offers huge


All regular readers of NaturalNews know that researchers have discovered chocolate (especially the organic, not junked up with additives and sugar type) contains phytochemicals which appear to promote good health. But no one has had much of a clue about the specifics of some of those benefits on the cardiovascular system -- until now. Scientists at the European Society of Cardiology Congress currently underway in Paris just announced that chocolate provides huge protection from heart disease as well as stroke.

That's great news because, despite the billions of dollars spent on mainstream medicine's drugs and surgical interventions, the battle against cardiovascular disease obviously needs some serious help. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2030 nearly 23.6 million people will die yearly from heart disease. Read more…

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