ASCO: Oncologists see benefit of medical marijuana, but not comfortable prescribing

IMAGE: Ashley Glode, PharmD, and colleagues show that despite perceived benefit, oncology providers not comfortable prescribing medical marijuana view more  Credit: University of Colorado Cancer Center A University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2019 shows that while 73 percent of surveyed oncology providers believe that…

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UCI research helps shed new light on circadian clocks

Irvine, Calif., May 30, 2019 — Can your liver sense when you’re staring at a television screen or cellphone late at night? Apparently so, and when such activity is detected, the organ can throw your circadian rhythms out of whack, leaving you more susceptible to health problems. That’s one of the takeaways from two new…

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Cancer-fighting combination targets glioblastoma

Chestnut Hill, Mass. (5/30/2019) — Researchers have paired a specialized diet and a tumor-fighting drug and found the non-toxic combination helps to destroy the two major cells found in an aggressive form of brain cancer, the team reports in the online edition of the Nature group journal Communications Biology. The international team combined a calorie-restricted…

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ASCO 2019: 40-50 percent response rate for brigatinib after other next-gen ALK inhibitors

IMAGE: D. Ross Camidge, MD, PhD and the ATOMIC consortium show that brigatinib remains effective even after first-line therapy with another next-generation ALK inhibitor. view more  Credit: University of Colorado Cancer Center Crizotinib was the first drug licensed to treat ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (ALK+ NSCLC). Since then, a range of next-generation ALK-inhibitors including ceritinib,…

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International team identifies potential therapeutic target for sepsis

DALLAS — May 30, 2019 — An international collaboration led by scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center has identified a potential new therapeutic target for sepsis, a life-threatening disease that can quickly spread through the body damaging organs. UT Southwestern researchers and collaborators in China, France, and Sweden, as well as New York and Pennsylvania…

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To curb infection, bacteria direct their defenses against themselves

Sometimes, the best defense against hostile invaders is a good, long nap. Or at least, that strategy seems to work for bacteria. In a new study, described in Nature, Rockefeller scientists showed that microbes under viral attack turn their defenses not only on their enemies, but also on themselves. This drastic measure, the researchers found,…

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A combination of agrochemicals shortens the life of bees, study shows

IMAGE: A nonlethal dose of insecticide clothianidin can reduce honeybees’ life span by half; once combined with the fungicide pyraclostrobin, it alters the behavior of worker bees to the point of… view more  Credit: Cristiano Menezes (left) and Catalina Angel (right). A new study by Brazilian biologists suggests that the effect of pesticides on bees could…

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