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Cancer Awareness

Activated Immune Cells Attack Tumors

A new approach to cancer treatment that replaces a patient’s immune system with cancer-fighting cells can lead to tumor shrinkage. A recent study demonstrated that immune cells, activated in the laboratory against patients’ tumors and then administered to those patients, can attack cancer cells in the body. The experimental technique, known as adoptive transfer, has shown promising results in patients with metastic melanoma who have not responded to standard treatment. With further research, scientists hope this approach may have applications to many cancer types, as well as infectious diseases such as AIDS.

In the study, 13 patients with metastic melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) who had not responded to standard treatments were treated with immune cells produced in the laboratory specifically to destroy their tumors. The treatment resulted in at least 50% tumor shrinkage in six of the patients, with no growth or appearance of new tumors. Four additional patients had some cancer growths disappear.

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Wine May Decrease Dementia Risk

Too much alcohol may impair judgement, but having an occasional glass of wine might actually reduce the risk of developing dementia. Scientists in Denmark have been studying 1,700 people since the 1970s. Over a period of two decades, 83 of those people developed a form of dementia.

The researchers found that the people who drank wine had about half the risk of developing dementia. However, for beer drinkers, the risk of developing dementia was higher. The scientists could not determine why wine was associated with a lower risk and beer was associated with a higher risk, but they admitted that wine drinkers may tend to eat a more healthy diet or consume more vitamin E.

Heart Failure Survival Rates Improving

Survival after a heart failure diagnosis has greatly improved over the past 50 years, according to a study from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The study found that the risk of dying after being diagnosed with heart failure has dropped by about a third in men and women. Also, the number of new cases of heart failure has dropped by about a third for women, though the number of new cases for men remained unchanged.

Heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood through the body. It often develops slowly, over many years. About 4.8 million Americans have heart failure, with about 550,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. Heart failure contributes to about 287,000 deaths each annually. Prevention remains the best defense and involves controlling high blood pressure, heart disease, and other conditions.

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