I’ve been browsing the internet for news and information concerning health and pharmaceutical news and there are a few interesting headlines that caught my attention.
The first one was a headline about a major break through in the development of new cancer drugs. The headline said “Capturing leukemic stem cells”.
This one caught my attention because who is not interested in Cancer research these days? Cancer is one of the diseases that I think everyone fears. This is natural because there are so many forms of cancer and the reasons for getting cancer are so unknown.
Though most research is conclusive that it has much to do with our modern diet and that poor diet and exercise has much to contribute. Still a cure to any cancer, or a step toward a cure is always a head line that catches my interest.
Here is a quote from this news article:
“In a recent study published in Nature Methods, the scientists involved describe how they succeeded in identifying two new chemical compounds that allow to maintain leukemic stem cells in culture when these are grown outside the body.
This important advance opens the way to the identification of new cancer drugs to fight acute myeloid leukemia, one of the most aggressive forms of blood cancer.
The ability to grow leukemic stem cells in culture is a major breakthrough. The next step is to study the molecular mechanisms that regulate the survival and proliferation of leukemic cells as well as the resistance to cancer drugs.”
I think this is great. We can learn so much more about cancer and how it grows, what environment it thrives under and what can kill it will help advance a cure to this kind of cancer.
The rest of the article can be accessed here.
Another headline that caught my attention today stated that “Honey is a New Approach to Fighting Antibiotic Resistance”. I am a lover if fighting disease as naturally as possible, and only turning to drugs and pharmaceuticals as a last resort so this naturally caught my attention.
Here is an interesting quote from the article:
“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols – all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them.
In addition, several studies have shown that honey inhibits the formation of biofilms, or communities of slimy disease-causing bacteria, she said. “Honey may also disrupt quorum sensing, which weakens bacterial virulence, rendering the bacteria more susceptible to conventional antibiotics,” Meschwitz said. Quorum sensing is the way bacteria communicate with one another, and may be involved in the formation of biofilms. In certain bacteria, this communication system also controls the release of toxins, which affects the bacteria’s pathogenicity, or their ability to cause disease.”
I think this is great information that leads to the conclusion that prevention is the best medicine to any disease of illness. Read the rest of the article here.
Well that’s it for today. Hope you stop by again soon.