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What does it mean to be human? Philosophers, theologians, sociologists and psychologists have attempted to understand the nature of mankind for ages. Their conclusions often contradict each other which lead to confusion rather than clarification. Clearly Man is a very complicated social being. The Bible tells us that man is “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
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One of the last instructions given by Jesus to the Church was, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” (Mark 16:15)

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FDA expands lung cancer approval for Bristol-Myers' drug

‎09 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:09:04 PMGo to full article
A trader passes by a screen displaying the tickers symbols for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Intelsat, Ltd. on the floor at the New York Stock ExchangeThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday expanded its approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy drug Opdivo for patients with an additional form of advanced lung cancer. The agency said Opdivo may now be used in patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed during or after platinum-based chemotherapy. Opdivo, known chemically as nivolumab, was first approved to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and later for squamous non-small cell lung cancer.

Court battle over Amish girl's cancer treatment ends

‎09 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:52:21 PMGo to full article
An Ohio judge on Friday formally ended a court effort to force chemotherapy on an Amish girl whose parents had defied a hospital over her treatment for leukemia, according to a ruling released on Friday. Medina County Probate and Juvenile Judge Kevin Dunn terminated the medical guardianship for the girl, ending a legal battle over the limits on parents' rights to make medical decisions. A court-appointed medical guardian had already given up on forcing the girl to resume chemotherapy after her family left the country for a while in 2013 to pursue alternative treatments that the family said improved the girl's condition.

AstraZeneca pauses two lung cancer drug combination trials

‎09 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:02:58 PMGo to full article
A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldAstraZeneca has temporarily halted two clinical trials combining experimental drugs to treat lung cancer, following reports of lung disease in some patients, the company said on Friday. The trials involve giving its drug AZD9291, which is currently awaiting regulatory approval, alongside the immune system-boosting medicine durvalumab, also known as MEDI4736, to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. AZD9291 and durvalumab are two of AstraZeneca's most promising experimental cancer treatments, although their use together in lung disease is only one of many possible applications.

Why is elephant cancer rare? Answer might help treat humans

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:14:15 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 photo, an elephant crosses a road in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, about 700 kilometres south west of Harare. Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts' bodies have many more cells. That's a paradox known among scientists, and now researchers think they may have an explanation. In results published Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, compared with other species, elephants' cells contain many more copies of a major cancer-suppressing gene that helps damaged cells repair themselves or self-destruct when exposed to cancer-causing substances. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts' bodies have many more cells. That's a paradox known among scientists, and now researchers think they may have an explanation — one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer.

Scientists discover why elephants rarely get cancer

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:09:16 PMGo to full article
Despite their big size, elephants rarely get cancer.Despite their big size, elephants rarely get cancer, and scientists said Thursday they have discovered the secret to the creatures' special protection. Elephants have 38 additional modified copies of a gene that encodes p53, a compound that suppresses tumor formation. Humans, on the other hand, have only two, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).



Snoring, apnea linked to diabetes risk in older adults

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:35:03 PMGo to full article
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Seniors with nighttime breathing issues like snoring or sleep apnea often have high blood sugar and may be almost twice as likely as sound sleepers to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study. Findings from some 6,000 U.S. adults who were followed for up to 10 years suggest that doctors may want to monitor blood sugar in older patients with sleep-disordered breathing, researchers say. “Recent evidence suggests that diabetes patients have a higher prevalence of sleep disturbances than the general population,” lead author Linn Beate Strand said by email.

License of nurse who reused syringes for flu shots suspended

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:13:29 PMGo to full article
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — A nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots to 67 patients at a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey has had her license temporarily suspended.

Researcher: Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:26:10 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 15, 2011 file photo, a child is screened for radiation exposure at a testing center in Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, after a nuclear power plant on the coast of the prefecture was damaged by March 11 earthquake. A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government’s position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring. Most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima have been given ultrasound checkups since the March 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. Thyroid cancer has been diagnosed in 137 of those children, though more broadly the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)TOKYO (AP) — A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.

U.S. cancer doctors drop pricey drugs with little or no effect

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:21:05 AMGo to full article
A woman holds the hand of her mother who is dying from cancer during her final hours at a palliative care hospital in WinnipegBy Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. oncologists, aware that patients are paying more of the costs of expensive cancer drugs, are increasingly declining to prescribe medicines that have scant or no effect, even as a last resort. At least half a dozen drugs, including colon cancer treatments Cyramza, from Eli Lilly & Co, and Stivarga, sold by Bayer AG, aren't worth prices that can exceed $100,000 a year, top cancer specialists said in interviews with Reuters. If specialists do start considering a drug's cost in their prescribing habits, such decisions could dent the multibillion-dollar cancer drug business of companies from Roche Holding AG to Celgene Corp. Worldwide spending on cancer medicines reached $100 billion in 2014, a year-over-year jump of more than 10 percent.

Scientists call for urgent trials to judge flu drugs for pandemics

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:03:01 AMGo to full article
Handout photo shows technician holding a master H1N1 virus sample for the pre-production of vaccine at laboratory in DresdenBy Kate Kelland LONDON,(Reuters) - Scientists still don't know if two commonly-used flu drugs -- Roche's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza -- really work in seasonal or pandemic flu outbreaks and say robust clinical trials are urgently needed to find out. While such medicines are stockpiled by governments around the world and were widely used in the 2009/2010 H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic, no randomized trials were conducted then, so evidence is scant on how effective that approach was. Publishing a report on the use of such antiviral drugs - known as neuraminidase inhibitors - against flu, experts co-led by Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar said this had been a huge wasted opportunity and one that should not happen again.

Nobel discoveries on DNA repair now fueling cancer drug research

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:06:58 AMGo to full article
Tomas Lindahl reacts after winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry at the Francis Crick Institute Clare Hall Laboratory, just north of LondonWhen deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) repair mechanisms fail, they predispose people to cancer. Modrich, Tomas Lindahl and Aziz Sancar won the prize for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair." Their work mapped how cells repair DNA to prevent damaging errors from appearing in genetic information. Subsequent work by Dr. Bert Vogelstein of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Richard Kolodner, then at Harvard Medical School and currently at the University of California, San Diego, showed mismatch repair defects are the chief cause of the most common inherited form of colorectal cancer, affecting 15 percent of colon cancer patients.

Cholera cases in Iraq top 1,200: ministry

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:52:10 PMGo to full article
Iraqi medical staff work in a vehicle during a vaccination campaign against cholera at a makeshift camp housing displaced Iraqis on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, on September 21, 2015The number of confirmed cases of cholera in Iraq has risen to 1,201, the health ministry said Wednesday of an outbreak that started along the Euphrates river last month. "There are 1,201 confirmed cases as of October 7, 2015," the health ministry said in a statement, adding that most patients had recovered. Health Minister Adela Hmoud is holding consultations with the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) to enhance cooperation in responding to the outbreak, the statement said.

Discussing life expectancy gives advanced cancer patients realistic view

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:24:43 PMGo to full article
Sequera looks out the window while receiving chemotherapy treatment at a paediatric hospital in MaracaiboBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - When doctors discuss prognosis with advanced cancer patients, those patients have more realistic views of their life expectancy and don’t seem to experience a decrease in emotional wellbeing, according to a new study. “That the vast majority of cancer patients who are dying say that they want to know their prognosis seems surprisingly courageous,” said senior author Holly G. Prigerson of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Every patient needs to know their prognosis, including life expectancy, and expected outcomes of treatment, for example they should know that chemotherapy cannot cure incurable cancer, Prigerson said.

Nobel-winning research could help people beat cancer

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:39:27 PMGo to full article
The model of a DNA stands on a desk during a press conference to announce the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 7, 2015 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in StockholmUnderstanding how our cells repair damaged DNA, a breakthrough which earned the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday, could make cancer treatment more effective, experts say. By revealing how our cells automatically fix DNA mutations which can lead to illness, the discovery opened the door to significantly improving chemotherapy's effectiveness against cancer, which kills some eight million people worldwide each year. "You can use this knowledge to destroy cancer," said Nora Goosen, a DNA repair expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

More evidence links smoking cessation to lowered diabetes risk

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:21:17 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - While smoking is linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes, this risk appears to drop over the long term once cigarette use stops, a review of evidence suggests. Researchers analyzed data on almost 5.9 million people in 88 previous studies examining the connection between smoking, second-hand smoke exposure and diabetes. The more cigarettes smokers consumed, the more their odds of getting diabetes increased.

New Jersey agency: Nurse giving flu shots reused syringes

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:25:17 PMGo to full article
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — A nurse administering flu shots to dozens of employees of a pharmaceutical company reused syringes, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.

Cuba resumes U.S. chicken imports after bird flu halt: traders

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:31:32 PMGo to full article
By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has purchased at least 30 million pounds (13 million kg) of U.S. chicken for delivery in October, traders told Reuters, ending a two-month suspension that Cuba attributed to a bird flu epidemic affecting the U.S. poultry industry. A letter emailed in June to traders from Alimport, the Communist-run country's food importer, said Cuba would not accept bids for delivery of chicken in August and September, "taking into account the animal health situation." Alimport has not publicly commented on the issue and did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters to confirm the lifting of the ban. Cuba is allowed to purchase U.S. agricultural goods for cash under a 2000 exception to the trade embargo.

Gay, bisexual men report more indoor tanning, skin cancer

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:31:31 PMGo to full article
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - - Sexual orientation may be a factor in a person's risks of skin cancer and of using indoor tanning devices, suggests a new study. Gay and bisexual men were up to six times more likely than straight men to use indoor tanning devices and to experience skin cancer while lesbian and bisexual women were about half as likely as straight women to do either, researchers found. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to directly prove a link between indoor tanning and an increased risk of skin cancer," said Dr. Matthew Mansh, who did the research while he was a medical student at Stanford University in California.

Brain scans could predict patients at risk of major depression

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:04:22 PMGo to full article
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying people with depression say brain scans could be used to predict who is most likely to relapse, an approach that could help doctors make better decisions about who should stay on antidepressants and who should stop. In a small study of 64 patients, the researchers found that significant differences showed up in brain scans of those who later went on to have a recurrence of their depression. While the results need first to be replicated and improved upon, Roland Zahn, who led the work, said the approach may prove important in the future "as there are currently no accurate ways to predict those who will have a recurrence following recovery".

DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:26:35 PMGo to full article
Aziz Sancar, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, at a press conference for the state of North Carolina's Nobel laureates in Chapel HillBy Daniel Dickson and Ben Hirschler STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer. Detailed understanding of DNA damage has helped drive a revolution in cancer treatment as researchers develop new drugs that target specific molecular pathways used by tumor cells to proliferate. Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar won the prize for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair".

Type of weight loss surgery matters for diabetes remission

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:24 AMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Diabetics considering weight-loss surgery to help send their disease into remission should opt for the most popular procedure, a gastric bypass, researchers suggest. In their study of different types of so-called bariatric surgeries, the biggest impact on diabetes remission was seen with gastric bypass, which can reduce the size of the stomach from about three pints to roughly the size of a shot glass. The researchers studied 569 obese patients with type 2 diabetes who had different types of weight-loss operations and 1,881 similar diabetics who didn’t have surgery.

FDA puts clinical hold on Advaxis cancer drug

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:03:53 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Advaxis Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put on hold the mid-stage trials of its experimental cancer drug after a patient died, sending its shares down 27 percent in extended trading. The clinical hold on the drug, axalimogene filolisbac, was issued after Advaxis submitted a safety report to the FDA, the company said on Tuesday. The company, however, said the patient died due to progression of cervical cancer and the drug played no role in her death.

Flu-associated pneumonia tied to skipped flu vaccine

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:46:49 PMGo to full article
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – - The flu vaccine may help prevent flu-related pneumonia, a study suggests. When researchers looked at patients with pneumonia, those whose pneumonia was related to the flu were more likely to have skipped the flu vaccine, compared to patients with pneumonia from other causes. Pneumonia can be a serious and common complication of catching the flu, the authors write.

Third of footballers have mental health issues: study

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:57 PMGo to full article
The new study into depression and anxiety among players drew upon data supplied by FIFPro member unions in Belgium, Chile, Finland, France, Japan, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Sweden and SwitzerlandDepression and anxiety issues affect over a third of current professional footballers, according to a study published by world players' union FIFPro on Tuesday. The research, led by FIFPro's chief medical officer Dr Vincent Gouttebarge, found that 38 percent of the 607 current players sampled and 35 percent of 219 former players reported symptoms of depression and anxiety in the four weeks prior to being questioned. The study also produced evidence of a correlation between serious injury and depression, with players who had sustained three or more such injuries found to be between two and four times more likely to report mental health issues.

Cambodia seeks way out of post 'killing fields' mental health crisis

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:06:41 AMGo to full article
By Astrid Zweynert PREAH AONG KAR, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hing Phon thought she was losing her mind when night after night terrifying nightmares jolted her awake as she dreamt of her husband, eldest son and 18 other relatives being killed by the Khmer Rouge during their brutal reign in Cambodia. Pitting poorer farmers against richer ones, the Khmer Rouge inflicted extreme cruelty and violence on people in her village in the southern province of Kampot when they took control of the area in the early 1970s.

For the First Time: A Handbook for Fighting Lung Cancer

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:05:30 PMGo to full article
The Perfect Heroine: A Talk With Afia Nathaniel About DukhtarWhat I wanted most when I founded the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation was to ensure lung cancer patients have access to information about their disease, and the tools and resources needed to beat it. Recently, I traveled to Vienna, Austria for the European Cancer Congress biannual event, where I spoke about the importance of this issue. Access...

Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:05:48 PMGo to full article
Tu Youyou, who helped discover the therapeutic treasures of artemisinin in lab work at the height of China's Cultural Revolution, was honoured with the 2015 Nobel Prize for MedicineA frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine. Tu Youyou, who helped discover its therapeutic treasures in lab work at the height of China's Cultural Revolution, was honoured on Monday with the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine. It comes to us today comes from work in 1970s by Tu and her team, who spotted references to a fever-easing plant in ancient Chinese medical texts and sought to extract the active ingredient to combat malaria.

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:47:04 PMGo to full article
The portraits of the winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize 2015 (L-R) Irish-born William Campbell, Satoshi Omura of Japan and China's Youyou Tu are displayed on a screen during a press conference of the Nobel CommitteeSTOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as "heroes in the truest sense of the word" for saving millions of lives with the creation of the world's leading malaria-fighting drug and another that has nearly wiped out two devastating tropical diseases.


Sierra Leone: Frontline Nurses In Aftermath of Ebola Outbreak Battle Depression, Stigma and Lack of Recognition

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:27:07 PMGo to full article
PhotoCredit: Michael Duff | Women in The Survivor Dream ProjectMagdalene is confident as she introduces herself to the group of nineteen survivors. "My name is Magdalene and I am a nurse, I survived Ebola. I caught it from work". She stops there, smiles and names her gratitude for the day, "I am happy to be sitting here with all of you, alive....

Caring for loved one with Alzheimer’s may be most stressful for spouse

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:18:54 PMGo to full article
Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia are sit inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico CityBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease isn’t easy under the best of circumstances, but it may be much more stressful for spouses and people who suffer from depression, a Finnish study suggests. Researchers followed 236 family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients for three years after the diagnosis. Caregiving appeared to be much more stressful for people who were married to the patients or who suffered from depression when the study began.

FDA expands approval of Merck's Keytruda to lung cancer

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:21:37 PMGo to full article
A view of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New JerseyThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Merck & Co Inc's immunotherapy, Keytruda, for patients with the most common form of lung cancer whose tumors produce a specific biological marker. The FDA approval for Keytruda in advanced non-small cell lung cancer is for patients whose tumors express PD-L1, a protein targeted by the drug, and includes a companion diagnostic, made by a unit of Agilent Technologies Inc, to measure those protein levels. A Merck spokeswoman said clinical trials found that 22 percent of patients with this type of cancer had PD-L1 scores of at least 50 percent.

Loud noise exposure linked to heart disease risk

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:46:04 PMGo to full article
French U.N. peacekeepers cover their ears during the live training exercise between Lebanese army and U.N peacekeepers in NaqouraBy Roxanne Nelson (Reuters Health) - People with long-term exposure to loud noise at work or in leisure activities may be at increased risk of heart disease, a U.S. study finds. Researchers found the strongest link in working-age people with high-frequency hearing loss, which is typically the result of chronic noise exposure. “Compared with people with normal high-frequency hearing, people with bilateral high-frequency hearing loss were approximately two times more likely to have coronary heart disease,” said lead author Dr. Wen Qi Gan of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in Lexington.

Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy has pancreatic cancer: magazine

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:52:45 PMGo to full article
Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy, whose widely recognized work in postmodern literature has been translated into 24 languages, is suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to an article in a literary magazine published on Friday. Esterhazy, 65, was not immediately available for comment. Last week he excused himself from the Goteborg Book Fair in Sweden, where he was supposed to appear as a special guest to showcase Hungarian literature, saying in a letter that he was preoccupied by pancreatic cancer.

Greece urges health precautions after suspect cholera case on Kos

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:49:40 PMGo to full article
Syrian refugees camp on a beach by the of the port of Kos as the passenger ship "Eleftherios Venizelos" is dockedGreek health authorities urged the public to take health precautions on Friday after a suspected cholera case was discovered on Kos island, a tourist destination and entry point for migrants from the Middle East and Asia. An official for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention told Reuters a 79-year-old Dutch tourist was transferred from Kos for tests and treatment in an Athens hospital with symptoms of cholera, including bad diarrhea and high fever, but the diagnosis was not yet confirmed. Kos has seen an influx of thousands of migrants and refugees from countries including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who cross the Aegean Sea from nearby Turkey.

Link between tallness, higher cancer risk: study

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:07:42 AMGo to full article
For every 10 centimetres (four inches) over one metre in height, the odds of developing cancer increased by 10 percent in men and 18 percent in women in newly reported research.Being tall is linked to a higher risk of cancer, especially for women, said research Thursday drawn from physical and health data for five million people in Sweden. A Swedish woman 1.72 metres (six feet) tall, for example, was about a third more likely to contract cancer than a woman of 1.52 metres. The findings, which have not been published in a scientific journal, support similar links found in other studies between height and elevated cancer risk -- but the researchers said their work was based on the largest group of men and women yet.

Cooling towers blamed for Legionnaires' disease at prison

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:56:25 PMGo to full article
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dirty cooling towers were to blame for an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has sickened dozens of inmates and at least four employees at San Quentin State Prison since late August, according to a report Thursday.


Call for Britain to over-ride patents on Roche cancer drug

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:13:13 PMGo to full article
The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in ShanghaiBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - A group of patients and campaigners has called on Britain's health minister to over-ride patents protecting Roche's expensive breast cancer drug Kadcyla to allow for the import or manufacture of cut-price copies. The move shows the growing pricing pressure on drug companies on both sides of the Atlantic, especially in the field of cancer where new treatments can cost well over $100,000. In a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday, the Coalition for Affordable T-DM1 said the government should grant a compulsory license for patents covering Kadcyla, or T-DM1, allowing other companies to supply so-called biosimilar versions.

FDA approves Bristol-Myers drug combination for skin cancer

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:33:42 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its combination of two drugs to treat a form of skin cancer was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The combination delayed the spread of cancer by 8.9 months compared with 4.7 months for Yervoy. This is the FDA's first and only approval for a combination of two immuno-oncology drugs, Bristol-Myers said.

Personalised breast cancer treatment has saved millions: experts

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:29:36 AMGo to full article
Personalised breast cancer treatment has saved millions: expertsIn just three decades, the once monolithic approach to diagnosing and treating breast cancer has become more personalised and less intrusive -- a transformation that likely saved millions of lives, experts say. From testing methods adapted to an individual's level of risk, better drugs and selective use of chemotherapy, treatment is no longer a one-size-fits-all for some 1.6 million people diagnosed with the disease every year. "In the past few decades, we have witnessed major changes and improvements in the treatment of breast cancer," Justin Stebbing, a professor in cancer medicine at Imperial College London, told AFP.

Diverse gut bacteria lowers babies' asthma risk: study

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:19:58 AMGo to full article
Children at high risk of getting asthma may be missing some important gut bacteria in their first few months of life, according to a studyChildren at high risk of getting asthma may be missing some important gut bacteria in their first few months of life, according to a study Wednesday that helps explain why asthma is on the rise. Cases of asthma -- a lifelong condition that causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing -- have risen sharply since the 1950s, particularly in Western countries where up to 20 percent of children are affected, experts say. While scientists still do not have a definitive answer, the findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine identified for the first time four specific bacteria that appear to protect the immune system against asthma.

New NYC Legionnaires' disease outbreak kills 1, sickens 12

‎30 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎11:06:07 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — A new Legionnaires' disease cluster discovered in the Bronx has killed one person and sickened 12 others just a month after the largest outbreak of the disease in New York City history, health officials said Wednesday.

Cancer survivor clinics linked to fewer emergency room visits

‎30 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:06:38 PMGo to full article
To match feature WITNESS-CANCER/DIAGNOSISBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Specialized clinics for childhood cancer survivors may help reduce the odds these patients will need emergency medical care as adults, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers followed almost 4,000 adult survivors of childhood cancers in Ontario for two decades. Compared with survivors who never used the specialized clinics, patients who went at least once were 19 percent less likely to visit the emergency department, the study found.

Scientists find genes that protect African children from malaria

‎30 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎07:19:10 PMGo to full article
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified specific genetic variations that protect some African children from developing severe malaria and say their discovery will boost the fight against a disease that kills around half a million children a year. In the largest study of its kind, the researchers said identifying the variations in DNA at a specific location, or locus, on the genome helps explain why some children develop severe malaria and others don't in communities where people are constantly exposed to the mosquito-borne disease. In some cases, they said, having a specific genetic variation almost halves a child's risk of developing a life-threatening case of the disease.

Smart capsule to target colon diseases

‎30 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:40 PMGo to full article
By Ben Gruber West Lafayette, IND (Reuters) - A new electronic drug capsule engineered to deliver medications directly to the colon could potentially offer a more effective and cheaper option for treating people with gastrointestinal conditions, according to researchers at Purdue University in Indiana.   The device is comprised of two parts, one carrying a drug payload and the other housing electronics designed on the same principles used to trigger a torpedo. ...

All Was Well -- Then My Fiancee Got Cancer

‎30 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎02:00:44 AMGo to full article
All Was Well -- Then My Fiancee Got CancerPhoto caption: Brent and Emily Stoller on their wedding day in Rancho Mirage, CA.Photo credit: Amy & Stuart PhotographyWhich band do we want? What color should the groomsmen wear? Can our rehearsal dinner video montage be made to resemble A-Ha's "Take on Me"? For my fiancée, Emily, and me, the planning process for our wedding was routine....

Debunking the Myth that Refugees Spread Disease

‎29 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎11:23:02 PMGo to full article
Debunking the Myth that Refugees Spread DiseaseI met 26-year old architecture graduate Bahar in a café in central Athens. Her stomach was aching for three days now and the pain made her cringe every couple of minutes. It has been one month since she arrived to the city. Her trip made her walk from Iran to Turkey, where she took a boat to a Greek island and then a second boat to Athens....

U.S. workers sue Monsanto claiming herbicide caused cancer

‎29 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎10:15:51 PMGo to full article
Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris(Reuters) - A U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant have filed lawsuits claiming Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers and Monsanto intentionally misled the public and regulators about the dangers of the herbicide.

More evidence links inactivity to diabetes and heart disease

‎29 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who are inactive for hours on end each day may face an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease even if they also get regular exercise, a U.S. study confirms. While the study wasn’t designed to prove that a sedentary lifestyle causes heart disease or diabetes, the link between inactivity and risk factors for these illnesses remained strong regardless of age, gender, weight and whether participants got regular exercise. “The take-home message is that reducing sedentary behavior is very important for maintaining favorable levels of blood lipids and sugars, and thus for the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, even in those who already meet physical activity recommendations,” lead study author Qibin Qi, a researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System in New York, said by email.

Computers Don't Detect Breast Cancer Better Than Doctors

‎29 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎04:38:35 PMGo to full article
Computers Don't Detect Breast Cancer Better Than DoctorsCHICAGO (AP) -- Computer-assisted detection used in most U.S. mammograms adds no benefit to breast cancer screening while substantially increasing costs, a large study suggests.Some previous research said computer technology could serve almost as a second set of eyes for doctors. The technique uses special software to highlight...

Lilly, Incyte arthritis drug found better than common treatment

‎29 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:41 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp said their experimental drug was found to be more effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis than a commonly prescribed medicine, in a late-stage study. Previous studies showed that the drug was more effective than two other classes of treatments, including biologic drugs, Incyte Chief Drug Development Officer Rich Levy said. AbbVie Inc's Humira is currently the highest-earning biologic drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Sanofi says application for new diabetes drug under FDA review

‎29 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:04 AMGo to full article
A logo is seen in front of the entrance at the headquarters of French drugmaker Sanofi in ParisPARIS (Reuters) - European pharmaceuticals group Sanofi on Tuesday said its application for review for its new drug, lixisenatide, a diabetes treatment, had been accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt)

Bill Gates and UN say malaria could be eradicated by 2040

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:42:00 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2005 file photo, a mother gently places her son in a basket as she takes him to a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic after he contracted malaria, in Lankien, Southern Sudan. Malaria could be wiped out by 2040, despite the lack of an effective vaccine, previous failed attempts to eradicate the disease and drug resistance problems, the United Nations and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a report released on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)LONDON (AP) — Malaria could be wiped out by 2040, despite the lack of an effective vaccine, previous failed attempts to eradicate the disease and drug resistance problems, the United Nations and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a report released on Monday.

Computer-aided mammography might not help spot breast cancer

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎07:04:19 PMGo to full article
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Computer-aided detection, a part of almost all mammograms today, appears not to improve diagnostic accuracy for breast cancer screening, according to a large study. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 and became common after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services increased reimbursement for the technology in 2002, the authors write. Since then, it has been hard to measure how much difference CAD actually makes in spotting cancers.

Study: Breast cancer detection not better with computer aid

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:31 PMGo to full article
CHICAGO (AP) — Computer-assisted detection used in most U.S. mammograms adds no benefit to breast cancer screening while substantially increasing costs, a large study suggests.

Dried plums could reduce the risk of colon cancer

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:05:08 PMGo to full article
Dried plums could help reduce the risk of colon cancer.A diet rich in dried plums could reduce the risk of colon cancer according to a recent American study presented in Boston during the 2015 Experimental Biology conference. The fruit promotes the retention of beneficial bacteria for the colon. Researchers from the Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina based their study on preexisting research that demonstrated how one's diet can modify the metabolism and the microbiota composition of the colon (the bacteria present throughout the colon and digestive tract).

Pregnant Cancer Patients Shouldn't Terminate Or Delay Treatment

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎05:06:30 PMGo to full article
Pregnant Cancer Patients Shouldn't Terminate Or Delay TreatmentPregnant women diagnosed with cancer do not need a termination and can start treatment immediately without worrying unduly about the effects of drugs or radiation on their unborn babies, cancer specialists said on Monday.A study of 129 children aged 1 to 3 who had prenatal exposure to cancer treatment showed their mental processes and heart...

Gene Differences Determine Which Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎04:48:05 PMGo to full article
Gene Differences Determine Which Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip ChemoMany women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease - good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient's risk.The test accurately identified a group of women whose cancers are so likely to respond to hormone-blocking drugs that adding...

Verastem stops cancer therapy development; shares plunge

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎04:32:09 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Verastem Inc said it would wind down studies testing VS-6063, its lead therapy in development, to treat mesothelioma cancer, raising questions about the therapy's potential to treat other forms of cancers. Verastem said on Monday it would halt a mid-stage study of VS-6063 to treat a cancer that affects the internal wall of organs, after a review showed the therapy was not effective enough to warrant continuing studies. "Verastem will be looking at the potential for combination studies, however we believe VS-6063's longevity as a drug is now also being called into question," Roth Capital analyst Joseph Pantginis said.

Roche gets jump on rivals in race for progressive multiple sclerosis treatment

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎03:38:30 PMGo to full article
The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in ShanghaiBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Switzerland's Roche has moved into pole position in the race to launch the world's first treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis but smaller players are working hard on rival approaches. While there are a number of treatments for relapsing remitting MS, the most common form of the disease, there are no approved drugs for progressive MS, which is marked by steadily worsening symptoms. "It's a very significant first," Roche's head of neuroscience clinical development Paulo Fontoura told Reuters on Monday, adding it was "hard to speculate" when Roche might face competition.

Pregnant cancer patients shouldn't terminate or delay treatment: study

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎03:36:14 PMGo to full article
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Pregnant women diagnosed with cancer do not need a termination and can start treatment immediately without worrying unduly about the effects of drugs or radiation on their unborn babies, cancer specialists said on Monday. A study of 129 children aged 1 to 3 who had prenatal exposure to cancer treatment showed their mental processes and heart function developed normally compared with children from the general population. "Our results show that fear of cancer treatment is no reason to terminate a pregnancy, that maternal treatment should not be delayed and that chemotherapy can be given," said Frederic Amant, a professor and gynaecological oncologist at University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium who led the work.

Merck's once-weekly diabetes drug approved in Japan

‎28 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎02:19:48 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Merck & CO said its Type 2 diabetes drug had been approved in Japan, marking the first approval for the once-weekly drug. The drug, omarigliptin, belongs to the same class of drugs as Merck's bestseller Januvia, which is to be taken once a day.


Exclusive: Storm suspected of carrying new corn disease into U.S.

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:02:05 AMGo to full article
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - A tropical storm could have carried the corn disease tar spot into the heart of the U.S. farm belt for the first time, as winds and rain blew in from Latin America, researchers told Reuters. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed cases of tar spot in four locations in Indiana and three in Illinois. The fungal disease has been a problem for years in Mexico and in Central and South America, with farmers fighting infections that can lower yields.

Weight-loss surgery may not increase health costs for diabetes

‎23 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎10:32:21 PMGo to full article
Carolyn Dawson, bariatric surgery patient, looks at a diagram of her procedure at her surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder's office in DenverBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Weight loss surgery may be a cost-effective way of lowering blood sugar for many diabetics, not just those who are severely obese, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers found that for people with diabetes, total healthcare costs did not rise in the years following weight-loss surgery, largely because of overall savings from less use of healthcare and medications. For people with normal or merely elevated blood sugar below the cut-off for diabetes, the surgery was linked to higher costs afterward.

Getting active after a cancer diagnosis may extend life

‎23 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎07:32:55 PMGo to full article
To match feature WITNESS-CANCER/DIAGNOSISResearchers found the same holds true for everyone – supporting the current World Health Organization recommendation of moderate physical activity to combat the risk of chronic disease, they write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The WHO recommends two and a half hours of moderate exercise per week for some health benefit and five hours of moderate exercise per week for additional benefit. Half as much time per week of vigorous physical activity, like running, may confer the same benefits.

GSK may get EU green light for new biotech asthma drug this week

‎23 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎05:04:54 PMGo to full article
The GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen at the entrance of a building in LuxembourgBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline may get a green light from European regulators as early as this week for a new biotech medicine to treat severe asthma, boosting prospects for its struggling respiratory business. A recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would confirm the British drugmaker's lead in a race to develop an injectable drug for patients with severe asthma who don't respond well to traditional inhalers. Despite treatment advances in recent decades, asthma is still not well controlled in a significant minority of patients, creating what analysts believe is a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the new injections.

Amgen, Allergan say Avastin copycat succeeds in lung cancer study

‎23 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎04:46:27 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Amgen Inc and Allergan Plc said a late-stage study showed their biosimilar candidate for a type of lung cancer was as effective as Roche AG's Avastin in preventing disease progression and improving survival. Avastin is Roche's best-selling cancer drug, raking in about $6.5 billion in sales last year. The arrival of biosimilars - copied versions of complex biotech drugs - represents a threat to companies such as Roche.

Cases in Iraq cholera outbreak rise to 121, but no new deaths: ministry

‎23 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎02:24:20 PMGo to full article
Iraq's first major cholera outbreak since 2012 has risen to at least 121 cases and spread to southern provinces along the Euphrates River, though no new deaths have been reported in days, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The illness was detected last week in the town of Abu Ghraib, about 25 km (15 miles) west of the capital, where at least four deaths were recorded. Cholera is spread mainly through contaminated water and food and, if untreated, can lead to death by dehydration and kidney failure within hours.


Nestle pushes further into medicine with planned Alzheimer's test

‎23 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎11:42:37 AMGo to full article
Food group Nestle has taken a further step into the medicine business by signing a research collaboration agreement with a Swiss biotech company to develop an Alzheimer's disease diagnostic test. Nestle's second medical deal in a week underscores the commitment by the world's largest packaged food company to the faster-growing, more profitable medical field as sales of processed foods slow in many markets. Tau is a protein that causes tangles in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's. The Swiss food maker said last week it had signed a separate deal to develop a new treatment for ulcerative colitis.

Is Cancer in the Family Tree?

‎23 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:31:37 AMGo to full article
Looking at Megan Vess' blue eyes and engaging smile, you would never know that she has been battling cancer for three years.The 13-year-old has been receiving treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® since she was 10, and as part of the diagnostic process, Megan's doctors learned that she has a...

Goldman CEO Blankfein says has 'highly curable' form of cancer

‎22 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎11:24:24 PMGo to full article
Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, delivers remarks at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women/State Department Entrepreneurship Program at the State Department in WashingtonThe veteran Wall Street boss, who steered the U.S. investment bank through the financial crisis, told employees and shareholders he would undergo chemotherapy for lymphoma over the next several months in New York. The bank's shares finished down 1.98 percent at $179.72 a share on the New York Stock Exchange, underperforming a weaker wider market, as the announcement put Goldman's succession plans under the spotlight. While Blankfein, 61, is undergoing treatment, other senior bank officials, including his top deputy, Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn, will assume some of his responsibilities in dealing with the public, a person familiar with the matter said.

Exclusive: Americans overpaying hugely for cancer drugs - study

‎22 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎09:15:00 PMGo to full article
Man buys cancer drug Glivec for a relative who is suffering from cancer at a pharmacy in a government-run hospital in AhmedabadThe United States also pays more than double the price charged in Europe for these drugs - so-called tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), a potent class of cancer pills with fewer side effects than chemotherapy. The analysis by pharmacologist Andrew Hill of Britain's University of Liverpool, who will present his findings at the Sept. 25-29 European Cancer Congress in Vienna, is likely to fuel a growing storm over U.S. drug costs.

Common Pregnancy Complications Tied to Heart Disease Deaths Later On

‎22 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎04:54:14 PMGo to full article
Common Pregnancy Complications Tied to Heart Disease Deaths Later OnPregnant women who experience certain complications related to their pregnancies may have an increased risk of dying from heart disease later in life, a new study suggests.Researchers found that the women in the study who had high levels of sugar in the urine during pregnancy were about four times more likely to die from heart disease over...

AstraZeneca taps crowd sourcing to find cancer drug cocktails

‎22 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎09:48:06 AMGo to full article
A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldDrugmaker AstraZeneca is harnessing the wisdom of crowds to help mix tomorrow's cancer drug cocktails. The company said on Tuesday its decision to release preclinical data from more than 50 of its medicines was unprecedented in scale and would help accelerate the hunt for synergistic tumor-fighting drug combinations. The crowd sourcing initiative is being run as part of the DREAM Challenge, an open innovation non-profit biology project in which scientists pool ideas and crunch data.

Iraq tries to contain cholera outbreak west of Baghdad

‎19 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:06:58 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered daily water tests and other measures on Saturday to contain an outbreak of cholera that has killed at least six people in Baghdad's western outskirts. The deaths were in the town of Abu Ghraib, about 25 km (15 miles) west of the capital, hospital sources said. Abadi said Iraq would work with the Red Crescent and U.N. children's agency UNICEF to install additional water purification stations in Abu Ghraib.

Dying Dutchman's last wish: to build brain cancer app

‎19 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎09:02:04 AMGo to full article
Terminally ill with a brain tumour, Dutch patient Frederik van den Broek displays a mock-up of his MindApp shortly before his death in Amsterdam.Dying of a brain tumour, Frederik van den Broek had one last wish on his "bucket list": serving as his own guinea pig to build a smartphone app for fellow cancer patients. Now Dutch neurologists say the input from Van den Broek, who died late last month aged 41, has been invaluable in creating what is believed will be the world's most advanced mobile-based app for cancer patients. MindApp for Android and iPhone mobiles will allow users with a few simple clicks to track and update appointments such as for radio and chemo therapy, to help remember who their doctors are and even to manage the myriad pills they must take.

U.S. may use heat to kill poultry if bird flu strikes again

‎19 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:38:09 AMGo to full article
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. agriculture officials seeking to control deadly bird flu have approved a method of killing infected poultry that entails sealing barns shut, turning up the heat and shutting off ventilation systems, an option that has been condemned by animal rights groups as cruel. The Agriculture Department (USDA) said in a statement that it would consider using the method if there are no other ways to kill flocks within 24 hours of infections being detected. Nearly 50 millions chickens and turkeys died from bird flu or were culled from December through June in the country's worst animal disease outbreak on record.

High percentage of ex-NFL players had brain disease: report

‎19 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:31:45 AMGo to full article
A man stands at a window lit by the NFL logo in New York(Reuters) - All but four of 91 former National Football League (NFL) players who donated their brains for research were diagnosed with a disease linked to concussion and head trauma, according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The foundation said on its website that the study, conducted by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University, found that the players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative brain disease that affects memory and judgment.

An Aspirin A Day May Keep Colon Cancer Away

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎11:52:40 PMGo to full article
Dutch researchers say risk can be reduced up to 30 percent -- here's how.We all grew up hearing, "An aspirin a day will keep the doctor away."But were we ever told what ailments exactly we were preventing?Over time, we learned that taking a baby aspirin a day was good for warding off a heart attack, especially if someone already had heart...

U.S. broiler trade girds for bird flu as migration nears

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎09:30:54 PMGo to full article
By Mark Weinraub WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. broiler chicken producers are shoring up security plans over the risk of a new outbreak of bird flu this fall even though the disease, which has forced the culling of almost 50 million birds, spared their flocks during the spring. The industry, which raises chickens used for meat, is closely watching to see if its birds will be susceptible to any new strains of the disease that might appear in birds as they begin to migrate south in the coming weeks, an executive with the National Chicken Council said in an interview. "We do not know what has happened to the virus in the past few months," said Ashley Peterson, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the National Chicken Council.

Things to know about the flu shot: Lots of options this year

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎09:48:46 AMGo to full article
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden, right, receives a flu shot from nurse B.K. Morris during an event about the flu vaccine, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. It's time for flu shots again, and health officials expect to avoid a repeat of the misery last winter, when immunizations weren't a good match for a nasty surprise strain. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Give flu vaccine another chance: This year's version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter's misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.

Lilly diabetes drug slashes deaths in patients with heart risk

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:20:49 AMGo to full article
Eli Lilly and Co's new Jardiance pill slashed deaths by 32 percent in patients with type 2 diabetes at risk of heart attack and stroke, a finding that could make it a mainstay diabetes treatment and triple its use, according to researchers and analysts. "This is the first diabetes therapy to show robust effect in reducing cardiovascular death. It really is big news," said Dr. Bernard Zinman, director of the Diabetes Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, who led the three-year study of 7,000 people.

Flu shots for adults under 65 may boost protection for seniors

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎11:05:19 PMGo to full article
Nurses prepare influenza vaccine injections during a flu shot clinic in BostonBy Joan Stephenson (Reuters Health) - When healthy adults under age 65 get a flu shot to protect themselves, they may be helping older adults in their communities avoid the flu as well, according to a new analysis of nationwide U.S. data. The odds of having a flu-related illness were 21 percent lower among seniors living in counties with the highest flu vaccination rates among people 18 to 64 years old, compared to seniors living in counties with the lowest rates, researchers found. The study’s results suggest that widespread vaccination of young, healthy adults against flu has the potential to prevent up to 5.9 percent of influenza diagnoses in elderly individuals, researchers write in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Advaxis therapy improves survival rates in cervical cancer patients

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎10:41:45 PMGo to full article
Advaxis Inc said its experimental cancer vaccine was found more effective in improving survival rates of cervical cancer patients than standard therapy, validating the technology behind its pipeline of cancer treatments. Advaxis shares, which had risen about 19 percent in the past three days, closed up 0.5 percent at $19.71 on Thursday. "The initial reaction was mostly driven by expectations for a higher 12-month survival," FBR & Co analyst Vernon Bernardino said.

Study: Type 2 diabetes pill Jardiance cuts risk of death

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎10:29:02 PMGo to full article
This product image provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals shows bottles of Jardiance, a daily pill for Type 2 diabetes. Jardiance sharply reduced chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications, a study shows, making the medication the first shown to lengthen diabetics' lives. (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals via AP)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Jardiance sharply reduced chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications, a study shows, making the Type 2 diabetes medication the first shown to lengthen diabetics' lives.

This year's flu vaccine better than last year: US

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎10:04:55 PMGo to full article
This year's flu vaccine better than last year: USUS health officials vowed Thursday that this year's vaccine against influenza is better than last year's, which packed little punch against the most common strain of the virus. Everyone over the age of six months is urged to get the annual flu vaccine in order to prevent serious illness and death, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a press conference in the US capital to mark the beginning of flu season. "Flu is unpredictable but you can predict that the single best thing you can do to protect yourself is to get the vaccine," said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Artificial pancreas provides better real-world control of type 1 diabetes

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:02:23 PMGo to full article
By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A system that combines frequent blood sugar measurements with software that varies the rate at which insulin is pumped into the body can significantly improve glucose control in type 1 diabetics, researchers say. More importantly, they were done under real-world conditions, said Aaron J. Kowalski, vice president for research at JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which helped sponsor the study. "Many people in the field have seen the potential of the artificial pancreas systems and thought that they could add significant value But we worry about what's going to really happen when people go out in the real world where you have exercise, you might be golfing all day, eating huge meals, and drinking alcohol.

Malaria deaths fall 60 percent since 2000: UN

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎05:14:46 PMGo to full article
Malaria deaths fall 60 percent since 2000: UNMalaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60 percent since 2000, the UN said Thursday, with improved diagnostic tests and the massive distribution of mosquito nets aiding dramatic progress against the disease. "Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of this century," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said while presenting the report at Britain's Houses of Parliament. "Malaria has ben tamed but by no means defeated.

Time for flu vaccine, updated after misery of last winter

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:31 PMGo to full article
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden, right, receives a flu shot from nurse B.K. Morris during an event about the flu vaccine, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. It's time for flu shots again, and health officials expect to avoid a repeat of the misery last winter, when immunizations weren't a good match for a nasty surprise strain. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu shots again, and health officials expect to avoid a repeat of the misery last winter, when immunizations weren't a good match for a nasty surprise strain.

Millions of children's lives saved as malaria deaths plunge: U.N.

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:04:29 AMGo to full article
Worker Solomon Conteh picks up a mosquito at Sanaria Inc. facility in RockvilleBy Kate Kelland LONDON, (Reuters) - Rates of death from malaria have plunged by 60 percent in the past 15 years, meaning more than 6 million lives have been saved - the vast majority of them African children, United Nations agencies said on Thursday. In a joint World Health Organisation (WHO)-UNICEF report, experts also said that a crucial Millennium Development Goal to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015 has been met "convincingly", with new cases of the parasitic mosquito-borne disease down by 37 percent since 2000. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hailed it as "one of the great public health success stories of the past 15 years".

Toddler with type 2 diabetes highlights global obesity epidemic

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:01:46 AMGo to full article
A three-year-old American girl has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes -- a condition linked to obesity -- making her one of the youngest people ever detected with the disease. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as "adult-onset" because it is most common among the middle-aged and elderly, but in the last two decades increasing numbers of children have succumbed, due to poor diets and lack of exercise. Details of the case are being presented on Thursday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm by Michael Yafi, director of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas, Houston.

Cholera kills 16 at Boko Haram displaced camps in NE Nigeria: MSF

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:58:47 PMGo to full article
Internal displaced children queue for relief materials at a Camp near Zabarmari, a fishing and farming village outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on July 3, 2015Sixteen people have died in a cholera outbreak at three camps for those made homeless by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday. "The official count of 16 September recorded 172 cholera cases and 16 deaths," MSF, which is also known as Doctors Without Borders, said in an emailed statement. Ghada Hatim, in charge of MSF operations in Nigeria, and Chibuzo Okonta, head of emergency projects for the charity in Paris, said other international aid agencies needed to help.

Cancer remains leading cause of death among U.S. Hispanics

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:05:37 PMGo to full article
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Cancer remains the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the U.S., driven in large part by lung malignancies in men and breast tumors in women, a new report finds. This year, Hispanics in the U.S. will experience 125,900 new cases of cancer and 37,800 deaths from cancer, the report predicts. Among men, lung tumors will account for one in six cancer deaths, while breast malignancies will account 16 percent of cancer fatalities among Hispanic women, the researchers estimate.




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Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen


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There are many diverse anticipations concerning the Coming World Leader, commonly referred to as “The Antichrist.” This study will explore the Biblical descriptions with the specific expectations of the globalists, Islam, the Vatican, Freemasonry, and others.
• Will he be a Nephilim?
• Why is the Vatican openly preparing to receive an “alien” visitor?
• Will he be a resurrection of Nimrod? Is his DNA a factor?
• What are the expectations of transhumanist technologists in this regard?
Clearly, the Bible has much more to illuminate this issue far beyond the popular conceptions; and yet the composite perspective will astonish most. Furthermore, is there a climactic cosmic deception being prepared that, if it were possible, “it would deceive the very elect”? Jesus commanded us, “Be not deceived.” But, how?
How close are these events to our current horizon?
Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in an intensive summary of some of the Strategic Trends that will impact all of us.
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Angels, Volume III: The Denizens of the Metacosm



by Dr. Chuck Missler



Volumes 1 & 2 of this series explored the finite limits and boundaries of our physical reality. After probing the limits of both the Macrocosm and the Microcosm, we discovered that our reality is but a shadow of larger reality, the Metacosm, a domain of extra-dimensional transfers and other paradoxical phenomena.


Volume 3 explores the contradictory behavior of UFOs and other demonic deceptions characteristic of the End Times. Explore these topics in more detail in either this two-hour briefing, Angels Vol 3: The Denizens of the Metacosm or our six-hour extensive study, Expectations of the Antichrist.



• Are they real?

• Why do UFOs enjoy a military classification higher than our most sensitive weapons systems?

• Why are the events which occurred in Roswell New Mexico still classified after 66 years?

• Why is the Vatican openly preparing to receive an Alien Visitor?

• How should a Christian deal with the occurrences of Alien abductions?

• Jesus admonished us to “Be not deceived.” How?

• How do we prepare for the deception which, “if it were possible, would deceive the very elect”?


Join Dr. Chuck Missler in the Executive Briefing Room of the River Lodge, New Zealand, exploring the misinformation, (and deliberate disinformation) about the various “denizens of the Metacosm” and other insights of the invisible war unfolding on our near horizon.


This briefing pack contains 2 hours of teaching


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