Potential for Cancer Cell Errors Puts Research in Doubt

The validity of dozens of cancer studies have come under question following tests that indicate scientists have been unwittingly using the incorrect types of cancer cells for their research All research studies in question involve the use of esophageal adenocarcinoma cancer cell lines. Cell lines are a specific type of sample that is grown in… Continue reading Potential for Cancer Cell Errors Puts Research in Doubt

Presence of Abnormal Glycoproteins May Help Early Cancer Detection

Antibodies that latch on to abnormal glycoproteins may serve as a new biomarker for early cancer detection, according a recent study conducted at Copenhagen University in Denmark and supported in part by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Glycoproteins are a specific class of proteins that are connected to sugar molecules. Within this class of proteins,… Continue reading Presence of Abnormal Glycoproteins May Help Early Cancer Detection

Facts About Generic Cancer Drugs

Many cancer patients struggle with the high costs of cancer treatment. One way to reduce monthly treatment bills is by opting to use generic alternatives to name brand prescription drugs. In general, these more affordable drugs offer the exact same effectiveness as their more expensive alternatives. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),… Continue reading Facts About Generic Cancer Drugs

Occupational and Environmental Health

Issues related to environmental and occupational health have an important role to play in emergency medicine, pediatrics, primary care practice, and the various medical specialties. Work-related or environmental exposures may be associated with symptoms experienced by a patient. The environmental exposure history of a patient may prompt necessary interventions in order to prevent potential injuries… Continue reading Occupational and Environmental Health

Mexico’s Wealthiest Man Pledges $65 Million for Medical Research

A 3-year genomics projects intent on studying the genetic nature of cancer, type II diabetes and kidney disease has been initiated by Carlos Slim – one of the wealthiest men in the world. Recently, Slim pledged $65 million to be received by the Slim Initiative for Genomic Medicine. The initiative is a joint partnership between… Continue reading Mexico’s Wealthiest Man Pledges $65 Million for Medical Research

Hazardous Materials and Chronic Illness

Work and environmental exposures can lead to or worsen several different types of common diseases, for instance asthma, dermatitis, hepatitis B, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cancer. In a number of cases, the environment or work-related illnesses do not show distinctive clinical presentations: asthma resulting from a cat allergy does not differ from asthma caused by… Continue reading Hazardous Materials and Chronic Illness

Measuring Occupational Injuries

It is difficult to measure the magnitude of occupational illnesses and injuries. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that provides statistics based on surveys of private companies having more than 11 employees (an underestimate of the real totals), reported 5,488 fatal accidents related to work (3.7 for every 100,000) and around 4.0 million… Continue reading Measuring Occupational Injuries