I begin by worshipping the gods, and try to conduct myself in such a way that in answer to my prayers I may have health and physical strength, esteem in the city, the affection of my friends, safety with honour in war, and wealth increased by honest means – Ischomachus, in the Oikonomikos, 11.8
In the modern western world, when we are faced with health problems that we can’t explain, we simply say it is undiagnosed. If it relates to emotions, or we cannot observe any physical symptoms, we call it mental illness.
Fact checking seems to have been outsourced. It used to be the domain of in-house sub-editors, but now it is almost entirely up to volunteers to spot accuracy in the media. And, unfortunately, what passes for investigative journalism these days is little more than academic conjecture.
When a the University of Leeds asked those enrolled in “Exploring Cancer medicines” to write a short blog post on the future of Cancer medicines, over half of the participants chose immunotherapy.
In a healthy body, the immune system fights disease by attacking germs like viruses and bacteria. However, as cancer uses the body’s own cells, and as many cancers are basically mutations of the body’s own cells, the immune system can’t always tell the difference between a normal cell and a cancer cell.
Immunotherapy is about help the body’s immune system recognise those cancer cells, so that the body will fight them in the way it fights other diseases.
Here are some of the titles chosen by the students:
The future of Lung Cancer
Immunotherapy, maybe our own body can kick cancer’s butt