Immunotherapy, the new cancer buzzword

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
  • Immunotherapy, maybe our own body can kick cancer’s butt
  • Immunotherapy as cancer treatment: the basics
  • It’s all down to you, Immunotherapy
  • Our own bodies can cure cancer
  • The future of cancer
  • Our bodies must fight back
  • The ongoing  battle
  • Immunology

 

Is healthcare Britain’s biggest worry?

If you follow the media, you’ll see that health care has become a political issue.  In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere, candidates lay down their plans for medicine.

As much as ten percent of political speeches are devoted to health funding, and to health infrastructure, whether it be “Obamacare” or the NHS.  But does the electorate care? Continue reading “Is healthcare Britain’s biggest worry?”

“The New York Times is a joke” – claims “science and health” writer

Science news? A lot of stories seem to be just recycled press releases. Scholarship isn't all about what kind of hat you wear. and more about turtles, newspapers and scientists drinking sugar. On 5 March 2017, Alex Berezow wrote an infographic-based article, called “The Best And Worst Science News Sites” for the so-called “American Council on Science and Health.”

Berezow claims to hear the question “How do I know if a news story is fake?” a lot.  Well, I didn’t ask him.  Did you? Continue reading ““The New York Times is a joke” – claims “science and health” writer”

Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?

The Cambrian News reported that in a care home two hours north of Aberystwyth, a nurse was using Google Translate to communicate with patients.

Yes, the adverts that we of the man using Google translate to book a hotel are cute, but is the device being mis-sold as a substitute for learning a language?  Would you trust an automated computer with your health?  Or even a hotel booking? Continue reading “Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?”