Wednesday, 26 July 2017

New cancer drugs turn patients' gray hair BLACK

Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned dark while taking new immunotherapy drugs for lung cancer, a new study reveals.

While chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, the 14 patients involved in this report, some in their 70s, were all being treated with a new form of drugs called immunotherapy, which work differently and have different side effects.

Dr. Noelia Rivera, a dermatologist at Autonomous University of Barcelona, noted that the study drugs have serious side effects that make them unsafe for healthy people. But if it's confirmed that they do change hair color, a different drug could be developed to treat gray hair, she said.

The pharmaceutical industry has previously capitalized on unexpected drug side effects; examples include the male pattern baldness drug Propecia, the eyelash growing drug Latisse, and Botox anti-wrinkle injections.

Active ingredients in these drugs were initially approved to treat enlarged prostates, eye pressure problems, and eye muscle spasms.


Curry spice cured her cancer

Dieneke had been diagnosed with the blood cancer myeloma in 2007 and had undergone three rounds of chemotherapy as well as four stem cell transplants.

Yet, despite all this, ‘nothing worked: there was just too much cancer — all my options were exhausted, and there was nothing else I could do,’ she says.

Then Dieneke started a new treatment — not another high-tech, expensive drug, but a remedy based on something many of us have in our kitchen cupboards. Where all others had failed, this one worked, and five years on, Dieneke’s cancer cell count is negligible.

The treatment? Curcumin, which is a key component of the spice turmeric. Dieneke’s recovery was so extraordinary that it recently made the pages of the eminent British Medical Journal as a one-off case report of how a natural ingredient was somehow keeping cancer at bay.

"When you review her chart, there’s no alternative explanation [for her recovery] other than we’re seeing a response to curcumin," Jamie Cavenagh, professor of blood diseases at London’s Barts Hospital and co-author of the report, said.


9 common myths about dieting debunked by experts

MYTH: Crash diets can help you lose weight

FACT: Crash diets, or very low- calorie meal plans, are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss.

MYTH: Gluten-free foods will help with weight loss

FACT: Such food products are generally advised for people with celiac disease or who are sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye grains.

MYTH:Juicing vegetables and fruit is a good way to eat healthy and can lead to weight loss

FACT: Fruit juice, with or without added sugar, is mainly fruit sugar water without fibre.

MYTH: Lifting weights will make you "bulk up" and won't help with weight control

FACT: Lifting weights or doing other activities two or three days a week that may help you build strong muscles, such as push-ups and some types of yoga, will not bulk you up.

MYTH: Skip the carbs as they are fattening

FACT: Many people avoid bread, rice and other carbs, thinking this will help them maintain their weight. But carbohydrate-rich foods are a source of energy.

MYTH: A detox diet can help you stay healthy and lose weight

FACT: Such diets may involve eating only fruit and vegetables or a limited range of foods; or cutting out certain food categories like dairy products. They are based on the idea that toxins build up in the body and can be removed by eating - or not eating - certain things.

MYTH: Skipping meals will help you lose weight

FACT: According to the Health Promotion Board, studies show that people who skip breakfast and take less meals a day may end up putting on more weight compared to those who eat hearty breakfasts and more meals.

FACT: You can lose weight by eating just salads
Eating the right kind of salads is a good way to control your calorie intake while making you feel full at the same time. Your calorie count will remain low, as salads and green vegetables are low in calories and have almost no fat content.

MYTH: Snacking or eating at night is bad

FACT: If your body still needs the calories, there is nothing wrong with eating late at night. Your body will not process food any differently at night. The crux is how many calories your body manages to burn off. 

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Forum: People with special needs do not deserve rudeness

I am a training officer with the Metta Welfare Association.

Last Friday morning, I took my clients, who have intellectual disabilities, to Woodlands Swimming Complex for our regular swimming lesson.

As we entered the complex, we passed a large group of primary school pupils. One of my clients briefly grabbed the hand of a female pupil. I told him to stop it, and he did.

While we were in the changing room, two pupils from the group came in.

One of them stuck his middle finger out at my clients while the other called them stupid. The pupils then left, only to come back and repeat their rude gesture and remarks.

I told my clients to ignore them and the pupils eventually left.

Even though my client had misbehaved towards the child, he did not deserve to be harassed.

It pains me to see people with special needs being mistreated and not shown understanding.

Schools celebrate Racial Harmony Day to commemorate harmony between people of different races.

Why can we not do the same for people with special needs?

Bryan Chong


Avoid Mexico: Mexico Just Had Its Deadliest Month in 20 Years

Mexican government statistics show June was the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, with murders reaching 2,234.

The one-month total also makes 2017 the deadliest first half of a year that Mexico has seen in at least two decades.

From January to June the country recorded 12,155 homicides, nearly 31 percent higher than the same period last year. It also tops the number seen in the first half of 2011, the previous high.


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