Intratumoral Bacteria as an Injectable Anti-Cancer Treatment
Scientists at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Ishikawa, Japan have developed an anti-cancer treatment that consists of bacteria that are naturally found inside some tumors. Isolating and then injecting these bacteria into existing tumors appears to provoke a strong immune response that can lead to tumor destruction, without the need for advanced techniques such as bacterial genetic engineering or complex drug delivery. The concept of using bacteria to target tumors is not new, but typically it is studied in the context of using the bacteria to deliver a drug or using genetically engineered bacteri...
Source: Medgadget - May 19, 2023 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Medicine Oncology JAIST Source Type: blogs

When Mother's Day is Tough
Mother ' s Day is a holiday that is marked world-wide. Countries such as the United States, Canada, The UK, Australia, China and Japan, just to name a few, highlight the day on their yearly calendar.Historically, Mother ' s Day has been a day where children and other family members honor mothers who are nurturing and supportive. For some, it is a day of celebration, of expressing one ' s love and appreciation for to a mother - or someone who is like a mother. The day is met with happiness and the sharing of joyous memories -  and the anticipation of good times to come.However, for others, Mother ' s Day is not so easy...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - May 12, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: caregiving grief holidays mother ' s day parenting Source Type: blogs

Nursing the Nation and the World
Nurses are everywhere. They are legion. The ubiquitous nurse is present in the care of children, the elderly, the disabled, and the dying. Nurses don ' t shy away from responsibility — they embrace it. Nurses run towards the metaphorical fire. Just as firefighters rush into burning buildings and police officers run towards the active shooter, nurses don their gloves and deal with the sputum, the blood, the pus, the emesis, the feces, and the urine — body fluids be damned, th ere ' s work to do and nurses do it. The Ubiquitous NurseWhere would the country be without nurses? Without nurses, the healthcare system wou...
Source: Digital Doorway - May 8, 2023 Category: Nursing Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 8th 2023
In conclusion, NAT mitigated age-associated cerebral injury in mice through gut-brain axis. The findings provide novel evidence for the effect of NAT on anti-aging, and highlight the potential application of NAT as an effective intervention against age-related diseases. Retinal Cell Reprogramming Restores Vision in Non-Human Primate Study Early applications of in vivo cellular reprogramming to medicine are cautiously focused on retinal regeneration. The eye is as close to an isolated system...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 7, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

A List of Trials of Stem Cell Therapies Aimed at Slowing Aging
To what degree can the current panoply of stem cell therapies slow the progression of aging? A great many trials have been conducted, largely of cell therapies wherein the principle mode of action is reduction of chronic inflammatory signaling. This has value, but it remains the case that the original vision of greatly enhanced regeneration and transplanted cells surviving to support tissue for the long term has yet to be realized. The paper here provides a concrete list of trials and various different strategies for the production of first generation stem cell therapies; good reading for those interested in seeking out th...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 5, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Government Proposes To Make Bad Standards on Race and Ethnicity Worse
John F. EarlyI recently laid out the case to stop government classification of people by race and ethnicity in a CatoBlog post. Those observations were stimulated by The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posting a notice for comment in the Federal Register with respect to a report from the Federal Interagency Technical Working Group and Race and Ethnicity Standards to revise the existing standards for collecting data by race and ethnicity. Comments are due by April 27, 2023.Ipublished a similar op ‐​ed in the Wall Street Journal, which subsequently printed a singleletter to the editor in re...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 18, 2023 Category: American Health Authors: John F. Early Source Type: blogs

Forkhead box O3 protein (FOXO3) genes and longevity
Approximately 25 –32% of the overall variation in adult lifespan is accounted for by genetic differences that become particularly important for survivalafter the age of 60.Forkhead box O3 protein (FOXO3) is a transcription factor involved in the regulation of genes involved in many cellular processes, including DNA repair, tumor suppression, immune function, and resistance to oxidative stress. Some variants of FOXO3 are associated with longevity in humans.FOXO3 is onchromosome 6. FOXO3A encodes a keyregulator of the insulin –IGF1 signaling pathway that is known to influence metabolism and lifespan. A study of...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog - April 15, 2023 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Genetics Source Type: blogs

Trump As Catalyst For Legal and Cultural Reform
BY MIKE MAGEE Former President Donald Trump’s indictment this morning reinforces most Americans’ belief that “No man is above the law.” But few of us have taken the time to explore what that statement means when it comes to building a healthy nation, and why we believe it. How do you create a healthy nation?  This is at once a very simple and a very complex question. It is at the heart of successful and failed nation building.  It applies equally to a self-assessment of our approach to rebuilding Germany and Japan as part of the Marshall Plan after WW II, and to our own struggl...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 5, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Common Law Donald Trump Indictment Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Japan's New Security Policies: A Long Road to Full Implementation
The historic ambition contained within Japan ' s new defense strategies is notable. But the reality is that an extraordinary alignment of political, economic, fiscal, and other stars will be necessary for Japan ' s government to fully implement their stated ambitions over the next 5–10 years. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - March 27, 2023 Category: Health Management Authors: Jeffrey W. Hornung Source Type: blogs

Fast Facts about the U.S. Federal Debt
Romina BocciaHigh and rising government debt slows growth, crowds out private investment, limits the government ’s ability to respond to unexpected emergencies, and elevates the risk of a sudden fiscal crisis, where investors would lose confidence in U.S. Treasury bonds and the U.S. dollar. This fact sheet lays out everything legislators and the public need to know about the U.S. federal debt to help them examine the unsustainability of the U.S. budget.The total or gross federal debt is$31.5 trillion. This is the debt subject to the debt limit.At120 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), the gross federal debt exceeds...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 23, 2023 Category: American Health Authors: Romina Boccia Source Type: blogs

3 Ways to Develop an ‘Ever-Young’ Mind by Asking Ourselves Questions
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986) was an exceptional thinker and mystic. One of the baffling features of his thought and discourse was his insistence on rejecting the traditional role of a spiritual authority and refusing to provide answers to his listeners. Participants in his public talks and dialogues were often surprised when Krishnamurti would pose questions such as ‘What is the meaning of life?’ negate all imaginable answers, and leave the questions hanging and his audience empty-handed. For Krishnamurti, this was his way of awakening the intelligence of his listeners, throwing them back on themselves. Ordinari...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - March 21, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: creativity featured happiness meditation motivation philosophy psychology self-improvement ever-young mind Source Type: blogs

Banking the Unbanked: The Policies That Get In the Way
Walter OlsonI ’ve written two previous posts summarizing observations of consumer finance blogger Patrick McKenzie on, respectively, why laws against lying to banksare drawn to serve the interests of prosecutors and why the culture of regulatory complianceis ingratiating in a literally cringey way. I ’ll finish the series with a few excerpts from his posts on a theme familiar to Cato readers: why the oft ‐​discussed predicament of the unbanked — persons, often living at social margins, who lack bank accounts — is to an important extent driven by government policies themselves.As one example ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 21, 2023 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Breaking down the barriers to effective bar-code medication administration
According to the Commonwealth Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the health care system in the United States continues to rank the highest in health spending, has the highest rates of avoidable deaths, and rates of infant and maternal deaths compared to other high-income countries. These countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Read more… Breaking down the barriers to effective bar-code medication administration originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 18, 2023 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Policy Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Health care economics 101
I don ' t actually like the term " health care " (or healthcare, sometimes it ' s even one word). That implies that it ' s about two things -- health and care -- whereas it ' s more about disease than health and more about money than care. In fact, the money part is very notable: it ' s really expensive, more and more so all the time:  Right now it ' s at about 18% of GDP. Well, you might say, that ' s because medical technology has gotten better and better, there ' s good reason to spend more on it. There is some truth to that, but then there ' s this:  Hmm. We ' re spending twice as much as the averag...
Source: Stayin' Alive - March 6, 2023 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Alpha TAU Killing Tumors With Highly Targeted Alpha Radiation
Radiation is commonly employed in hospitals around the world to treat tumors, typically using gamma ray beams of high energy photons, with a relatively long range, that penetrate all the tissues on the way to and from the tumor. This leads to substantial damage to healthy tissues and too often results in poor outcomes. An alpha particle, consisting of two protons and two neutrons bound together and akin to a helium-4 nucleus, is much trickier to work with in medicine because it is extremely powerful, yet has a very short effective range. Ronen Segal We recently visited the offices of Alpha TAU, a company based in Jeru...
Source: Medgadget - March 2, 2023 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Exclusive Oncology Radiation Oncology TelAvivUni Source Type: blogs