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Is The Pharma Industry Educating Your Physician?

At least that appears to be the conclusion after reading this study in PLoS medicine

” The complex relationship between health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry has long been a subject of discussion among physicians and policymakers. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that physicians’ interactions with pharmaceutical sales representatives may influence clinical decision making in a way that is not always in the best interests of individual patients, for example, encouraging the use of expensive treatments that have no therapeutic advantage over less costly alternatives. The pharmaceutical industry often uses physician education as a marketing tool, as in the case of Continuing Medical Education courses that are designed to drive prescribing practices.

One reason that physicians may be particularly susceptible to pharmaceutical industry marketing messages is that doctors’ attitudes towards the pharmaceutical industry may form early in their careers. The socialization effect of professional schooling is strong, and plays a lasting role in shaping views and behaviors. ”

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Cellular switch lets cancer cells produce their own anti-cancer medication

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University invented a “cellular switch”  that let cancer cells produce their own cancer medication and cause the cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy tissue.

“The switch in effect turns the cancer cell into a factory for producing the anti-cancer drug inside the cancer cell,” said Marc Ostermeier, a Johns Hopkins chemical and biomolecular engineering professor in the Whiting School of Engineering, who supervised development of the switch. “The healthy cells will also receive the prodrug and ideally it will remain in its non-toxic form. Our hope is that this strategy will kill more cancer cells while decreasing the unfortunate side effects on healthy cells.”

The research team made the cancer-fighting switch by fusing together two different proteins; one that detects a marker that cancer cells produce and another protein extracted from yeast that can turn an inactive prodrug into a cancer-cell killer.

“When the first part of the switch detects cancer, it tells its partner to activate the chemotherapy drug, destroying the cell,”

“This is a radically different tool to attack cancers,” said James R. Eshleman, a professor of pathology and oncology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a co-author of the paper that appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “but many experiments need to be done before we will be able to use it in patients.”

Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents

I am not surprised:

The same University of Washington researcher who used chemical sleuthing to deduce what’s in fragranced consumer products now has turned her attention to the scented air wafting from household laundry vents. The findings, published online this week in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, show that air vented from machines using the top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, including two that are classified as carcinogens.

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Turmeric against Alzheimer’s

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I already reported on the many health effects of curcumin (turmeric) on multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer, myelodysplastic syndromes, colon cancer, psoriasis, and Alzheimer’s disease. – one of the basic ingredients of curry. The material contained in turmeric, curcumin protects not only the liver but can – according to a study by the University of California prevent plaque formation in the brain directly – in Los Angeles (UCLA). Since turmeric is a very popular spice in India, where Alzheimer’s occurs only very rarely, it was assumed before the study referred to a causal relationship, which has now apparently confirmed Turmeric can be scattered in all the vegetables, rice and pasta dishes. It fits well to legumes and meat dishes. Particularly simple, the daily supply of turmeric can be done with tea. Enter a pinch (or more – according to Taste) of the yellow turmeric powder in a cup with hot water and drink the tea slowly and with relish.

 

Fukushima getting worse

Dedicated to those friends who studied physics some 4o years ago and therefore believe they understand what is happening in Fukushima -:)

Asahi: Report suggests second meltdown at reactor at Fukushima plant

NYT Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril

Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University appears to be very angry :

Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. On July 27, he appeared as a witness to give testimony to the Committee on Welfare and Labor in Japan’s Lower House in the Diet.

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7 Things McDonald’s Knows About Your Brain

The fast food industry can read your mind.
Many recent neuroscience discoveries about food’s effects on our brains and how we make decisions about food are actually gold-standard

trade secrets from super chains such as McDonald’s. With billions and billions served, they must be on to something.

A Little Exercise May Protect The Aging Brain From Memory Loss

The Journal of Neuroscience reported a new study nn the August 10 issue regarding memory loss after bacterial infections.

A small amount of exercise shielded older animals from memory loss following a bacterial infection. In the study, researchers led by Ruth Barrientos, PhD, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, found running on an exercise wheel protected older rats from memory loss following an Escherichia coli (E. coli) infection.

The findings suggest moderate exercise may lead to several changes in the brain that boost its ability to protect itself during aging in a period of increased vulnerability.

“This is the first study to show that exercise reduces susceptibility to the cognitive impairments that follow infection in aging animals, and the changes taking place in the brain thought to underlie these impairments,” Barrientos said.

“While many of us are hopeful about developing a pharmaceutical intervention to reverse the effects of aging, this study provides exciting evidence that a little moderate exercise is protective against age-related problems with health and immunity,” said Jonathan Godbout, PhD, an expert on aging at Ohio State University, who was unaffiliated with the study.

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