Archive for October, 2017


Senator co-sponsored bill that hindered DEA

Washington- Marco Rubio isn’t saying much about his role in passage of a controversial law that former Drug Enforcement Agency officials said tied their hands from cracking down on drug distribution companies that sent millions of opioids to corrupt doctors and internet pharmacies.

The Florida Republican was one of four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) to co-sponsor the legislation written by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch,Known as the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.

A report by The Washington Post/60 Minutes Sunday interviewed a number of DEA officials who said the measure authored by Hatch in the Senate and Pennsylvania Republican Tom Morino makes it harder for the DEA to halt drug shipments that posed an “immediate danger” to the community.

The bill passed without opposition in both chambers .

Source: Ladyard King USA Today Network-Florida

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In an innovative approach to colorectal cancer prevention and treatment,scientist are studying ways to replace missing metabolites in patients prone to gut inflammation and CRC. A new study in The American Journal of Pathology describes how administration of histamine-producing gut microbes to mice lacking the enzyme histidine decarboxylase (HDC) reduced inflammation and tumor formation.These results suggest that alteration of the gut microbiome with probiotics may become a new preventive or theraputic strategy for patients at risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-associated CRC.

“We are on the cusp of harnessing advances in microbiome science to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of human disease,”explains James Versalovic,MD,PhD,pathologist-in-chief at Texas Childrens Hospital,and Milton J. Finegold professor of pathology and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine(Houston).”By simply introducing mirobes that provide missing life substances,we can reduce the risk of cancer and supplement diet-based cancer prevention strategies.”

Source:Science Daily, sciencedaily.com

 

Belgian Scientist say they’ve made research breakthrough in the relationship between sugar and cancer.

Researchers found that yeast with high levels of sugar known as glucose overstimulated the same proteins often found mutated inside human tumors,making cell grow faster.The finding,published in Nature Communications on Friday,aims to shed light on how cancer develops.

John Thevelein,Wim Versees and Veerle Janssens started researching sugar’s link to caner in 2008 to try and better understand what’s called Warburg effect,when tumor cells make energy through a rapid breakdown of glucose not seen in normal cells.That energy fuels tumor growth.

The research “is able to explain the coloration between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness,” Thevelein, from KU Leuven in Belgium, said in a release.

The finding is not a medical breakthrough,and it doesn’t prove that eating a low-sugar diet could change a cancer diagnosis.

“The findings are not sufficient to identify the primary cause of the Warburg effect,”Thevelein said in a release.”Further research is needed.”

Victoria Stevens, a cancer researcher with the American Cancer Society who was not involved in the study, said this research is great,but it comments on only “about one product made during the breakdown of glucose to produce energy.”In other words,it’s a small step in a long process.

 

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