Entries by Janet

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Boomers: Take Care of Your Brain!

Troubling news from a new study, published in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences:  Baby Boomers’ brains aren’t aging well.  Compared to previous generations, Boomers in this ongoing study, of 30,191 Americans over age 50, are experiencing a sharper drop in cognitive function, and are more likely to develop dementia.  And… PAUSE! Before we start […]

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Cancer’s Sweet Tooth

Cancer loves sugar, and sugar really loves cancer.  Isn’t that sweet?  Actually, no, it’s more like a match made in hell – because sugar (glucose) makes many types of cancer grow faster. Scientists have long known that cancers soak up glucose like a sponge; in fact, German physiologist Otto Warburg, who found that tumors extract […]

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COVID-19 and Male Hormones: What’s the Connection?

Why has the COVID-19 virus killed many more men than women?  What does the virus have to do with male hormones?  Well, quite a lot, it turns out, and a lot of what scientists now know about this male hormone (androgen)-virus interaction comes from scientists studying prostate cancer.  Scientists whose research happens to have been […]

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Whack-a-Mole and Prostate Cancer

Oligometastasis:  Good News from the ORIOLE Study To the growing and hopeful list of strategies for attacking prostate cancer, let us add this approach:  Whack-a-Mole. That’s how Johns Hopkins radiation oncologist Phuoc Tran, M.D., Ph.D., describes it to his patients.  The actual scientific name for this highly sophisticated strategy is stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR, highly […]