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FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Tough-to-Treat Bladder Cancer

FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Tough-to-Treat Bladder CancerMONDAY, Dec. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with a high-risk bladder cancer now have a new option to treat it.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a gene therapy called Adstiladrin, which is designed to work for patients who have what’s called high-risk non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) that hasn't responded to the standard treatment, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), but hasn’t spread. BCG is a vaccine typically used for tuberculosis. "This approval provides health care professionals with an innovative treatment option for patients with high-risk NMIBC that is unresponsive to BCG therapy," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "Today's action addresses an area of...

Another Mediterranean Diet Bonus: Healthier Sperm,...

19 December 2022
Another Mediterranean Diet Bonus: Healthier Sperm, Better FertilityMONDAY, Dec. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Add better chances of conceiving a baby to the list of health benefits linked to the much-touted Mediterranean diet.The Mediterranean diet – which is rich in fresh fruits and veggies, healthy fats like olive oil, whole grains, legumes, nuts and fish – has been shown to boost brain health, and reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Now, researchers in Australia report that this style of eating also can improve fertility, the chances of success with assisted reproductive technology, and sperm quality in men.The common denominator? Inflammation.“Our review demonstrates that the Mediterranean Diet may also increase fertility and provide benefits for couples who are trying to have children,” said study author Simon...

Vitamin D May Help Maintain Muscle as You Age

19 December 2022
Vitamin D May Help Maintain Muscle as You AgeMONDAY, Dec. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- One way to maintain muscle strength with age: Get enough vitamin D.Researchers in Brazil and the United Kingdom found that older folks who were deficient in the vitamin increased their risk of losing muscle strength by 78%."Vitamin D is known to participate in various functions. …," said study co-author Tiago da Silva Alexandre, a professor of gerontology at Federal University of São Carlos. "Its many roles include helping to repair muscles and releasing calcium for muscle contraction kinetics. It was therefore expected to cause muscle alterations of some kind," he said in a news release from the São Paulo Research Foundation, which supported the research.And that's exactly what this study proved, Alexandre said. For the study, researchers...

Race Plays Big Role in Whether Kids Learn to Swim

15 December 2022
Race Plays Big Role in Whether Kids Learn to SwimTHURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Black children and teens drown in swimming pools at rates seven times higher than white children, but a new survey suggests that special swimming programs could make a difference and help save lives.The survey, from the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, found that only 25% of Hispanic parents and 28% of Black parents were comfortable with their own swimming skills. That's compared to 56% of white parents. About 33% of Black parents and fewer than 40% of Hispanic parents felt their children were competent swimmers, compared to nearly 60% of white parents.The problem may span generations: More than 26% of Black parents said they had never learned to swim and the same was true for more than 32% of Hispanic parents. On the...

Loss of Bees Could Harm Health of Millions of People

14 December 2022
Loss of Bees Could Harm Health of Millions of PeopleWEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Bees, in their role as master pollinators, increase crop yields, leading to more production of healthy fruits, vegetables and nuts. But new research claims that the challenges these important insects face from changes in land use, harmful pesticides and climate change is affecting food production, leading to less healthy food in global diets and more diseases causing excess deaths.“A critical missing piece in the biodiversity discussion has been a lack of direct linkages to human health. This research establishes that loss of pollinators is already impacting health on a scale with other global health risk factors, such as prostate cancer or substance use disorders,” said senior study author Samuel Myers. He is a principal research...

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