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Chemotherapy and cognitive dysfunction: hope for a new treatment

Over half of all patients who receive chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer develop cognitive problems. According to a recent study, this cognitive dysfunction is linked to a perturbation of three types of glial cells present in the white matter of the brain, suggesting that medications which target these cells could diminish the undesirable effects of chemotherapy on cognition. Download the column

2019-03-18T09:11:47-04:0011-Mar-2019|Tags: , , |

The good and the bad sides of immunotherapy

The Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology was awarded last Monday to Drs. James Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discoveries which led to the development of immunotherapy, a new anticancer strategy based on the destruction of tumors by stimulation of the immune system. Let’s take a look at the good and the less-good sides of this new class of therapeutic agents. Download the column

2018-10-10T08:25:23-04:009-Oct-2018|Tags: , , , |

On the trail of a universal influenza vaccine

The effectiveness of vaccines against influenza varies between one year and another due to the incredible ability of the influenza virus to defeat the immune defenses. Some promising results show, however, that the virus possesses a weakness that could be exploited to develop a vaccine that is effective against all of the strains of influenza. Download the column

2016-11-14T13:00:00-04:0014-Nov-2016|Tags: |