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Taking a BiTE® out of Cancer

 Isharpal Singh, M.S. The Next Gen approach in Immunotherapy The era of modern antibody therapy began with the Prize-winning report on the basic structure of the immunoglobulin molecule given by Rodney Porter. His findings revealed two identical antigen-binding fragments (Fab) that blocked antigen precipitation by the parent antibody and a third easily crystallizable fragment (Fc) which was found to be inactive. From a historian’s point of view, it is remarkable that almost simultaneously with these first insights into [...]

January 22nd, 2017|Diseases|Comments Off on Taking a BiTE® out of Cancer

When Chronic Kidney Disease becomes End State, What Is Next?

 By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Chronic Kidney Disease may continue to progress to the point where the kidneys are unable to filter enough of the waste products and excess fluid causing a build-up of fluid and toxins in the body. When this happens a person is said to have Kidney Failure. When the kidney function decreases to less than 10% the person is considered to have End Stage Renal (kidney) Disease (ESRD) and will need to begin [...]

January 12th, 2017|Dialysis, Diseases, Kidney Health, Treatments|Comments Off on When Chronic Kidney Disease becomes End State, What Is Next?

Relation between gum disease and arthritis

 Perry McLimore, MD., JD. Periodontitis and Arthritis Both arthritis and diseases of the oral cavity or mouth are common and severe Recently, researchers have found evidence of an association between periodontitis (gum disease) and arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)). Bacteria that cause periodontitis have now been found in knees of patients suffering from osteoarthritis and RA. disorders.Recently, researchers have found evidence of an association between periodontitis and arthritis, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [...]

December 29th, 2016|Arthiritis, Diseases, periodontitis|Comments Off on Relation between gum disease and arthritis

Pancreatic Cancer and Confronting the Diagnosis

 Neerja L. Bisht, MD Introduction Receiving the diagnosis of cancer is life-changing for most patients. Some tend to come out of the trauma reasonably intact, others not so. For most, fear remains an important factor. This article is directed towards patients who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Knowledge of the causes, risk factors, and treatment strategies will be dealt with, as well as how best to overcome the fear of your diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is, as the [...]

November 30th, 2016|Cancer, Diseases, Pancreatic Cancer|Comments Off on Pancreatic Cancer and Confronting the Diagnosis

Understanding Antibiotic Resistance

 Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Antibiotic resistance is a growing worldwide public health problem that threatens the prevention and treatment of an increasing number of micro-organisms. In fact, each year, more than 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and more than 23,000 people die from these infections. (CDC,2015) To first understand what antibiotic resistance is and how it occurs, it is important to understand what micro-organisms are as well as what antibiotics are and how [...]

November 29th, 2016|Antibiotics, Diseases|Comments Off on Understanding Antibiotic Resistance