Hope and hype around cancer immunotherapy

Immunotherapy treatments for cancer are having a moment.

Some hospitals and health care systems call it a “miracle in the making” and a “game-changer.” It’s a treatment approach that harnesses the body’s own immune system to target and attack a disease, such as cancer.
Immunotherapy can come in many forms — vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs — and can be received through an injection, a pill or capsule, a topical ointment or cream, or a catheter.
Ninety-two-year-old former President Jimmy Carter famously received a form of immunotherapy two years ago that he called “the key to success” in his melanoma fight. He had the treatment along with surgery and radiation.
Yet as promising as the therapy seems, could the spotlight on immunotherapies detract from other areas of cancer research? Some experts argue yes, while many others don’t seem concerned.
Now, cancer researchers from around the world are convening in Chicago on Friday for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting to discuss various treatment methods, including immunotherapy.
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Source: CNN.com

United Arab Emirates Efforts to Eradicate Polio

A disease is a scourge meant to cripple the normal functioning of the human body—and in the presence of disease, productivity decreases. Also known as poliomyelitis, the polio virus is one of the diseases known to maim the human structure.

Polio Destroys the Human Bone Structure
This disease normally affects infants whose bone and muscle structure is fairly weak. As a result, human mobility is limited. However, polio is an illness that can be controlled and otherwise eradicated. It is a disease commonly found in the Middle East. Unhygienic conditions normally favor the development and spread of the polio virus. Originating from the human body, it can be transmitted through body wastes, especially if they are deposited in water sources.

What The UAE Is Doing as Regards to Polio?
Immunization has been a key drive in the fight to eradicate polio in the Middle East. To date, millions of children from Pakistan have been immunized against the disease. However, a majority of people affected by this illness are located in poorly accessible areas. For this reason, the national and local leadership is working together so as to develop a framework meant to enhance public sensitization and also bring community members together so as to get immunized.

Also, the leadership of the United Arab Emirates has engaged the assistance of international donors, who not only provide finances but also vaccines and human resources. As an incentive to members of the public, polio vaccines are free. For this course, efforts by the UAE to eradicate this illness have borne fruit.

Being a national travesty, immunization is an issue that has been highlighted by leaders across the divide. In addition, public sensitization drives have educated people on how to manage human wastes so that they do not end up in water sources.

The fight against polio has also been echoed by other countries globally. Finally, a lot of money has been used to finance research projects meant to provide insight on how best to fight this scourge.

Future Projections
The United Arab Emirates aims at eradicating this disease from its region for good. To attain this goal, areas once affected by the disease are constantly under surveillance so as to ascertain whether or not the immunization process was a success. Systems have been put in place to ensure that immunization continues even in regions where polio has already been wiped out.