In case you missed it: News from The Forefront

In case you missed it, Science Life has a new home at The Forefront, a science, health and wellness news and information website for the University of Chicago Medicine, the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Be sure to visit the Forefront’s dedicated research and discoveries channel to read about our basic science and biomedical discoveries. We will be launching a newsletter to bring you the latest updates soon, but in the meantime here’s what you may have missed this week:

Taking a standard prostate cancer drug with food boosts impact, lowers cost

By taking a high-cost drug with a low-fat meal — instead of on an empty stomach, as prescribed — prostate cancer patients could decrease their daily dose, prevent digestive issues and cut costs by 75 percent, according to a new study in the March 28, 2018, issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO).

Sex joins tobacco and alcohol as a cause of head and neck cancer

The incidence of oropharyngeal cancers caused by an HPV infection has increased dramatically, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the 1980s, fewer than 20 percent of oropharyngeal cancers were attributed to HPV. Now, more than 70 percent of these cancers involve HPV and incidence rates continue to rise. We talk to Tanguy Seiwert, who leads the head and neck cancer program at the University of Chicago Medicine, about recent advances in the treatment of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers.

For a better influenza vaccine, focus on the neglected “N”

In the April 5, 2018, issue of the journal Cell, however, teams led by Patrick Wilson at the University of Chicago Medicine and Florian Krammer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City argue that placing greater emphasis on the comparatively neglected protein, neuraminidase, could substantially decrease infection rates and reduce disease severity for those infected with the virus.

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About Matt Wood (532 Articles)
Matt Wood is a senior science writer and manager of communications at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Division.
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