Medical Nova Weekly: Top five trends for 3/12-3/16
Here's your weekly summary of the top medical news of the week!
CellTex scandal breakdown: Stem cells, Rick Perry and the FDA
There has been an explosion of news suggesting an illegal stem cell operation at the Houston-based company, CellTex Therapeutics, whose most famous client is Texas Governor, Rick Perry. Are the company’s actions scandal-worthy and what does controversy like this mean for future stem cell research?
Cadmium in diet linked with breast cancer risk
Dietary cadmium, a toxic metal widely dispersed in the environment and found in many farm fertilizers, may lead to an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a a new study. “Because of a high accumulation in agricultural crops, the main sources of dietary cadmium are bread and other cereals, potatoes, root crops and vegetables,” said Agneta Åkesson, associate professor at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Both estrogen receptor-positive and negative tumors had the same risk increase at roughly 23 percent.
Metal-on-metal hip implants more likely to fail
Hip replacements are now a common surgery. But new research is showing that certain types of hip replacements fare worse than others. Researchers analyzed data from 402,051 hip replacements tracked in the National Joint Registry of England and Wales. They found that metal-on-metal implants had high fail rates, which has lead the study authors and other physicians to conclude that metal-on-metal hip implants should no longer be used.
World’s tallest man stops growing
The world’s tallest man seems to have stopped growing after treatment at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center. 8-foot-3-inch Sultan Kosen of Turkey has been making trips to Virginia for treatment since May, 2010. Kosen suffers from acromegaly, in which a tumor in his pituitary gland causes an excess of growth hormone and a range of health problems. Doctors treated Kosen with a combination of medication and gamma knife radiosurgery, a noninvasive procedure that delivers focused beams of radiation guided by MRI to a specific spot in a patient’s body -- in this case, Kosen’s pituitary tumor.
The battle over pharmaceutical patents and the Indian drug market