“My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.'” – Stewart Francis, actor and comedian
1. Cutting Out Chemo
The treatment process for cancer is far from easy with potentially harmful and costly side effects. Two recent studies found that blood tests and hormone-blockers could help some cancer patients skip radiation or chemotherapy and avoid the long-term side effects.
Cancer researchers also found that a cancer drug successfully shrank rectal cancer in each of 13 research participants until it was undetectable. It’s a small study and more research is needed. But medical experts have called the results “remarkable,” saying they demonstrate the importance of testing cancer drugs during earlier stages of disease.
2. Kids in America
When it comes to education, doctors and activists are searching for ways to help American kids catch up. A study of 5-year-old children in the U.S., England and Estonia found that U.S. children scored worse on literacy, self-regulation skills, acts of kindness and other measures. We can help them catch up — it might just take changing some policies.
The pandemic put a major strain on everybody’s lives, including students with disabilities. Many required therapies and instruction in their education programs were not fully provided due to virtual learning or other disruptions. Disability rights activists are now working to access compensatory services to help students catch up after learning loss.
3. We're Rooting for You
While you’re taking care of your indoor plants, science shows they are taking care of you as well. Researchers have found that indoor plants have many benefits including improving mood, bringing relief in enclosed spaces, reducing stress and more. Intrigued? Check out this article for a data-driven guide to choosing the best houseplants for your health.
Dr. Donna Kean is working with a new kind of hero scurrying around Tanzania. In the “Hero Rats” project, Kean is outfitting rats with tiny backpacks, loaded with microphones and location trackers, and training them to navigate earthquake debris. Kean is hopeful her furry first responders will help save survivors in real earthquakes.
In other news, a 20-year-old woman recently received a 3D-printed ear made from her own cells. Medical professionals hope this groundbreaking example of tissue engineering will help many patients to come.
Did you know? Dehydration can result in unclear thinking, mood changes or even kidney stones. Grab a glass of water and hydrate. Bottoms up! – MO
By Sophie Crawford, journalism and media intern
Edited by Shannon Mullane, senior editor
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