Help Advance The Next Generation Of Cancer Drugs

You can be a part of something important. Researchers are looking for ordinary Americans to be on the front lines of public health in the U.S. Recently, a group of cancer experts in partnership with the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups identified 10 high-priority colorectal clinical studies that address important research opportunities and merit support for rapid completion. Combined, these 10 large studies will need to enroll more than 17,500 people. Nine trials will explore new colorectal cancer treatments and one is a large colo-rectal prevention trial designed to enroll healthy individuals. Patients and caregivers interested in participating in these important trials can find information through www.CancerTrialsHelp.org. A convenient resource called QuickLink has been built on this Web site to …

Acne: Asthma Drug Fails to Help Patients with Acne

The asthma drug Zyflo fails to help patients with severe acne, according to a mid-stage trial carried out by the company Critical Therapeutics Inc. The drug, also known as zileuton, was neither better at controlling the number of inflammatory lesions than placebos under the company statistics. Over the 12-week trial, patients treated with Zyflo had an average reduction of 11.5 inflammatory lesions. That compared with a reduction of 9.1 lesions in a group of other patients taking placebos – far short of achieving statistical significance. Patients treated with placebo showed a reduction of 16.4 lesions in the placebo group, but patients treated with Zyflo showed a mean reduction in the total number of lesions of 25.3. The company stated the …

Cholesterol Pill May Do More Damage Than Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a major health problem, particularly if someone is overweight and obese. The negative effects of unmanaged cholesterol levels in the body has gotten to the point that most anyone is aware of the risks and side effects. This makes medications like anti-cholesterol medication and weight loss pills rather popular today, with sales reportedly increasing every year. However, aside from the fact that these pills are nowhere near as effective as they are advertised to be, there may be other problems. For example, recent studies have discovered that a popular drug used to combat cholesterol, Zocor, might be to blame for some people having difficulty sleeping, with some patients facing the risk of long-term insomnia. While sleep may not …