September 24, 2011

Heart Says Thanks

1 Liposuction Lowers Triglycerides

Liposuction may be heart healthy, claim researchers who found that the waist-slimming procedure lowers triglycerides. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the small study involving 322 patients found that triglyceride levels of patients dropped an average of 43 percent within three months of getting liposuction. Since triglycerides (fat in the blood) are linked with a higher risk of heart disease, liposuction may possibly be considered heart healthy. MSNBC reports that even the study's author, Dr. Eric Swanson, was surprised by the findings. The research also showed that liposuction reduced the number of circulating white blood cells, which suggests that removing fat also lowers inflammation.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Heart Healthy Diet, Liposuction Benefits, Lower Triglycerides, Lipo Heart Healthy, Drop in Triglycerides

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Armed Against Breast Cancer

2 Herceptin Helps Drug Target Breast Cancer

Roche and ImmunoGen have developed a combination drug that is made of Herceptin (trastuzumab) linked to a drug called T-DM1 and a Phase II trial shows that women treated have a 41 percent longer progression-free time period compared to women receiving standard Herceptin and chemotherapy. Fewer side effects were also seen in the 137 women with HER2-positive breast cancer. T-DM1 is a drug derived from the chemotherapy drug maytansine which was too toxic to use but the "armed antibody" directly delivers it into breast cancer cells and keeps it from activating until it gets there. The way it is delivered may also explain why only 4 percent of women experienced side effects from T-DM1 such as hair loss and low white blood cell count. Phase III trials are currently underway.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Study Shows Herceptin Has Long Term Benefits

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Herceptin, Roche, ImmunoGen, T-DM1, Trastuzumab Maytansine, Armed Antibody

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