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Thursday 12/06/2018
Standardized protocols needed to improve health outcomes related to pregnancy complications
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - The rates of maternal mortality and preterm birth continue to rise dramatically in the United States. According to the CDC and March of Dimes, more than 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. every year, and more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely every day. It’s impossible to point to one specific cause for these serious issues, particularly because of how segmented our healthcare system is. But by standardizing protocols across the U.S. healthcare system, advocates say we could decrease harm and improve care for women and their unborn babies.

Wednesday 12/05/2018
Easy DIY gifts for everyone on your holiday list
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:41 am

A history of cancer breakthroughs 65 years in the making
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - When the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) was founded in 1953, little was known about cancer and even less about the immune system. CRI was the first — and for many decades the only — research funding organization that believed that we could one day harness the immune system as a powerful weapon against cancer. Since then, the field of cancer immunology has blossomed and immunotherapy has revolutionized how cancer is treated, thanks in part to work funded by CRI.

This year marks CRI’s 65th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the nonprofit dedicated to cancer immunotherapy research released a list of 30 of the most important CRI-funded scientific breakthroughs. Each milestone can be traced directly back to CRI, which has supported more than 3,200 scientists and doctors at top institutions around the world.

Though distinct, each of these breakthroughs provided crucial pieces to the complex puzzle that CRI has long sought to solve: how the immune system can be used to save the lives of those with cancer.

Foundational discoveries

Many CRI-funded foundational discoveries helped establish immunotherapy as a viable treatment approach for cancer. One particularly important discovery occurred in 1976, when a team led by Lloyd J. Old, M.D., CRI’s founding scientific and medical director, revealed the existence of spontaneously occurring anti-tumor immune responses in cancer patients.

Many of today’s advancements in cancer treatment are a direct of result of these foundational breakthroughs, made possible in part by the $384 million in donor support that CRI has invested in scientists over the last six decades.

Checkpoint immunotherapy

Checkpoint inhibitors that target the PD-1/PD-L-1 pathway have been approved for eleven major cancer types in the United States and around the world, thanks in part to early work funded by CRI. While working in the Emory University lab of Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D., CRI-funded fellows E. John Wherry, Ph.D., and David Masopust, Ph.D., laid the groundwork for these therapies by showing that targeting this pathway could restore the activity of “exhausted” T cells.

These treatments, however, weren’t the first checkpoint immunotherapies approved by the FDA. The first, which targets CTLA-4, was approved in 2011 after a breakthrough in a phase III clinical trial with advanced melanoma patients. CRI-funded postdoctoral fellow Dr. Frank Borriello was part of Dr. Arlene Sharpe’s team at Harvard Medical School that was one of the first to help clarify the role of CTLA4 in immune responses, while James P. Allison, Ph.D., 2018 Nobel Prize recipient, current director of CRI’s Scientific Advisory Council, and chair of the Department of Immunology and the executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is regarded as a pioneer and one of the driving forces behind the clinical development of anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy.

Expanding immunotherapy’s applications

Beyond checkpoint inhibitors, immunotherapies like vaccines can educate patients’ immune systems about what cancer “looks like,” while others incorporate patients’ immune cells directly. These cell-based immunotherapies continue to show great promise and are improving survival for many patients, including children, living with cancer.

In 2002, Dr. Cassian Yee, a CRI-funded clinical grantee at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle (now at MD Anderson Cancer Center), helped lead groundbreaking work that was among the first to show that cancer patients’ immune cells could be removed, enhanced in the lab, and then used to help fight their tumors. This work launched the development of many adoptive T cell immunotherapy approaches — including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, an approach recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of some types of leukemia and lymphoma.

Rule the holidays using Alexa smart home technology
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - (BPT) – The holidays are known to be the most wonderful time of year, but often bring a sense of urgency and stress to many of us. Whether it’s shopping for gifts, traveling to parties, cooking holiday meals or entertaining friends and family, you’re probably thinking you could use an extra set of hands. But your best option may actually be to go hands free. You can cut through the chaos and make your life easier this holiday season by using all the capabilities of an Alexa smart home with Amazon Echo devices and more.

Tuesday 12/04/2018
Amazon Prime reveals member favorites with Best of Prime 2018
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Over one hundred million people around the world are Prime members, but how do they enjoy the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon? Just in time to provide inspiration for the holiday season, Amazon’s annual Best of Prime celebrates what members shopped for, watched, read, played and listened to between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, unless otherwise noted. 

Monday 12/03/2018
This one desk accessory could help you feel better at work
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Take a look at your desk. Chances are you have at least two screens in front of you. From our cell phones to multiple monitors and even tablets, backlit screens constantly demand our attention during the workday, but that quality of light could have a negative impact on our health, comfort and productivity. For a quick fix, add a task light. Proper task lighting is an easy hack that can improve your health, comfort and productivity at work.

Ultimate Life Hack for Managing Your Money after the Wedding Day
Posted: December 03, 2018

(NewsUSA) - While your love may know no bounds for your spouse, things can get a little more tricky when talking about finances.

Friday 11/30/2018
Protecting your data from holiday cyberattacks
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Holiday crime used to mean break-ins and thieves swiping packages from your doorstep. But now there’s an increasing number of cybersecurity threats specifically looking to capitalize on the holiday season. With many people getting new devices, using unfamiliar networks and doing lots of online shopping, bad actors have plenty of targets to choose from. By following these simple steps for data protection, you can keep your digital information secure this holiday season.

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