Improved T-cell therapy puts leukemia patients in remission
Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have refined a technique that genetically modifies patients’ own cells to attack leukemia. Their study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that the treatment resulted in no detectable disease in 27 of 29 patients who had been given just months to live, The Seattle Times reports.
Health care mergers not for everyone in Seattle area
Health-care mergers often cite lower costs and better care. But a partnership called the Puget Sound High Value Network cites the same reasons for remaining independent, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The network of care groups includes Seattle Children’s, Virginia Mason, Overlake Medical Center, EvergreenHealth Partners, Edmonds Family Medicine, and MultiCare Connected Care.
British medical group urges smokers to switch to e-cigarettes
The Royal College of Physicians says that electronic cigarettes are the best hope for people addicted to cigarettes to quit, The New York Times reports. However, the C.D.C and other U.S. health agencies worry that e-cigarettes could extend smoking habits, introduce children to regular cigarettes, or that their vapor could to have long-term health effects.
Everyone has time for 1 minute of all-out exercise
Scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, have found that just one minute of strenuous exertion proved to be as good at improving fitness as 45 minutes of moderate exercise, The New York Times reports. Combined with warm-ups, recoveries and cool-downs, such a workout would last 10 minutes – something anyone would have time for.