Tag: cancer

Acupuncture Works (Even When It’s Fake), University of Maryland-Baltimore Says

Photo via ACAOM
Photo via ACAOM

Welcome to This Week in Research, BFB’s weekly exploration of some of the smartest, strangest, or most surprising research coming out of our local universities. Prepare to have your mind blown!

Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medical practice of sticking needles in particular spots on a person’s body, sometimes gets a bit of side-eye from the medical community. But a recent study out of the University of Maryland -Baltimore offers some food for thought. It showed that acupuncture helped to ease the harsh side effects of breast cancer treatment — but also that sham acupuncture worked equally well.

That Johns Hopkins “Cancer Update” Email is a Fake!



A relative recently forwarded an email that purported to be from “John Hopkins Hospital, US” with lots of seemingly-scientific advice about preventing cancer through diet and environment. But — as you may have already guessed from that missing S in JohnS Hopkins’ name — the email is part scam, part urban legend.

Movember Mustache Ties from Vineyard Vines


Mo Vines

Look what our friends at Vineyard Vines — one of the honchos there is a Baltimore boy Will Lanahan — are selling to raise awareness for men’s health and Movember!

Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of mustaches during November to raise awareness of men‘s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event.

A group of guys at Vineyard Vines have organized Team Mo Vines and the company has designed a tie to honor the mustachioed men’s efforts.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the ties will go to team Mo Vines in support of men’s health. Go Team Mo Vies!

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This Week in Research: Put Some Dog Food in That Chemo; Early Agriculture



Chemotherapy is one of the most popular cancer treatments, but it’s also known for its many side-effects. Eighty percent of those using common chemo drug Taxol have to deal with peripheral neuropathy, a kind of nerve pain that can persist throughout a lifetime. But Johns Hopkins researchers have found one particular chemical that seems to prevent the nerve degeneration that causes peripheral neuropathy. And that chemical is a popular dog food additive called Ethoxyquin.

This Week in Research: Toxic Herbal Medicine & “Race-Aware” Blood Pressures

Photo via Wikimedia
Photo via Wikimedia

Herbal remedies have been in use for centuries to treat all sorts of ailments. But Johns Hopkins researchers have recently identified a particular (and popular) herbal remedy used to fight arthritis, gout, and inflammation has one unfortunate side effect:  it causes cancer.

Our Bob Needs Your Help

Baltimore Fishbowl’s Robert “Bob” O’Brien.

You may know Bob O’Brien as Baltimore Fishbowl’s resident truth-teller, ready to take Governor O’Malley to task for various hypocrisies, or to introduce us to exciting new local musicians. You may also know Bob as a poet-about-town, or as the organizer of the Worms reading series. He’s one of those rare people who manages to be both sharp and sweet at the same time; oh, and he’s hilarious. Forgive my gushing; my ultimate point here is to let you know that Bob has recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Treatment is expensive and Bob doesn’t have health insurance, so the Metro Gallery has offered to host a sure-to-be-thrilling evening of performance, bands, comedy, and all around entertainment to raise funds on his behalf this weekend. And you should most certainly attend.

Johns Hopkins Would Like its $70 Million Back, Please



The federal budget sequestration is hurting our court system, our air traffic controllers, and kids in Head Start programs. Oh, and Johns Hopkins is feeling the pain, too — $70 million worth of pain, in fact.

That’s the amount of federal funding for biomedical research that Hopkins Medicine has lost since Congress mandated spending cuts several months ago. Even before the sequester, it was tough to get a grant approved by the NIH; only 17 percent of applicants ended up getting funding. Post-sequester, it’s even tougher. From Johns Hopkins alone, more than a dozen peer-reviewed grants fizzled, some of them targeting major health issues such as cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

Don’t Listen to What Michael Douglas Has to Say About Oral Sex Causing Cancer, Say Johns Hopkins Docs


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If you’ve been on the internet over the past couple of days, you’ve probably seen Michael Douglas’s bizarre explanation for his throat cancer:  too much oral sex. It’s not as far-fetched as it may sound; according to Douglas, his cancer was caused by an HPV infection that he picked up by, uh, intimate contact with a woman who had HPV. Before you panic, listen to what some local experts from Johns Hopkins have to say about the matter.

Ready for Your Morning Cry? Watch Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Dance to One Direction


I’ve long thought that working in pediatric oncology (that is,  cancer treatment for kids) would be one of the saddest things in the world. But apparently not at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where doctors, nurses, patients, and staff wear clown noses, strum guitars, dance like maniacs, and race tiny race cars — at least according to the video above.

This Week in Research: Personalized Cancer Treatment and Stressed-Out Children



If you’ve got to get chemotherapy, you might as well get chemotherapy that’s designed precisely for you. No, this isn’t some weird, trendy cancer fad from the fashion industry; it’s actually an innovative new treatment developed by oncologists at Johns Hopkins, who’ve figured out how to personalize chemo drug selection using cell lines created from patients’ own tumors.