Lymphoma, heroin, and migraines have some bad days ahead
There are two opinions on the progress of medicine. Some believe that there hasn’t been a revolutionary discovery in decades. Others are sure that there are amazing breakthroughs every day. Which one is right? The truth probably lies where it always has before.
Let’s run through some real, recent achievements.
Lymphatic cancer was defeated this year with the help of gene therapy, and this new method is already approved by the FDA. What’s the gist of it? The patient takes T-lymphocytes that have been reprogrammed in the lab to hunt cancer cells. Once back in the body, they not only hunt but also multiply. Over a 6-month time period, 73% of patients with one type of lymphoma were cured, and 71% with another.
A STRIKE AGAINST HEROIN – VACCINATION
If you have a vivid image of drug addicts doing something like a Pirke test, then you aren’t far from the truth. This new drug blocks dependence for 8 months, and it works, by the way, in opposition to fentanyl. It’s reminiscent of a vaccine because it’s similar in principle – as in the case of vaccination of the population during an infectious epidemic, the immune system eventually learns to locate hostile molecules (in this case, drug molecules) and destroy them. And what does the patient feel? Nothing special. If they cave in and use narcotics, they won’t feel any effects. “Why should I spend money on this?” they’ll ask themselves, and then continue treatment.
Migraines are traditionally believed to be a mysterious condition that is difficult to cope with. Strong, throbbing pain turning into excruciating light sensitivity and noise – all of this causes the patient to disconnect from life for a while. But now there’s a drug called Erenumab whose goal is to stop migraines. It isn’t a total victory yet – more neck-and-neck. 43% of patients became less likely to suffer from migraines and many of the headaches became shorter.
So what do you think – are these real breakthroughs?
Before we move on to the bionic eye, I want to remind you that you have your own pair of them, and they are priceless. Don’t forget about them. By the way, in our new optometry shop Bella Optique, we have stunning new frames. I even ordered some myself.