February 20, 2007 |
IGENERALLY don't trust government. It can be a force for good but too often mucks it up, especially lately. And I'm pro-choice, favoring autonomy in decisions about reproductive health and sexuality. So I was suspicious when I heard that Texas was ordering mandatory vaccination of 11- and 12-year-old girls for the human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical cancer. Many other states are considering doing the same. Preventing cancer certainly sounds like a worthwhile idea, but should the vaccine be mandatory?
May 29, 2000 |
Thomas Jefferson University researchers are encouraged by positive results from early testing of custom-made vaccines to treat ovarian cancer and melanoma. Both types of vaccines are made from the patient's own cancer cells. The modified cells appear foreign to the body's immune system, which reacts against them. In early testing involving 10 ovarian cancer patients with advanced stages of disease that had not responded to chemotherapy, one patient's ovarian cancer disappeared after the six weekly vaccine injections.
October 12, 2012 |
A vaccine against cervical cancer, being developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Blue Bell, produced positive results in a small sample of 18 women. The vaccine prompted their bodies to produce T cells - a type of white blood cell - that, in a separate lab test, recognized cells with tumor proteins and killed them. The researchers, including a team from the University of Pennsylvania, say the paper in the journal Science Translational Medicine is the first to show that a DNA vaccine alone produced a high level of immunity in people.
March 26, 2006
Sex can give you cancer. Well, not exactly. But a specific sexually transmitted disease - human papillomavirus (HPV) - has been found to cause cervical cancer. That being the case, one would think a new vaccine that prevents cervical cancer would be universally hailed. But the fact that the drug is most effective when administered to children has made it controversial. Some family values groups worried that promiscuity might increase if adolescents knew they'd been vaccinated to ward off a sexually transmitted disease.
April 28, 1996 |
As soon as Mary Prolejko's cancerous tumor was removed in surgery, her daughters rushed it to a hospital 30 miles away. At Thomas Jefferson University, a laboratory technician processed the melanoma tumor and divided the cells into vials for freezing. Several weeks later, Prolejko, 73, was given a shot containing about 7 1/2 million of the tumor cells, which had been specially prepared so they could no longer reproduce. The hope was that the very cells that caused her cancer might now keep it from coming back.
June 5, 2007 |
Having lost an uncle to prostate cancer, and now, watching his father's losing battle, Ed Gorkes cannot understand why the government is keeping a breakthrough therapy in limbo. The 51-year-old Horsham businessman and other prostate cancer activists are outraged that the Food and Drug Administration last month demanded more proof that Provenge works, even though the agency's own advisory panel voted overwhelmingly for immediate approval. Yesterday about 100 activists from 19 organizations rallied in Washington.
September 17, 2015 |
The Philadelphia-based American Association for Cancer Research trumpeted progress on the disease in a report released Wednesday, noting that nine new cancer drugs were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the 12 months ending July 31. In that period, one new cancer vaccine and one new cancer screening test were also approved. Six other cancer drugs and one imaging agent were deemed worthy of use in patients with forms of cancer beyond the originally approved use. "Since I started working in the field of oncology about three decades ago, there has been a sea change in our basic understanding of what cancer is," José Baselga, AACR president, said in the report.
April 18, 2000 |
Now that the stock market's nosedive has smashed all the rose-tinted glasses, the future is looking decidedly more bleak for many Internet, software and biotechnology companies. The new "new economy" is shaping up as a place of canceled stock-market offerings, increased hesitation among private funders, and corporate knuckle-biting about whether to reprice stock options, which is expensive, or risk losing valuable employees to companies with better options deals. Companies that were astute enough to bulk up their coffers when money was flowing freely have the best chance to escape unscathed, said Robert M. McCord, president and chief executive officer of the Eastern Technology Council, a group representing 700 area technology firms.
September 14, 2011
In the Region Deb Shops gets OK for asset sale Deb Shops Inc., a bankrupt Philadelphia retailer of clothing for teenage girls and young women, won approval Tuesday from a bankruptcy court in Wilmington to sell its assets to lenders who were owed $75 million, after no competing offers were received. With no other bids, Deb canceled an Aug. 31 auction. Lee Equity Partners L.L.C., the private equity firm that bought Deb in 2007, is part of the purchasing group and will own 3 percent of the new equity, said Damon P. Meyer, a lenders' spokesman.