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Cottonseed extract may help treat brain cancer

June 3, 2009 by  

Cottonseed extract may help treat brain cancer Researchers have announced a new naturally-derived drug has shown promise in treating a highly malignant form of brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme.

The discovery was made at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where researchers have concluded a Phase II clinical trial of AT-101, a pill produced from a compound found in cottonseed that appears to overcome the abnormal growth patterns of tumor cells.

They obtained encouraging results after administering the drug to 56 patients who were largely unresponsive to traditional treatments for glioblastoma which include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

After about three weeks taking the pill, many of the patients experienced a significant slowdown in the growth of their tumors, the scientists reported.

"After getting this drug some of these patients went many months without any new growth in their tumors," says Dr John Fiveash, an associate professor in the UAB Department of Radiation Oncology and the lead researcher on the study.

"We are able to do that with a well-tolerated oral medication, and that is a major benefit," he adds.

Fiveash also says AT-101 would likely work best in combination with radiation and chemotherapy to boost the cancer-fighting properties of those treatments.
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  • David Hopkins

    I’ve been thinking about this “Fair Tax” push. I’ve decided that there is nothing fair about it. The average person in this economy that is living payday to payday is being taxed on 100% of their income. The wealthy that save the majority of their income is given an automatic tax shelter. Even interest is not taxed. This is why I believe so much money has gotten behind the push. The wealthy the want to spend the money to buy a tax shelter. In my honest opinion the only fair tax is a flat percentage tax across the board. No deductions, no returns, no exemptions. Everyone pays, no free rides, and tax day doesn’t become a payday for those who don’t pay in. This way everyone is taxed by their ability to pay and nobody can take advntage of the system. Just my rant.

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