Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer.

Professor Paul Spagnuolo from the University of Waterloo has discovered a lipid in avocados that combats acute myeloid leukemia (AML) by targeting the root of the disease – leukemia stem cells. Worldwide, there are few drug treatments available to patients that target leukemia stem cells.

The mouse model study combined a ketogenic diet and supplements with hyperbaric oxygen therapy 

Tampa, FL (June 10, 2015) — A team of researchers from the Hyperbaric Biomedical Research Laboratory at the University of South Florida (USF) has doubled survival time in an aggressive metastatic cancer model using a novel combination of non-toxic dietary and hyperbaric oxygen therapies.

The study, “Non-toxic metabolic management of metastatic cancer in VM mice: Novel combination of ketogenic diet, ketone supplementation, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy,” was published online today in PLOS ONE.

Screening for T Cell Characteristics May Optimize Donor Selection for Older Blood Cancer Patients

PHILADELPHIA – Using a simple blood test to measure the T lymphocyte count in donors for stem cell transplants may help identify the best match for patients in need of an allogeneic stem cell transplant, suggests a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology from researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania. Typically, matched siblings have been preferred over unrelated donors. This study shows that older patients who received stem cells from younger, unrelated donors with higher numbers of so-called killer T cells (CD8 cells) had significantly reduced risk of disease relapse and improved survival compared to those who received stem-cells from donors with low numbers of CD8 cells, including older matched siblings. 

A team of researchers, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and Denmark, found the natural pesticide falcarinol in carrots reduced the risk of cancer developing in rats by one third.

In nature, falcarinol protects the roots of carrots from fungal disease. The scientists investigated the compound after a previous published study suggested it could prevent the development of cancer. The researchers carried out the test on 24 rats with pre-cancerous tumors by dividing them into three groups. What was found after 18 weeks is that the rats who ate carrots, along with their ordinary feed and the group which consumed falcarinol with their feed in the quantity equal to that contained in the carrot group were one third less likely to develop full-scale tumors than the rats in the control group.

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