Savings / Safety Tips for August 2018 from All Safety Products, Inc.Trends in Personal Protection Equipment
Modern work styles demand new types of personal protection equipment (PPE). Safety and Health Magazine interviewed some PPE manufacturers and here are some of the features users are demanding:
- Seamless gloves with more flexibility and cut protection.
- Lightweight protective apparel and equipment in garment and faceshield design.
- Fabrics with increased chemical protection, especially for the hands.
- Reflective garments that better retain reflectivity.
- Lighter weight safety shoes that still provide protection.
Combination treatments show the best lung cancer survival rates
Patients who have a specific kind of cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), have been shown to have better survival rates when they paired immunotherapy drugs alongside traditional chemotherapy, according to The National Cancer Institute.
With the combination, trial participants were 51 percent less likely to have died within 10.5 months after treatment, and 69.2 percent were still alive a year after the treatment started. They also lived progression-free for nearly twice as long as those in the control group with an average of 8.8 months.
The clinical trials used pembrolizumab (brand name Keytruda) which is in a class of drugs called checkpoint inhibitors that interact with PD-L1 proteins inside the NSCLC tumor cells. Success with this treatment validates progress within the 'precision medicine' strategy that relies on identifying and targeting specific biomarkers within the patient's cancer to determine the best method of treatment and could eventually lead to gene-targeted therapies for this type of cancer.
Such therapies already exist for tumors that show signs of mutations in the ALK or EGFR genes. According to Roy Herbst of the Yale Cancer Center, combination treatments of this nature have been in the works for some time, and although the procedure was approved by the FDA last year, many practicing physicians were waiting for the Phase 3 trials to conclude last April before endorsing the method.
While combining treatments did not dramatically increase the number of side effects for patients, those using Keytruda were significantly more likely to develop a condition called acute kidney injury, so those at risk for kidney problems will need to exercise particular caution.
Delicious Recipe: Chocolate Tumeric Truffles
Ancient Spice combines with chocolate for a sweet treat
The bitter herb that confers high taste, low fat. Comic book character Dagwood Bumstead loved it on his huge sandwiches. It's the bitter herb of seder tables at Passover. And, it was considered an aphrodisiac in the ancient world. Ancient spice combines with chocolate for a sweet treat. More than 4,000 years ago, tumeric was being used to spice up food and make medicines in India.
Today, the spice is still an important crop in India, which produces nearly all of the global supply. About 80 percent of tumeric is used in-country to flavor and color food, enhance cosmetics, and make holistic medicines. It is widely used in South Asian, Middle Eastern, and South African cuisines and is notable for its use in curries and rice.
Recent research on two chemical compounds found in the plant have shown some promise for future treatment of Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Society. One chemical, curcumin, has shown some effect on amyloid-beta plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer patients. The other chemical, turmerone, has been shown to stimulate stem cells into making new brain cells, potentially aiding neurogenerative diseases.
Here's a recipe from Paleohacks.com for a sweet, but nutritious dessert featuring Turmeric:
Chocolate Tumeric Truffles
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw honey, softened
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Mix all dry ingredients together and ensure the coconut is evenly spiced.
Next, pour in the coconut oil and honey and stir until completely mixed.
Roll the mixture into several small balls (whatever size you'd like) and then place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Melt the dark chocolate in a saucepan and then drizzle it over the balls once they are finished setting-up in the freezer.
Allow to defrost before enjoying.
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