The results were part of a well-known and seemingly mundane phenomenon that has been driving a quiet revolution in immunology. Its proponents hope that by cutting drug doses, it will not only minimise harmful side-effects but also slash billions from healthcare costs, transforming treatment for conditions such as autoimmune disorders and cancer. The secret? Teaching your body how to respond to a particular medicine, so that in future it can trigger the same change on its own.
This is at least a second cup kind of article, so I’ll be back because I’m curious if the effect is transferable.
Clinically, placebos been at least 50% as effective as real drugs. But this is more than just a mere placebo effect. It’s a true form of conditioning the body’s response. It creates a trigger based on sensations and memory whether the patient knows what they are taking is the real medicine or not. Placebos mimic medicine from the beginning and works more effectively if the patient is fooled into thinking it works. No deception is required here.
…in mice. This could be huge. On the other hand, let’s see the peer reviewed articles. Remember “resveratrol”?
Scientists at the University of B.C. searching for ways to slow the deterioration of blood vessels may have stumbled on to the key to youthful skin.
While exploring the effects of the protein-degrading enzyme Granzyme B on blood vessels during heart attacks, professor David Granville couldn’t help noticing that mice engineered to lack the enzyme had beautiful skin at the end of the experiment, while normal mice showed signs of age.
I believe it’s already known that avoiding sunlight helps prevent this enzyme from being released, and in turn keeps skin looking younger. This is just artificially lowering it even further in an attempt to to create immortal, sunlight-fearing vampires. But it could really help burn victims…
Usually most aging-preventing discoveries cause cancer. Tumour cells (for solid tumours) normally have defects in extra-cellular matrix related genes (genes in the collagen family are sometimes mutated in advanced gastric cancer) that help the tumour invade and spread through tissues. For example, the p21 knockout mice that gained almost salamander-like regeneration also gained a high tumor rate. The idea that processes in your body involving the stopping of growth and areas dying off are things that help prevent cancer from forming or growing makes sense…