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ARE BREAST CANCER VACCINES THE NEW CHEMOTHERAPY?(BY JORGE PEREZ)

Chemotherapy for breast cancer is one of today’s most common treatments. However, tomorrow’s therapies are giving patients and breast cancer centers new hope for a better, gentler cure, thanks to promising studies on breast cancer vaccines. The idea of curing breast cancer with a simple therapeutic vaccine instead of surgery and/or months of chemotherapy or radiation is very appealing to patients and breast cancer centers alike. And while we’re not quite there yet scientifically, that certainly is the goal—one that’s within reach. In the past year, medical powerhouses like the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson have been studying various therapeutic breast cancer vaccines, all showing promise. The Mayo Clinic is currently working on a breast cancer vaccine for a highly aggressive type called ‘triple negative’, which affects 15-20% of breast cancer patients. It cannot be treated by estrogen blockers like Tamoxifen, as this particular form of breast cancer is not fueled by estro…

THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CALCIUM SUPPLIMENTS (BY RYAN COTE)

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and also an important supplement to take. Calcium is needed to form bones and teeth and is also required for blood clotting, transmission of signals in nerve cells, and muscle contraction. The importance of calcium for preventing osteoporosis, however, is probably its most well-known role.

While anyone can benefit from taking a calcium supplement, it's a MUST for those that rarely consume dairy products, especially women because of the threat of osteoporosis. It seems that few people realize how important calcium is to their body, but if you consider the fact that it's needed for healthy bones, that in itself is a strong argument to make sure you're getting enough calcium daily. What's the adequate daily intake of calcium? 1,000-1,200 mg daily.

So how do you choose a calcium supplement. A form of calcium has recently emerged called coral calcium. It's a natural form of calcium derived from Okinawa marine coral. T…