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Omega-3 hope for cancer patients.

Posted by Heather Campbell on

The chemistry involved in designing drugs with the potential to treat cancer is complex and finicky. The placement of a single atom can be the difference between a cancer killer and a useless bystander. And that's just at the test tube stage. There follows the challenge of getting the compound to work inside the wet, warm and wild environment of mammalian biology.   Existing therapies target breast cancer growth rather than metastasis. Photo: Rui Vieira Dr Tristan Rawling, a chemist in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), is familiar with these challenges. He is...

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Omega-3 Supplements Help Treat Depression.

Posted by Heather Campbell on

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may be useful in treating major depression. New research shows that when patients with major depression and no concurrent anxiety disorder were treated with omega-3 supplements, their symptoms were markedly reduced compared to patients treated with placebo. Major depression affects five to 10 percent of the population.  Symptoms include severely depressed mood, loss of interest in usual activities, loss of pleasure, and fatigue.  Sufferers can also experience marked weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleep, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, and recurrent thoughts of suicide.  Three to four percent of patients commit suicide. Diagnosis...

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