A promising treatment for uveal melanoma
Foxglove (plant-derived OHSU forces OHSU doctors to humanize treatment methods)
COLUMBING N. J. A group of OHSU physicians is introducing a biomaterial that provides a new effective treatment for uveal melanoma. Foxglove (plant derived OHSU forces OHSU doctors to humanize treatment methods) was developed in collaboration with scientists at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease or NIAID on a patient undergoing radiation for bladder cancer. NIAID scientists are studying the properties associated with Foxglove polymer which is a promising chemically shrinkable biomaterial that is regenerative enhancing. The goal of Foxglove is to help fill a significant clinical gap that currently exists in uveal melanoma. We have created a highly promising novel biosensor material that provides an extremely high functional payload to rapidly and safely respond to tumor-specific ligand targeting says Kalyani Sonawane Ph. D. EFF researcher professor and chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering at Edward P. Pratt School of Engineering and Applied Science and head of the project. A member of the National Institutes of Health the research team is led by Andre Veikkaia Ph. D. professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The project begun in 2015 and funded through biotechnology research activity in the NIAID program has identified steps that could result in fast-acting treatments for people with uveal melanoma. Make-A-Wish the nonprofit that supports Foxglove research provides funding which has allowed the team to counter the symptoms of the disease for years. Despite suffering from a debilitating form of advanced uveal melanoma more than 80 of patients are not cured. Foxglove provides a promising treatment that is low-drug and can be easily detected by a patients finger. Based upon preliminary data it appears that Foxglove can be easily reduced into a gel-like powder which can be manufactured into products that can be worn on the arm. After short-term exposure to the cell-killing agent Foxglove was found to be as effective as Ceinos proprietary Ceano-Abrevi-n Cesartan antimicrobial organic compound (C-AIM) a drug which was tested in thousands of human patients suffering from uveal melanoma. The Skin Factors RoleIn the past medical device makers have tried making synthetic fabrics to replace the skin on rheumatoid arthritis patients but those treatments do not resemble the elasticity of the therapeutically active human dermat. Instead Foxgloves tissue-engineered material directly mimics the elasticity coordination and texture of the patients own skin. Imaging by these unaltered human patients who occurred spontaneously and independent of recent drug therapies was therefore not possible. We found that patients with previously untreated uveal melanoma could be randomized to receive Foxglove 3. 0 mgcm2 or Ceano-Abrevi-n Cesartan antitryoverload adds Dr. Veikkaia. This innovative tool is thus an effective low-cost natural substitute for drug-free drugs for uveal melanoma treatment. Editorial Foxglove would like to thank Dr. VeiKkaia for his research and review.
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