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7 Cancer Vaccines Everyone Should Know About

7 Cancer Vaccines Everyone Should Know About   Did you know that there are new cancer treatments that are safer and more effective than chemotherapy and radiation? Some of these vaccines for cancer can be used on a variety of different types of tumors in different areas of the body. How would it change your life, or the lives of your loved ones if you knew about a safe and effective breast cancer vaccine (Hint: look closely at RigVir)? Everyone should know about the new science of oncolytic virotherapy/cancer vaccines and cancer immunotherapy. Read on to learn more about 7 Cancer Vaccines that have gotten a lot of attention lately for their safety and effectiveness at treating cancer:   1)    RigVir   Everyone on the planet should know about RigVir. This cancer vaccine was developed in Riga, Latvia (thus the name). RigVir contains a virus that can identify cancer cells and then replicate only inside the cancer cells to destroy them, leaving the healthy cells alone. RigVir has been available in Latvia since 2004 and today it is also available in the country of Georgia, Armenia, and in Mexico at the Hope4Cancer clinics in both Tijuana and Cancun [1]. Over 50 years of research has documented the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine. It has passed all clinical trials in Latvia and it is a state-sponsored medicine used by oncologists in Latvia to treat cancer. It was initially developed for use against only melanoma but it has been shown to work on a variety of cancers [4] including:   Colon cancer Prostate cancer Lung cancer Stomach cancer Pancreatic cancer Bladder cancer Kidney cancer Sarcomas Rigvir may work on other cancers too…   2)    T-VEC (trade name Imlygic™) – also known as Talimogene Laherparapvec   In October, 2015, the FDA approved T-VEC, a cancer vaccine developed by Amgen from a modified version of the herpes simplex virus I (the virus responsible for causing cold sores). This is a genetically modified virus as opposed to Rigvir which is NOT genetically modified. The T-VEC virus has been tweaked to kill cancer cells. At this time, the FDA has only approved T-VEC for use against advanced melanoma that has relapsed and is inoperable [2].   3)    Provenge (sipuleucel-T)   Provenge was approved by the FDA in 2010 as the first therapeutic cancer vaccine for use against prostate cancer in the United States. It makes use of the patient’s own immune system to identify... read more

Hearing Aid Alternatives for People Who Don’t Want to Go Bankrupt Over Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a big deal. As one of the five senses, second perhaps only to sight, hearing loss can lead to poorer health and hospitalization, cognitive decline and dementia, and a higher risk of falls in the elderly. For younger folks, hearing loss can make socialization and certain work-related activities more difficult. When my husband, John, lost most of his hearing in one ear due to an ear fungus infection and a subsequent eardrum perforation, I started thinking about hearing aids. For 8 months to a year after his eardrum repair surgery, John’s hearing remained less than perfect and he considered getting a hearing aid, but the cost was prohibitive. So I started researching hearing aid alternatives that were more affordable but that still offered good results. Below are some of the interesting options that I found:   Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAP’s): Cheap Hearing Aid Alternatives for the Common Man   One of the first, and most compelling options that I found were Personal Sound Amplification Products or P.S.A.P.’s (also known by some as “hearables”). These are unregulated by the FDA (which could be a good thing considering some of harmful awful things that the FDA “regulates”) and you don’t need to visit an audiologist to get one. Manufacturers of these products, by law, cannot label PSAP’s as products that will help with hearing loss; most people with hearing loss never even realize these products are available. But the good news is that the lack of FDA regulation may push the innovation threshold higher. Some of these PSAP products will test your hearing as well as diminish hearing loss. And they’re cheap hearing aid alternatives at $70 to $700 on average for a pair [1]. Check out some of these products that have a good reputation for enhancing people’s hearing. When you’re purchasing cheap hearing aids or alternatives to hearing aids, it’s buyer beware:   Soundhawk – This PSAP operates using a smartphone. According to some users, it performed almost as well as an expensive hearing aid that you’d get at the audiologist’s office, but it only costs $399. CS50+ – Some PSAP’s call themselves “hearing amplifiers” and the CS50+ by Soundworld is no exception. It looks like a hybrid between a hearing aid and a Bluetooth device. It comes with a customizer app for use on Android, iPhone, Mac, or PC and you can set the CS50+ using environmental profile settings to get the best sound... read more

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