Foundation News

Vitamin D and cancer

High levels of vitamin D have been related to lower levels of breast cancer, report scientists from the University of California San Diego. Expanding on epidemiological studies relating higher cancer levels in individuals with vitamin D deficiency,  the current study  published in PLOS One utilized data from two randomized  and one prospective clinical trials. Postmenopausal… Read more


Chemotherapy not necessary for most early-stage breast cancer patients

Results of the TAILORx clinical study may change the treatment recommendations for women with early-stage breast cancer. A recent report indicated that for most women with an intermediate risk score  resulting from the 21-gene expression test, there was no benefit of taking chemotherapy in addition to hormone therapy. Authors of the study to be published… Read more


Flu vaccine and erectile dysfunction drugs to treat cancer?

Researchers from Ottawa have found that a combination of a flu vaccine and erectile dysfunction drug was able to reduce the number of cancer metastases following tumor removal surgery in a mouse model. While surgery is an effective first step in removing cancerous tumors, the surgery can suppress the immune system – giving an advantage… Read more


Electronic nose sniffs out breast cancer

Scientists have recently developed methods to detect breast cancer by measuring a patient’s breath and urine. They used electronic nose gas sensors for breath, along with gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to quantify substances found in urine. These diagnostic methods are inexpensive and were found to have 95% accuracy. The new method may be particularly useful in… Read more


Finalists for the 2018 animal welfare award announced

The Janet Wood Innovation Award finalists were recently announced, recognizing individuals who created novel products that improve the welfare of laboratory animals. The award, a program of Datesand Group, aims to encourage laboratory animal technicians to come up with ideas that support the Three R’s of animal research (replacement, reduction and refinement). The products will… Read more


Elderly patients missing out on minimally invasive procedures

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has proven benefits over “open surgery”: fewer complications, shorter hospitalization, lower rates of readmission and mortality, and lower health care costs. Unfortunately, the population that might benefit the most from this approach is under-served. A recently published study used a Medicare database to analyze minimally invasive vs. traditional open surgeries in elderly… Read more


Artificial intelligence better than rats at detecting toxic chemicals

Millions of animals – mainly rats and mice – are used every year as surrogates for humans in toxicology testing. Such testing is often required by regulatory bodies to evaluate the potential toxicity of new products and chemicals. The search for alternatives to lethal animal toxicology testing in the last few decades has started to… Read more


Promoting more humane animal research

As part of Parsemus Foundation’s commitment to animal welfare, we’re proud to be a new sponsor of the Janet Wood Innovation Award, which supports the “Three Rs” of animal testing: the REPLACEMENT of animals in testing, the REDUCTION in animal use in testing, and the REFINEMENT of animal testing methods to minimize or avoid animal… Read more


Vasalgel highlighted in list of reproductive advances

Vasalgel made the Daily Beast’s list of the medical advances in 2017 that “are going to not only dramatically transform how we think about the birds and the bees but also the very way we think about reproduction.” In the December 25, 2017 article by senior science editor Tanya Basu, Vasalgel was heralded as the frontrunner… Read more


Improved health with new treatment regimen for adrenal insufficiency

If you or someone you know has adrenal insufficiency, you probably understand how difficult it is to regulate glucocorticoid replacement therapy. That’s because the body normally has various levels of cortisol throughout the day as well as in response to stressors. Glucocorticoid over-treatment may result in weight gain and metabolic impairment, with dose reduction the… Read more