Friday July 19, 2019

US funded Study Confirms that Chemicals in Marijuana Help Fight Brain Cancer

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a US federal government research institute, has officially announced that marijuana holds the power to kill cancer cells.

Cannabis’ potential medical benefits were accounted in a report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports:

“Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

NIDA also revealed that two chemicals present in marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabinoid (CBD), used as medication for cancer patients proved to be effective in the treatment of the fatal form of brain tumors.

The was released shortly after the Senate moved to end the federal ban on medical marijuana by classifying it as a Schedule II drug instead of Schedule I.

Also, it was declared by the Surgeon General of USA, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy in February 2015 that Cannabis offers health benefits. In addition, the NIDA fact sheet on medical marijuana was updated with the potency of CBD, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, for the treatment of Alzheimers Disease, inflammation and pain to seizures, mental disorders and substance abuse.

“It couldn’t be any clearer that marijuana has medical value. When even NIDA and the surgeon general are acknowledging that marijuana can help people who are suffering, it is time for the Obama administration to reschedule the drug. The attorney general can initiate that process today, and there’s no reason for him not to, especially when polling shows that such a huge majority of Americans supports medical marijuana,” said Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority.

Now, the big question is why the US government still continues the ban on weed for individual use? However, a statement released by the government on Wednesday stated that while it will not stop states that allow medical marijuana from carrying out their programs, it will still arrest marijuana users.

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Researchers Find Way to Make Cancer Cells Self-destruct

It also shows that ATF4 turns on the genes MYC needs for growth and also controls the rate at which cells make specific proteins called 4E-BP

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Traditional treatments often include chemotherapy or radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Pixabay

In a new hope for cancer patients, researchers have found a way to cause some cancer cells to self-destruct.

The research team has identified a new pathway that works as a partner to a gene called MYC which controls normal cell growth, but when it is mutated or amplified in cancer, it sets off a chain reaction that helps tumours grow uncontrollably.

The pathway involves a protein called ATF4, and when it’s blocked, it can cause cancer cells to produce too much protein and die.

Published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, the study done on mice points the way towards a new therapeutic approach as inhibitors that can block synthesis of ATF4 already exist.

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Cancer Ribbon. Pixabay

“What we’ve learned is that we need to go further downstream to block tumour growth in a way that cancer cells can’t easily escape, and our study identifies the target to do just that,” said Constantinos Koumenis, Professor at the University of California.

According to researchers, this finding shows the alternative approach is to target ATF4 itself, since it’s the point where both signal pathways converge, meaning there’s less redundancy built in to allow cancer to survive.

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It also shows that ATF4 turns on the genes MYC needs for growth and also controls the rate at which cells make specific proteins called 4E-BP.

This study also found that when tumours in humans are driven by MYC, ATF4 and its protein partner 4E-BP are also overly expressed, which is further evidence that these findings may point to an approach that could work for humans. (IANS)