Hope rises as pancreatic cancer vaccine shows promise in small trial
A pancreatic cancer vaccine in its first phase of trial has shown encouraging outcomes.
The results were published on Wednesday in Nature, a scientific journal.
Out of 16 trial participants who had previously undergone surgery to remove their tumour, eight responded to the vaccine by developing T cells which taught their immune systems how to recognise and fight off cancer growth.
None of those eight has seen their cancer return, according to the findings.
Among the eight patients who did not respond adequately to the vaccine, just two have not seen their cancer return.
The treatment is a personalised messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine — famous for its ability to prevent COVID — by BioNTech.
Vinod Balachandran, a cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who led the study, said the results were promising and that plans were underway to upscale tests.
“I think it’s definitely very encouraging to see that [an immune] response correlates with recurrence-free survival,” the surgeon said.
“However, it is a small study with only 16 patients in phase one. So it is a correlation. It’s not causation. We do have to test causation in a larger clinical trial.”
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal kinds of cancer, fatal in 88 percent of patients. It is also one of the hardest to treat.
Tumours can be surgically removed, but they come back within seven to nine months in 90 percent of patients.
Spain passes law allowing women to take paid menstrual leave — first in Europe
Spain has approved a law allowing women with painful periods to take paid menstrual leave from work.
The new rule titled “Gender equality bill” came into effect on Thursday and reformed a 2010 law guaranteeing women’s sexual and reproductive rights.
The development also established Spain as the first European country to pass such a law.
According to the law, women will be allowed to stay at home for a few hours during the working day or take medical leave if pain prevents them from working.
The duration of the leave depends on how severe the menstrual pain is and how long it lasts.
Additionally, the law allows 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to get an abortion without parental consent and expands public financing of contraceptives.
Irene Montero, minister for equality, said the law guarantees menstrual health as part of the country’s right to gender equality, adding that women’s health and bodies matter.
“Having time to take care of yourself is now important,” she added.
Montero noted that the government will cover the costs of leave.
“From today you already have the right to leave work for painful menstruation, for voluntary termination of pregnancy and for the last weeks of gestation that we approved with the new law on abortion, sexual and reproductive health and sexual education,” the minister tweeted.
“If you need to request any of these cancellations, you just have to contact your doctor or GP as soon as possible.
“Women’s health, bodies and time matter. No more making the rule invisible, working with pills, dying of pain pretending nothing is wrong.”
Worldwide, menstrual leave is currently offered only in a small number of countries including Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Zambia.
President Biden trips, falls at US air force academy graduation
United States President Joe Biden tripped and fell on stage at the country’s air force academy graduation ceremony in Colorado.
Biden delivered the opening address and proceeded to shake hands with graduates, after which he fell near the podium and was quickly assisted by those around him in returning to his feet.
The 80-year-old president walked back to his seat unassisted after the incident which happened on Thursday.
Ben LaBolt, the White House communications director, clarified that the US president only tripped over a sandbag that was left on stage after videos of the incident began to circulate online.
Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, also said Biden was “totally fine”.
Biden is the oldest sitting US president in history and would be 86 at the end of his second term should he win his re-election bid in 2024.
Some citizens had expressed concerns about his age and health but the US president said it would be up to voters to judge “whether or not I have it or don’t have it”.
Canada releases new policy to help Nigerians with family members migrate without stress
Canada has introduced a new policy for professionals, and student applicants to bring over family members.
The new policy is expected to ease the process stress of family reunion in less than 30 days Canada’s inclusive approach stands in contrast to the recent UK’s restrictive policy. In a move contrasting the recent restrictive policy announced by United Kingdom, Canada has unveiled a new policy that will expedite immigrants bringing family over.
Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the new policy on Friday, May 26, 2023.
According to Fraser, family members from visa-required countries who have submitted family class permanent residency (PR) applications can apply for Temporary Resident Visas (TRV) to join their sponsor in Canada.
He noted that the new system would facilitate the approval process for spouses, children, and parents of recent immigrants looking to join family members. Canada opens door while UK closes.
The announcement comes just days after the UK government prohibited students from Nigeria and other foreign countries on study visas from bringing their families into the country. Naijinfo reported that the UK’s new immigration policy will start from January 2024.
Canada new immigration policy Speaking further, Minister Fraser also emphasized that the new policy leverages cutting-edge technology and analytics, enabling requests for TRV for family members of citizens and permanent residents to be processed in less than 30 days. His words: “Going forward, this new approach to processing TRV applications will lead to processing times of within 30 days.”
“Family members will be able to travel to Canada more quickly and be with their loved ones sooner.”
More new Canada Japa goodies Canada is not only allowing Nigerians and other foreigners to bring their families but also launched a new initiative that will issue open work permits to spousal applicants and their dependent children who reside with their sponsor in Canada and have temporary resident status.
What this means is that spouses, partners, and dependents are eligible to apply for an open work permit when they submit a complete application for permanent residence under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class (SPCLC) or other family class programs.
Previously, these open work permits were only available for the inland spousal program, but now they are being extended to those who apply outside of Canada.
Additionally, starting from June 7th, 2023, holders of open work permits whose permits are set to expire between August 1st and the end of 2023 can extend their permits for 18 months through a free facilitated process.
This extension will apply to spouses and dependents of most temporary workers, spouses of international students, and applicants for permanent residency along with their spouses/dependents awaiting the finalization of their permanent residency.
To be eligible as a sponsor, you must Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada Be 18 years of age or older Not be in prison, bankrupt, under a removal order or charged with a serious offence Not have been sponsored as a spouse within the last 5 years.
Canada govt said: “Spouses, common law and conjugal partners, children, parents and grandparents may all be sponsored, provided they meet the required eligibility criteria.”
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