Breakthrough in cancer fight locates ‘cells of origin’


Australian scientists have discovered what they believe to be the ‘cell of origin’ that gives rise to a deadly form of lung cancer that affects both smokers and non-smokers alike, according to new research.

Published: The New Daily, 30/01/17


2 thoughts on “Breakthrough in cancer fight locates ‘cells of origin’

  1. dwayne

    Just leaving a comment for you here regarding your article “Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘no better than placebo’ for back pain: study’ article. Despite the article being about NSAIDS, such as Ibuprofen, you then go on to say “Opioids have been found to provide little benefit when compared to a placebo”. What a ridiculous claim. Are you asserting for instance that a pregnant woman given a fentanyl injection in labor is not receiving any relief above a placebo effect? First of all, Opioids are not NSAIDS, I assume that, as a ‘freelance science journalist’, you know that. Second, your quote links to a Cochrane article which summarises 15 trials including 5540 participants. The ‘key results’ were that ‘people that received opioids reported more pain relief and had less difficulty performing their daily activities in the short-term than those who received a placebo.’ So the article actually states the direct opposite of what you claim it does in your hypertext link. Instead of showing that Opioids ‘have been found to provide little benefit when compared to a placebo’ they actually do provide ‘more pain relief’ and give people ‘less difficulty’. Bad journalism, buddy. Are you pushing a line, were you told to report lies, do you have some bias against ‘drugs’? Hint: some people are in actual pain and yes these medicines are scientifically proven to relieve pain.

    • Hi Dwayne, thanks for the comment. First of all, I made absolutely no assertion that opioids do not help with pain relief at all – the entire article is clearly talking specifically about back pain. Second, I’m well aware that opioids are not classed as NSAIDS, and the reason I talk about both paracetamol (1st line analgesics) and opioids (3rd line analgesics) is because they are included in the clinical guidelines for treating back pain. Third, if you had bothered to read the entire results and conclusions sections of the Cochrane review instead of cherry-picking one sentence, you’d find that it goes on to say: “… However, there is little data about the benefits of opioids based on objective measures of physical functioning. We have no information from randomized controlled trials supporting the efficacy and safety of opioids used for more than four months. Furthermore, the current literature does not support that opioids are more effective than other groups of analgesics for LBP such as anti-inflammatories or antidepressants. This review partially supports the effectiveness of several opioids for CLBP relief and function in the short-term. However, the effectiveness of prescribing of these medications for long-term use is unknown and should take into consideration the potential for serious adverse effects, complications, and increased risk of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and deaths.” As this review states (along with a more recent review: Efficacy, Tolerability, and Dose-Dependent Effects of Opioid Analgesics for Low Back Pain
      A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, published in JAMA Internal Medicine) the quality of evidence for short-term benefits is poor, the evidence for long-term benefits is lacking, and the overall efficacy of opioids in treating back pain is still contested. I’m not pushing any line here but by all means continue to throw wild accusations about. Good day.

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