Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center http://www.kplu.org en $20 Million Gift From Bezos Family To Support Cancer Therapies At Fred Hutch http://www.kplu.org/post/20-million-gift-bezos-family-support-cancer-therapies-fred-hutch <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143600326&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The family of Amazon.com founder Jeff </span>Bezos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center its largest-ever single gift.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.fhcrc.org/en/news/releases/2014/04/bezos-family-donates-twenty-million-to-fred-hutch-to-develop-therapies-that-melt-cancer.html">The $20 million donation </a>will fund research into cancer immunotherapy, a field that uses the body’s own immune system fight tumors. Fred Hutch president Dr. Larry Corey says the line of research is making huge strides.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:41:54 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15769 at http://www.kplu.org $20 Million Gift From Bezos Family To Support Cancer Therapies At Fred Hutch Seattle Scientists: Supplements Thought To Protect Against Cancer Increase Risk http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-scientists-supplements-thought-protect-against-cancer-increase-risk <p>Two nutrient supplements once thought to protect against cancer may actually increase the risk of prostate cancer, <a href="http://www.fhcrc.org/en/news/center-news/2014/02/vitamin-e-selenium-prostate-cancer-risk.html">according to a study </a>led by researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.</p><p>The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study looked at 4,856 men taking large doses of vitamin E and selenium, either alone or together, or a placebo.</p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:18:44 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13967 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Scientists: Supplements Thought To Protect Against Cancer Increase Risk Study: Anti-Smoking Campaign Saved 5 Busloads Of People Every Day For 50 Years http://www.kplu.org/post/study-anti-smoking-campaign-saved-5-busloads-people-every-day-50-years <p></p><p>Fifty years ago this weekend, the U.S. surgeon general <a href="http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN/B/B/M/Q/">released a landmark report </a>blaming smoking for a number of health risks.</p><p><a href="http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1812962">A new study </a>co-authored by Seattle researchers says the campaign against smoking has saved about eight million lives since. That’s more than the population of Washington state, or put another way, it’s like preventing about five full Metro buses from driving off a cliff every day for 50 years.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:16:09 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12361 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Anti-Smoking Campaign Saved 5 Busloads Of People Every Day For 50 Years Seattle Scientists Look To Make Drug Research More Like Fantasy Football http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-scientists-look-make-drug-research-more-fantasy-football <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series. Learn how scorpion vemon led local researchers to the brink of discovery of a new class of drugs in <a href="http://kplu.org/post/how-scorpions-sting-led-seattle-scientists-brink-discovery">Part 1</a>.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Consider the chemical elegance of a potato. Or a petunia. Or a horseshoe crab.</span></p><p>Somewhere in each of those organisms is a special little protein uniquely equipped to do what medicines do: barge in on biological processes and mess with them. With a little tweaking, it’s possible they could be trained to, say, keep cancer cells from spreading.</p><p>A few years ago, Dr. Jim Olson and his team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center had figured out how to make those proteins by the thousands, but they hadn’t yet figured out how to pay for it.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11819 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Scientists Look To Make Drug Research More Like Fantasy Football How A Scorpion's Sting Led Seattle Scientists To The Brink Of Discovery http://www.kplu.org/post/how-scorpions-sting-led-seattle-scientists-brink-discovery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deathstalker</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> scorpion is about the size of your palm. It’s yellow and surly, its venom a seething cocktail of </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">neurotoxins</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11770 at http://www.kplu.org How A Scorpion's Sting Led Seattle Scientists To The Brink Of Discovery Figuring out which cancer treatments work http://www.kplu.org/post/figuring-out-which-cancer-treatments-work <p>Seattle&rsquo;s a hub for cancer research, and usually that means scientists are looking for cures or new treatments. Now a new project will try to tell us if those treatments are worth the price-tag.</p><p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 15:17:10 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5870 at http://www.kplu.org Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Dr. Larry Corey elected to national academy http://www.kplu.org/post/melinda-gates-jeff-bezos-dr-larry-corey-elected-national-academy <p>Three Seattleites are among the 220 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year: Melinda Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/04/melinda-gates-jeff-bezos-dr-larry-corey-elected-to-national-academy/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:30:43 +0000 KPLU 4788 at http://www.kplu.org Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Dr. Larry Corey elected to national academy Adding nuance to hormone therapy risks http://www.kplu.org/post/adding-nuance-hormone-therapy-risks <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962147.mp3</p><p>Whether or not to take hormones has become one of life&rsquo;s difficult choices as women face menopause, and look for ways to relieve the symptoms. A new study suggests women may be able to minimize the risks if they start in their 50&rsquo;s.</p><p>It also shows negative effects appear more common for women if they take estrogen after age 60.</p><p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 22:26:57 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1141 at http://www.kplu.org Adding nuance to hormone therapy risks Cancer joins AIDS, malaria as global health issue http://www.kplu.org/post/cancer-joins-aids-malaria-global-health-issue <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958886.mp3</p><p>The fight against diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis has made Seattle a center for global health.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, increasingly, the battle is including cancer -- which might seem ridiculously impossible.&nbsp; Isn&rsquo;t it hard enough to fight infectious diseases in poor countries? Can we afford to start talking about the diseases like cancer, which we still struggle with in the United States?&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:25:40 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1041 at http://www.kplu.org Cancer joins AIDS, malaria as global health issue