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Fish Oil May Be Good for Cancer Patients Too


Fish oil has always been touted as a healthy supplement for adults, but now, it may help cancer patients with their treatments as well. Researchers at the University of Alberta have found that fish oil helps cancer patients gain weight rather than losing it due to aggressive treatments, and keeping the weight on enables clinicians to continue treatment, says New Scientist's Catherine de Lange. The study, which was published in Cancer, shows that when researchers gave 2.2 grams of fish oil a day to 16 people newly diagnosed with lung cancer, they managed to maintain their weight during chemotherapy, while a control group that wasn't given fish oil lost an average of 2.3 kilograms over the same period of time, de Lange says. "Fish oil may help prevent weight loss by reducing the inflammation response that causes muscle degradation," she adds.

The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

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