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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

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.