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A New Option for Brain Cancer Patients


FDA approved a new device, Novocure's NovoTTF, that purports to treat brain tumors with "electrical energy fields," reports the Associated Press' Matthew Perrone. The device has been approved for patients with aggressive tumors that have come back after previous treatment with chemotherapy and other therapies. Novocure says the device uses electrical fields to disrupt cancer cell division with little effect on healthy cells, Perrone reports. Studies on the NovoTTF show that patients using it lived about as long as those taking chemotherapy — roughly six months — but with fewer side effects, he adds. One clinician tells Perrone that the device is a good second option for patients after primary treatment has failed, especially because it lacks the debilitating side effects that often accompany chemotherapy.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.