Mushrooms have been used for hundreds of years, mainly in Asian countries, to treat infections. More recently, they have also been used to treat lung diseases and cancer. For more than 30 years, mushrooms used in the practice of medicine have been approved as an addition to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China. In these countries, mushrooms have been used safely for a long time, either alone or combined with chemotherapy.
Coming up with new drug delivery techniques that can precisely target cancer cells, while leaving healthy tissue unharmed, has been a major goal for cancer researchers in recent years. Scientists at the University of Manchester have been testing a new approach that relies on liposomes. The new studies demonstrate for the first time how they can be built to include a temperature control, which could be an effective way of targeting treatment towards cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
An international panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization concluded that eating processed meat like hot dogs, ham and bacon raises the risk of colon cancer and that consuming other red meats “probably” raises the risk as well. The report could give people more reason to moderate their intake of processed meat.