CAR T-Cell Therapy’s impact on clinical cancer research, does sugar contribute to cognitive deterioration and how NFL players are turning to vegan diets.

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s

(The Atlantic, 1/26/18, Olga Khazan)

It’s starting to look like decisions we make while we’re still relatively young can affect our future cognitive health. A longitudinal study, published Thursday in the journal Diabetologia, followed 5,189 people over 10 years and found that people with high blood sugar had a faster rate of cognitive decline than those with normal blood sugar—whether or not their blood-sugar level technically made them diabetic. In other words, the higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline.

ASCO Names CAR T-Cell Therapy as Cancer Advance of the Year

(OncLive, 1/30/2018, Jason Harris)

Earlier this year, we talked about how drug discovery and safety assessment are working in tandem to bring cellular therapies to market faster. CAR T-cell therapies have the potential to transform how we attack cancer. That is just one of the reasons American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has named CAR T-cell therapy as its Advance of the Year. The annual update on oncology treatment highlights the most impactful clinical cancer research and policy developments over the past year. ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, said in a press release that the emergence of CAR T-cell therapy is the payoff for decades of investment by the National Institutes of Health, academic medical centers, and the pharma/biotech industry in the basic sciences of immunology, cancer biology, and genetics.

Forget the Steak, NFL Athletes Are Going Vegan

(CNBC, 1/31/18, Sarah Berger)

The image of 300-pound football players consuming an enormous steak after a big game is not so typical anymore. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s affection for vegan foods is well known, but a surprising number of other stars, from Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan to former Arizona Cardinals lineman David Carter, are also shunning meat. Carter says he was inspired to change his eating habits after watching the documentary, “Forks over Knives,” which suggests many degenerative diseases can be reversed if we just would give up animal-based products. “I was young, 22, 23, dealing with old-man illnesses at a really young age,” Carter told CNBC’s Make It. I was playing a professional sport where you’re supposed to be touted as one of the strongest guys, the world’s top athletes and all this, but [I was] taking high blood pressure medication…painkillers, anti-inflammatories….a long list.”   

—Compiled by Social Media Specialist Jillian Scola