Health News Roundup
From Issue: Volume XX - Number 22
Collagen in Cancer Treatment
Cancer chemotherapy offers patients the promise of healing but often at the cost of severe side effects, so researchers are seeking better ways of delivering drugs.
One of those is Katarzyna Slowinska, an associate professor of biochemistry at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), who is investigating how collagen, a naturally occurring bodily substance, can be manipulated into carrying and releasing cancer drugs directly at or even inside tumor cells. She received a four-year, $433,500 grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences to pursue using short strands of amino acids called peptides to serve as drug nanocarriers.
As part of CSULB’s Homecoming Week events, Slowinska will discuss her discoveries at the next CSULB College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Fellows Colloquium Thursday, Nov. 8, in the campus Chart Room restaurant. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation, “And You Thought Collagen was Just for Smoothing Wrinkles,” at 7 p.m.
Slowinska earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley and worked as a research chemist at GE Global Research Center prior to joining the faculty at CSULB in 2004. The event is open free to the public. Guest parking permits are available for $5 at CSULB parking lots 4 or 1. Space is limited and reservations are required by visiting www.beach-chemistry.com or calling (562) 985-7446.
Lung Cancer Awareness
The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial is sponsoring Long Beach’s “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” Vigil to raise awareness of the second leading cause of all deaths in the U.S. – lung cancer – during its awareness month. This Nov. 13 event from 6-7 p.m. in Rainbow Harbor will provide a voice for millions impacted by lung cancer – lung cancer survivors joining together to celebrate and those who are remembering those they lost. Register for this event at www.memorialcare.org/events.
Lip Reading Classes
Did you know that lip reading/speech reading will assist you in better understanding of speech? Practice Lip Reading classes are offered every Monday by the Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of Hearing Loss Association at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Just show up for this free class. For more information, call (562) 438-0597 or visit www.hlalongbeachlakewood.com.