How researchers are putting the body's own army to work to fight cancer

This piece aired on WBUR Radio and the following was posted on Richard Murphy’s sinuses were so stuffy that for months he couldn’t sleep more than two hours a night. Doctors kept blaming Murphy's allergies and telling him he needed shots. But this didn’t feel like allergies. Murphy, of Marshfield, finally sought out the ear, nose and throat doctor who had treated his three kids. “I feel like there's a golf ball in my nose,” Murphy told him. The specialist took out a tool, looked up Murphy’s nose, and agreed: “There's a golf ball up your nose.” That "golf ball" was soon diagnosed as melanoma -- a form of cancer that, if it spreads, is considered among the deadliest of tumors. Murphy

Scientists Find a Voice at Massive Rally for Immigrants

BOSTON—Thousands of protestors rallied Sunday in Boston’s Copley Square, outraged over Pres. Donald Trump’s order blocking immigrants from seven largely Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Protests broke out in city centers and airports across the country. The one in Boston—an academic hub for institutions including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University—was among the largest. After Trump issued the executive order on Friday, federal judges in Boston, New York City and several other locations issued temporary rulings during the weekend in attempt to curb it. But its enforcement status remained unclear in some areas. Many of those caught up in the

Critics Blast Star-Studded Advisory Board of Anti-Aging Company

Critics are assailing seven Nobel Prize winners and two dozen other high-profile scientists for lending their names and images to a New York supplement company selling an anti-aging pill. The company, Elysium Health, was started two years ago to market $50-a-month subscriptions to a nutritional supplement called Basis whose ingredients can extend the life span of mice. Since there’s no proof the supplement pills can do the same for people, Elysium can’t legally say that. And that’s where Elysium’s unusually long list of 35 “scientific advisors,” including the Nobel laureates, may come in. By lending their immense credentials to the company, they are in effect being used to boost sales of wha

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