According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, women make up about 43 percent of the agricultural labor force worldwide, and in some countries they make up 80 percent of all farmers. In addition to tending crops, most women — particularly in the Global South — are also responsible for seed saving, animal husbandry, grain processing, and other tasks related to growing food. This is in addition to cooking, cleaning, and taking care of sick elders and children.
A new UC San Francisco study has shown that a cancer-killing (‘oncolytic’) virus currently in clinical trials may function as a cancer vaccine — in addition to killing some cancer cells directly, the virus alerts the immune system to the presence of a tumor, triggering a powerful, widespread immune response that kills cancer cells far outside the virus-infected region.
Encouraging patients to help write and add notes to their personal medical charts—a task typically handled only by medical professionals—may help patients feel more involved with their own care and improve relationships with their doctors, a new study found.