In brief (September 2015): saliva and radiotherapy, cold and insulin sensitivity, and a giant virus

Keeping saliva secretion up after radiotherapy, or how finding where stem cells crucial to salivary gland regeneration reside may help prevent irreversible tissue damage and loss of saliva production after head-and-neck cancer radiotherapy
Getting cold in type 2 diabetes, or how a protocol involving sitting in a cold room for several hours can improve insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes
Another big, big, big virus, or how a new giant virus was recently discovered in a 30,000-year-old permafrost sample from Siberia Continue reading


HPV and cancer: not just a concern for women

I haven’t forgotten about my summer resolution to go through my pile of papers and Firefox tabs waiting to be read. In fact, I have now gone through quite a few of them, but there is never enough time to write about it, at least not in depth. Also, new interesting studies keep getting in the way … Here is now something that I really wanted to write about: the link between HPV and head and neck cancer.

Some time last fall I read a news article in Nature about human papilloma virus (HPV), and the associated risk of cancer. The article was not simply about the recognized link between HPV and cervical cancer, but it also (and mostly) talked about the growing body of data implicating HPV in a large proportion of head and neck cancers. Continue reading