May 31, 2012 - An experimental vaccine is helping patients with pancreatic cancer live longer. The drug uses the body's own immune system to destroy cancer cells. Ohio researchers gave the vaccine to 70 patients and most were disease free after one year. Larger studies are now being planned. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat.. about 95 percent of patients do not survive.
Also, mothers who put on excess weight before and during a pregnancy are more likely to have bigger babies. Canadian researchers found the risk of larger babies increased as more weight was gained. Big babies can result in birth trauma for both mom and child and can increase chances the mom will need a c-section. The health risks babies face when they are born too small have long been familiar, but large babies, too, face health complications including broken bones during delivery and an increased risk for obesity in childhood and adolescence. Women who were overweight before getting pregnant, or who gained excess weight during their pregnancy, were 12 to 16 percent more likely to have large infants.