Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 27, 1973 · Page 32
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, April 27, 1973
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30 Salesbuffl Riaistir^Mon, (aaltsbufo, in. FHddy,_Aeril 27, 1973 Discover 'Black Factor^ Drs. Karl and Ingegerd Heltetrom have dis- the serum of black persons and may help covered a "black fadtor" vyhich cbmcs from cure some forms of cancer in whites. NEA Savage Celh Scientists in Seattle Study 'Black Factor' Cancer Cure By DAVID HENDIN NEA: Science Editor NEW YORK (NEA) - The blood serum of about 80 per cent of black people contains a substance which may help stop the growth of cancer in white patients when it is injected, according to a husband and wife team of cancer fighters in Seattle, Wash. Last In a Series The "black factor" appears to unblock a mechanism in cancer patients which previously prevented the individual's body from fighting off the invading cancer cells. This theory stems from the work of Drs. Ingegerd and Karl Hellstrom over the past several years in which they have found clues to fighting cancer in the body's immune system — the same system which rejects a transplanted heart or other organ because the tissue is "foreign." Work of the two physician- researchers, originally from Sweden's famed Caroline Institute, is based on their findings — now confirmed by others — that most, if not all, cancer tissues contain the foreign substances called tumor - specific antigens. These are not found in normal, noncancerous tissues in a person's body. Usually these foreign substances would cause a person's system to produce antibodies, including certain types of white blood cells called lymphocytes, to fight them. But the mystery has been in the body's apparent lack of ability to knock out a cancerous growth in this way. The Hellstroms have found that the blood of laboratory animals and many cancer patients does contain antibodies that are capable of killing off the cancers which their bodies harbor. And these antibodie .9 do kill cancer cells in test tubes in the laboratory — but not in the patient's body. THIS IS DUE to a substance called "blocking antibody," which the Hellstroms have discovered. It appears to protect a cancerous tumor from attack by the body's lymphocytes. It is this blocking antibody which the black factor seems to destroy. In studies, the Hellstroms repeatedly found that serum from certain donors seemed to unblock the blocking antibody in tumor cells taken from more than 100 patients with a relatively rare type of cancer called melanoma. In other words, serum containing the "black factor" enabled the bodies of melanoma victims to more effectively fight off their cancers on their own. "We soon noticed that we started to recognize some of the names of the serum donors. They were black people who were working with us, or students and technicians," explained Dr. Karl Hellstrom in a recent interview in Nogales, Ariz,, (where the American Cancer Society held its annual seminar for science journalists. "WE THEN DID a systematic study of blacks and whites and found that whites react immunologically to melanomas about five per cent of the time, but blacks reacted at about the frequency of 80 per cent." As one would therefore expect, melanomas are exceedingly rare in the black population. And when they do occur they are usually on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet — areas where there is much less skin pigmentation. The Hellstroms stress that their studies are strictly at an experimental stage. They are currently conducting a project with six melanoma patients who have failed to respond to conventional methods of therapy. This study will be broadened to 60 patients in the next two years. These patients will receive transfusions of blood from healthy black donors in an atterfipt to determine scien- tificaly whether they can. recover better than patients receiving plasma from white donors. THE RESEARCHERS said they "felt encouraged" about their work, and added that if their experiments do indeed indicate that serum from blacks does help certain cancer patients, it would be possible to treat both potential and actual victims. "Potential" victims of this and other types of cancers may be detected while the tumors are exceedingly small, and thus much easier to treat, if another part of the Hellstrom's research develops. Basically, they have discovered that the "blocking ?ntibodies" can be found m a patient's blood serum before a tumor can be detected by any other means. At this time, however, such tests are extremely complicated, time consuming and expensive. "Before anything else, the strategy should be to simplify the very complicated techniques which we are using," Dr. Karl Hellstrom said. ALTHOUGH THE Hell­ stroms believe that this type of test looks promising, they note that their studies thus far have been small and much broader studies are needed before anyone even begms to think about mass screenings of the public. Vitamin Cures Pill Depression LONDON (UPI) - A team of doctors said today they believe they have found a cure for the depression and loss of sexual appetite that troubles some women taking birth control pills. cal journal Lancet that they found a deficiency of vitamin B6 in half the women in a group that reported suffering these symptom.? while taking the pill. Giving them extra vitamin Japanese Reach Accord to End Railway Workers' 72^Hour Strike By ROBERT CRABBE TOKYO (UPI) - The government announced tonight agree" ment had been reached to end the most serious transportation strike in Japanese history—a walkout by more than three million railway workers. Trains ^ere expected to start running again Saturday but thousands of other workers, ranging from nurses to airline pilots, showed no signs of ending their strikes—which had coincide with today's sched uled 72-hour rail walkout. Two Sides Meet The announcement ending the paralyzing walkout was made through the office of Chief Cabinet Secretary Susumu Nikaido after a meeting With cabinet ministers and union leaders at the Diet (Parliament) building. The strike by some transportation unions, which had creepingly paralyzed Japan for most of the week and sparked bloody rioting in and around Tol^o, tHioaine almost t6tal today with the briel walkout by more than three million nation al railway motormen and conductors. The Watkoat Ends But the walkout ended about 18 hours after it began in a face-saving standoff. The government gave passive agreement to the key issue—not to punish the strikers. Government workers are forbidden to strike although they do so almost annually. The government agreed to study the union's demands for full rights to strike later—after a mediation board had fully weighed the issue. After the government-union meeting ended, union leaders went back to their headquarters to persuade the various union factions to return to work. The Transport Ministry said the strike by members of more than 60 unions liit about 53,200,000 persons, nearly one- half the total iMtMilatiori of Japan. Earlier, 13 major private railway labor unions ordered their workers back to their jobs after accepting an offer of an average $55 monthly pay increase. Services Disrupted Some businesses closed and other essential services were disrupted by the strikes, part of a "spring labor offensive" for pay land other benefits. The rail strike followed several days of slowdown maneuvers, by workers that sparked bloody rioting in and aroundTokyo; Coinciding with the walkout by employes of both govern ment and privately owned railway companies were strikes by hospital nurses and staff members, teachers, domestic airpne pilots, post office workers, telephone operators and telephone and telegraph maintenance workers. The railway strike, unprece­ dented in temfs of slt^ and effect, '^aa ordered by unions seeking an average monthly pay increase of $81 and the right to strike. Commuter trairts that nor nially run at an interval of two to three minutes at the peak of the morning rush hour stopped completely, virtually paralyzing the national rail services. The strike even halted ferry boats that normally carry residents of the island of Honshu, the biggest of the four main Japanese islands, to the m£iinland. Banks, filxchange Open Department stores closed, but banks and the Tokyo Stock exchange stayed open. Em­ ployes of big banks and trading companies turned auditoriums and conference rooms into makeshift sleeping quarters Thursday night. Some enterprising individuals rented quilts for as much as $3 a night and all hotels were jammed. Hospitals in Tokyo asked pregnant temen to cheek in early trt make sure they reach hospitals in time to have their babies. Many civil servants stayed home. Although government railway strikers insisted on stopping trains for three days, there was some hope the walkout would end earlier. Chief cabinet secretary Sus* mu Nikaido told newsmen today that government and union representatives were trying to resolve the knotty right -tOHstrike issue. Employes of public corporations were forbidden to strike Feb. 1,1947, when the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in his role as commander of Allied occupation forces, barred strikes on the eve of a walkout equal in size to the one today. WANT ADS BRING RESULTS! A team from St. Mary's IBG, the doctors said, ended the Hospital reported in the medi-'trouble. Mr. Businessman or Women TWO BRAND NEW RENTAL UNITS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LEASE IDEAL FOR EITHER OFFICE OR RETAIL OUTLETS REASONABLE RENT .. Will Leose from 1 to 5 Yrs. Situated next to New Book and Card Shop that averages more than 5,000 walk'in customers per week. lech vnjt 700 «q< feet with all new well paneling, floor tile, central 0ir and indirect lighting. • located ecrcise from GalesbMrg Public library and just one block from Court Hou«e, City Hall and Knox College. 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