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WatsonPROSTABLOG NZ: A leading NZ scientist has discovered a novel compound he believes will suppress the prostate cancer that is killing him.

Dr James Watson (right) – a former professor at the University of California, now back in NZ – discovered too late he has advanced cancer, so has embarked (with a fellow Kiwi scientist, who also has advanced prostate cancer) on a research project to stop his deadly disease.

He believes he has identified a treatment that will stimulate his immune system to fight the cancer, which has spread beyond his prostate.

He has decided to test the compound on himself, with the assistance of another eminent Auckland medical specialist.

His quest is driven partly by the altruism of finding a viable treatment for all men whose prostate cancer moves to a stage that defies treatment, and partly by his anger at not being diagnosed early when the disease could have been treated easily.

He saw several GPs before one offered him a PSA test, by which time his level was a lethal 987.

He and colleague Dr Richard Forster, an expert on immunology and plant biology, have set up a company to develop their discoveries.

They revealed their progress at the annual conference of the NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation in Napier.

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JUNE 27:  EUREKALERT.ORG: Higher selenium levels in the blood may worsen prostate cancer in some men who already have the disease, according to a study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute the University of California, San Francisco. READ MORE>

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MAY 23: SCIENCE BLOG: In studying the preventive effects of vitamin D, University of California researchers have proposed a new model of cancer development that hinges on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model, dubbed DINOMIT, differs substantially from the current model of cancer development, which suggests genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer. READ MORE>

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MAY 18: BUSINESS ETHICS & PRACTICE:  Based on a small study, US researchers say that comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a better diet and more exercise, can quickly cause dramatic changes at the genetic level. As expected, they lost weight, lowered their blood pressure and saw other health improvements. But the “before” and “after” prostate biopsies were startling. READ MORE>

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MAY 13: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA:  Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in plants, appears unlikely to be a cause of prostate cancer, contrary to some previous findings, according to a research review and meta-analysis by investigators at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. READ MORE>

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