April 2007


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April 28, 2007

Vitamin D Casts Cancer Prevention In New Lght

For decades, researchers have puzzled over why rich northern countries have cancer rates many times higher than those in developing countries -- and many have laid the blame on dangerous pollutants spewed out by industry. But research into vitamin D... ... more

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April 25, 2007

Antioxidant Found In Many Foods And Red Wine Is Potent And Selective Killer Of Leukemia Cells

Corresponding author Xiao-Ming Yin, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, reports that researchers there have found that anthocyanidins, a naturally occurring compound widely available in many fruits and vegetables, as well as red wine,... ... more

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New Lung Cancer Therapies Created

U.S. scientists have developed a method of treating lung cancer tumors that become resistant to novel targeted agents, such as Tarceva, a medication used for non-small-cell lung cancer. anti-cancer drugs.The researchers at the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals Case... ... more

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April 24, 2007

New Cancer Warning Over Tanning Beds

The Cancer Society says sun beds should never be used as a tanning method because the risk of skin cancer is too great. People wrongly assume sunbeds are a safe alternative to the sun, but its UV radiation is five... ... more

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April 23, 2007

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To Poor Physical Performance In Older Adults: Role Of Vitamin D In Cancer Treatment

New research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues suggests adults who don't get enough vitamin D - either from their diets or exposure to the sun - may be at increased risk for poor physical performance and... ... more

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April 21, 2007

Drinking Tea Helps Protect Against Skin Cancer

In a study conducted by Dartmouth Medical School scientists, the diet, drinking habits and lifestyle of over 1,400 patients aged between 25 and 74 years with either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas, were analyzed and compared with a similar... ... more

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April 20, 2007

Study Links Adult Dose Aspirin To Moderate Drop In Cancer Risk

A new American Cancer Society study finds men and women who used adult-strength (325 mg or more) aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) daily for five or more years had an approximately 15 percent lower rate of developing any cancer than those who... ... more

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April 19, 2007

Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Brain Lesions

UC Irvine scientists have discovered that Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid, may slow the growth of two brain lesions that are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. The finding suggests that diets rich in DHA can help prevent... ... more

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Discoveries Thrust Cancer-initiating Stem Cells Into A Larger Role In Cancer Biology And Treatment

Science Daily - Recent discoveries about the role of stem cells in cancer have altered the landscape of cancer research. With each new study, scientists are learning more about cancer-initiating properties of stem cells at organ sites and throughout the... ... more

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April 18, 2007

Breast Cancer Incidence Stayed Low After Decline In Hormone Replacement Therapy

Investigators report that the evidence linking a decrease in the annual incidence of breast cancer to a decline in hormone replacement therapy is as robust as first reported: Breast Cancer Incidence Stayed Low After HRT Decline ...... ... more

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Indian Herbal Remedy Offers Hope In Pancreatic Cancer

A team at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has found that extracts of triphala slowed the growth of human pancreatic tumours grafted onto mice. The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, offer... ... more

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April 17, 2007

New Study Shows Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half

Researchers at Harvard University report that in-vivo and in-vitro studies show that Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread: Science Daily... ... more

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April 16, 2007

Researchers Explain Effect of Broccoli, Soy On Cancer Cells

While it's a well-known fact that a healthy diet should include lots of fruits and vegetables, it's also known that most Americans don't consume the recommended amounts of these foods. And while we've also known for some time that eating... ... more

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April 15, 2007

Dying Star Bursts in Near-Perfect Symmetry

Just in case you missed hearing about the newly discovered Red Square nebula: Seen in the infrared, the nebula resembles a giant, glowing red box in the sky, with a bright white inner core. A dying star called MWC 922... ... more

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April 14, 2007

New Research Sheds Light on Cancer Tumor Survival During Radiation Therapy

HIF-1α overexpression is associated with increased proliferation, which might explain the adverse prognostic impact of increased concentrations of HIF-1α in invasive cancer. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center have found that nitric oxide plays... ... more

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April 12, 2007

Media Medicine

Medblogger Orac sometimes wonders if those doctors who do health segments for various TV news outlets are "real" doctors, given the sorts of things they actually say. Readers will enjoy checking out the real doozies of examples he has this... ... more

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April 11, 2007

Genetic 'Gang of 4' Drives Spread Of Breast Cancer

New studies by Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers reveal that the abnormal activation of four genes drives the spread of breast cancer to the lungs. [...] Cooperation among the four genes also enables cancerous cells to escape into the bloodstream... ... more

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Study: 'Stress Causes Cancer Cells To Resist Treatment'

Back on March 22nd when John and Elizabeth Edward's announced that Elizabeth's cancer has returned, I said that fighting cancer is not easy, and while having something to help keep one occupied on other than one's battle for life can... ... more

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April 10, 2007

Risky Experimental Treatment Provides Some Hope For Type I Diabetes

An adult stem cell treatment has been tried in Brazil on children and it has cured 13 of 15 trial recipients, at least for now. The stem cell transplant is designed to stop the body's immune attack on the pancreas.... ... more

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April 9, 2007

Discovery Of Natural Tumor Suppressor Variants Could Lead to New Therapies For Diabetes, Heart Disease

PHLPP 1 impacts an important pathway in diabetes and PHLPP2 could be useful in fighting heart and neurological disease.

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New Drugs Bring Breakthrough In Treatment Of Type 2 Diabetes

Conventional treatment for Type 2 diabetes uses oral drugs to control sugar levels initially and when patients stop responding to drugs, insulin shots are the only treatment. But the discovery of three new compounds has led doctors to believe that... ... more

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Treatment-induced Growth Factor Causes Cancer Progression

Scientists at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have now linked a treatment-induced growth factor to the cancer's future spread. The researchers report that increased circulating and/or tumor TGF-beta in response to treatment may be a marker of tumors destined to progress rapidly... ... more

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April 3, 2007

Early detection of cancer, part 1: More complex than you think

Orac at Respectful Innocence reminds us that in the course of a few days last week, two prominent political personalities from different parties, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow and Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards, announced... ... more

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Study Finds Cancer Thrives In Liquid

For many types of cancers, it's not the primary tumor that eventually ends up killing some people, it's the secondary malignancies that break away and take up residence elsewhere in the body - and become highly resistant to chemotherapy. Now... ... more

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April 2, 2007

Research Shows Mechanism For Arresting Tumor Growth

[p53 is a nuclear phospho-protein which, in response to DNA damage, slows progression through the cell cycle and initiates apoptosis if damage is severe.] New research by scientists from the MD Anderson Cancer Center has shown that inducing senescence, a... ... more

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More Health Benefits From Organic Food

Research by Dr Kirsten Brandt at Newcastle University indicates that eating organic food could have more health benefits than than conventional produce. Dr. Brandt used analysis of organic carrots, apples and potatoes to reveal greater concentrations of vitamin C and... ... more

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British Researchers Grow Human Heart Valve From Stem Cells

A team led by a professor of cardiac surgery at Imperial College London has grown a human heart valve from stem cells, something that has never been done before and which brings the goal of growing a whole, beating heart... ... more

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April 1, 2007

Gender linked to development of skin cancer

Researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center report that inherent gender differences - instead of more sun exposure - may be one reason why men are three times more likely than women to develop certain kinds of skin cancer (especially... ... more

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