August 2007


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August 29, 2007

Women Smokers Have Higher Risk For Head And Neck Cancer Than Men

In response to a reader's question regarding the risk for head and neck cancer in women who smoke, we note a recently published article in the journal Cancer that reported women have a higher risk than men and that smoking... ... more

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August 27, 2007

DNA Provides Clues To Outcome In Patients With Liver Cancer

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, are shedding some light on molecular pathways activated by the triggers of liver cancer, by showing that the genome of a person's liver cancer cells is modified by a process known as... ... more

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August 24, 2007

Antioxidant Supplements May Raise Women's (But Not Men's) Skin Cancer Risk

According to a French study, taking antioxidant supplements will not protect women against skin cancer and may actually boost the risk:"Taking into consideration our results, we are particularly concerned by the use of long-term supplementation, notably in sun-seekers and people... ... more

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August 20, 2007

New Nanoparticle May Detect Diseases That Have Chronic Inflamation Like Cancer, Alzheimer's, Heart Disease And Arthritis

Image: The nanoparticle polymer is made of peroxalate esters. A fluorescent dye (pentacene) is then encapsulated into the polymer. When the nano particles bump into hydrogen peroxide, they excite the dye, which then emits photons (or light) that can be... ... more

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Study Shows Dark-Colored Fruits and Veggies Fight Colon Cancer

(Image: Chokeberries and other dark-coloured fruits are rich in anthocyanin.) Anthocyanins are once again in the news. Anthocyanins are plant pigments, and are widely found in many berries, dark grapes, cabbages and other pigmented foods, plants and vegetables. They belong... ... more

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August 18, 2007

Study Shows Breast Cancer Vaccine To Be Safe

Researchers report that a vaccine designed to treat breast cancer appears to be safe in women with advanced disease and has shown signs of actually slowing down tumors. The new vaccine, called Neuvenge, targets her2/neu-positive breast cancer, which affects between... ... more

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August 15, 2007

Researchers Identify Markers That May Predict Diabetes In Still-healthy People

Researchers at UCLA have confirmed the role played by three particular molecules known as inflammatory cytokines (messenger molecules) as a cause of Type 2 diabetes, and have identified tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-á), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), as... ... more

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August 14, 2007

'Western' Diet Linked To Increased Risk Of Colon Cancer Recurrence

Surely, this shouldn't be much of a surprise to anyone that's been keeping up with the reported relationships between red meat and cancer: Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report that colon cancer patients who eat a diet high in red... ... more

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August 13, 2007

Newly Created Cancer Stem Cells Could Aid Breast Cancer Research

"Tan has demonstrated that a critical determinant of eventual metastasis is the identity of the normal cell type that preexists in the breast and becomes the object of mutation and selection."Pathologist Tan Ince says that in some ways, certain tumors... ... more

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August 9, 2007

New Anti-cancer Therapy Aims To StopCancer Cells From Reading Their Own DNA

Presently, there are three primary ways of treating cancer at present, and these have undergone very little fundamental change in 30 years. In the case of solid tumors, surgery is used to cut out the cancerous tissue, while radiation therapy... ... more

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August 6, 2007

Researchers Identify Lung Tumor-Suppressor Gene

Researchers believe that they have validated a new tumor suppressor gene called LKB1 that they found n mice. Mutations of this gene result in tumors that are more aggressive and more likely to metastasize.Collaborating scientists in Boston and North Carolina... ... more

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August 1, 2007

U-M Researchers Find 'Gene Fusions' Acting As 'On Switches' That Cause Prostate Cancer

Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered how genes turn on the switch that leads to prostate cancer. The team discovered that pieces of two chromosomes can trade places with each other and cause two genes... ... more

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Caffeine And Exercise Markedly Decreases Risk Of Skin Cancer

The results of a study by scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey doesn't mean that you can ditch your sun screen, but it does suggest that you might want to include caffeine and exercise in your sun protection regimen.... ... more

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