Topic: Medical Science News


February 10, 2011

Drinking Daily Diet Soda Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Those diet sodas you drink every day may be cutting down on calories, new research suggests that they also might be boosting your risk of heart disease and stroke: In a nine-year study of more than 2,500 people, those... ... more

Posted at 5:44 PM

February 9, 2011

Study: Lack of Sleep Found to Be a New Risk Factor for Colon Cancer

Inadequate sleep has been associated with higher risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and death. Now, according to the results of a new study, you add colon cancer to the list. ScienceDaily reports: In a ground-breaking new study published in... ... more

Posted at 4:42 PM

A 'Vegetable Viagra'?

Is there really such a thing as a "vegetable Viagra" that can boost a man's attractiveness to women AND increase his lovemaking ability? Well, apparently there is indeed such a vegetable - it's celery. And it costs a heck of... ... more

Posted at 2:39 PM

April 5, 2008

Mitochondrial Mutations Make Tumors Spread

In a new study published online in Science, researchers shed light on the poorly understood process of metastasis - when a tumor spreads to other organs. They report that mutations in mitochondrial DNA can spur metastasis and that it can... ... more

Posted at 6:43 AM

April 3, 2008

Compound Found In Plastic Drinking Water Bottles May Alter Gene Expression In Human Breast Cells

Just when you might think it was safe to drink the water in plastic bottles, along comes another chemical called BPA or bisphenol A. Now it looks as though you might want to think twice next time before you leave... ... more

Posted at 4:35 PM

March 12, 2008

Cardiovascular Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reviewed

Via Science Daily: In the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, contributors briefly summarize current scientific data on omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular health, focusing on who benefits most from their protective effects, recommended guidelines for administration and dosing, and... ... more

Posted at 11:10 PM

March 10, 2008

Scientists Believe New Method Can Revolutionizz Diabetes Research

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and the University of Miami have developed a method for studying complicated cell processes, such as the secretion of insulin in the pancreas, of living animals - something that has not been possible to this date.... ... more

Posted at 1:36 PM

March 9, 2008

Severe Psychological Stress May Be Linked To Breast Cancer

Researchers have long suggested that being under stress greatly increases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Examples of stressful situations women encounter that have been suggested as possibly contributing to cancer-contributing stress levels include tension, fear, anxiety, or sleep... ... more

Posted at 2:59 PM

March 3, 2008

Scientists Targeting Cancer With Nanomagnets Produced By Bacteria

In what they describe as "Exciting Research," a team of scientists at the University of Edinburgh have developed a method of making bacteria-produced nanomagnets stronger, opening the way for their use in cancer treatment:[...] The bacteria-produced magnets are better than... ... more

Posted at 2:23 PM

March 2, 2008

Study Suggests Diet Affects Prostate Cancer Risk

(Via foodconsumer.org), dietary risk factors for prostate cancer include foods high in calcium and possibly processed foods and red meats while foods that have protective effects include those rich in lycopene and selenium and possibly legumes, vegetables, vitamin E, antioxidants,... ... more

Posted at 1:45 PM

February 29, 2008

Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Risk for Lung Cancer

Investigators report a prospective study that the long-term use of supplemental multivitamins does not reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, and high doses of vitamin E may even raise the risk, particularly in smokers: ... these findings "should prompt... ... more

Posted at 1:18 PM

February 27, 2008

Researchers Identify and Shut Down Protein That Fuels Ovarian Cancer

A research team led by scientists at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center reports in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that a protein that stimulates blood vessel growth - interleukin-8 (IL-8), worsens ovarian cancer,... ... more

Posted at 9:24 AM

January 15, 2008

Scientists Seek 'Biomarker' For Detecting Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer usually happens in women over age 50, but it can also affect younger women. Its cause is unknown and it is hard to detect early, with many women having no symptoms or just mild symptoms until the disease... ... more

Posted at 9:20 AM

January 12, 2008

How Cancer Grows and Spreads

Children's Hospital Boston has an advert over at Hyscience pointing to an interesting discussion on how cancer grows and spreads, saying that cancer is like a cross-town trip -- there's a starting point and a destination, and there are many... ... more

Posted at 9:26 AM

January 10, 2008

Scientists find chemical key that could stop cancer in tracks

British scientists believe they have discovered the mechanism cancer cells use to metastasize throughout the body - a breakthrough which could stop the disease right in its tracks: In their research, the scientists have found that a protein called Ecadherin... ... more

Posted at 7:16 AM

January 7, 2008

New Research Confirms The Power Of Images In The Brain To Heal The Body

According to the January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Aristotle and Hippocrates had it right all along in their belief of employing images in the brain to enliven the heart and body. Today, guided imagery is helping patients use... ... more

Posted at 9:59 AM

January 3, 2008

Novel Anticancer Strategy Moves From Laboratory To Clinic

According to results of research published in the Jan. 1 issue of Cancer Research on the use of a novel anti-tumor compound in mice, scientists have shown that a chemical inhibitor of all PI-3 kinases (Phosphatidylinositol 3 kinases), modified with... ... more

Posted at 1:57 PM

January 1, 2008

'Swish-and-spit' Test Shown Accurate For Head And Neck Cancer

Almost 50,000 cases of head and neck cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. annually. Most are found when the disease has spread, and less than a year after diagnosis, many recur. Causes include heavy tobacco and alcohol use. Other head... ... more

Posted at 6:50 PM

December 28, 2007

Protein Found To Stop Tumor Spread

Work published in the latest edition of the journal Molecular Cell suggests that UK scientists have uncovered a vital clue to stopping cancers from spreading (metastasizing). According to Dr. Michael Way of the The London Research Institute, a protein called... ... more

Posted at 11:00 AM

December 3, 2007

'Burned foods' double chances of cancer in women

Research suggests the fact that acrylamide, a proven rodent carcinogen, is present in significant quantities (up to several mg/kg of foodstuff) in a wide range of commonly consumed human foods is alarming, however attempts to determine a possible involvement of... ... more

Posted at 8:15 AM

November 14, 2007

Synthetic Molecule Makes Cancer Cells Commit Suicide

Scientists are now ... "SMAC-ing" cancer to death. Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have developed a small molecule that can turn the survival signal for a variety of cancer cells into a death signal. The molecule mimics the activity of... ... more

Posted at 9:33 AM

November 10, 2007

New Targeted Approach To Light-Activated Cancer Drugs With Tumor-Seeking Antibodies Shows Promise

The research team, led by scientists from Imperial and the Imperial spin-out company PhotoBiotics, has shown that their antibody-carrying light-sensitive drugs have effected complete tumour regression in an animal model.New research at Imperial College of London's Department of Life Sciences... ... more

Posted at 9:42 PM

October 3, 2007

Stem Cells Prompt Metastasis

U.S. researchers report that dangerous changes in cancer cells which allow them to spread around the body could be triggered by the body's own stem cells:A Whitehead Institute team found human breast cancers in mice are more likely to spread... ... more

Posted at 2:37 PM

September 12, 2007

Tangerine Peel Kills Certain Human Cancer Cells

According to a research team at Leicester School of Pharmacy, Salvestrol Q40 - a type of phytoalexin (a chemical produced by plants to repel attackers, such as insects or fungi) extracted from tangerine peel, can kill certain human cancer cells.... ... more

Posted at 3:02 PM

September 7, 2007

Study Reveals New Details Of Tumor Suppressor Gene P3 Regulation

A study conducted by scientists at The Wistar Institute reveals new levels of subtlety in the body's management of this all-important tumor suppressor gene and the protein it produces.The p53 gene was first known in its aberrant role as an... ... more

Posted at 5:50 PM

September 4, 2007

Smokers More Likely To Develop Alzheimer's

Only a few days ago we wrote of a recently published article in the journal Cancer that reported women smokers have a higher risk for head and neck cancer than men and that smoking will increase their risk of developing... ... more

Posted at 4:16 PM

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

Posted at 7:01 PM

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

Posted at 5:14 PM

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

Posted at 9:20 PM

July 25, 2007

Increased White Cell Count Linked With Decrease In Chemo Complications

A U.S. study, led by researchers from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Duke University's Comprehensive Cancer Center, has found that cancer patients given a drug that stimulates white blood cell growth were significantly less likely to die... ... more

Posted at 4:37 PM

July 24, 2007

'Painting Tumors' Helps Surgeons In Removing Cancer Cells

When treating cancer with surgery, there's nothing as important as making sure that every last cancerous cell has been removed. Until recently, that hasn't been possible since cancer cells are often embedding within healthy tissue and can metastasize, spreading malignancies... ... more

Posted at 8:05 AM

July 17, 2007

New Combination Therapy Promotes Cancer Cell Death

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have identified a combination therapy as a way to sensitize resistant human cancer cells to a treatment currently being tested in clinical trials. In their study, the Penn team administered TRAIL... ... more

Posted at 10:10 AM

July 6, 2007

Researchers Turn Stem Cells Taken From Fat Tissue Into 'Suicide genes' That Seek Out And Destroy Tumors

Scientists have developed a new gene therapy by using 'suicide genes' derived from mesenchymal stem cells, which search out and kill cancerous tumours. Mesenchymal stem cells are a well-characterized population of adult stem cells, found in the bone marrow, which... ... more

Posted at 7:55 PM

June 29, 2007

New Cervical Cancer Test Increases the Detection Rate of Abnormal Cells

According to a study published on bmj.com today, more histological high-grade cervical disease is detected by the ThinPrep Imager than by conventional cytology. The test could also lead to fewer women needing to be re-tested and might allow for longer... ... more

Posted at 11:20 PM

June 25, 2007

Researchers: Echinacea Can 'Prevent' A Cold

Some experts believe echinacea, a collection of nine related plant species indigenous to North America, may work by boosting the body's immune system. Researchers from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, combined the results of 14 different studies on... ... more

Posted at 3:24 PM

June 24, 2007

Scientists Show Protein Accelerates Breast Cancer Progression In Animal Models

New findings demonstrate the significance of pleiotrophin (PTN) expression in breast cancer, which could not only lead to a better understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of breast cancer but also focus attention on PTN and its signaling pathway as possible... ... more

Posted at 11:08 PM

June 17, 2007

Study: Tumor Vessels Distinquished By Unique Molecular Markers

Results from a new study reveal that tumor vessels contain a unique molecular fingerprint that can be used to distinguish them from normal proliferating vessels, which distinguish them from growing blood vessels in healthy tissues and those that are... ... more

Posted at 9:20 PM

June 6, 2007

Cancer Patients Might Soon Skip Chemo

It appears that doctors may be closer to predicting which cancer patients can skip chemotherapy and avoid the brutal side effects of that staple of cancer care. So-called targeted cancer treatments - drugs that attack or bind to a specific... ... more

Posted at 12:06 AM

May 27, 2007

Contact Lens Solution Pulled Over Link to Infection

If you're using AMO Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose Solution to clean and store soft contact lenses, made by Advanced Medical Optics of Santa Ana, Calif., you might want to consider tossing it in the trash can, instead. And be sure... ... more

Posted at 7:01 AM

May 15, 2007

Scientists Find Potential Target For Treating Up To 40% Of Breast Cancers.

Nature Genetics via BBC News reports a team from Canada's McGill University has been able to block the action of an enzyme which fuels the growth of tumors. The researchers were able to block the enzyme, PTP1B, which appears... ... more

Posted at 10:37 PM

May 14, 2007

Scientists Equip Bacteria With Custom Chemo-navigational System

Emory University scientists have opened the door to powerful new opportunities in drug delivery, by using an innovative method to control the movement of Escherichia coli in chemical environment,environmental cleanup and synthetic biology:... Justin Gallivan, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry,... ... more

Posted at 6:33 PM

Immune System Dysfunction Pinpointed in Melanoma Cases

A team at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California, appears to have spotted a key immune system dysfunction in patients with melanoma skin cancer: an inability to respond to a molecule called interferon. And this failure to respond to... ... more

Posted at 5:25 PM

May 11, 2007

Cancer Therapy Using Nanotechnology Cuts Side Effects

Scientists say they have developed a way to deliver lethal drug doses to tumours without causing side-effects, such as nausea and hair loss.[...] The Australian team has used nanotechnology to create tiny particles which specifically attack cancer cells, but leave... ... more

Posted at 2:48 PM

May 9, 2007

Oral Sex May Increase Risk Oropharyngeal Cancer

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, who studied 100 men and women newly diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer and 200 healthy people, have found that a common strain of HPV - HPV 16 - was present in 72 percent of tumours.... ... more

Posted at 10:17 PM

May 7, 2007

Drinking Tea Lowers Risk Of Skin Cancer

No real big surprise here, an antioxidant in tea known as EGCG has been previously shown to reduce burning on UV-exposed skin when applied topically before UVA exposure, and oral consumption of green tea polyphenols have been reported to inhibit... ... more

Posted at 5:42 PM

Selenium Supplementation 'May Combat HIV'

(And other diseases as well) Is there a "cheap and easy" way to keep HIV in check? Researchers at The University of Miami have found a lower HIV viral load in patients who took selenium supplements for nine months, which... ... more

Posted at 2:29 PM

May 2, 2007

Pistachios Help Reduce Stress Of Everyday Life And Protect Against Coronary Artery Dsease

A recent study at Penn State has confirmed that eating pistachios may trim down the body's response to the stress of everyday life by reducing the body's reactions to "stressors" (factors that speed up a reaction rate or keeps the... ... more

Posted at 9:52 AM

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

Posted at 10:19 PM

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

Posted at 2:46 PM

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

Posted at 2:14 PM

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

Posted at 8:03 PM

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

Posted at 7:15 PM

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

Posted at 10:29 PM

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

Posted at 10:45 AM

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

Posted at 10:20 AM

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

Posted at 3:27 PM

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

Posted at 3:09 PM

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

Posted at 8:29 PM

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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Posted at 7:01 PM

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

Posted at 1:46 PM

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

Posted at 1:22 PM

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

Posted at 10:47 PM

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

Posted at 9:13 AM

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

Posted at 1:43 PM

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

Posted at 6:07 AM

March 28, 2007

U.S. Company Formed For Individualized Cancer Treatment

Proteomic technologies have been used to predict which patients will respond to therapy and why. But proteomics can go beyond a prediction and help us understand which pathways to pursue in patients who, based on that prediction, are destined to... ... more

Posted at 4:02 PM

March 27, 2007

How To Stay Stressed 'And Sick'

Interested in increasing your risk for reduced immune function, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and even flu? Not a problem, just keep yourself in a constant state of stress. Sandra Kiume at Psych Central offers a few pointers, and says that you... ... more

Posted at 9:40 AM

March 26, 2007

Quitting Smoking Reduces Risk Of Lung Cancer Mortality By 70 Percent

New research provides another good reason for smokers to quit. If you don't already smoke, don't start. If you just hang around a smoker, stop doing so. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Remember, cancer isn't... ... more

Posted at 3:15 PM

March 22, 2007

Dietary Patterns Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Surely not to your surprise by now, given the attention given to obesity and diabetes lately, a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology shows you can reduce your risk of developing type-2 diabetes by... ... more

Posted at 8:36 AM

Patient Enrollment Initiated for Phase II Study With New Endothelin Receptor Antagonist In Resistant Hypertension

Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced yesterday that the first patient has been enrolled into its Phase II dose-ranging study of oral TBC3711, the Company's next-generation, highly selective endothelin receptor antagonist, in resistant hypertension. The 12-week, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study will... ... more

Posted at 7:23 AM

March 21, 2007

Discovery Makes New Non-Toxic Targeted Therapies Possible For Breast And Ovarian Cancer

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia, in a collaboration between the university's stem cell and cancer scientists, have found that a protein called podocalyxin - which the researchers had previously shown to be a predictor of... ... more

Posted at 9:55 PM

'Glow In The Dark Mosquitoes' Fight Malaria

A study published in this week's early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that transgenic (genetically modified) malaria-resistant mosquitoes have a fitness advantage when feeding on Plasmodium-infected blood, and if released in the... ... more

Posted at 10:35 AM

March 19, 2007

No Cancer Benefit from New Cigarette Designs

Although a tobacco company's description of its new cigarette brand seems to promise a lot:... "May present less risk of cancer associated with smoking," the company boasts on its Web site, making it a natural choice "for smokers who have... ... more

Posted at 2:29 PM

March 17, 2007

Blood Pressure Drug May Have Potential For Treating Lung Cancer

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors keep blood pressure in check by increasing the levels of the "angiotensin (1-7)" hormone [ANG-(1-7)], prompting dilation of blood vessel walls, which in turn acts to cut decrease levels of cycloxygenase-2 (cox-2), an enzyme that promotes... ... more

Posted at 9:46 PM

March 16, 2007

Can 'PlayStation 3' Help Cure Cancer?

What do you get when you add 10,000 $600 PlayStation 3s or computers running high-end graphics cards to a network with 200,000 computers that are currently linked together? If you use Stanford University's Folding@Home project, a seven-year-old endeavor that... ... more

Posted at 6:49 AM

March 14, 2007

New Type Of Cancer Cell Discovered

Scientists have reported the discovery of a type of cell that appears to play a role in the development of cancer: A team of Ohio State University researchers, led by Jian-Xin Gao, identified the cells they call precancerous stem cells,... ... more

Posted at 11:29 PM

February 21, 2007

Pregnancy Hormone Thought To Be Key To Repairing Nerve Cell Damage In MS And Other Neurological Disorders

Here's some potentially very good news for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) ...MS affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide and Canadians have one of the highest rates of the disease in the world. Now, according to University of Calgary researchers... ... more

Posted at 6:18 PM

February 15, 2007

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) For Stress And In Integrative Oncology.

Reader AK asks about taking Ashwagandha for anxiety and stress during cancer treatment. Although you should always consult your treating physician before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, ashwagandha has been shown to offer significant benefits in the reduction of... ... more

Posted at 12:26 PM

February 7, 2007

Toxin From Sea Creature Could Lead To Promising Cancer Treatment

Back in 1990, most divers would have ignored the four-by-six-inch, cream-colored, jellylike mass clinging to an underwater cliff off the coast of the Philippines. After all, it hardly even looked like an animal. Nevertheless, a team of American and Filipino... ... more

Posted at 12:53 PM

February 5, 2007

Erroneous Laboratory Operation May Lead To a Cancer Drug

An error in the laboratory may pave way to the discovery of a new drug for cancer. This was disclosed by Katherine Schaefer of Rochester University Medical Center. This may be a foundation study for treatments associated with colon,... ... more

Posted at 3:54 PM

January 15, 2007

New Target For Treatment Of Breast Cancer

... the data from 295 breast cancer patients (showed) that tumors which produced the highest levels of TACE and the TGF-alpha ligand posed the greatest risk to women.The active ingredient in a drug currently being tested to treat rheumatoid arthritis... ... more

Posted at 1:38 PM

January 9, 2007

Proteins Battle For Control Of Cancer Cells

... a critical role for circulating galectin-3 in cancer metastasis and highlights the functional importance of altered cell surface glycosylation in cancer progression.According to new research from scientists in the UK, the Netherlands and Japan, two proteins - a large... ... more

Posted at 11:08 AM

December 27, 2006

Profiling Of Cancer Genes May Lead To Better And Earlier Detection

Currently‚ cancer researchers have adopted gene-analyzing techniques and are using them to examine cancer cells down to their core - the individual genes and DNA that regulate their activity.

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Posted at 9:10 PM

December 6, 2006

Chemo Drugs Linked to Brain Damage

New research published in the Journal of Biology suggests that many drugs used in chemotherapy treatments for cancer, including cisplatin, carmustine and cytarabine, could be responsible for neurological damage, and can possibly change the way the brain works, causing mild... ... more

Posted at 10:28 PM

December 5, 2006

Second Study Confirms Diabetes Drug Rimonabant Controls Blood Sugar And Body Weight

This drug sounds almost too good to be true. A new study suggests that rimonabant (trade name: Acomplia), approved in Europe but not yet approved for release in the United States, can achieve improvement in blood glucose with the added... ... more

Posted at 9:46 PM

November 13, 2006

Anti-Cancer Compound in Green Tea Identified

(EGCG) is a potent antioxidant polyphenols of green tea, is associated with antioxidant, antitumor and antimutagenic activities. The antioxidant activity is at last 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells and DNA from damage which are believed to be linked to cancer ...

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Posted at 10:34 AM

November 8, 2006

Have A Mild fever? It's good for your immune system

According to a new study by scientists at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, mild fever might not be all that bad, and can actually disrupt the ability of viruses that thrive at body temperature to multiply:[...] It also aids the... ... more

Posted at 7:51 PM

October 31, 2006

Scientists Identify 'Faulty Cancer Gene' That Doubles Risk Of Prostate Cancer

Genetic defects in CHEK2 and TP53 have previously been implicated in prostate cancer development. However, the interaction of these two genes in prostate cancer tumorigenesis has not been investigated, until now. The finding published online by the Journal of Medical... ... more

Posted at 9:29 AM

October 19, 2006

Scientists Say Genetically-Engineered Form Of Adenovirus Targets Cancer Cells

... when the new adenovirus is injected into cancerous tumours, cancer cells are quickly targeted and killed - leaving normal cells unharmed.

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Posted at 11:47 AM

October 16, 2006

Fat Lnked To Loss Of Intelligence

Results from a word memory test showed that people with a BMI of 20 - considered to be a healthy level - remembered an average of nine out of 16 words. But people with a BMI of 30 - inside the obese range - remembered an average of just seven out of 16 words.

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Posted at 1:42 PM

October 13, 2006

Sleep Apnea

We have reason to be concerned about sleep apnea because it affects an estimated 12 million Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The condition can contribute to heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure,... ... more

Posted at 10:06 PM

October 10, 2006

Appetite-Fighting Molecule May Fight Obesity

Overweight and obesity are a global epidemic in both developing as well as developed nations, and according to the World Health Organization, of the estimated 1 billion adults worldwide who are overweight, about 300 million are considered obese. Obesity is... ... more

Posted at 11:13 AM

October 4, 2006

Reduced Smoking Called Key to Male Drop in Cancer Mortality

Although active smoking causes a long list of other cancers, lung cancer deaths make up 80% of all smoking-attributable cancer deaths in the U.S.

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Posted at 1:00 PM

September 25, 2006

Exercise in Itself Improves Blood Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes

he study, which reviewed data from 14 randomized controlled trials, included a total of 377 participants. The average age range in studies was 45 to 65 years with slightly more men than women. All participants had type 2 diabetes and the only difference between groups was that they were assigned to either no exercise or to a prescribed exercise regime.

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Posted at 2:07 PM

August 31, 2006

Gene Therapy Halts Two Cases Of Melanoma

Scientists at the National Cancer Institute are finding success in treating cancer with gene therapy, hoping to find a more effective treatment than chemotherapy or radiation. Recently, they have found success in two melanoma patients by engineering the patient's own... ... more

Posted at 11:14 PM

August 28, 2006

New Compound Causes Cancer Cell Suicide

.. caspase-3 has been identified as being a key mediator of apoptosis (programmed cell death) of mammalian cells.

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Posted at 6:00 AM

August 14, 2006

War paint plant 'tackles cancer'

The Italian team at Bologna University discovered woad contains 20 times more glucobrassicin than broccoli.

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Posted at 4:22 PM

August 8, 2006

Study: Vegetables Can Help Reduce Diabetes Risk

The take-home message here is eat vegetables, and don't smoke. According to a study at at the Minnesota School of Public Health, chomping on a few vegetables may help ward off diabetes. Orange, red, and green foods like carrots, tomatoes,... ... more

Posted at 11:00 PM

Hunt for DNA Amplified in Cancers Uncovers Important Target Gene

Gene amplification links growth controlling pathway from the tiny fruit fly to human cancers. Researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have discovered a new cancer-promoting role for a gene potentially involved in breast, liver, and... ... more

Posted at 10:40 PM

July 29, 2006

Scorpion Venom May Help Patients With Malignant Brain Tumors

... two patients, women in their early 40s, had a "complete radiographic response," meaning there was no evidence of residual tumor, according to magnetic resonance imaging scans.

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Posted at 10:08 PM

July 22, 2006

Nicotene May Help Stimulate Lung Cancer

The finding raises questions about the use by lung cancer patients of nicotine-containing interventions aimed at helping smokers quit.

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Posted at 10:18 PM

July 20, 2006

Socio-economic Status Linked To Aging

... scientists compared the social class of the volunteers with the average length of their telomeres and found that a low social status can accelerate the ageing process by about seven years.

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Posted at 12:50 AM

July 13, 2006

X-rays Linked To Breast Cancer

... women who are genetically susceptible breast cancer were 54 per cent more likely to get the disease if they had been given a chest X-ray.

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Posted at 5:10 PM

July 7, 2006

Calcium Supplementation Aids Weight Loss In Middle Age

A new study finds that calcium may do double duty in middle age, building bone strength while helping prevent weight gain.

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Posted at 10:40 AM

June 25, 2006

Stem Cell Treatment Allowing Brain To 'Heal Itself' May Help Stroke Victims

The results are from a study in rats, and suggest a general model of stem cell expansion that applies to many precursor cells of clinical interest, but hopefully may lead to strategies that promote regenerative responses through the activation of endogenous cells.

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Posted at 10:15 PM

June 15, 2006

Obesity Linked To Increased Ovarian Cancer Risk

Previous research has shown a link between obesity and increased risk for a number of cancers. Most of the increased cancer risk results because fat tends to store estrogen and androgen, and both hormones fuel the tumor growth of some... ... more

Posted at 1:12 PM

June 12, 2006

Nutrition 21 Up on Diabetes Data From Diachrome

Diachrome is a patented formulation of chromium picolinate and biotin, and is marketed as a daily supplement taken in conjunction with conventional medications to treat diabetes.

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Posted at 10:26 PM

June 3, 2006

New Drug Expected To Extend Lives Of Women With Advanced Breast Cancer.

Tykerb, made by the UK firm GlaxoSmithKline, could be even more effective than the wonder drug Herceptin because it uses a two-pronged attack on tumours. The most promising second area for lapatinib looks like head and neck cancer (such as in squamous cell carcinoma), where a number of responses to single-agent therapy has occurred.

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Posted at 10:39 PM

May 24, 2006

Blood Pressure Drugs Associated With Reduced Risk Of Esophageal, Pancreatic And Colon Cancers

Researchers believe the potential benefit of ACE Inhibitors against cancer may be due to the suppression of tumor angiogenesis by blocking a growth protein called VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor)

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Posted at 3:51 PM

May 18, 2006

Study findings should help tailor chemotherapy for breast cancer patients

We're moving away from the era when it was one treatment that was given to all women with breast cancer and we're really trying to tailor treatment.

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Posted at 12:46 PM

May 15, 2006

New Findings Strengthen 'RNA Interference' Technology In Fight Against Cancer

Although other significant obstacles need to be overcome before this RNAi technology can be successfully translated into the clinical arena, much progress is being made, and these latest findings represent a significant advancement.

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Posted at 11:43 AM

May 10, 2006

Melatonin Supplements May Promote Daytime Sleep

The findings really point out how important our brain's 24-hour clock, also called the circadian system, is to being able to remain awake and alert throughout the day (and) how the circadian system can therefore get in the way of attempts to sleep during the day.

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Posted at 3:07 PM

May 9, 2006

Cancer Resistance Found to Be Transferable in Mice

No matter how many times the researchers challenged this immune systems of these mice with levels of cancer cells millions of times stronger than those lethal to regular mice, they proved incapable of developing cancer.

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Posted at 8:13 AM

May 4, 2006

Vitamin A drug may help young cancer patients

Researchers say that younger breast cancer patients could have their risk of developing a second tumor cut by the drug - fenretinide, a new synthetic version of retinol, or active vitamin A. They found that the drug reduced second cancers... ... more

Posted at 9:45 PM

May 1, 2006

Now scientists are splicing modified proteins from the glow-in-the-dark sea pansy - onto microscopic semiconductors to make self-illuminated dots.

The sea pansy (Renilla reniformis), an anthozoan and a collection of polyps having different forms and functions, is strikingly bioluminescent when disturbed, due to a Green Fluorescent Protein (a light-emitting bioluminescent protein called amino luciferase), a molecule that has become... ... more

Posted at 5:17 PM

April 26, 2006

New Insight Into 'Highway' For Cancer Spread

... antibodies aimed at LOX also inhibited cancer spread, suggesting that vaccines might someday keep the body "on guard" against the threat of metastatic disease.

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Posted at 6:47 PM

April 18, 2006

Evista As Good As Tamoxifen For Breast Cancer

Researchers say that the osteoporosis drug Evista works as well as tamoxifen in reducing the risk of breast cancer in high-risk older women

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Posted at 1:57 PM

April 5, 2006

Cox2 inhibitors play a role in fighting some cancers?

The results of a recent study suggests that women who have been taking the anti-inflammatory Cox-2 inhibitors such as Celebrex for a period of more than 2 years, have a possible less risk of developing breast cancer. The researchers studied... ... more

Posted at 7:35 AM

March 30, 2006

Vitamin D deficiency common in diabetics

The rate of vitamin D deficiency (61 percent) was significantly higher in the diabetics than in the controls (43 percent).

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Posted at 11:35 PM

March 23, 2006

High Blood Pressure During Sleep More Harmful

... differences in blood pressure levels among people at night may make an additional contribution to people's risk of heart disease, renal injury and stroke.

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Posted at 11:20 PM

March 21, 2006

The Angel Lai Story: From Deaths's Door To A Normal Four-year-old

When Angel Lai was just six month's old her health was going downhill fast with advanced leukaemia that had taken her little body to death's door in less than a month.

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Posted at 1:25 PM

March 14, 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Protect Against Inflammation And Bone Loss

Resolvins are a new family of biologically active products of omega-3 fatty acids, and are natural endogenous regulators of the inflammatory response.

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Posted at 6:03 PM

March 9, 2006

The First Clinical Test For Saliva-Based Oral Cancer Detection: Ready Now

The saliva oral cancer RNA signature has been tested in over 300 saliva samples from oral cancer patients and healthy people, and the signature is always present in higher levels in the saliva of oral cancer patients than in saliva from healthy people, with an overall accuracy rate of about 85%.

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Posted at 10:49 PM

March 8, 2006

Researchers Relate Mitochondria Activity to Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin resistance, the predecessor to Type 2 Diabetes, relates to the ineffectiveness of the insulin hormone to transfer glucose into the body's cells to be used as fuel. In particular, insulin binds to a spot on the cell surface called a receptor.

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Posted at 2:56 PM

February 27, 2006

Scientists Hunting Early Signs Of Cancer To Improve Outcome

With recent advances in molecular biology, a new field that combines highly sensitive and specific techniques for detecting early damage associated with cancer has emerged.

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Posted at 11:05 PM

February 23, 2006

Memory, Blood pressure, and Diabetes - 'Got Folate'

Doctors say folate opens up blood vessels, which helps your brain function, and can prevent another health problem. In another study, younger women who consumed at least 1,000 micrograms of folate a day were 46-percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who consumed less than 200 micrograms.

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Posted at 7:59 PM

February 22, 2006

Cancer Promoting Protein Shows Up In Unexpected Place In The Cell

The data suggested that if we could find a way to phosphorylate K-Ras, we might be able to promote programmed cell death in tumors driven by the ras oncogene.

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Posted at 10:59 PM

February 21, 2006

Turning point in cancer war?

There is good reason for such optimism. Annual death rates for lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer, the four most common cancers, have been falling for more than a decade.

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Posted at 3:54 PM

'Seaweed Bubbles' May Help Fight Diabetes

Encapsulating insulin producing cells in tiny seaweed bubbles and injecting them into people with type 1 diabetes could one day remove the need for daily insulin injections

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Posted at 3:21 PM

February 17, 2006

Aspirin Derivative Found To Help Treatment Of Ovarian Cancer

The study found that the nitric oxide released from the aspirin derivative NCX-4016 reacts with the cellular thiols, which causes the cancer cells to stop proliferating. In addition, the nitric oxide depletes the thiols, making the cancer cells more susceptible to the chemotherapy.

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Posted at 11:37 PM

February 10, 2006

Drug Extends Head and Neck Cancer Survival

Cetuximab binds to tumor-stimulating epidermal growth factor, effectively blocking tumor growth, Bonner said. It can also enhance the effects of radiation therapy.

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Posted at 9:59 PM

February 7, 2006

'Broccoli And Cauliflower Can Fight Cancer'

Although population studies have previously suggested a link between eating cruciferous vegetables and protection against cancer, this study demonstrates a molecular mechanism on how they might work.

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Posted at 5:03 PM

February 1, 2006

New Advice Offers Hope In Bladder Cancer Treatment

Survival rates for bladder cancer patients could be improved by a new way of treating sufferers. Under the new approach specialists have been advised to start people with the disease on chemotherapy prior to radiotherapy or surgery.

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Posted at 10:51 PM

January 30, 2006

Viruses - The New Cancer Hunters

New Castle Disease Virus is a bird virus that is being studied in the treatment of cancer. It may be used to kill cancer cells directly, or it may be given as a cancer vaccine to stimulate the body's immune system.

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Posted at 7:09 PM

January 26, 2006

FDA Approves Stomach, Kidney Cancer Drug

A new drug, Sunitinib (to be marketed as Sutent) that combats both a rare stomach cancer and advanced kidney cancer won speedy federal approval Thursday.

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Posted at 10:48 PM

January 19, 2006

Scientists Find 'Unusual' Tumor-Suppressor Gene

The fact that this gene is silenced in many cancer types strongly suggests that it plays an important role in cancer development

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Posted at 1:32 PM

January 17, 2006

New Test Helps Spot Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the United States and 13,000 people die from the disease annually.

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Posted at 8:11 PM

January 12, 2006

Eating Less May Prevent Aging In The Heart

According to researchers, eating a very low-calorie yet nutritionally balanced diet is good for your heart.

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Posted at 2:52 PM

January 10, 2006

Can dogs smell cancer?

clinical implications of canine olfaction first came to light in the case report of a dog alerting its owner to the presence of a melanoma by constantly sniffing the skin lesion.

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Posted at 7:07 AM

January 3, 2006

Molecular Link Between Diet, Type 2 Diabetes Discovered

A team at the University of California at San Diego has identified a gene that produces an enzyme that enables cells in the pancreas to recognize glucose and secrete insulin.

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Posted at 7:47 PM

December 29, 2005

High Antioxidant Diet May Delay Age-Related Macular Degeneration

According to researchers that conducted the study, older individuals who consumed above-median amounts of beta carotene, zinc, and vitamins C and E in their diet were 35% less likely to be diagnosed with the disease.

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Posted at 9:49 AM

December 20, 2005

Artificial Light At Night Stimulates Breast Cancer Growth In Laboratory Mice (Updated with links)

Evidence suggests an association between night work and breast cancer risk, possibly through the melatonin pathway

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Posted at 11:56 AM

December 15, 2005

New Generation Of CT Medical Scanners Put X-ray Images In The Shade

The latest computed tomography (CT) scanners are so fast that they can capture the first completely sharp, three-dimensional pictures of a beating heart. PET is a procedure that is able to detect small cancerous tumors, and also subtle changes in the brain and heart.

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Posted at 8:20 AM

December 11, 2005

Chemical signals spread cancer

... growth factors released by the primary tumour trigger the production of an adhesive protein called fibronectin on the surface of cells at the target site.

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Posted at 9:10 PM

December 10, 2005

New Health Warning on Paracetamol

Paracetamol is touted as being safe for the stomach, yet when it is abused (such as taking up to 20 tablets a day), like any other drug that is abused, it can cause death.

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Posted at 9:01 PM

December 8, 2005

Some foods, beverages could hold clues for future diabetes treatment

Of special interest to chemists are naturally occurring compounds found in certain healthy foods and beverages. Often these compounds become the model or the active ingredient for new drug therapies that maximize the food's beneficial effects.

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Posted at 11:31 PM

December 4, 2005

Stress 'hinders healing process'

U.S. researchers report that the stress caused by a 30-minute argument with a spouse is enough to slow wound healing by a day...

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Posted at 11:00 PM

November 25, 2005

New clues to the dark side of the p53 protein - a key anti-tumor guardian

... new evidence that despite the protective role of p53 as a guardian against tumor formation, normal levels of p53 activity--at least in some cell types--may indeed contribute to aging and decreased lifespan. Are there implications here for therapeutic applications?

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Posted at 4:41 PM

November 23, 2005

Therapeutic Role Of Melatonin In Cancer Worthy Of Study

The association between melatonin levels and cancer progression has suggested to some that melatonin may be a modifier of cancer progression.

... more

Posted at 11:26 PM

November 20, 2005

Research Finds Nine Behavioral and Environmental Risk Factors Play a Major Role in Causing Deaths from Cancer Globally

Modifiable risk factors have been linked to a wide range of malignancies, including cancers of the oropharynx, oesophagus, larynx, lung, kidney, bladder, pancreas, skin, stomach, ovary, breast, cervix, uterus, prostate, and colon.

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Posted at 11:58 PM

November 16, 2005

Gene therapy curbs pancreatic cancer

Research suggests that a gene responsible for the production of a protein called vasostatin may prove a promising new way of treating pancreatic cancer...

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Posted at 12:16 PM

November 15, 2005

Natural sugar could hold the key to fighting cancer

[Commercial preparations of heparin vary widely in their ability to prevent blood clots, in which strands of fibrin (yellow) form a meshwork and trap red blood cells in a clump.] Researchers have found that injections of a sugar related to... ... more

Posted at 9:44 PM

November 8, 2005

'IMRT Sensors' - a smart dose of medicine for cancer treatment

There's a need to validate the simulations by verifying exactly how much radiation is reaching the patient

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Posted at 6:33 PM

November 7, 2005

Common viruses may cause cancer

According to the study, cell fusion triggered by viruses is a possible contributing factor in the development of human cancer.

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Posted at 11:30 PM

November 4, 2005

Anti-aging Hormone Reduces Reactive Oxygen Species

This research may eventually lead to the development of anti-aging drugs, a long-standing goal of many pharmaceutical companies.

... more

Posted at 10:13 PM

November 1, 2005

Vitamin D Could Play a Role in Preventing Prostate Cancer

A recent study suggests that Vitamin D (active metabolite - calcitriol), may be useful in preventing prostate cancer. Calcitriol has been used clinically to treat a variety of disorders, including, in recent clinical trials, cancer. However, an obstacle to its... ... more

Posted at 10:12 PM

October 31, 2005

Cancer cell communication exposed

Being able to regulate the communication between these cell surface molecules, which are found at high levels in many human cancers, by preventing the function of ADAM, may actually stop the growth and spread of tumours

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Posted at 10:18 PM

October 26, 2005

Bone marrow stem cells may heal hearts even years after heart attacks

... cardiac regeneration using stem cells could help to not only reverse some heart attack damage, reduce symptoms and improve the daily functioning of patients; it might also reduce the risk of heart failure.

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Posted at 11:10 PM

October 24, 2005

High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help Alzheimer's

A new study shows mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease showed less of the brain-clogging plaques associated with the disease when they were fed a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet...

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Posted at 9:54 PM

Work Longer - Live Longer

...if you want to live longer, forget about early retirement.

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Posted at 8:03 PM

October 20, 2005

'Herceptin' Hailed as Major Advance in Treating Aggressive Breast Cancer

...women with early, HER2-positive breast cancers who received Herceptin and conventional chemotherapy were half as likely to have a recurrence as women with similar tumors who received only chemotherapy

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Posted at 10:00 PM

October 17, 2005

Stroke risks linked to blood pressure drugs

People taking the commonly prescribed beta-blockers had a 16 per cent higher chance of stroke than if they took other drugs to treat high blood pressure.

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Posted at 11:14 PM

October 14, 2005

Enzyme complex thought to promote cancer development can also help prevent it

...advanced DNA microarray technology shows that EZH2 expression is at 'the top of the list' of 55 genes found to be more active in metastatic prostate cancer than in localized prostate cancer.

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Posted at 3:47 AM

October 13, 2005

Fungi 'antibiotics' for superbugs

scientists say that the protein compound or peptide which lives in a fungus found in northern European pine forests is as powerful as penicillin and vancomycin.

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Posted at 10:40 PM

October 12, 2005

Double trouble: Cells with duplicate genomes can trigger tumors

The extra centrosomes may be at the root of the cancer-triggering process. Once the genetic instability sets in, tumors "evolve " by losing, gaining and rearranging chromosomes.

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Posted at 1:05 AM

October 11, 2005

Avian flu vaccine against H5N1 strain to be tested on humans next year after promising tests on birds in Vietnam

After carrying out successful tests in birds using the flu vaccine against the H5N1 strain, Vietnam, having already suffered 64 human bird flu infections and 21 deaths, will probably carry out tests on humans next year. Monkeys have been successfully... ... more

Posted at 6:08 AM

October 10, 2005

Eat Fish, Avoid Dementia

Eating fish at least once a week slows the toll aging takes on the brain, while obesity at midlife doubles the risk of dementia, a pair of studies concluded on Monday. The question, of course is why? What in... ... more

Posted at 6:00 AM

October 4, 2005

Cut Your Dementia Risk - 'Exercise Now'

Those who are genetically prone to Alzheimer's disease could see a reduction of about 60%.

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Posted at 6:40 PM

October 3, 2005

Can Pomegranates Prevent Prostate Cancer? A New Study Offers Promise

The potent antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic activities of pomegranate juice are attributed to its polyphenols ...

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Posted at 2:09 PM

September 29, 2005

Stem Cell Therapy Successfully Treats Heart Failure Patient

A Pennsylvania woman with heart failure has significantly improved after undergoing a stem cell treatment in Thailand called "VesCell™". According to a company press release, testing at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has confirmed the patient's improvement. Jeannine Lewis... ... more

Posted at 11:00 PM

September 28, 2005

Is the Aids virus weakening?

There is a natural trend to reach an "equilibrium" between the agent and the host interests

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Posted at 11:50 PM

September 26, 2005

Smoking Linked to Higher Diabetes Risk

...twenty-five percent of the smokers who didn't have diabetes at the start of the study developed the disease after five years, compared with 14 percent of people who'd never smoked.

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Posted at 10:00 PM

September 23, 2005

Scientists Find That Nanowires Can Detect Molecular Signs Of Cancer

Harvard University researchers have found that molecular markers indicating the presence of cancer in the body are readily detected in blood...

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Posted at 11:58 PM

September 22, 2005

Researchers Identify New Target In Fight Against Obesity

The new target, a molecule called hVps34, is activated by amino acids (nutrients) entering the cell.

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Posted at 10:42 PM

September 21, 2005

Green Tea For Alzheimer's?

The green tea antioxidant, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), appears to block the initial process by which the Alzheimer's-related protein beta-amyloid is formed in brain cells.

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Posted at 11:39 PM

September 20, 2005

Genetic Research Uncovers New Breast Cancer Target

When the researchers screened human breast cancer samples, they found that high levels of Snail expression strongly predicted relapse in breast cancer patients.

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Posted at 10:57 PM

September 15, 2005

Study Shows: 'Eat more beans' to stop cancer

inositol pentakisphosphate is a promising anti-cancer tool and we hope to bring it to clinical testing soon.

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Posted at 11:21 PM

September 14, 2005

It's High Blood Pressure That Triggers Heart Disease in Obese

A troubling find is that in men and women who were both overweight and hypertensive - there was a doubling of the risk for fatal heart attacks and strokes.

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Posted at 11:57 PM

September 12, 2005

Cancer Benefit Seen for Popular Diabetes Drug

... patients with type 2 diabetes who used Glucophage had a 23% lower risk of cancer death.

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Posted at 8:02 PM

September 8, 2005

Drug may help protect kidneys of type II diabetics

During the spironolactone treatment, urinary albumin levels fell by 33 percent, and their upper and lower blood pressure readings fell by 6 and 4 points.

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Posted at 7:43 PM

September 6, 2005

Stem cells from fat could be used for treatment

adipose-derived stem cells can be used to repair or regenerate new blood vessels, cardiac muscle, nerves, bones and other tissue,

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Posted at 11:55 PM

September 5, 2005

New Lnk Between Stem Cells And Tumors

Some tumor cells are more like stem cells because they are identical, they divide quickly, and in the worst case ­ metastasize

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Posted at 10:21 PM

September 2, 2005

Omega-6 fatty acids cause prostate tumor cell growth in culture

it's more likely that it's not only dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acid that is the culprit, rather intake AND the RATIO of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.

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Posted at 11:55 PM

August 30, 2005

Childhood Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke has Long-Lasting Effects: Fruit Fiber May Help

participants who reported eating more fruit and soy fiber as adults seemed to be protected against some of the negative health effects often associated with early tobacco exposure.

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Posted at 12:44 PM

August 29, 2005

Lawsuit Seeks Cancer Warning for Chips and Fries

...you should at least consider that fact that the U.S. EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have designated Acrylamide as a probable human carcinogen,

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Posted at 9:32 PM

August 24, 2005

Study: Lifestyle Changes May Reverse Prostate Cancer

switching to a vegan diet, along with exercising, meditating, and participating in support groups, may halt, or even reverse, the progress of early stage prostate cancer

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Posted at 11:20 PM

August 23, 2005

Study Finds Placebo Effect Has Scientific Basis

In other words, just thinking that a medicine will relieve pain is enough to prompt the brain to release its own natural painkillers.

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Posted at 7:06 PM

August 22, 2005

Major Breakthrough in Stem-Cell Research

Harvard scientists have announced they've discovered a way to fuse adult skin cells with embryonic stem cells, a promising breakthrough that could lead to the creation of useful stem cells without first having to create and destroy human embryos. If... ... more

Posted at 10:41 AM

August 19, 2005

Researchers make 'embryonic-like' stem cells from umbilical cord blood

The discovery provides medical researchers and physicians with an ethical and reliable source of human stem cells for the first time.

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Posted at 10:28 PM

August 12, 2005

Green Tea Inhibits Invasive Behavior of Breast Cancer Cells.

researchers evaluated the effect of green tea polyphenols on human breast cancer cells, and showed that in addition to inhibiting cell growth, green tea polyphenols also suppressed the invasive behavior of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells

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Posted at 3:55 PM

August 11, 2005

Scientist Says That Cells Direct Membrane Traffic By Channel Width

they show that the main structural difference that makes an aquaporin a glycerol channel is a channel that is just a hundred-millionth of a centimeter -- an angstrom -- wider than a normal water channel.

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Posted at 3:24 PM

August 10, 2005

Firefly protein lets researchers monitor molecule linked to cancer

Scientists have used a glowing protein from fireflies to observe the activity of a molecule that is an important target for new drugs to treat cancer

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Posted at 11:56 PM

Researchers discover new tumor defense system

This tumor cell release of fatty acids may play a significant role in suppression of CTL-killing. Fatty acid inhibition of CTL-mediated killing can be reversed once the level of FA in aqueous solution level is reduced

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Posted at 11:54 PM

August 9, 2005

Heart drug becomes cancer killer

... ultimately, it might be possible to tweak the drug enough so it could be used to treat cancer without having any effect on the heart.

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Posted at 11:41 PM

Better Body Scan for Cancer

cancer, diagnostic, scan, whole body, pet,

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Posted at 11:33 PM

August 5, 2005

Study Suggests Diabetes Raises Pancreatic Cancer Rsk

Middle-aged and older Americans who are newly diagnosed with diabetes also appear to have a higher risk of deadly pancreatic cancer

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Posted at 3:57 PM

August 2, 2005

Nanoparticles Pass Muster as Vectors for Gene Therapy

nanoparticles can be used to reactivate adult stem cells by altering a nuclear growth factor receptor.

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Posted at 10:05 PM

Your Body Is Younger Than You Think

In fact, most of your body is a lot younger than you think, but there's a catch - the key is most, but not all.

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Posted at 9:09 PM

August 1, 2005

Size Matters - at least to our immune system

... a highly sensitive and specific immune response hinges on something as straightforward as large and small molecules jostling into size order.

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Posted at 11:43 AM

July 27, 2005

Chemotherapy 'Bomb' Developed in Cancer War

of the mice treated with the nanoparticle drug, 80 percent survived beyond 65 days. Mice treated with the best available existing therapy survived only to 30 days and untreated mice died at 20 days

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Posted at 5:23 PM

July 18, 2005

UCLA Researchers Create Nano Valve

It shows that these little pieces of molecular machinery are highly adaptable and resourceful, and means that we can move around in the nanoworld with the same molecular tool kit and adapt it to different needs on demand..

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Posted at 2:39 PM

July 14, 2005

Biologists See Combined Structure Of Cold Virus And Receptor Molecule

Coxsackievirus A21 infects host cells first by recognizing a "receptor molecule" called ICAM-1, which is located on the cell's surface, and then by anchoring itself to the molecule.

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Posted at 10:25 PM

July 13, 2005

Brain-boost drugs could become as common as a cup of coffee

They see such "cognitive enhancers" as becoming as "common as coffee," and even opined that some time in the future, children taking exams might face having to take drug tests, as athletes do, to see if they've taken any 'performance enhancing substances'.

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Posted at 9:20 PM

July 11, 2005

Food allergies a growing concern

For people with severe allergies, consumption of minute amounts of an ordinary food such as milk, peanuts or shellfish commands the immune system to unleash a full-scale assault on the rest of the body.

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Posted at 12:19 PM

July 6, 2005

Sex Hormone Levels not Linked to Libido in Women

it is reasonable to consider testosterone therapy for a symptomatic androgen-deficient woman with "Women's Sexual Interest and Desire Disorder," but that you can't count on measurements of androgen levels as being useful in the diagnosis.

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Posted at 1:58 PM

June 28, 2005

Brain Scan Study of Smokers Reveals Signature of Craving

The researchers found that smokers who report a greater urge to smoke after a period of abstinence also exhibit stronger brain activity after viewing smoking-related images, such as others smoking or a pack of cigarettes.

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Posted at 11:53 PM

June 27, 2005

Cancer related gene p53 not regulated as indicated by previous tissue culture research

If p53 is inactivated, as it is in over half of all human cancers, checks and balances on cell growth fail to operate

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Posted at 9:32 PM

June 22, 2005

Faulty enzyme sparks Parkinson's disease

Parkinson disease and other alpha-synucleinopathies are characterized by the deposition of intraneuronal alpha-synuclein (alphaSyn) inclusions, or a clumping, involving "accumulation of a protein in an aberrant form

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Posted at 9:39 PM

AAV2 has great potential to be developed as an anti-cancer agent

six days is all it takes for adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2), a common, non-disease-causing virus, to kill cervical, breast, prostate and squamous cell cancer cells in laboratory cultures

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Posted at 11:20 AM

June 21, 2005

Fish may help prevent heart failure as well as heart attacks

the type of fish meal consumed is likely to affect the degree of cardiovascular benefit one might receive. This study suggests that intake of fried fish, particularly lean (nonfatty or white) fish, is unlikely to provide the same cardiovascular benefits as fatty or oily fish,"

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Posted at 3:54 PM

June 14, 2005

Bowel Cancer Linked to Red and Processed Meat

Here's a clear and convincing reason to avoid the typical American diet of hamburgers, steak, and processed meat of all kinds.

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Posted at 10:15 PM

June 10, 2005

Research Points to New Genetic Method of Diagnosing Cancer

Although this is a preliminary study, subsequent validation could have a significant impact on the clinical diagnosis of cancer, resulting in earlier detection and therefore earlier and more effective treatment.

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Posted at 7:51 PM

June 7, 2005

Key genes predict cancer outcome

Scientists have pinpointed a key sequence of genes which appear to be active in rapidly developing cancers.

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Posted at 10:20 PM

June 6, 2005

The Wonder of Garlic: "New natural extract for treating MRSA"

news on a natural antimicrobial that can deal with a range of drug resistant bacteria and other infections

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Posted at 12:54 PM

June 1, 2005

Harmful Chemicals May Reprogram Gene Response To Estrogen

New research shows that exposure to harmful chemicals and drugs during critical developmental periods early in life may actually "reprogram" the way certain genes respond to the female hormone estrogen.

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Posted at 12:51 PM

May 19, 2005

Modified Liver Cells Keep Diabetes under Control

Scientists have successfully modified liver cells to produce insulin that, when transplanted into mice, brought the diabetes under control.

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Posted at 1:45 PM

Nutrition Gene Key in Regulating Immune System

A gene that signals a yeast cell to make bread rise and mice to eat a better diet also helps selectively silence the immune system, researchers have found.

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Posted at 9:50 AM

Cystatin C May Push Creatinine Off Risk Radar

the study suggests that serum levels of cystatin C correlate with risk of all causes mortality as well as risk of cardiac event.

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Posted at 9:34 AM

May 18, 2005

Low-Fat Diet May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Relapse In Post Menopausal Women With Estrogen Receptor Negative Disease

the results of a study that suggests an intervention aimed at reducing dietary fat consumption can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. But as encouraging as the results are, the reliability of the study's outcome is questionable owing to factors such as

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Posted at 8:22 PM

May 17, 2005

Failed Lung Cancer Drug Could Help Shrink Breast Tumours

Giving women with early breast cancer a drug called gefitinib (Iressa®) before surgery could reduce the size of their tumours

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Posted at 2:33 PM

May 16, 2005

Cancer Treatment Success Stuns Scientists

... looks like a breakthrough and the first effective treatment for many people with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, which is even more common than leukemia.

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Posted at 1:21 PM

May 13, 2005

Vitamin D gaining importance in cancer

From osteoporosis to multiple sclerosis and cancer, vitamin D continues to be of interest to researchers and clinicians.

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Posted at 12:35 PM

Role of pentoxifylline and vitamin E in attenuation of radiation-induced fibrosis.

Here is a topic of great interest to many patients that have received radiation therapy as treatment for cancer, particularly patients that have suffered from head and neck cancer. Radiation-induced fibrosis, although relatively rare, can be extremely painful and disabilitating.

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Posted at 8:22 AM

May 11, 2005

Researchers Uncover Mechanisms Leading to Type I Diabetes

research indicates that insulin is the trigger that unleashes autoimmune lymphocytes to attack beta islet cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Could a therapeutic approach to preventing the lymphocytes from attacking the beta islet cells [perhaps by a mechanism of CD8+(T-suppressor cell) activation] involve controlling NKT-cell activity

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Posted at 8:36 PM

May 5, 2005

Scientists Find Key Player in Cancer's Spread

A protein called VEGF-A, already known to stimulate the growth of blood vessels associated with tumors, may also help tumors spread cancer to lymph nodes, according to a new study.

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Posted at 8:25 AM

May 3, 2005

Unexpected lock and key mechanism found for the assembly of tumor blood vessels

The study revealed a critical lock and key mechanism that allows the final step in the completion of new blood vessel formation and promises to lead to a new way to halt tumor growth by cutting off the tumor blood supply.

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Posted at 11:28 AM

May 2, 2005

Heat, Radiation Combo Strikes Strong Blow Against Tumors

Researchers now have strong evidence to suggest that turning up the heat on a cancerous tumor just before radiation therapy appears to destroy the tumor much more often than radiation alone does.

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Posted at 8:29 AM

April 28, 2005

Current Status of Positron Imaging for Breast Cancer

Positron emission tomography, PET,is currently accepted to be the most accurate way to stage and monitor many types of cancer. PET is a Nuclear Medicine imaging technique that uses very short-lived radioactive compounds that localize in cancer cells.

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Posted at 12:16 PM

April 26, 2005

Herceptin® Combined With Chemotherapy Improves Disease-Free Survival for Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Results from two large randomized clinical trials for patients with HER-2 positive invasive breast cancer show that those patients with early-stage breast cancer who received Herceptin® (trastuzumab) in combination with chemotherapy had a significant decrease in risk for breast cancer recurrence

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Posted at 10:12 AM

April 25, 2005

New technology unveiled for breast cancer

MammaPrint more accurately distinguishes between lymph node-negative breast cancer patients who would benefit from additional therapy from those who would not

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Posted at 12:00 PM

Age is not a limiting factor in combined therapy for lung cancer

patients tolerate combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy with no higher risk of death than younger patients, according to a new study

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Posted at 10:24 AM

April 22, 2005

Diabetes Drug May Be Effective Against Some Cancers

A drug commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes may prevent cancer, researchers have said.

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Posted at 10:57 AM

April 21, 2005

Hi-tech probe promises instant test results for cervical cancer

Scientists have developed an electrical probe which gives an instantaneous diagnosis of cancerous cells in a woman's cervix.

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Posted at 2:17 PM

April 19, 2005

Compound from Chinese medicine shows promise in head and neck cancer, U-M study finds

A compound derived from cottonseed oil could help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy at treating head and neck cancer, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have found.

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Posted at 2:33 PM

April 15, 2005

MR spectroscopy may be superior for determining prostate cancer prognosis

"Not only are the spectroscopy studies as good as histopathology in differentiating cancer cells from benign cells, they may be even better if they can find these metabolic differences in tissues that look benign,"

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April 14, 2005

Korean Scientists Find Way to Suppress Spread of Cancer

Experts say cancer patients have better chances of survival if the spread of cancer cells are controlled. A group of Korean scientists has discovered a mechanism that suppresses the cancer transfer process.

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Posted at 9:08 AM

April 13, 2005

'Nanoshells' simultaneously detect and destroy cancerous cells

Researchers at Rice University in Texas have developed a new approach to fighting cancer, based on nanoscale particles that can both detect and destroy cancerous cells.

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Posted at 10:53 PM

April 12, 2005

Laser beams sort stem cells and cancer cells by springiness

Using an "optical stretcher", which pushes and pulls individual cells to measure their elasticity, Josef Käs and Jochen Guck from the University of Leipzig in Germany successfully separated adult stem cells from human blood.

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Posted at 1:48 PM

April 7, 2005

NCI Researchers Confirm the Effectiveness of Immunotherapy Approach to Treating Melanoma

The results of a study at the NCI indicate that a combination of chemotherapy and infusion of stimulated autologous lymphocytes can have an impact on metastatic melanoma tumors in patients who do not respond to other therapies. (...) A team... ... more

Posted at 9:51 AM

April 6, 2005

Urine hyaluronidase RNA shows promise in detecting bladder carcinoma

Urine levels of hyaluronidase RNA detect bladder carcinoma with greater sensitivity and specificity than other markers, according to a report in the April 1st issue of Cancer.

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Posted at 3:33 PM

April 5, 2005

Genetic testing could bolster radiotherapy's effectiveness against cancer

Can a genetic picture of how your tumor will react to the many treatment techniques available help doctors prescribe therapies customized for individual cancer patients' needs

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Posted at 10:55 PM

Angiogenesis, Tumors, and Lymph Nodes: VEGF-A may help tumors prepare the way for spread to lymph nodes

The production of the protein VEGF-A, already known for it's ability to stimulate the growth of blood vessels associated with tumors, has now been shown to also promote the development of lymphatic vessels that can carry cancer cells to lymph nodes

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Posted at 4:04 PM

April 4, 2005

Scientists identify novel regulator of telomere homeostasis

The mechanisms by which a cell regulates activity at its telomeres (be it positive or negative), is an actively investigated area, with direct implications for understanding aging and cancer.

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Posted at 9:21 AM

December 20, 0078

Those Terrible Post Meal Highs

Did you know that the dreaded post meal peak in blood glucose can do more damage than a sustained rise in blood sugar? New research suggests: A causal relationship between hyperglycemia and oxidative stress leading to vasoconstriction (a narrowing of... ... more

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