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April 18, 2014

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6:17 PM | Proteins conspire to make breast cancer cells resistant to drug treatment
Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) provide compelling and conclusive evidence that antiestrogen resistance in breast cancer cells requires the interaction between proteins called BCAR1 and BCAR3. In the study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers also identified a signaling pathway that is crucial for drug resistance mediated by this proteinRead More
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4:22 PM | Weekend Reads: The Beauty of Death, Googling the Great Outdoors, the Coming Climate Barons
By Jason Bittel Where the Wild Things AreThe Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, the Galapagos Islands—thanks to Google, you can now visit these places without leaving the comfort of your computer chair. Or “no thanks,” as it were. Jason Mark explains why putting every inch of wilderness on the World Wide Web may not be such a good idea for the protection of these places. In fact, he argues that […]

April 10, 2014

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8:47 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Bra Cancer
Categories: Anti-Science Random AsidesTags: bad chart thursdaybrasBreast CancerHey, ladies. Maybe you’ve heard that “scientists” want you to stop wearing a bra. And by “scientists,” I mean this guy. Apparently, wearing a bra gives you breast cancer, according to breaking news from an intrepid reporter. And by breaking news, I mean studies that don’t actually show this, some that are 20 years old, and by intrepid reporter, I mean ^ that guy. It all started […]
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4:10 AM | Uncertainty versus certainty in the mammography wars
As I write this, I am winging my way home from the 2014 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR, Twitter hashtag #AACR14) in San Diego. (OK, I’m revising this to fit the format and, of course, the Insolence of this particular blog. Shockingly, I didn’t have as much time to blog in…

April 08, 2014

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12:43 PM | Relative Risk: Breast Cancer and Genetics
Last week the Progress Educational Trust held an event called Relative Risk: Breast Cancer and Genetics, supported by the Wellcome Trust. This was the first event in a series looking at issues surrounding breast cancer, and focused on the genetics and relative risks associated with carrying predictive genes. James Heather attended, and shares a taste […]

April 07, 2014

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9:33 PM | Look for Cancer, and Find It
Researchers say that mammography can “overdiagnose” breast cancer, meaning that some of the tiny cancers it finds would probably never progress, but tumors are treated anyway.

April 06, 2014

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6:36 PM | Of “Ground-Breaking” and “Breakthrough” and “Blockbuster”: Endpoints Matter
This week in San Diego the American Association for Cancer Research is holding its annual meeting. When I was an active cancer researcher this was one of the premier meetings that I made sure I... Let me take you behind today's and tomorrow's headlines and show you the kinds of research progress we are making in fighting cancers. Go to the web site for more...

April 01, 2014

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6:02 AM | “It really shouldn’t be up to a patient to know….”
Today was a slightly less busy Monday than usual since I was at lab for a gazillion hours this weekend (ok slight exaggeration but longer than usual, and got a bit ahead of usual). This meant not only I had … Continue reading →

March 31, 2014

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6:36 PM | From Dogs, Answers About Breast Cancer
Mammary tumors in strays can provide insights about breast cancer.

March 29, 2014

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1:42 PM | Gene may predict if further cancer treatments are needed
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are developing a new predictive […]

March 28, 2014

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1:19 PM | Mechanical Forces Driving Breast Cancer Lead to Key Molecular Discovery
The stiffening of breast tissue in breast-cancer development points to […]

March 27, 2014

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11:19 PM | Peachy novel treatment to prevent breast cancer metastasis
I just read a really neat study from researchers at Texas A&M University. While admittedly this is not comparative physiology, it was just too interesting not to share. In a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos and colleagues found that administering peach extract to mice inhibited the metastasis (i.e. spread)…

March 26, 2014

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8:38 PM | A breast-cancer research gift from The Cambridge School
Students from The Cambridge School in San Diego, Calif., selected Sanford-Burnham as the recipient of funds raised to honor a teacher currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The middle-school students made and sold bracelets before voting to gift the money they raised to Sanford-Burnham to advance breast-cancer research.
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2:35 PM | Bodypainting meets science in the curious art of Victoria Gugenheim
Victoria Gugenheim received her first set of face paints at the age of 9, and then just kept working downwards. Now a world-class bodyartist, she combines her art with a passion for science and nature. Click here for the accompanying galleryThe history of science has long been intertwined with the history of art. Scientists develop and exchange ideas, while artists are experts in communicating ideas to a wider audience, making use of techniques developed through science and engineering over the […]

March 25, 2014

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11:41 PM | Peaches inhibit breast cancer metastasis in mice
Lab tests at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have shown that […]
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4:22 PM | The inevitable result of using alt med treatments for cancer
We have a sad but inevitable update to a story from November 2012 regarding alternative treatments. Once again, they fail. No surprise. Jessi FitzRandolph dies from breast cancer at 36 after trying alternative therapies : Wsj. She had stopped chemotherapy and radiation for alternative treatments outside the U.S. As I noted in the original piece “Alternative… Source: Doubtful News
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3:00 PM | Blogging Through Breast Cancer
Young women with high cancer risk and early-onset breast cancer blog their way through diagnosis and treatment with humor, strength, and grace.
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3:00 PM | Blogging Through Breast Cancer
Young women with high cancer risk and early-onset breast cancer blog their way through diagnosis and treatment with humor, strength, and grace.

March 24, 2014

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8:47 PM | After the Whitewash: Facing the Exxon Valdez Disaster 25 Years Later
By Eva Saulitis The sculptures—figures of polar bears, red knot birds, Eskimo curlew, and the extinct great auk—are covered with tar, lime, and glue. They’re part of an art exhibition named  “Whitewashed” that I stumbled onto recently at the Bainbridge Island Museum near Seattle. The artist, Joseph Rossano, describes whitewashing as “to gloss over, cover up, conceal, or palliate flaws, failures, vices, crimes or […]
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2:00 PM | Testing Complete DNA Sequences Yields Only Partial Info but Could Still Save Your Life
Evaluating your whole genome sequence to determine your health risks is not yet up to snuff. But as imperfect as it is, you still might see something that could save your life.
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