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December 18, 2014

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9:16 PM | Mutations prevent programmed cell death
ByThe Toombst New research uncovers previously signal path used to make cells commit suicide. Changing a protein in this pathway a.k.a. mutations prevent programmed cell death, attacking this process might lead to a new way of treating cancer. Apoptosis is the body’s own defense mechanism from rampaging cells creating tumors in the body. This system means that a damaged cell can be told to commit suicide for the good of the body as a whole. This system is not perfect and can be stopped by […]
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2:50 PM | View from an M.D./Ph.D.: The Winding Road to Research Success
Graduate school is, for many, the first big dose of “failure is the mother of success.” After my first grant application came back with a substantially worse score on the revision submission than on the initial submission (how is that possible?), and the paper I was working on was rejected for the third time, my [...]
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12:58 PM | Using Collaboration and Innovation to Counteract Flat Federal Research Funding
With such astounding shortfalls in funding for biomedical research, Penn Medicine, a key stakeholder of the new Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), is looking for fresh ways to fund research and partner with the private sector. The PCI consolidates and unifies the enterprise previously known as the Penn Center for Technology Transfer with other campus entities charged with commercializing Penn research and Development into license agreements, sponsored research agreements, startup companies and […]

December 17, 2014

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7:36 PM | UChicago prostate cancer expert to use DOD grant to study racial disparities
Donald Vander Griend, PhD, and his colleagues received a three-year, $600,000 award from the Department of Defense to study health disparities between African American and Caucasian males with prostate cancer.
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1:00 PM | Christmas Greenery - Friend Or Foe?
Biology concepts – toxin, botany, cancer chemotherapies, pregnancy, evergreen Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) is celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23. The townspeople carve radishes into shapes, characters or scenes and then they are judged.  It began as a suggestion by a couple of monks to bring people in to the market to buy the produce that the farmers had raised, so it’s a Christmas plant tradition that really has little to do with […]

Liu, B., Zhou, J., Li, Y., Zou, X., Wu, J., Gu, J., Yuan, J., Zhao, B., Feng, L., Jia, X. & Wang, R. (2014). Hederagenin from the leaves of ivy (Hedera helix L.) induces apoptosis in human LoVo colon cells through the mitochondrial pathway, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14 (1) 412. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-412

Tröger W, Galun D, Reif M, Schumann A, Stanković N & Milićević M (2014). Quality of life of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer during treatment with mistletoe: a randomized controlled trial., Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 111 (29-30) 493. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25142075

Tsui, K., Wang, J., Wu, L. & Chiu, C. (2012). Molecular Mechanism of Isocupressic Acid Supresses MA-10 Cell Steroidogenesis, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012 1-12. DOI: 10.1155/2012/190107

Earl, E., Altaf, M., Murikoli, R., Swift, S. & O'Toole, R. (2010). Native New Zealand plants with inhibitory activity towards Mycobacterium tuberculosis, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 10 (1) 25. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-10-25

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1:00 PM | Christmas Greenery - Friend Or Foe?
Biology concepts – toxin, botany, cancer chemotherapies, pregnancy, evergreen Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) is celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23. The townspeople carve radishes into shapes, characters or scenes and then they are judged.  It began as a suggestion by a couple of monks to bring people in to the market to buy the produce that the farmers had raised, so it’s a Christmas plant tradition that really has little to do with […]

Liu, B., Zhou, J., Li, Y., Zou, X., Wu, J., Gu, J., Yuan, J., Zhao, B., Feng, L., Jia, X. & Wang, R. (2014). Hederagenin from the leaves of ivy (Hedera helix L.) induces apoptosis in human LoVo colon cells through the mitochondrial pathway, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14 (1) 412. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-412

Tröger W, Galun D, Reif M, Schumann A, Stanković N & Milićević M (2014). Quality of life of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer during treatment with mistletoe: a randomized controlled trial., Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 111 (29-30) 493. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25142075

Tsui, K., Wang, J., Wu, L. & Chiu, C. (2012). Molecular Mechanism of Isocupressic Acid Supresses MA-10 Cell Steroidogenesis, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012 1-12. DOI: 10.1155/2012/190107

Earl, E., Altaf, M., Murikoli, R., Swift, S. & O'Toole, R. (2010). Native New Zealand plants with inhibitory activity towards Mycobacterium tuberculosis, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 10 (1) 25. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-10-25

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1:00 PM | Christmas Greenery - Friend Or Foe?
Biology concepts – toxin, botany, cancer chemotherapies, pregnancy, evergreen Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) is celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23. The townspeople carve radishes into shapes, characters or scenes and then they are judged.  It began as a suggestion by a couple of monks to bring people in to the market to buy the produce that the farmers had raised, so it’s a Christmas plant tradition that really has little to do with […]

Liu, B., Zhou, J., Li, Y., Zou, X., Wu, J., Gu, J., Yuan, J., Zhao, B., Feng, L., Jia, X. & Wang, R. (2014). Hederagenin from the leaves of ivy (Hedera helix L.) induces apoptosis in human LoVo colon cells through the mitochondrial pathway, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14 (1) 412. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-412

Tröger W, Galun D, Reif M, Schumann A, Stanković N & Milićević M (2014). Quality of life of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer during treatment with mistletoe: a randomized controlled trial., Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 111 (29-30) 493. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25142075

Tsui, K., Wang, J., Wu, L. & Chiu, C. (2012). Molecular Mechanism of Isocupressic Acid Supresses MA-10 Cell Steroidogenesis, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012 1-12. DOI: 10.1155/2012/190107

Earl, E., Altaf, M., Murikoli, R., Swift, S. & O'Toole, R. (2010). Native New Zealand plants with inhibitory activity towards Mycobacterium tuberculosis, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 10 (1) 25. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-10-25

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December 16, 2014

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8:53 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Petrochemical companies spend millions to undermine the science on benzene; in-depth series sheds light on the horrific working conditions in Mexico's agricultural sector; National Labor Relations Board rules in favor of worker organizing; and federal officials grilled on response to West fertilizer explosion.
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8:53 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Petrochemical companies spend millions to undermine the science on benzene; in-depth series sheds light on the horrific working conditions in Mexico's agricultural sector; National Labor Relations Board rules in favor of worker organizing; and federal officials grilled on response to West fertilizer explosion.
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3:00 PM | National Academy of Inventors names two Sanford-Burnham researchers as Charter Fellows
Vuori and Ruoslahti were recently announced as Fellows of the NAI
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12:00 PM | Jess Ainscough finally admits her condition is deteriorating
Not being Australian and, for some reason, never having encountered her promotion of “natural health” online before, I first encountered Jessica Ainscough, also known as “The Wellness Warrior” over a year ago when I learned that her mother Sharyn Ainscough had died of breast cancer. Her mother, it turns out, had rejected conventional treatment for…
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12:00 PM | Jess Ainscough finally admits her condition is deteriorating
Not being Australian and, for some reason, never having encountered her promotion of “natural health” online before, I first encountered Jessica Ainscough, also known as “The Wellness Warrior” over a year ago when I learned that her mother Sharyn Ainscough had died of breast cancer. Her mother, it turns out, had rejected conventional treatment for…

December 15, 2014

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10:06 PM | Infusionarium Aims to Take Trauma Out of Chemotherapy for Young
Cancer treatments can be particularly hard on children. But in the Infusionarium their minds are transported to mountain slopes where, depending on their tastes, they are surrounded by extreme skiers or Disney princesses.
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7:07 PM | Equations against cancer: Using math to predict a tumor's path
Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh, M.D., Ph.D., believes that math can transform medicine, and he has the numbers to prove it.In the clinic, this UAB neurologist specializes in treating brain tumors. In his lab at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fathallah-Shaykh, who is also a professor of mathematics at UAB, wields equations as well as petri dishes. His mathematical models of cancer behavior are offering new insights on tumor growth. Eventually, they could be used to personalize treatment based on […]
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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, randomized […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, randomized […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, randomized […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, randomized […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, randomized […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
claimtoken-548f952b76556 A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
claimtoken-548f952b76556 A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
claimtoken-548f952b76556 A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
claimtoken-548f952b76556 A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

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December 14, 2014

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12:07 PM | Henrietta Lacks and her immortal legacy
In 1951 a young woman named Henrietta Lacks died of an incredibly aggressive form of cervical cancer, just a few months after complaining to her friends about a ‘knot on her womb’. When the autopsy was performed, she looked as though she had been ‘filled with pearls’. These ‘pearls’ were cancerous tissue, derived from the…

December 13, 2014

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4:07 PM | Follow-Up on the Hippocrates Health Institute: Lawsuits
Listeners of my podcast and followers of Canadian news in general will probably be familiar with the case of two First Nations girls with leukemia whose parents decided to have treated at a Florida massage establishment called The Hippocrates Health Institute. A judge recently declared that the girls could not be taken away from their parents, … Continue reading →
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3:19 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:19 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

December 12, 2014

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10:30 PM | Diversity working together: cancer, immune system, and microbiome
After a much needed few weeks of recovery, I’ve found some time to post about our annual IMO workshop held this year on the topic of viruses in cancer. Our group had the challenge of learning about all of the complexities of the human microbiome and its interactions with a cancerous lesion. The human microbiome, […]

Human Microbiome Project Consortium (2012). Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome, Nature, 486 (7402) 207-214. DOI: 10.1038/nature11234

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9:54 PM | The switch that promotes kidney cancer progression and metastasis
How kidney cancer becomes metastatic
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7:56 PM | Poll: your opinions about the new anti-cancer Gardasil-9 vaccine
I just wrote a couple of articles about the HPV vaccine (known as Gardasil and Silgard, while a bivalent form is known a Cervarix)–one discussing risky sexual behavior after receiving the vaccines, and the other discussing the new Gardasil-9, which protects against 9 different subtypes of the human papillomavirus. This new vaccine can protect against […]Continue reading «Poll: your opinions about the new anti-cancer Gardasil-9 vaccine»
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