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October 24, 2014

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1:24 PM | Right Turn: New StemCellShorts illuminates cancer stem cells
> Just over one year ago, we launched the pilot phase of an animation project titled StemCellShorts here on Signals blog. Funded by a Stem Cell Network Public Outreach Award, the project was very much an experiment for us to see what would happen when you tasked a team of talented creatives, expert faculty and...Read more

October 22, 2014

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6:00 PM | Highly effective new anti-cancer drug shows few side effects in mice
The drug, developed with the help of Yusuke Nakamura and his lab, inhibits the action of a protein that is overproduced by several tumor types, including lung and breast.
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5:20 PM | Breakthrough: Scientists Use Sound To Breach The Blood-Brain Barrier
For the first time ever in humans, neuroscientists have penetrated the stubborn barrier that protects the brain from toxins in the bloodstream. The breakthrough means that doctors can now deliver drugs to previously inaccessible parts of the brain, making it easier to treat cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Read more...
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9:14 AM | An anonymous Canadian foundation grants $4 million to study “integrative oncology”
Supporters of science-based medicine and keeping pseudoscience out of medicine have a few years to prepare for an onslaught of crappy studies “proving” the value of “integrative” oncology. No doubt at this point you’re wondering just what the heck Orac is talking about. I will tell you. It involves an institution we’ve encountered before and…

October 21, 2014

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5:10 PM | Aren’t Cancer Cells the Worst?
I try to find humor in some unfunny places, but I was never sure how to approach cancer. I first did a comic about cancer genes for my book What’s in Your Genes?, which seems to find the happy... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:42 PM | HPV and HepB vaccines are not associated with multiple sclerosis
I didn’t know it was an issue, but apparently there was some concern that there was a small possibility that vaccines, specifically the hepatitis B (HepB) and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, might increase the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) or some other acquired central nervous system demyelinating syndrome (CNS ADS). Apparently, there have been numerous studies […]Continue reading «HPV and HepB vaccines are not associated with multiple sclerosis»
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3:20 AM | Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas From Breast Cancer
A new study’s findings may explain why Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer than other Americans.

October 20, 2014

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10:40 PM | How to prevent cancer in 12 easy steps–OK, not that easy
I have railed against charlatans who claim that they have the easy way to prevent or cure cancer. Generally, these snake oil salesmen try to convince you that they have some miraculous food, supplement, spiritual energy, and on and on, that can either kill cancer in its tracks. Or keep them from even growing in your body. […]Continue reading «How to prevent cancer in 12 easy steps–OK, not that easy»
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6:18 PM | Is Thalidomide the Next Big Cancer Drug?
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Innovative new drugs to treat cancer frequently make the headlines, either due to great success or controversy, as pharmaceutical companies get lambasted for selling the drugs at too high a price for state systems to afford. But alongside this high-budget pharmaceutical research is a different tactic being […]The post Is Thalidomide the Next Big Cancer Drug? appeared first on The Crux.
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2:13 PM | How can we use patient experience surveys to improve care?
One new answer, for cancer patients, comes from our analysis of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, published this week in the European Journal of Cancer Care We found strong inequalities in experience between patients with different cancer diagnoses, and these were pretty consistent across the whole patient journey, from pre-diagnosis care to post hospital ...read more
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1:00 PM | 12 simple ways to prevent cancer
33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »The post 12 simple ways to prevent cancer appeared first on Public Health.
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1:00 PM | 12 simple ways to prevent cancer
33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »The post 12 simple ways to prevent cancer appeared first on Public Health.

October 19, 2014

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3:12 PM | Frozen Poo Pills: Continued Trials Are Successful in Treating Recurrent C. Difficile
I remember all too well what it was like for my mother when she had Clostridium difficile infection. Post-surgery for colon cancer, the recovery was a breeze compared to the C. […]

October 18, 2014

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7:39 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/10/2014
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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7:39 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/10/2014
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 […]

October 17, 2014

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9:29 PM | New research finds that drinking soda may lead to cell aging and disease, regardless of obesity
At this point, it’s pretty clear that soda is bad for your health. But a new study has found that it may be even worse than we thought.

October 16, 2014

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3:49 PM | Two-faced gene: SIRT6 prevents some cancers but promotes sun-induced skin cancer
A new study shows that a protein known to inhibit the growth of liver and colon cancers can promote the development of skin cancers as well.
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2:00 PM | In Rare Sea Snail, Scientists Find Compound That Could Help Cancer Patients
A marine mollusk with a coveted blood protein is shaping the way researchers treat cancer and autoimmune diseases.
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1:54 PM | Nature Outlook 2014: Medical Research Masterclass (from Lindau)
Nature once again has published a special supplement on occasion of the Lindau Meeting – this time taking you on a trip to the frontiers of medical research. From the basic functions of the cell to cures for HIV and cancer, Nature Outlook: Medical Research Masterclass uses the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as a […]
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7:51 AM | New Nature film from Lindau chronicles the war against cancer
The last installment of Nature Video’s Lindau Collection 2014 Features Lorna Stewart following the past, present and future of cancer research. In 1971, the then president of the United States, Richard Nixon, declared ‘war’ on cancer. Since then, billions of dollars have been poured into cancer research worldwide, but a cure for the disease is […]

October 15, 2014

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10:06 PM | Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences that Code for Cancer
It’s no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease – be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer – is often perceived as a risk... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:38 PM | A Wild Idea: Save Tasmanian Devils While Controlling Killer Cats
Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) disappeared from mainland Australia centuries ago, probably not long after humans first brought dingoes to the continent. A new plan could bring the infamous,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:00 AM | Chemical green light helps melanoma spread | Dr Nick Peel
Researchers have identified a chemical that melanoma cells follow when they spread around the body raising the prospect of eventually switching it offFlashing green men and high-pitched beeping ensure that when we cross the road there are plenty of signals to help us. But if these cues fail, it can cause us to hesitate, rush, stop-start or randomly change direction. While the picture is a little more complex in our bodies, our cells too must be able to sense particular signals that point them […]
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5:00 AM | #HEJC for 24/10/2014
The next #HEJC discussion will take place Friday 24th October, at 1pm London time on Twitter. To see what this means for your time zone visit Time.is or join the Facebook event. For more information about the Health Economics Journal Club and how to take part, click here. The paper for discussion is a working […]

October 14, 2014

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5:06 PM | A new map to navigate the epigenetic landscape
Yingming Zhao from the Ben May Department of Cancer Research at UChicago is working to catalog the telltale genetic modifications that could contribute to cancer.
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1:09 PM | Update from the Clinic: September
. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of September. There’s a mixture of news from the cancer stem cell companies and immunotherapy companies this past month. Amongst other things, the FDA removed the previously imposed partial hold on one of OncoMed’s therapeutics; Opexa Therapeutics announced its next therapeutic program; and, Harvard...Read more

October 13, 2014

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7:00 AM | Antiperspirants: Not a cause of breast cancer
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post in which I explained why wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer. After I had finished the post, it occurred to me that I should have saved that post for now, given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The reason is that, like clockwork, pretty…
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6:01 AM | When tumours meet fashion | Esther Baena & Arielle Gogh
When a scientist and a fashion designer get together, they make cancer research tangible. Scientist Esther Baena and fashion designer Arielle Gogh from team Transmutation, Descience, talk about their experienceMy name is Esther Baena and I am a junior group leader conducting cancer research at the CRUK Manchester Institute, UK. I heard about the Descience project and the first ever Descience competition over a glass of wine with friends at a barbecue in Boston, Massachusetts, and my first […]
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6:00 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 13/10/14
Our fortnightly round-up of news from the Wellcome Trust research community… Identifying the genetic factors of height is a tall order An international collaboration of scientists has identified a fifth of the genetic factors that cause height to vary between individuals. A study which examined data on DNA from more than 250,000 people, published in […]
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1:25 AM | Public Health in the News – October 12, 2014
Global HIV-positive individuals may end up needing new organs due to health issues, but they are not eligible for organ transplants. Now, a South African doctor is transplanting organs that have been donated from other HIV-positive patients. The Nobel Prize … Continue reading →
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