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January 27, 2015

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8:00 AM | Mishtakes Were Made: Another Misguided Cancer Testimonial
An economic analyst, Mike “Mish” Shedlock, wrote a blog post to describe how he beat prostate cancer. When laymen and patients write about cancer, they are likely to get some things wrong. Mish’s story is full of typical misunderstandings and misinterpretations. He interpreted his experience in his own way and did his own research into […]
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8:00 AM | Another Misguided Cancer Testimonial
An economic analyst, Mike “Mish” Shedlock, wrote a blog post to describe how he beat prostate cancer. When laymen and patients write about cancer, they are likely to get some things wrong. Mish’s story is full of typical misunderstandings and misinterpretations. He interpreted his experience in his own way and did his own research into […]

January 26, 2015

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10:39 PM | Targeting protein could improve diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma
Researchers develop new probe to measure MALT1 activity that may improve diagnostic and therapeutic tools for autoimmune disorders.
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6:22 PM | Protein Innovation Unboils Eggs
A new technique could streamline protein manufacturing relied upon to make cancer antibodies.
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6:02 PM | The Future of Cancer Care Starts Here
What will the future of cancer care be like, and how will we get there? The 2014 Annual Report of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a glimpse into the large and bold-scale initiatives that are ushering in a new era of personalized medicine.
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5:29 PM | Poisoned Synapses not Crocodile Bile the Likely Killer of Mozambique Beer Drinkers
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8:30 AM | An aboriginal girl dies of leukemia: Parental “rights” versus the right of a child to medical care
One topic that keeps recurring and obligating me to write about it consists of critically analyzing stories of children with cancer whose parents, either on their own or at the behest of their child, stop or refuse chemotherapy or other treatment. It is, sadly, a topic that I’ve been discussing for nearly a decade now, […]

January 23, 2015

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2:39 AM | White Blood Cells Promote Tumor Growth
ByThe Toombst New research finds that white blood cells promote tumor growth. Neutrophils, a common white blood cell, consist of several subtypes that can accelerate the growth of tumors and fight them! Neutrophils are the most common white blood cell. It accounts for between 50 an 70% of circulating white blood cells. As you might already know, the role of these white blood cells is to fight invading pathogens protecting the body from harm. Neutrophil reacts to a hostile invader by […]

January 22, 2015

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5:45 PM | Double public goods games and acid-mediated tumor invasion
Although I’ve spent more time thinking about pairwise games, I’ve recently expanded my horizons to more serious considerations of public-goods games. They crop up frequently when we are modeling agents at the cellular level, since interacts are often indirect through production of some sort of common extra-cellular signal. Unlike the trivial to characterize two strategy […]

Peña, J., Lehmann, L. & Nöldeke, G. (2014). Gains from switching and evolutionary stability in multi-player matrix games., Journal of Theoretical Biology, 346 23-33. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24380778

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12:00 PM | Biobanks Facilitate Gains in Lung Cancer and COPD Research
Researchers regularly rely on biobank samples to monitor disease states in individuals as well as within a population. As Fehniger et al. 1 explain, biobanking has led to improvements in lung cancer diagnostics and treatment. The researchers point out that lung cancer samples can pose a challenge for biobanking. In particular, it can be difficult Read the rest of this article The post Biobanks Facilitate Gains in Lung Cancer and COPD Research appeared first on Accelerating Science.
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10:45 AM | Living With Cancer: Coming to Terms
The paucity of words at my disposal to talk about my cancer stymies me; I am grateful that patients have begun to create them.
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10:30 AM | Coffee May Cut Melanoma Risk
Drinking coffee is associated with a slightly reduced risk for skin cancer, a new study has found.

January 21, 2015

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10:35 PM | The dangers of e-cigarette vapors–updated research
Over the past few years, electronic cigarettes (often called a personal vaporizer, e-cigarette, or many other trendy descriptions–I’ll abbreviate them as EC, just to save space) have become a popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They originally were developed as a tool to quit cigarette smoking, which is factually linked to lung cancer and other respiratory […]Continue reading «The dangers of e-cigarette vapors–updated research»
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4:16 PM | Cancer is not a merciful killer – the research billions are well spent
Contrary to Dr Richard Smith’s piece in the BMJ last month, the psychological effects of cancer and the toll of chemotherapy make it a far from ideal way to die“Cancer is the best way to die,” declared Dr Richard Smith in an article in the BMJ last month. And what’s more, we should “stop wasting billions” trying to cure it. As an oesophageal cancer survivor of nine years – and now a terminal pancreatic cancer patient – I was deeply offended by […]
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4:16 PM | Cancer is not a merciful killer – the research billions are well spent
Contrary to Dr Richard Smith’s piece in the BMJ last month, the psychological effects of cancer and the toll of chemotherapy make it a far from ideal way to die“Cancer is the best way to die,” declared Dr Richard Smith in an article in the BMJ last month. And what’s more, we should “stop wasting billions” trying to cure it. As an oesophageal cancer survivor of nine years – and now a terminal pancreatic cancer patient – I was deeply offended by […]
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1:55 PM | Coffee May Protect Against Some Skin Cancers
People who drink coffee regularly may be protected against malignant melanoma, the leading cause of skin-cancer death in the U.S.
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11:00 AM | Artificial alcohol – a Nutts’ idea?
We recently reported the development of a drug in Huddersfield* that could alleviate the neurodegenerative effects of binge-drinking. While this would be a welcome treatment for people who regularly drink to excess (in particular teenagers, with their still-developing brains), wouldn’t it be even better if we could avoid the toxic effects of alcohol in the […]

January 20, 2015

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7:50 PM | Antibodies Stops Blood Vessel Growth
ByThe Toombst Stemming cancer’s blood flow. New research have identified ten artificial antibodies that stops blood vessel growth close to cancer tumors. Cancer, a disease notoriously hard to cure since its made of the cells of our own body. Many new therapies is developed against the disease each year. Some recent ones’ of not includes nanoparticles of heavy metals and immunotherapy. One therapy gaining popularity in the last decade is stopping the formation of new blood vessels, […]
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2:59 PM | Myths about Cancer
My Dear Sexy Reader,Today, I've decided to be a bit lazy in the writing department. But it's only because in doing my research I came across this article on emedecinehealth.com that I thought was perfect.The original article is actually part of a Cancer file where you can found amazing information on about anything you've always wondered about cancer. Here it is:Cancer Myths and Reality Myth #1Progress for people with advanced cancer has been so slow because there is a conspiracy between […]
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1:00 PM | No, Wi-Fi exposure is not killing your kids
Last week a blog post at Forbes on Wi-Fi devices went viral. That post, by fellow Forbes contributor Robert Szczerba, claimed that Wi-Fi exposures from cell phones, iPads, microwave ovens, and other mobile devices are "more dangerous to kids than previously thought."Szczerba claimed that Wi-Fi devices might be causing cancer, especially in children." It was illustrated with a photo of a toddler playing with a tablet PC, possibly an iPad.Well, that got some attention.The problem is, it's all […]
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1:00 PM | Luck is on their side in “bad luck” cancer study
. Before you read my blog, I recommend that you first read Sara Nolte’s blog “Bad luck, bad science, or bad reporting?” In it, Sara does an excellent job explaining and commenting on Drs. Cristian Tomasetti’s and Bert Vogelstein’s study “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell...Read more
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8:27 AM | A tale of two unnecessarily doomed aboriginal girls with leukemia
I’m depressed and angry as I write this. The reason for this is simple. I hate it when cancer quacks claim the lives of patients with cancer, particularly patients who were eminently treatable for cure. It’s happened again, and it makes me sad. Florida cancer quack Brian Clement has claimed the life of Makayla Sault,…
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5:20 AM | U.S. workers remain at risk from potentially deadly paint-removers
If you’re in the market for a paint remover and head to your local hardware store, most of the products you’re likely to find will contain methylene chloride. These products carry hazard warnings that say “Danger!” and “Poison” along with cautionary statements about the chemical’s nervous system effects and the possibility that exposure can cause blindness, birth defects, cancer and respiratory harm. But there’s little – if anything – […]
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5:20 AM | U.S. workers remain at risk from potentially deadly paint-removers
If you’re in the market for a paint remover and head to your local hardware store, most of the products you’re likely to find will contain methylene chloride. These products carry hazard warnings that say “Danger!” and “Poison” along with cautionary statements about the chemical’s nervous system effects and the possibility that exposure can cause blindness, birth defects, cancer and respiratory harm. But there’s little – if anything – […]
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2:27 AM | R.I.P. Makayla Sault
The First Nations girl with leukaemia who had refused to continue her course of chemotherapy and instead elected to be treated with blatant pseudoscience in Florida has passed away. She was 11 years old when the story was first reported half a year ago. The typical question one gets when criticizing wishful thinking and pseudoscience is, … Continue reading →
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2:07 AM | UPDATED – the inevitable: Aboriginal rights trump necessary treatment for child with leukemia in Canada
A sad but expected ending to this story about a child who refused treatment for leukemia. Makayla Sault, girl who refused chemo for leukemia, dies Makayla Sault, the 11-year-old girl who refused chemotherapy to pursue traditional indigenous medicine and other alternative treatments, has died. She died Monday after suffering a stroke Sunday. In an interview… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Hospital fights parents to continue chemo for leukemia victim (UPDATE: Reconsider) Family […]

January 19, 2015

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1:00 PM | Bad luck, bad science, or bad reporting?
. If you’ve been on the Internet at all in 2015, you’ve probably stumbled across headlines like “Two-thirds of cancers are due to ‘back luck,’ study finds” (CBSNews), “Most cancers are caused by bad luck not genes or lifestyle say scientists” (The Telegraph), “Cause of cancer revealed: majority of cases down to ‘bad luck’ rather...Read more

January 18, 2015

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2:48 PM | TWiV 320: Retroviruses and cranberries
On episode #320 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries. You can find TWiV #320 at www.twiv.tv.

January 16, 2015

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5:40 PM | ‘Bad luck’ of random mutations plays predominant role in cancer
A statistical model has been created that measures the proportion of cancer incidence, across many tissue types, caused mainly by random mutations that occur when stem cells divide. By this measure, two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues can be explained primarily by “bad luck,” when these random mutations occur in genes that can drive … Continue reading →
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1:19 AM | How Vitamin D May Fight Colon Cancer
Vitamin D may interact with the immune system to prevent the growth of colorectal malignancies.
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