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March 28, 2015

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3:06 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 27/03/2015
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 […]

March 27, 2015

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2:32 PM | Cord-Blood Research Sits Poised for Therapeutic Discovery
Whenever one examines any area of scientific inquiry, there are two important things to understand: where the science is today, and where it may lead us in the future. To examine only the former is... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 26, 2015

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8:18 PM | Glyphosate causes cancer – so do apples
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup)  is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that are known to compete with commercial crops grown around the world. It has several advantages over many herbicides in that it breaks down in the soil into non-toxic organic molecules, reducing or eliminating contamination of groundwater and … Continue reading […]
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6:41 PM | Living With Cancer: Clinical Trials Looking for Patients
A drug obtained through a clinical trial appears to have extended my life. So why do many trials fail to enroll sufficient patients?
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4:37 PM | The science behind the Pedal the Cause cancer research awards
Pedal the Cause announced the cancer research projects that will be funded from last year's cycling fundraiser. The projects are geared toward the steps neede to take discoveries from "bench-to-beside"
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4:29 PM | Inspiring the next generation of cancer researchers to find cancer “CUREs”
The Comprehensive Cancer Center launched a new program to introduce talented students from the Chicago area to cancer research.
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12:15 PM | The quack view of preventing cancer versus reality and Angelina Jolie, part 3
I happen to be in Houston right now attending the Society of Surgical Oncology annual meeting. Sadly, I’m only about 12 miles away from the lair of everybody’s favorite faux clinical researcher and purveyor of a cancer cure that isn’t, Stanislaw Burzynski. Such is life. In any case, this conference is all about cancer and…
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12:15 PM | The quack view of preventing cancer versus reality and Angelina Jolie, part 3
I happen to be in Houston right now attending the Society of Surgical Oncology annual meeting. Sadly, I’m only about 12 miles away from the lair of everybody’s favorite faux clinical researcher and purveyor of a cancer cure that isn’t, Stanislaw Burzynski. Such is life. In any case, this conference is all about cancer and…

March 25, 2015

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9:26 PM | Optimizing Cryopreservation of Ovarian Tissue to Treat Infertility
Treatment optimization for cancer has led to great strides in survival rates. However, for some, a cure will not spell the end of their angst. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can have lasting side effects, and although not all will go on to affect an individual’s long-term health, sequelae such as infertility can be devastating. It is not Read the rest of this article The post Optimizing Cryopreservation of Ovarian Tissue to Treat Infertility appeared first on Accelerating Science.
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5:58 PM | What Doesn’t Kill You . . .
In the words of Bernard Black, this is fantastic. There’s a great article on Vox.com talking about science reporting and why most news reports claiming there’s a new cure for X, or that Z causes cancer, are wrong. And I … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 3: Cannabis does not cure breast cancer
It’s been a while since I discussed medical marijuana, even though it’s a topic I’ve been meaning to come back to since I first dubbed medical marijuana to be the equivalent of herbalism and discussed how the potential of cannabinoids to treat cancer has been, thus far, unimpressive, with relatively modest antitumor effects. The reason…
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11:00 AM | Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 3: Cannabis does not cure breast cancer
It’s been a while since I discussed medical marijuana, even though it’s a topic I’ve been meaning to come back to since I first dubbed medical marijuana to be the equivalent of herbalism and discussed how the potential of cannabinoids to treat cancer has been, thus far, unimpressive, with relatively modest antitumor effects. The reason…
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9:45 AM | How Exercise May Aid Cancer Treatment
A new study in mice raises the possibility that exercise may change the biology of some malignant tumors, potentially making them easier to treat.

March 24, 2015

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7:41 PM | Most published medical research is a failure – it’s not what you think
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Yes, you read that right. This so-called shill for the pharmaceutical industry is calling them as I see them–most published medical research articles present information that is eventually a failure. Now by failure I mean that more often than not, claims that are supported by one or two published articles, rarely lead to a marketed product. I … Continue reading Most published medical research is a […]
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7:19 PM | Angelina Jolie Pitt and the difficult decisions of preventive cancer surgery
Science Life spoke to UChicago Medicine's cancer experts about Angelina Jolie Pitt's announcement that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce her risk for cancer.
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1:00 PM | Angelina Jolie Has Ovaries Removed Over Cancer Fears
Although tests showed she was not in the early stages of cancer, Jolie said she chose to go ahead with the surgery because of her family history.
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10:00 AM | Dr. Hidaeka Tsuda demonstrates that antineoplastons don’t work against colon cancer
Two things have reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve written about Stanislaw Burzynski, nearly five months, to be precise. First, on Wednesday evening I’ll be heading to the city where Burzynski preys on unsuspecting cancer patients, Houston, TX, to attend this year’s Society of Surgical Oncology meeting to imbibe the latest research…
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10:00 AM | Dr. Hidaeka Tsuda demonstrates that antineoplastons don’t work against colon cancer
Two things have reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve written about Stanislaw Burzynski, nearly five months, to be precise. First, on Wednesday evening I’ll be heading to the city where Burzynski preys on unsuspecting cancer patients, Houston, TX, to attend this year’s Society of Surgical Oncology meeting to imbibe the latest research…
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7:01 AM | Ken Burns Presents Cancer
Note: I wrote two posts today to alert readers to two upcoming television events in time for them to plan their viewing. See the second post for an announcement about a film on scientology, along with an article about Scientology’s War on Medicine that I wrote for Skeptic magazine. Ken Burns has made a lot […]
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2:05 AM | Less Aggressive Treatment = Favorable Prostate Cancer Survival
ByThe Toombst A new study finds favorable prostate cancer survival in patients opting for more conservative treatments. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, the risk being exceedingly high in old age. Some more aggressive treatments for the disease can cause serious side-effect like incontinence and impotence which is why it isn’t the preferred option in slow-growing forms of prostate cancer. A new study from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey finds favorable […]
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2:05 AM | Prostate Cancer Treatment Options : Less is More
ByThe Toombst   A new study finds favorable survival in patients opting for more conservative prostate cancer treatment options. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, the risk being exceedingly high in old age. Some more aggressive treatments for the disease can cause serious side-effect like incontinence and impotence which is why it isn’t the preferred option in slow-growing forms of prostate cancer. A new study from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey […]

March 23, 2015

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2:09 PM | What’s in a name? A cancer stem cell by any other name is still a stem cell – or is it?
> I have previously written about the phrase “cancer stem cell,” and how it can be misleading for researchers and the public alike. As scientists, we go through great pains to be specific in our use of ‘cancer stem cell’ (CSC), referring to a cell that possesses the stem cell abilities of self-renewal and multi-lineage...Read more
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2:02 PM | Psychology & Empowering Stress Tools Help Breast Cancer Outcomes
When a person hears they’ve just been diagnosed with any kind of cancer, the last thing running through their mind is taking care of their emotional health. But your emotional and mental well-being is probably just as important a component of any other part of your treatment, it needs your attention. Yet another study has […]
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10:00 AM | On the “right” to challenge a medical or scientific consensus
The major theme of the Science-Based Medicine blog is that the application of good science to medicine is the best way to maintain and improve the quality of patient care. Consequently, we spend considerable time dissecting medical treatments based on pseudoscience, bad science, and no science and trying to prevent their contaminating existing medicine with […]
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9:45 AM | The Road to Cancer Treatment Through Clinical Trials
Few adults with cancer enter clinical trials, even though they are the backbone of today’s successful treatments. But many are available.
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4:59 AM | Public Health in the News – March 22, 2015
Global In many parts of the world, the prevalence of nearsightedness is dramatically increasing. Some studies are linking myopia in children to the amount of time spent outdoors. A quarter of the residents in a town in Kazakhstan have had … Continue reading →

March 20, 2015

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10:00 AM | The New York Times and fear mongering about the Apple Watch and wearable tech: The NYT response
Yesterday, I laid a heapin’ helpin’ of not-so-Respectful Insolence on a hapless—not to mention clueless—tech writer who for some reason wrote an article for the New York Times Styles section. The writer, Nick Bilton, surely deserved it. His article served up a massive pile of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) about radiation from cell phones…
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10:00 AM | The New York Times and fear mongering about the Apple Watch and wearable tech: The NYT response
Yesterday, I laid a heapin’ helpin’ of not-so-Respectful Insolence on a hapless—not to mention clueless—tech writer who for some reason wrote an article for the New York Times Styles section. The writer, Nick Bilton, surely deserved it. His article served up a massive pile of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) about radiation from cell phones…

March 19, 2015

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7:27 AM | The New York Times and fear mongering about the Apple Watch
The New York Times Style Section giveth. The New York Times Style Section taketh away. Last week, The NYT Style Section published an excellent deconstruction of the pseudoscientific activities of Vani Hari, a.k.a. The Food Babe, by Courtney Rubin. Although skeptics might think that it was a tad too “balanced” (as did I), by and…

March 18, 2015

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8:45 PM | No, Wearable Electronics Are Not Like Cigarettes
Today, New York Times tech writer Nick Bilton published a naive essay in the paper's Style section comparing the carcinogenic risk of the Apple Watch to that of cigarettes.
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