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August 30, 2014

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2:32 AM | Pattern recognition: fine-tuning of color differences
Local reorganization of xanthophores fine-tunes and colors the striped pattern of zebrafish Excerpt: “Many animals have evolved a fascinating diversity in their color patterns, which serve as an essential component of their survival strategy.” Reported as: How the zebrafish gets...Read more

August 29, 2014

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6:01 PM | Directing cancer cell migration
PTK7 controls epithelial-cell metastasis
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12:15 AM | Cancer Patient Shows Us Radiation Therapy through a Different Lens
Thomas Ashley, a seasoned Philadelphia filmmaker, has a message for anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the prospect of undergoing radiation therapy: It's not as scary as it seems. He's telling his story in the form of a new video he produced that documents his own experience as a...

August 28, 2014

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7:16 PM | Forming Attachments Near and Far
An unforeseen benefit of living with cancer is the intimacy it creates with individuals we barely know.
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4:19 PM | Superfoods and breast cancer: Study takes a closer look at broccoli and green tea
Could a combination of broccoli sprouts and green tea offer protection against breast cancer — and transform hard-to-treat breast tumors into a type that responds to medication?A series of studies in the lab of UAB biologist Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D., D.O., have generated encouraging findings. Tollefsbol, who is also a senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has shown that mice given sprouts in their chow and green tea polyphenols in their water are protected against tumor […]
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4:16 PM | The immortality enzyme? Telomerase fights aging, fuels cancer
In a lab in the heart of Campbell Hall, UAB biologist Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D., D.O., stores the secret to immortality.Trygve Tollefsbol is a renowned expert on telomerase, an enzyme thatplays crucial roles in determining our lifespans and fueling cancer growth.Telomerase, the enzyme in question, is a quirky character. Even though it is dormant most of the time, it appears to play a key role in all three of Tollefsbol’s main research interests: aging, cancer, and […]

August 27, 2014

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6:41 PM | Americans Clearly Don't Understand How Deadly HPV Is
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America. With the exception of HIV, it is also the most fatal. But for almost a decade, we've had a vaccine that prevents HPV infection and, by extension, the deadly cancers it causes. So why aren't American adolescents getting access to this vaccine?Read more...
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5:12 PM | Cancer policies: Still room for improvement in Illinois
How did Illinois measure up in the American Cancer Society's new report on legislative activity to fight cancer? There's good news and bad news.

August 26, 2014

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8:03 PM | Go ahead, drink your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: cancerpumpkin spice lattestarbucksPeople love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. A lot. This beverage has its own twitter account with nearly 78,000 followers. When Starbucks announced they would start selling this seasonal beverage early, people lost their ...(Read more...)
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7:58 PM | Depression and its impact on prostate cancer treatment
Men who have depression are less likely to undergo more aggressive treatment for prostate cancer, and have worse overall survival rates.
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9:10 AM | DNews: UV Bombardment: The Sun Is Slowly Killing Us
You can run, but you can't hide: We're all getting hit with ultraviolet rays each time we go outdoors -- whether in clouds or sunshine. Trace explains what these killer rays do to our skin.

August 25, 2014

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4:09 AM | Healing Teenage Cancer’s Scars
Even with an excellent chance of being cured, teenagers with cancer face myriad emotional, educational and social concerns, especially missing out on activities and losing friends who can’t cope with cancer in a contemporary.

August 24, 2014

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10:50 PM | Quashing the hollow “polio vaccine causes cancer” myth
The interesting thing about social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Google, reddit) is that it’s fairly easy to push pseudoscientific beliefs. The first problem is that many people read the headlines, and never the underlying discussion. If it can be said in 140 characters, or a misleading infographic, many individuals will share that across the internet […]Continue reading «Quashing the hollow "polio vaccine causes cancer" myth»

August 20, 2014

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1:10 PM | Dr. Frank Arguello doesn’t much like science-based criticism of his atavistic chemotherapy
As I happened to be out last night at a function for my department, I didn’t have the time necessary to lay out a 2,000 word bit of Insolence. I did, however, have time to note that yet another practitioner unhappy with being criticized over his scientifically questionable treatment, in this case, Dr. Frank Arguello,…
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1:10 PM | Dr. Frank Arguello doesn’t much like science-based criticism of his atavistic chemotherapy
As I happened to be out last night at a function for my department, I didn’t have the time necessary to lay out a 2,000 word bit of Insolence. I did, however, have time to note that yet another practitioner unhappy with being criticized over his scientifically questionable treatment, in this case, Dr. Frank Arguello,…

August 19, 2014

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7:00 AM | USA TODAY flubs it big time over right-to-try laws
I hadn’t expected to write about this topic again so soon, but then I didn’t expect a major newspaper to have written such a boneheaded editorial about it. In a way, I hate to write this post, because USA TODAY did great things once. There, Liz Szabo wrote the single best science-based report on cancer…
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7:00 AM | USA TODAY flubs it big time over right-to-try laws
I hadn’t expected to write about this topic again so soon, but then I didn’t expect a major newspaper to have written such a boneheaded editorial about it. In a way, I hate to write this post, because USA TODAY did great things once. There, Liz Szabo wrote the single best science-based report on cancer…

August 18, 2014

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6:27 PM | Gardasil’s safety and effectiveness-Part 47. Long-Term Study
This is my 47th article on the HPV quadrivalent vaccine, also known as Gardasil (or Silgard in Europe), which can prevent infection by human papillomavirus, substantially reducing the risk of several types of cancers.* Forty-seven** articles about Gardasil and the HPV vaccine! You’d think I would be tiring of it by now, but I think that Gardasil (or Silgard) are critically important […]Continue reading «Gardasil's safety and […]
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11:00 AM | Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 2: The cult of “cannabis cures cancer”
About five weeks ago a month ago, I finally wrote the post I had been promising to write for months before about medical marijuana. At the time, I also promised that there would be follow-up posts. Like Dug the Dog seeing a squirrel, I kept running into other topics that kept me from revisiting the…
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11:00 AM | Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 2: The cult of “cannabis cures cancer”
About five weeks ago a month ago, I finally wrote the post I had been promising to write for months before about medical marijuana. At the time, I also promised that there would be follow-up posts. Like Dug the Dog seeing a squirrel, I kept running into other topics that kept me from revisiting the…
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7:16 AM | “Atavistic oncology” revisited: Dr. Frank Arguello responds
The following post will be of a type that I like to refer to as “taking care of business.” That’s not to say that it won’t be, as my posts usually are, informative and entertaining, but it does say that I’m doing it instead of what I had originally had in mind because something came […]
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6:18 AM | Diet and dying: people who ate more fruit and veg were less likely to die
This recent systematic review in the BMJ found that more fruit and veg in the diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes. The post Diet and dying: people who ate more fruit and veg were less likely to die appeared first on The Lifestyle Elf.
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2:03 AM | Fototerapia, un tratamiento que avanza contra el cáncer
Investigadores de la Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica (FFyB) de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) sintetizaron compuestos fotoactivables, derivados de las ftalocianinas, y estudiaron su efecto fototóxico en células tumorales con resultados alentadores. La búsqueda de tratamientos eficaces contra el cáncer y con menos efectos secundarios que afecten la calidad de vida de los pacientes es constante. En la actualidad, el cáncer constituye una de las […]

August 17, 2014

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11:30 PM | This May Be The Most Convincing Sunscreen Advertisement We've Ever Seen
And it's not even technically an ad.Read more...

August 16, 2014

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11:13 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 15/08/2014
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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11:13 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 15/08/2014
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 […]

August 15, 2014

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9:01 PM | Twenty-three years and millions served: CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Next time someone asks you what exactly public health does, repeat this number: 4.3 million. That’s the number of women — mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers, daughters and friends — who might have otherwise gone without timely breast and cervical cancer screenings if it weren’t for public health and its commitment to prevention.
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9:01 PM | Twenty-three years and millions served: CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Next time someone asks you what exactly public health does, repeat this number: 4.3 million. That’s the number of women — mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers, daughters and friends — who might have otherwise gone without timely breast and cervical cancer screenings if it weren’t for public health and its commitment to prevention.
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1:30 PM | Making the Summer Count
Every summer, the news is filled with profiles of summer student programs, and those that are aimed at increased participation by minority students in STEM are no exception. The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program at Penn Medicine is one such program.

August 14, 2014

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8:00 AM | The cruel sham of “right to try” comes to Michigan
There are times when supporting science-based health policy and opposing health policies that sound compassionate but are not are easily portrayed as though I’m opposing mom, apple pie, and the American flag. One such type of misguided policy that I’ve opposed is a category of bills that have been finding their way into state legislatures…
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