Brain Tumours

'Trojan horse' technique could sound death knell for brain tumors

'Trojan horse' technique could sound death knell for brain tumorsWashington, Aug 13 - Scientists have come up with a technology called 'Trojan horse', which involves inserting nano-particles into brain in order to beat the tumour cells.

The ground-breaking technique, which had been successfully tested, could eventually be used to treat glioblastoma multiforme, which is the most common and aggressive brain tumour in adults, and notoriously difficult to treat.

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New target for therapy found in brain tumours

New target for therapy found in brain tumoursWashington, July 2 : Researchers have found a potential target for therapy in a kind of adult brain tumour that promises to pave the way for treatment of other type of cancers as well, says a study.

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Mobile phones can cause brain tumours, Italian court rules

Mobile phones can cause brain tumours, Italian court rulesLondon, October 19 : Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that use of mobile phones can cause brain tumours in a landmark case.

And experts have predicted a flood of legal actions from other victims, the Sun reported.

Italian businessman Innocente Marcolini, 60, was diagnosed with a brain tumour after using his mobile phone at work for up to six hours a day for 12 years.

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Gene variant that ups risk of brain tumours discovered

Gene variant that ups risk of brain tumours discovered London, August 27 : People who carry a "G" instead of an "A" at a specific spot in their genetic code have roughly a six-fold higher risk of developing certain types of brain tumours, a new study has found.

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Allergies linked to lower risk of brain tumours

Allergies linked to lower risk of brain tumoursWashington, Aug 6 - Allergies may be linked to lower risk of brain tumours known as gliomas, especially among women, suggests a new US research.

It also bolsters scientists' belief that something about having allergies or a related factor lowers the risk for this cancer, which can potentially suppress the immune system and allow tumours to grow. A brain glioma causes headaches, nausea and vomiting.

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Genes behind common childhood brain tumour identified

Genes behind common childhood brain tumour identified London, July 23: Researchers have identified several gene mutations responsible for the most common childhood brain tumor, called medulloblastoma.

The findings by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital add evidence to the theory that the diagnosis is a group of genetically distinct cancers with different prognoses.

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Bad cholesterol feeds brain tumours

Bad cholesterol feeds brain tumoursLondon, Sep 16 : Bad cholesterol fuels the growth of the commonest type of brain cancer, glioblastoma, just as hormones drive the growth of certain breast and prostate cancers.

Glioblastomas are also the most aggressive and difficult to treat, with an average survival rate of 15 months from diagnosis.

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New find: brain tumours in fruit fly mimic genetic program of germline cells

New find: brain tumours in fruit fly mimic genetic program of germline cellsWashington, Dec 25: Scientists have discovered that some brain tumours in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster mimic the genetic program of germline cells to grow.

And removing some of these genes leads to healthy brains.

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Aggressive surgery best for kids with brain tumors

 Aggressive surgery best for kids with brain tumors Washington, Nov 23 : Children with low-grade brain tumors (gliomas) who undergo aggressive surgery to completely remove the tumour have an increased chance of overall survival, according to Mayo Clinic study.

If complete removal is not possible, adding radiation therapy to a less complete surgery provides patients with the same outcomes as a complete removal.

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Do cell phones really increase brain tumour risk?

Washington, Oct 21 : An editorial by a neurosurgeon at Lake Forest Hospital has delved into the biggest scientific concerns of recent times- Do cell phones increase brain cancer risk?

Pawl has called for major research initiatives to assess the possibility that using cellular phones may lead to an increased risk of brain tumours.

The editorial states that recent studies have raised concerns that long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields (ELF) from cell-phone handsets can increase the risk of brain cancers and other nervous system tumours.

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Brain malfunction linked with borderline personality disorder identified

Washington, Aug 8 : Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine have identified a brain malfunction associated with borderline personality disorder.

The researchers describe this malfunction as a serious but common mental illness that affects a person''s perceptions of the world and other people.

"This may be the first time a physical signature for a personality disorder has been identified," said Dr. P. Read Montague, professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the BCM Brown Foundation Human Neuroimaging Laboratory.

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Balanced diet quadruples survival chances after traumatic brain injury

Washington, July 2 : Following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), patients should be given nutritional supplementation through a gastric feeding tube as soon as possible, for it can improve their chances of survival by as much as four-fold, suggests a new study.

Clinician-scientists from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center are suggesting an immediate addition of the change in guidelines used in the care of patients with TBI.

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Too much alcohol can cause permanent brain damage

Brain TumorWashington, June 18 : You might not just realize this while downing a mug of chilled beer on a summer afternoon, but a new study has revealed that too much alcohol can cause permanent damage to brain.

The study has shown that too much alcohol can also cause brain injury and degeneration by inhibiting insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)

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Common virus may serve as target for deadly brain tumour vaccine

Common virus may serve as target for deadly brain tumour vaccineWashington, May 18 : Researchers at the Duke’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center have found that by targeting a common virus, doctors may be able to prolong the lives of patients suffering from the most prevalent and deadly type of brain tumour.

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Scientists highlight brain differences in infants with auditory processing problems

BrainWashington, April 11: Rutgers University researchers have found in a study of infant brains that babies who struggle to process tiny auditory differences like “ba” and “da” sounds seem to be using different brain areas, and perhaps different analysis strategies to accomplish the task, as compared to children who do not have such difficulties.

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Humans and chimps’ communication based on similar brain patterns

Washington, Feb 29 : Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have found that humans and chimps share similar brain patterns when communicating.

They found that an area of the brain involved in the planning and production of spoken and signed language in humans plays a similar role in chimpanzee communication.

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Gene's 'Jekyll and Hyde' role in brain cancer discovered

Washington, February 7Brain Cancer: While many scientists believe that disrupted activity of a gene called STAT3 leads to the brain cancer glioblastoma, Harvard Medical School researchers have found that the same gene plays the role of a tumour suppressor in certain cases.

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Radiation seed, chemotherapy wafer implants combo may treat cancerous brain tumours

Brain TumoursWashington, Jan 20: Dual implantation of radiation seeds and chemotherapy wafers following surgery may help treat cancerous brain tumours, according to a new study.

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Scientists zero in on three-drug cocktail “crystal ball” against brain tumors

Brain TumorsWashington, Jan 1: Researchers at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have proposed a suited-to-all, three-drug cocktail treatment for a type of brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

Though the prognosis of this type of tumor is difficult, two drugs out of the three have already been developed and work for developing the third is underway.

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Cannabinoids can inhibit tumor cell growth in highly invasive cancers

Brain TumorWashington, Dec 26 : A new study has found that Cannabinoids, the active components in marijuana, may aid in inhibiting tumor cell growth in highly invasive cancers.

Although, Cannabinoids are used in reducing the side effects of cancer treatment, such as pain, weight loss, and vomiting, evidences indicate that they might even help in suppressing tumor invasion.

The cellular mechanisms behind this process are still not known.

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Cancer stem cells that may be the cause of brain tumours

Brain TumorWashington, Dec 22: Stem cells - commonly known as a source of biological rejuvenation – might be responsible for the growth and spread of cancer, for scientists have located cancer stem cells amongst the wildly dividing cells of a tumour.

Currently, researchers from the Weill Cornell Medical College are studying these cells with hopes of combating malignant cancers in the brain.

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