Cancer

Cancer-related protein that may play key role in Alzheimer’s identified

Cancer Alzheimer’s identifiedWashington, Feb 29 : Researchers at the University of South Florida and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville have revealed that a cancer-related protein may play a critical role in Alzheimer's disease.

The protein, called Akt is known to increase cancer cell survival and has become a target in the development of some cancer-inhibitor drugs.

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Genetic cancer link between humans and dogs discover

Washington, Feb 29: Oncologists at the University of Minnesota and North Carolina State University have found one more association between dogs and humans other than friendship and companionship —the same basis for certain type of cancers.

They said that the similarities and genetic links between canine and human cancers may provide crucial insights to help fight the disease.

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Stress linked to cancer progression

Stress linked to cancer progressionWashington, Feb 28 : A new study from Tel Aviv University has found that stress plays a crucial role in cancer progression even if the primary tumour has been removed through operation.

The study led by Prof. Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu has shown that stress before, during and after surgery impairs immune system functioning and leads to cancer recurrence.

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Half a million cancer deaths have been averted since early 90s

American Cancer Society.Washington. February 20 : The incidences of cancer deaths have decreased by 18.4 per cent among men and 10.5 per cent among women in the US since the early Nineties, according to figures released by the American Cancer Society.

‘Cancer Statistics 2008’ suggests that more than half a million cancer deaths have been averted since mortality rates began to decline in the early 1990s.

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Diet deficient in vitamins may lead to cancer, obesity

Diet deficient in vitamins may lead to cancer, obesityLondon, Feb 18 : According to an American researcher a diet with a chronic deficiency of vitamins and other "micronutrients" might lead to the onset of contemporary ills like cancer, obesity and the degenerative diseases of ageing.

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Stress may boost cervical cancer risk in women

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Washington, Feb 16 : A new study at the Fox Chase Cancer Centre has found that stress may increase the risk of developing cervical cancer in women.

Cervical cancer is caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV) subtype, HPV 16 that spread during sexual intercourse.

The study led by Carolyn Y. Fang hypothesized that stress could lead to alterations in immune functioning.

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Israeli scientist links heavy cell phone usage with cancer

Cell PhoneWashington, Feb 15: In a new study, an Israeli scientist has found that those indulging in heavy cell phone usage were prone to a higher risk of benign and malignant tumors of the salivary gland.

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Olive compound may prevent cancer

Olive compound may prevent cancerWashington, Feb 14: Researchers at the University of Granada have discovered a compound in olives that can help in preventing cancer.

Maslinic acid is a compound present in the leaf and the olive skin wax extracted from alpeorujo (crushed olive pulp) that can regulate cancer cell growth and prevents their appearance.

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Stem cell studies give further clues to cancer proliferation and potential treatments

Washington, FebruaryCancer Cells 14: Swiss scientists are studying stem cells to deepen their understanding of how cancer cells grow and how they can be killed, while a UK research team has achieved a breakthrough in understanding the cause of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer.

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How breast and ovarian cancers may become resistant to therapy

London, February 11: Ovarian CancerScientists have discovered that mechanism by which found out breast and ovarian cancers caused by a faulty BRAC2 gene may develop resistance to treatment.

The researchers say that the faulty BRAC2 gene renders cells unable to repair damaged DNA, which can lead to them becoming cancerous.

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Infertility raises risk of testicular cancer in men

Washington, Feb 8:Testicular Cancer Men with a history of infertility are at an increased risk of developing testicular cancer, says a new study.

The researchers analyzed the medical records of male partners among 51,000 couples and identified men of infertile couples not necessarily men with male factor infertility.

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‘Sunshine vitamin’ may help prevent cancer

Washington, Feb 7 : ‘Sunshine vitamin’ may help prevent cancerA researcher at Dalhousie University has claimed that a vitamin D pill could block the development of some cancers, strengthen bones, prevent multiple sclerosis and alleviate winter depression.

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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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Protein linked with Down Syndrome may help treat breast cancer

Washington, Feb 5: Breast CancerResearchers at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have found that a protein long suspected to play a role in Down Syndrome might also contribute to treating breast cancer.

It is already known that Down Syndrome is caused when an individual has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, giving them a total of three instead of the normal chromosome pair.

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Mobiles, deodorants and coffee won’t cause you cancer

Mobiles, deodorants and coffee won’t cause you cancerMelbourne, Feb 4: People can now breathe a sigh of relief for a new report designed to combat urban myths has found that mobile phones, coffee and deodorants are not likely to cause cancer.

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Genetic alteration behind prostate cancer in mice and man confirmed

Washington, Jan 29: Prostate CancerResearchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, have confirmed that a molecular change found in human prostate cancers is responsible for initiating the growth of prostate cancer in mice and in human cell lines.

The study was led by Valeri Vasioukhin, Ph. D., and Peter Nelson, M. D., both investigators in the Human Biology Division at the Hutchinson Center.

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Now, a medical imager to spot extra small breast cancer tumours

Washington, Jan 29: A medical imager to spot extra small breast cancer tumoursResearchers have developed a new medical imager for detecting and guiding the biopsy of suspicious breast cancer lesions.

This device has the potential to spot tumours that are half the size of the smallest ones detected by standard imaging systems, according to the team.

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Small tumours linked to higher likelihood of surviving pancreatic cancer

Washington, Jan 29: Pancreatic CancerA recent study, led by an Indian researcher, has revealed that the chances of surviving pancreatic cancer significantly increases if the tumours are smallest.

Dr Banke Aggarwal, Associate Professor of gastroenterology at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, found that smaller the tumour, the better are the chances of survival.

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2 microRNAs behind tumours’ deadly spread identified

London, Jan 29: Scientists at the Winstar Institute have found two microRNAs (miRNAs) - miR-373 and miR-520c - that promote the spread of tumors, or metastasis.

Amongst the two, miR-373 may also give prior warning of metastatic breast cancer and the requirement for a hard-line treatment.

It has been shown that, if the translation of tumor suppressor genes is blocked, miRNAs will make possible the development of many types of cancer.

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Farmers working with manure less prone to cancer risk

Farmers working with manure less prone to cancer riskWellington, Jan 28: Farmers can breathe a sigh of relief, for scientists have found that working with manure can drastically reduce chances of developing lung cancer.

It has been reported that dairy farmers were five times less prone to contract the disease than the general population.

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Study on cell division may pave way for future cancer therapy

Cancer TherapyLondon, January 23: A cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia is carrying out a study to gain deep understanding about the process of cell division, as he believes that it may pave the way for a potential cancer therapy.

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Study calls for weighing pros and cons of prostate cancer drug before use

prostate cancer drugWashington, January 21 : Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center say that men should weigh the potential benefits as well as side effects of a drug called finasteride before relying on it as a preventative medicine for prostate cancer.

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Prostatitis may affect 50% of all US males during their lifetimes

UrologyWashington, Jan 19 : Estimates have revealed that the number of males in the U. S. who will experience Prostatitis during their lifetime has gone up to 50 pct, indicating that the infection has become one of the most common urologic diseases in the country.

According to many urologic disease experts, around 5 to 10 pct American males are experiencing prostatitis at a particular time.

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New non-invasive technique for quick, painless diagnosis of surface cancers

CancerWashington, Jan 19 : A QUT medical physics researcher has devised a new non-invasive diagnostic technique that can help in quick and painless detection of surface cancers.

The technology, developed by Jye Smith from QUT's School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, is currently employed by gyms to calculate body composition.

Smith has developed this new diagnostic technique using bioimpedance spectroscopy to diagnose cervical and skin cancers.

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Molecule crucial in activating innate immune response identified

CancerLondon, Jan 17: Researchers at the German Cancer Research Centre have found a new molecule that plays a vital role in activating the innate immune response from a fly to humans.

The study led by Dr. Michael Boutros of the German Cancer Research Centre along with a team from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Strasbourg was conducted in fruit flies with the help of RNA interference (RNAi) method.

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