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Selenium cuts down risk of cancer

Selenium cuts down risk of cancerLondon, July 31 - The body uses selenium, a mineral vital for good health, to make 'selenoproteins' which protect cells from damage. The mineral's consumption cuts down chances of developing pancreatic cancer, says a UK study.

Experts say that depleting soil selenium levels, thanks to intensive farming methods and fertilisers, are affecting the food chain, diets and the risk of disease.

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Heartburn pills could increase cancer risk: Study

Heartburn pills could increase cancer risk: StudyLondon, July 24 - A class of drugs that bring instant relief from heartburn could actually increase your chances of getting cancer, according to a study.

It suggests that if you take the drug, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), for more than a year - the risks can include infections, cancer and heart disease.

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Childhood obesity linked to bladder, urinary cancer

Childhood obesity linked to bladder, urinary cancerTel Aviv, July 24 - Obesity in childhood has a direct link with bladder and urinary tract (urothelial) and colorectal cancers in adulthood, warn Israeli researchers.

Hence, maintaining a healthy weight has become a dire necessity. Besides extra pounds are tied to the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and joint and muscle pain.

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Vitamin E lowers liver cancer risk

Vitamin E lowers liver cancer riskWashington, July 19 - Greater intake of Vitamin E either as part of the diet or through supplements lowers the risk of liver cancer, new research shows.

Vitamin E is fat-soluble and acts as an antioxidant. Numerous studies have suggested that Vitamin E may also prevent DNA damage.

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Abused kids face elevated cancer risk as adults

Abused kids face elevated cancer risk as adultsWashington, July 18 - Frequent abuse by a parent can elevate a child's cancer risk in adulthood - especially when mothers abuse daughters and fathers their sons, a new study says.

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Cancer ‘smart bomb’ delays tumour growth in mice

Cancer ‘smart bomb’ delays tumour growth in miceLondon, July 16 : A capillary "smart bomb" that simultaneously attacks cancer and boosts the immune system has been successfully tested in the US.

The tiny hollow spheres, called nanolipogels (NLGs), become trapped in leaky tumour blood vessels, where they unleash an anti-cancer drug. At the same time the spheres release a protein that triggers the body's own defences.

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New cancer treatment technique `may solve combined drug therapy puzzle`

New cancer treatment technique `may solve combined drug therapy puzzle` London, July 16 : Researchers have developed a novel system to simultaneously deliver a sustained dose of both an immune-system booster and a chemical to counter cancer's secretions.

This resulted in a powerful therapy that delayed tumour growth, sent tumours into remission and dramatically increased survival rates in mice.

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US pushing India to hike cancer drug price

US pushing India to hike cancer drug priceWashington, July 13 - Even as President Barack Obama is plugging his signature law to lower health care costs at home, his administration is pressurising India and other countries to impose higher prices even for lifesaver cancer drugs.

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Multidrug approaches could make cancers manageable in few decades

Multidrug approaches could make cancers manageable in few decades London, July 12: A new study has detailed how resistance to targeted drug therapy emerges in colorectal cancers and described a multidrug approach to treatment that could make many cancers manageable, if not curable.

A Harvard researcher studying the evolution of drug resistance in cancer says that, in a few decades, "many, many cancers could be manageable."

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‘Master switch’ drug could treat different cancers

‘Master switch’ drug could treat different cancersLondon, July 11 : An experimental `master switch' drug could be effective against a wide range of cancers, a new study has revealed.

The enzyme-blocking drug, called a kinase inhibitor, targets a number of pathways that manage the growth and death of cancer cells.

It acts like several different drugs working at the same time.

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Sunburn `may clean up cells with genetic damage before becoming cancer`

Sunburn `may clean up cells with genetic damage before becoming cancer` London, July 9 : The biological mechanism of sunburn - the reddish, painful, protective immune response from ultraviolet (UV) radiation - is a consequence of RNA damage to skin cells, a new study has found.

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Single cancer cell can produce up to 5 daughter cells

Single cancer cell can produce up to 5 daughter cellsWashington, July 6 : During the process of mammalian cell division, or mitosis, a mother cell divides equally into two daughter cells, according to conventional biology.

But when it comes to cancer, say UCLA researchers, mother cells may be far more prolific.

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Japanese touch therapy eases pain in cancer patients

Japanese touch therapy eases pain in cancer patientsWashington, July 5 - Cancer patients experience easing of side-effects such as pain and nausea after a single session of Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese touch therapy, says a study.

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`Death carrot` could help treat cancer

 `Death carrot` could help treat cancerLondon, June 30 : A pretty yellow Mediterranean plant, sometimes called the "death carrot", is being developed into a potential new drug for treating cancer by an international team of researchers.

Even though Thapsia garganica plant looks innocent enough, it contains thapsigargin and is highly toxic to sheep and cattle.

This lethal plant could find a new use by targeting and killing cancer cells.

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`Smart bomb` to directly target cancer and `leave healthy ones alone`

`Smart bomb` to directly target cancer and `leave healthy ones alone`London, June 30 : Scientists have invented a "smart bomb" that boosts the potency of drugs against cancer.

The tiny device, which is being developed by British scientists at the University of Edinburgh, carries minute amounts of the metal palladium encased in a harmless capsule.

The "smart bomb" treatment delivers powerful poisons directly to cancer cells while leaving healthy ones alone.

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Kerala leads in head and neck cancers

Kerala leads in head and neck cancersThiruvananthapuram, June 23 - Kerala has one of the highest reported incidences of head and neck cancers, which constitute over 30 per cent of all cancers in the Indian subcontinent, said experts here in a press release Saturday.

Subramania Iyer, director of the Head and Neck Institute at Kochi's Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, identified tobacco use as the major cause of head and neck cancers.

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Baby's cancer removed while in mother's womb

Baby's cancer removed while in mother's wombLondon, June 23 - An unborn baby girl in the US was detected with an extremely rare cancerous tumour in the mouth, but doctors successfully removed it in one of the world's first such surgeries in the womb.

Leyna Gonzalez was born healthy five months later, The Sun reported.

She is now nearly two years old, and the only sign of cancer is a tiny scar on her mouth.

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Multiple sclerosis patients at lower risk of cancer

Multiple sclerosis patients at lower risk of cancerWashington, June 22 : Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appear to have a lower cancer risk, a new research has revealed.

The study is the first to investigate overall cancer risk in MS patients in North America.

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7 cups of tea per day ups prostate cancer risk by 50pc

7 cups of tea per day ups prostate cancer risk by 50pc London, June 19 : Men who drink lots of tea are far more likely to develop prostate cancer, a new study has revealed.

Researchers found that those who drank seven or more cups a day had a 50 per cent higher risk of contracting the disease than men who had three or fewer.

The warning comes after scientists at the University of Glasgow tracked the health of more than 6,000 men for four decades.

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Spray tanning could cause cancer, docs warn

Spray tanning could cause cancer, docs warn Melbourne, June 14 : Spray tans, which are used by many as a safer alternative to sunbeds, may create serious health problems including cancer, scientists have warned.

Those seeking a bronzed skin tone without exposing themselves to harmful radiations could instead be at risk from the main ingredient in sprays, which is potentially harmful if inhaled.

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Diesel exhaust causes cancer, warns WHO

Diesel exhaust causes cancer, warns WHOJohannesburg, June 13 : The World Health Organisation's (WHO) cancer research agency classified diesel engine exhaust as cancer-causing on Tuesday, and urged action to reduce human exposure to it.

In 1988, the IARC had classified diesel exhaust as "probably" carcinogenic.

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Ginseng can help cut cancer-related tiredness

Ginseng can help cut cancer-related tirednessLondon, June 5 : Ginseng, which has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural energy booster, helps long-term cancer patients fight off the tiredness caused by the condition, according to a new study.

Researchers found high doses of the herb American ginseng over two months reduced cancer-related tiredness in patients more effectively than a placebo.

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Aspirin’s ‘triple whammy’ effect against cancer identified

Aspirin’s ‘triple whammy’ effect against cancer identifiedLondon, June 1 : Aspirin has "triple whammy" cancer-busting properties, according to two ground-breaking studies.

The studies show that not only does it protect against the disease, it can also trigger a "double hit" on existing cancer cells.

The findings suggest that a daily, low-dose aspirin pill could be taken to help ward off cancer, in the same way that it is currently prescribed to protect against heart disease.

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Daily yoga or 20 mins of walking may benefit cancer patients

Daily yoga or 20 mins of walking may benefit cancer patientsWashington, May 31 : Researchers are working toward being able to prove, with scientific certainty, that prescriptions for daily yoga or 20 minutes of walking will likely extend a cancer patient's survival.

But several studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center have suggested that knowing how to develop and apply specific exercise programs (dose and timing to achieve a certain outcome) is a realistic goal.

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Soon, blood test to check whether cancer treatment is working

London, May 31 : A simple blood test is set to revolutionise cancer care by showing patients whether their treatment to reduce tumours is working, say scientists.

British researchers have devised a way of closely monitoring the progress of tumours without the need for surgery or scans.

For the first time, they used blood analysis to detect deadly mutations in 20 of 38 patients studied with breast and ovarian cancer.

They even managed to build up a picture of how one woman's breast cancer responded to different treatments over 16 months.

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