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NIH Study Finds MYC Cancer Protein Boosts Expression of Genes Rather Than Turning Them on or Off

image Researchers at National Institute of Health looking into why a protein called MYC leads to a number of cancers found that instead of behaving like other cell growth regulators by turning genes on or off, the protein boosts the expression of the genes that are already turned on. These findings, which will be published in iCell/i on Sept. 28, could lead to new therapeutic strategies for some cancers. "We carried out a highly sophisticated analysis of MYC activity i...
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Breakthrough on Immune System and Brain Tumors Made by Barrow Researchers

image A team of researchers has discovered that the immune system reacts differently to different types of brain tissue, shedding light on why cancerous brain tumors are so difficult to treat. The researchers are from Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona State University. This research could be a breakthrough in the treatment of deadly brain tumors. The large, two-part study, led by Barrow research fellow Sergiy Kushchayev, MD under the guidance of Dr. Mark Preul, Director of Neurosu...
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Colorectal Cancer Gene Database can Help Researchers Identify Direction of Further Studies

image A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals that researchers studying colorectal cancer can take advantage of the CRCgene database to accurately interpret the risk factors of the disease and provide further insight into the direction of additional research. Approximately 950,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year. The risk of developing the disease also increases with age, and as life expectancy rises, the incidence continues to ...
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Study Finds Ways To Reduce Acrylamide Levels in French Fries

image A new study has found the process for preparing frozen, par-fried potato strips - distributed to some food outlets for making french fries - can influence the formation of acrylamide in the fries that people eat. The study identifies potential ways of reducing levels of acrylamide, which the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer regard as a "probable human carcinogen." The study is published in ACS' iJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry/i. b...
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Chewing Paan With Tobacco can Cause Cancer

image Smokeless tobacco products in paan can cause cancer, warns an English advisory body. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued new guidelines aimed at helping people in South Asian communities to stop using smokeless tobacco products, the BBC reported. NICE says too often people using these products are ignorant that they contain tobacco. Awareness is also low among health professionals, it said. And, unlike cigarett...
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Women Exposed To Severe Hunger At Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

image A new researched has tied severe hunger to breast cancer risk. The study finds that exposure to severe hunger during World War Two raises Jewish women's risk of developing breast cancer. The study also found that women who were up to seven-years-old during that period had a three times higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who were aged 14 years or over. Sixty-five women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2005 and 2010 were compared with 200 controls witho...
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Simple Blood Test for Cancer Developed

image A simple and more accurate blood test to detect the beginning stages of cancer has been developed by Kansas State University researchers. In less than an hour, the test can detect breast cancer and non-small cell lung cancer-the mostcommon type of lung cancer-before symptoms like coughing and weight loss start. The researchers anticipate testing for the early stages of pancreatic cancer shortly. The test was developed by Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, a...
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New Imaging Technology Gives New Ways to Diagnose, Treat Breast Cancer

image Tufts University School of Engineering is developing a new optical imaging technology that could give doctors new ways to both diagnose breast cancer and monitor individual patients' response to initial treatment of the disease. A five-year clinical study of the procedure, funded by a (Dollor) 3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is in progress at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The non-invasive technology uses near infrared (NIR) light to scan breast tissue, and then a...
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New Method for Early Diagnosis of Spread of Cancer Developed

image Making use of nanotechnology, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a new method through which malignant cells that travel down the bloodstream and spread the cancer by growing in new locations can be detected more quickly, thus allowing for early diagnosis and more effective treatment. A team of scientists, engineers and students across five disciplines built nanochains that home in on metastases before they've grown into new tissues, and, through magnetic r...
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Prostate Cancer Treatment Predicts Erectile Dysfunction

image Following the radiation therapy for prostate cancer, 12 DNA sequences were identified that may help doctors determine which men will suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). Identifying these patients in advance of treatment may better inform men and their families as to which prostate cancer treatments are best for their specific cancer and lifestyle, according to a study to be published online September 27, 2012, in advance of the October 1, 2012 print issue, in the iInternational...
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