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Synthetic RNAs Designed to Fight Cancer

December 6, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

In search of better cancer treatments, researchers have designed synthetic molecules that combine the advantages of two experimental RNA therapies.                             

Grape Seed Extract Component Effective Against Cancer Cells

December 5, 2013 12:53 pm | News | Comments

The most active component of grape seed extract, B2G2, induces the cell death known as apoptosis in prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed, according to a new study.                   

Prostate Cancer Stem Cells Are a Moving Target

December 4, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered how prostate cancer stem cells evolve as the disease progresses, a finding that could help point the way to more highly targeted therapies.                       


High Cholesterol Fuels the Growth, Spread of Breast Cancer

December 3, 2013 12:10 pm | Videos | Comments

A byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers, researchers report.                            

Better Predictor for Breast Cancer Risk Developed

November 27, 2013 11:24 am | News | Comments

Epidemiologists have designed a better method to quantify a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, according to researchers.                                   

Negative BRCA Test May Not Always Imply Lower Cancer Risk

November 27, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

Women who are members of families with BRCA2 mutations but who test negative for the family-specific BRCA2 mutations are still at greater risk for developing breast cancer compared with women in the general population, according to a new study. 

High-fat Diet Speeds Breast Cancer Development

November 26, 2013 11:32 am | News | Comments

New findings show that eating a high-fat diet beginning at puberty speeds up the development of breast cancer and may actually increase the risk of cancer similar to a type often found in younger adult women.            

Killer Cocktail Fights Brain Cancer

November 25, 2013 2:53 pm | News | Comments

A novel immune-boosting drug combination eradicates glioblastoma brain cancer in mice, according to a new study.                                        


Allergies Linked to Increased Blood Cancer Risk

November 25, 2013 2:45 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists looking into the interplay of the immune system and cancer have found a link between a history of airborne allergies– in particular to plants, grass and trees– with risk of blood cancers in women.         

Aging Cells Could be Cause of Late-life Cancers

November 25, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Cancers that occur in later life could be down to the way our cells age, according to a new paper that says some cancers could be caused by older cells bypassing the switch that tells them to stop growing.              

Team Creates 'Synthetic Antibodies'

November 25, 2013 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Chemical engineers have developed a novel way to generate nanoparticles that can recognize specific molecules, opening up a new approach to building durable sensors for many different compounds.                

Study Reveals Insights into Cancer Cell Movement

November 21, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

Using Drosophila melanogaster, researchers discovered that during multiple cell migrations a single cell can act as leader, dragging the others with it.                            

Strategy Targets 'Undruggable' Cancer Protein

November 21, 2013 10:27 am | News | Comments

The protein in cells that most often drives the development of cancers has eluded scientists’ efforts to block it for three decades– until now.                                


Nuts Can Lower Cancer, Heart Death Risk

November 20, 2013 6:34 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.               

New Brain Cancer Target May Lead to Better Drugs

November 20, 2013 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The deadliest brain cancer requires grueling treatment with bleak prospects for survival. Now, researchers have discovered a key component to how these aggressive tumors grow that could lead to better solutions.              

Low-fat Diet Changes Prostate Cancer Tissue

November 19, 2013 2:10 pm | News | Comments

Men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements had lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances in their blood and a lower cell cycle progression score— a measure used to predict cancer recurrence— than men who ate a typical Western diet, researchers found.

Scientists Finally ID Which Prostate Cancers are Life Threatening

November 19, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that the presence of a specific protein can distinguish between prostate cancers that are aggressive and need further treatment from those that may never seriously harm the patient.             

Manipulation of Protein Could Help Stop Spread of Cancer Cells

November 18, 2013 2:28 pm | News | Comments

Understanding how and why cancer cells move away from their original location is important to find ways to stop the spread of the disease. New findings reveal how a protein, called ‘PRH’, is normally able to prevent cells from unnecessary migration. It is likely that this protein is less effective in cancer cells allowing the cells to venture away.

Body’s Natural Defense Carries Early Warning System for Recurring Cancers

November 18, 2013 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have found that the immune system’s behavior can act as an early warning alarm that detects cancer recurrence, and this could offer a chance for pre-emptive treatment before the disease takes hold for the second time. The study, in mice, involved researchers looking for early signs of the immune response ‘kicking in’ indicating that the cancer was once more awake.

Scientists Fingerprint Single Cancer Cells to Map Cancer’s Family Tree

November 18, 2013 1:51 pm | News | Comments

A new method to take the DNA fingerprint of individual cancer cells is uncovering the true extent of cancer’s genetic diversity, new research reveals. The technique can identify the founding mutations from which a tumor evolved and then uses computer software to draw a map of the cancer’s family tree.

Mutations of Immune System Found in Breast Cancers

November 18, 2013 1:27 pm | News | Comments

Mutations in the genes that defend the body against cancer-related viruses and other infections may play a larger role in breast cancer than previously thought. A researcher looked at the DNA sequences of breast cancers from 21 different women and found mutations in genes involved in immunity in every one of them. The mutations were each different, but all would have affected some aspect of pathogen recognition and defense.

Two-step Method Promising in Pancreatic Cancer Fight

November 15, 2013 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new technique for fighting deadly and hard-to-treat pancreatic cancer that uses two different types of nanoparticles, the first type clearing a path into tumor cells for the second, which delivers chemotherapy drugs. 

Some Investigational Cancer Drugs Can Fuel Tumor Growth

November 12, 2013 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Researchers studying how cancer spreads into bone have made a surprising discovery that suggests several investigational anti-cancer therapies just entering the drug-development pipeline may not have the desired effect.         

One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Be Enough to Prevent Cervical Cancer

November 4, 2013 1:48 pm | News | Comments

Women vaccinated with one dose of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine had antibodies against the viruses that remained stable in their blood for four years, suggesting that a single dose of vaccine may be sufficient to generate long-term immune responses and protection against new HPV infections, and ultimately cervical cancer.

Implantable Sensor Paves Way to Long-term Monitoring

November 4, 2013 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Nitric oxide (NO) is one of the most important signaling molecules in living cells, carrying messages within the brain and coordinating immune system functions. In many cancerous cells, levels are perturbed, but very little is known about how NO behaves in both healthy and cancerous cells.

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