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New device detects tumor cells in blood

New device detects tumor cells in blood

Researchers at the URV’s Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, led by the ICREA researcher, Ramon Álvarez Puebla, and the professor of Applied Physics, Francesc Díaz, and the Department of Clinical Oncology of the HM Torrelodones University Hospital, have patented a portable device that can detect tumor cells in the blood. The device counts the […]

Cancer now more common than getting married or having a first baby

Cancer now more common than getting married or having a first baby

Developing cancer is now more common than getting married or having a first baby, research suggests. Analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support shows there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK, the most recent figures available, compared to 289,841 marriages. New cancer cases are also as common as graduating from university, and more common than a […]

FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer. On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and drug market issued warning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, […]

How hype can mislead cancer patients, families

How hype can mislead cancer patients, families

After Michael Uvanni’s older brother, James, was diagnosed with a deadly form of skin cancer, it seemed as if everyone told the family what they wanted to hear: Have hope. You can beat this, and we are here to help. The brothers met with doctors at a half-dozen of the country’s best hospitals, all with […]

Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancer

Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancer

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Detecting cancer early, just as changes are beginning in DNA, could enhance diagnosis and treatment as well as further our understanding of the disease. A new study by University of Illinois researchers describes a method to detect, count and map tiny additions to DNA called methylations, which can be a warning sign […]

Wistar Scientists Reveal the Role of a Telomere Capping Complex in Cancer

Wistar Scientists Reveal the Role of a Telomere Capping Complex in Cancer

PHILADELPHIA — (April 10, 2017) — Scientists at The Wistar Institute have unveiled part of the protein complex that protects telomeres—the ends of our chromosomes. The study, published online in Nature Communications, explains how a group of genetic mutations associated with this protein complex contributes to various cancers. Telomeres are the protective structures at the […]

Cancer commandeers immature immune cells to aid its spread

Cancer commandeers immature immune cells to aid its spread

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More typically, these immature immune cells might help us fight cancer, but scientists have now shown cancer can commandeer the cells to help it spread. Cancer uses myeloid-derived suppressive cells, or MDSCs, that come from the bone marrow, like a support system to successfully metastasize, report scientists at the Georgia Cancer Center at […]

Scientific Discovery Opens New Possibilities for Cancer and Fibrosis Treatment

Scientific Discovery Opens New Possibilities for Cancer and Fibrosis Treatment

Researchers from the Turku Centre for Biotechnology (BTK) in Finland have discovered that a cellular fuel sensor, known to control energy processes in the cells, is involved in the regulation of the contact of cells with their surrounding environment. This unexpected link could help scientists better understand life-threatening diseases, such as cancer and tissue fibrosis. […]

Drugs Widely Used in Cancer Therapy Increase Toxicity of Chemotherapy in Mice

Drugs Widely Used in Cancer Therapy Increase Toxicity of Chemotherapy in Mice

A short-term fast appears to counteract increases in blood sugar caused by common cancer drugs and protect healthy cells in mice from becoming too vulnerable to chemotherapy, according to new research from the University of Southern California. Valter Longo, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology professor and director of the USC Longevity Institute, examined the […]

Mass. General/Broad Institute study charts single-cell composition of two major types of brain tumor

Mass. General/Broad Institute study charts single-cell composition of two major types of brain tumor

Detailed analysis of two brain tumor subtypes has revealed that they may originate from the same type of neural progenitor cells and be distinguished by gene mutation patterns and by the composition of their microenvironments. The results of a study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard […]

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