News Stories relating to "cancer"
Monday, September 15, 2014
Scientists have discovered that a parasite normally found in cat faeces could help them to formulate a cancer-fighting vaccine.
Though Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a single-celled parasite, is happiest when hanging out in a cat’s intestines, it can live in any warm blooded animal and affects about one-third of the world...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Over the past few decades, the rapid influx of personal cell phones into our daily lives has prompted a debate over their safety which runs on and on. There is barely a single person in the developed world who does not carry a mobile phone; in fact, the number of mobile devices is set to exceed the world's population this year, according to a...
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society's estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are that almost 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year, and almost 30,000 of these men will die. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during...
Friday, March 1, 2013
In a remarkable example of interdisciplinary teamwork, astronomers are helping cancer researchers use computerized stargazing algorithms developed for spotting distant galaxies to identify biomarkers in tumors to determine how aggressive they are
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Working with plastic parts containing BPA--in auto industries, for instance--may make women more vulnerable to breast cancer. Women in Toronto's plastic automotive parts factories have complained about pungent fumes and dust that caused nosebleeds, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
In the November 19th edition of the Toronto Star, Jim...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Oral cancer, anyway. People who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day are at about half the risk of death of these often fatal cancers compared to those who only occasionally or who never drank coffee.
There was a weaker link between decaf and staying cancer free.
In a recent study of almost 100,000...
Thursday, January 10, 2013
What if we could get a vaccine that would prevent us from getting cancer, by causing our immune systems to protect us from it--just like a flu shot does. This may be on the way.
Our immune systems have trouble recognizing cancer cells as dangerous, so it does not act to destroy them. But we may be able to manipulate our body's...
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A recent study showed that postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least 5% of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation--and inflammation leads to cancer.
Researcher Anne McTiernan says, "Both obesity and inflammation have been shown to be related to several types of cancer,...
Thursday, April 26, 2012
People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor in the US. But don't panic--today's dental patients are exposed to lower doses of radiation than in the past.
When researchers studied almost 1,500 brain tumor patients who were diagnosed with...
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Sometimes cures are discovered by accident, as when one medicine not only helps cure the disease it was designed for, but turns out to cure another condition as well. The hair restoring drug Rogaine was one of these--when it was administered to heart patients, they all began to grow (and regrow) hair. Now a cancer drug designed to kill colon...
Monday, October 3, 2011
When WE try to kill them
with chemotherapy and radiation, it results in tough times for the patient. How much easier it would be if we could persuade them to commit suicide. Well, researchers have devised a protein "switch" that instructs cancer cells to produce...
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Being tall has been linked to a greater risk of 10 common cancers, and scientists can't figure out why. They think it might be because tall people have more CELLS which can be invaded by the disease.
For every four inches above five feet in height, a person has a 16% increased risk of coming down with cancer. Statistics show that...
Monday, March 21, 2011
Once cancer (from radiation
or any other source) is diagnosed
, it would be great if only we could convince cancer cells to...
Friday, March 18, 2011
At last--Something other than bad news
about cell phones: An "app" on your iphone can diagnose whether or not you have cancer and is 100% accurate! In Japan, where almost everyone owns a sophisticated phone, this could be a big relief for people who have been...
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Your genes are prehistoric
and cancer is too. This disease is often blamed on modern pollution
, but a new discovery of ancient royal burial site in Russia reveals that...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Stress can make you fat
, and it can do a lot WORSE things too--it can make your cancer spread faster. Chronic stress acts as a sort of fertilizer that feeds the spread of breast cancer. Researchers have discovered that stress is biologically reprogramming the immune cells...
Monday, June 14, 2010
Well, yes and no - Sometimes things aren't they way they seem to be. For instance, we used to be told that diets full of fruits and vegetables will protect us from cancer, but researchers no longer think that's true. Does this mean we should forget about eating a healthy diet?
Not if you want to avoid Alzheimer's:...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
And Vitamin D cheers you up when it's cold - A new study suggests that the more garlic people consume, the lower their chances of developing cancer. This should be a big boon to Italian restaurants! Meanwhile, if you're housebound because the snow and cold are getting you down, our great radio shows can help cheer you up! A...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
AND eat soy! - A lot of natural medicines turn out to be green and one of the best of these is green tea. The recession has something to do with this too: Green tea and soy are the types of foods that women consume who are not in the lowest socio-economic class, which is a group that tries to avoid sugar and processed foods....
Friday, November 6, 2009
What do they have to do with cancer? - In "Through the Looking Glass," written in 1871, Lewis Carroll gives his heroine Alice a ridiculous Victorian-style poem to memorize call "Jabberwocky." One of the lines in it is: "And the mome raths outgrabe." Did he mean MOLE RATS? It turns out these fascinating creatures, who live their...
Friday, August 21, 2009
In Latinos, anyway - Hispanics who move to the US have higher rates of cancer than their relatives who stay home. This may be due to under reporting in their home countries, but it's something that is concerning researchers who are searching desperately for some of the causes of this dreaded disease.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Can a classroom give you cancer? If it contains radiation left over from 100-year-old scientific experiments, it can.
Ernest Rutherford was the first scientist to split the atom?and he may have been indirectly responsible for killing 4 people at a university in the UK.
The building was never tested for radiation and in 1972 it...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
It helps to eat the right foods! - Scientists are about to embark on a human trial to test whether a new cancer treatment will be as effective at eradicating cancer in humans as it has proven to be in mice. The treatment will involve transfusing specific white blood cells, called granulocytes, into patients with advanced forms...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Researchers have found a link between a lack of exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B (UVB), and breast cancer. UVB exposure helps create vitamin D3 in the body, which can you can also get from your diet and from supplements, if you don't have enough chances to get out in the sun. But vitamins may be BAD for you.
Monday, January 7, 2008
As many of you know, Anne and Whitley recently experienced the death of a friend from colon cancer. It turns out that a married couple who sailed from England to America around 1630 may be the ancestors of hundreds of people alive today who are at risk for a hereditary form of colon cancer that may contribute to a significant percentage of...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Four years ago, we reported that women who worked the night shift seem to get more breast cancer. It will now be a relief to many workers to learn that a new study shows that working nights DOES NOT promote cancer.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
To avoid Alzheimer's, eat like an Italian. This can help prevent cancer too! And an apple a day?or at least an apple PEEL a day?may help keep cancer away.
Researchers have identified a dozen compounds in apple peel that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures. Food science researcher Rui Hai Liu says, "We found that...
Monday, July 9, 2007
Almost all of us have lost friends and parents to cancer. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can prolong a patient's life, but now there's hope for a real CURE to this dreaded disease.
Scientists have learned how to create stem cells from human fat and turn them into "suicide genes" that seek out and destroy tumors like tiny homing...
Friday, May 25, 2007
We know that smoking leads to cancer, but bad behavior in general?eating too much and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol?can bring on that dreaded disease as well.
In the Independent, Sadie Gray writes that obesity is getting so common in the UK that it has become a "cancer time bomb." She writes that, ?Research has shown up to 40% of...
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The war against cancer may finally be won. Scientists have discovered a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their immortality. And it's a drug that has ALREADY been used for years, so doctors know it's safe. Other researchers are trying to use one deadly disease against another?HIV cells to kill cancer.