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How scientists built a ‘living drug’ to beat cancer

August 7th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

IN 2010, EMILY Whitehead was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of certain cells in the immune system. THIS IS THE most common form of childhood cancer, her parents were told, and Emily had a good chance to beat it with chemotherapy. Remission rates for the most common variety were around 85 percent. It […]



The U.S. is purging Chinese cancer researchers from top institutions

June 25th, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

  The NIH and the FBI are targeting ethnic Chinese scientists, including U.S. citizens, searching for a cancer cure. Here’s the first account of what happened to Xifeng Wu. The dossier on cancer researcher Xifeng Wu was thick with intrigue, if hardly the stuff of a spy thriller. It contained findings that she’d improperly shared […]



MIT AI model is ‘significantly’ better at predicting breast cancer

May 13th, 2019 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

The model can find breast cancer earlier and eliminates racial disparities in screening. MIT researchers have invented a new AI-driven way of looking at mammograms that can help detect breast cancer in women up to five years in advance. A deep learning model created by a team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial […]



Advance in CAR T-cell therapy eliminates severe side effects

April 27th, 2019 at 3:12 am » Comments Off

Scanning electron micrograph of a human T lymphocyte (also called a T cell) from the immune system of a healthy donor. Credit: NIAID An advance in the breakthrough cancer treatment known as CAR T-cell therapy appears to eliminate its severe side effects, making the treatment safer and potentially available in outpatient settings, a new USC […]



Cause of cancer is written into DNA of tumors, scientists find, creating a ‘black box’ for origin of disease

April 22nd, 2019 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Cancer causes the genetic code of DNA to change and the alterations can now be read The cause of cancer is written into the DNA of tumors, scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough which could finally show how much disease is attributable to factors like air pollution or pesticides. Until now the roots of many […]



Device spots cancer in a single blood drop

March 6th, 2019 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

  A new ultrasensitive diagnostic device could allow doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma, report researchers. The device could lead to timelier interventions and better outcomes for patients. The “lab-on-a-chip” for liquid biopsy analysis detects exosomes—tiny parcels of biological information tumor cells produce to stimulate tumor growth or metastasize.



Researchers successfully turn breast cancer cells into fat to stop them from spreading

January 22nd, 2019 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have been able to coax human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells in a new proof-of-concept study in mice. To achieve this feat, the team exploited a weird pathway that metastasising cancer cells have; their results are just a first step, but it’s a truly promising approach. When you cut your finger, […]



Lasers cure nearly 50% of patients with prostate cancer in new study

December 20th, 2018 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Experts have honed a cutting-edge method to kill off tumors with less damage to healthy cells. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and STEBA Biotech have announced the success of the unique method they developed to fight prostate cancer. This treatment, which the group of expects called “transformative,” has shown promising results. […]



Scientists develop 10-minute universal cancer test

December 14th, 2018 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of dividing breast cancer cells. Inexpensive procedure shows whether patient has cancerous cells in the body, but does not reveal where or how serious it is. Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream. The cheap and simple test uses a […]



Scientists genetically modify virus to kill cancer cells

November 26th, 2018 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

A genetically modified virus that kills cancer cells and destroys their hiding places has been developed by British scientists. It targets both cancer cells and healthy cells that are tricked into protecting the cancer from the immune system.



The end of chemotherapy? Scientists discover all cancerous cells have a KILL CODE that can be triggered without the gruelling treatment

November 7th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Researchers at Northwestern University found that our cells can kill themselves Currently, this is triggered by disease itself or the artificial use of chemotherapy Now, experts believe the ‘kill codes’ could be synthetically duplicated for use Every cell in the human body contains a ‘kill code’ which can be triggered to cause its own self-destruction. […]



Study: Almost half of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings

October 31st, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine, 42% of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings in two years because of treatment. The same study found that 62% of cancer patients are in debt because of their treatment.



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