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August 30th, 2014 at 8:10 am

New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors

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Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them.

An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer Center shows the prospect of that being a realistic scenario may not be far off.

 

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August 18th, 2014 at 10:51 am

Scientists develop new blood test that could detect any type of cancer

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The simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients.

British scientists have developed a revolutionary new blood test that could detect any type of cancer. It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies.

 

 

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July 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Top 10 ways nanotechnology is transforming the world around us

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Nanotechnology might be outside your window at this very moment in the form of a gecko-like human scaling a self-cleaning, nano-enhanced solar window.

A pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles that can help you ascend a 25-foot sheet of glass might not seem like the most impressive use of nanotechnology but this real-world advance aptly demonstrates how quickly the field of nanotechnology is climbing into our lives. Below are ten additional examples of how nanotechnology is already changing the world, followed by 10 ways it may help society scale even greater heights in the near future.

 

 

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February 17th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

High-tech glasses help surgeons see cancer

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The glasses are designed to make it easy for surgeons to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have developed high-tech eyewear that helps surgeons detect cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed using the special glasses.

 

 

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September 23rd, 2013 at 10:56 am

Cancer care in the U.S. is failing

Communication is the key when it comes to cancer care.

A new report has been released recently by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)  on the state of cancer care in the United States.   The IOM is a non-profit, non-governmental advisory group.  To get on one of their advisory boards you have to be a national, if not international, expert in whatever field is being studied. According to the cancer advisory board, the state of cancer care in the United States is abysmal.

 

 

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August 8th, 2013 at 10:03 am

71% of Americans believe artificial limbs will perform better than natural limbs by 2050

Americans have faith in the advancement of human technology.

A Pew Research Center report offers a fascinating look at Americans’ views on aging — and on, specifically, the practice known as “radical life extension.” The survey found that most American adults don’t believe that such life extension capabilities will be generally feasible in the near future: 73 percent of them answered no when asked whether the average person would live to be 120 years old by the year 2050.

 

 

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July 25th, 2013 at 8:30 am

Cold caps may prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Hospital staff help a patient put on a cold cap.

What is the first thing most patients undergoing chemotherapy want to know? Oncologist Susan Melin of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina told the Associated Press that often, her patients ask first about hair loss. “It’s not, ‘Is this going to cure me?’ It’s, ‘Am I going to lose my hair?’” she said.

 

 

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July 22nd, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Injectable ‘smart sponge’ for controlled insulin delivery

The sponge-like matrix surrounds a reservoir of insulin or other drugs.

A new drug delivery technique has been developed by researchers for the treatment of diabetes in which a sponge-like material surrounds an insulin core.

 

 

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October 31st, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Cancer comes in more shades than just pink: Studies

We have even more reason to understand breast cancer as multiple diseases.

Every year we go though a full month of pink, pink and more pink, all in the name of “breast cancer awareness.” What once was a health-related cause has become the feel-virtuous-and-buy-stuff season wedged between back-to-school and holiday gift giving.

 

 

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October 30th, 2012 at 8:40 am

Three out of four terminal cancer patients believe a cure is possible

A large majority of patients who receive this news don’t fully comprehend it, or perhaps willfully choose to ignore it.

Often times doctors are called on to deliver bad news to patients.  And when they deliver that news it doesn’t get much worse than hearing a diagnosis of an advanced-stage cancer for which there is no cure.

 

 

 

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