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Breast Cancer Progression Blocked by Red Wine Compound

Breast Cancer Progression Blocked by Red Wine Compound

Here's some breast cancer news to tip your wine glass to. Research appearing in The FASEB Journal demonstrates that a healthy red wine compound known as resveratrol stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking estrogen growth effects. This new finding was a result of joint collaboration ... Read More


Cancer Death Risk Raised by Hypertension

Cancer Death Risk Raised by Hypertension

A large study has determined that hypertension is connected with an increased risk for cancer mortality. Hypertension has also been found to increase the risk for developing cancer, though the latter effect is only significant in the male population. Read More


Adult Weight Gain Raises Risk for Endometrial Cancer

Adult Weight Gain Raises Risk for Endometrial Cancer

Gaining weight during adulthood can raise postmenopausal women's risk for endometrial cancer compared with women who had little weight fluctuation. This is according to data from the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort. Read More


Cancer Patients Often Encounter Vitamin D Deficiency

Cancer Patients Often Encounter Vitamin D Deficiency

Over 75% of cancer patients lack sufficient levels of vitamin D, with the lowest levels associated with more advanced forms of cancer, according to a study presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Read More


Federal Panel Discourages Use of PSA-Based Screening

Federal Panel Discourages Use of PSA-Based Screening

A federal panel known as the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has given a strong recommendation against PSA-based screening for detection of prostate cancer. The panel states that the recommendation applies to adult American males that display no symptoms indicative of prostate cance... Read More


A Benchmark in the Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

A Benchmark in the Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia can be successfully treated without cranial radiation through a carefully personalized chemotherapy regimen, according to investigators from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Radiation of the brain was once the standard method of treatment for ALL to... Read More


Gene Increases Drinkers' Susceptibility to Colon Cancer

Gene Increases Drinkers' Susceptibility to Colon Cancer

Nearly one in five Americans possesses a gene variant that increases their risk of colon cancer about two to three times if they are relatively heavy drinks, according to recent research. Study co-author Helmut Seitz says that if someone is a chronic alcohol drinker and fit a certain genetic p... Read More


Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Used on Brain Tumors

Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Used on Brain Tumors

A fine dust of iron oxide targets brain cancer cells in mice and dramatically lengthens the animal's life, a new study shows. And when the nanoparticles are coated with an antibiotic agent, the beneficial effect is even more dramatic. The dust, because it is magnetic, has the added advantage o... Read More


Viruses Eradicate Cancer Cells, Not Healthy Tissue

Viruses Eradicate Cancer Cells, Not Healthy Tissue

Researchers have genetically engineered a new strain of virus that seeks out and destroys cancer cells while leaving normal, healthy cells alone. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic developed the genome of the oncolytic (or cancer dissolving) virus to recognize the so-called microRNAs of normal tiss... Read More


Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - Overview

Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - Overview

Unlike normal blood cells, leukemia cells don't die when they should. They may crowd out normal white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. This makes it hard for normal blood cells to do their work. Read More


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