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July 27, 2015

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July 27, 2015

Gene Therapy May Improve Survival of Patients With Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

July 27, 2015 — Use of gene therapy to deliver a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive organs may improve the survival of patients with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy, ... read more

In CRISPR Advance, Scientists Successfully Edit Human T Cells

July 27, 2015 — Scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9. Because these immune-system cells play important roles in a wide range ... read more

Understanding Why Some Latina Women Discontinue Participation in Cancer Prevention Outreach

July 24, 2015 — It has long been known that rates of breast and cervical cancer screening among Latinas are low compared to rates for U.S. women overall. A new study found that age and fear of cancer diagnosis are ... read more

New Method to Halt the Advance of Liver Cancer

July 23, 2015 — Drugs targeting the lymphotoxin-beta receptor may improve liver cancer treatment, a new study suggests. The findings could provide new treatment strategies for the disease, which is the third leading ... read more

Two Classes of Inexpensive Generic Drugs Can Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths, New Research Shows

July 23, 2015 — Two different classes of drugs, aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates, can each improve survival prospects for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, two recent studies indicate. Moreover, ... read more

Researchers Discover New Role for Protein in Cell Division

July 23, 2015 — Pharmaceutical sciences researchers have discovered a protein's previously unknown role in cell division. The well known protein ATF5 controls how often specific genes are copied from DNA. But ... read more

Improved Outcomes Associated With Stem Cell Transplantation for Children With Serious Chronic Leukemia

July 23, 2015 — Researchers have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia ... read more

Access Denied: Leukemia Thwarted by Cutting Off Link to Environmental Support

July 23, 2015 — A protein's critical -- and previously unknown -- role in the development and progression of acute myeloid leukemia, a fast-growing and extremely difficult-to-treat blood cancer, has been ... read more

Chemotherapy and Quality of Life at the End of Life

July 23, 2015 — Chemotherapy for patients with end-stage cancer was associated with worse quality of life near death for patients with a good ability to still perform many life functions, according to an ... read more

Researchers Decode Molecular Action of Combination Therapy for a Deadly Thyroid Cancer

July 23, 2015 — In their bid to find the best combination of therapies to treat anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), researchers have demonstrated that all histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are not created ... read more

Novel Algorithm Identifies DNA Copy-Number Landscapes in African American Colon Cancers

July 23, 2015 — The algorithm ENVE could be the Google for genetic aberrations. The findings about the algorithm distinguishes “noise” from real evidence, as well as some genetic characteristics of colon cancer ... read more

First Genetic Test Developed to Predict Tumor Sensitivity to Radiation Therapy

July 23, 2015 — Advances have been made in cancer care with the development of the first test that analyzes the sensitivity of tumors to radiation therapy. Researchers discovered that colon cancer metastases have ... read more

Leading Experts Prescribe How to Make Cancer Drugs More Affordable

July 23, 2015 — A group of 118 of the nation's leading cancer experts have drafted a prescription for reducing the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a patient-based grassroots movement demanding ... read more

Additional Radiation Reduces Breast-Cancer Recurrence for Some Patients

July 22, 2015 — A reduction in breast cancer recurrence has been observed by researchers when additional radiation is given to the lymph nodes as well as the standard treatment of whole-breast irradiation after ... read more

Experimental Drug Could Treat Hot Flashes, Other Symptoms of Menopause Without Harmful Side Effects

July 22, 2015 — Researchers have discovered an experimental medication that treats hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms without the life-threatening risks of hormone replacement therapy, according to a ... read more

Programming Adult Stem Cells to Treat Muscular Dystrophy and More by Mimicking Nature

July 22, 2015 — Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult to control. Scientists now report a new way to mimic the ... read more

Important Molecule in Ovarian Cancer

July 22, 2015 — An important new target for ovarian cancer therapy has been identified by scientists. Contrary to current research, this new study found that LKB1 is an important molecule in the cancer's ... read more

Poor Survival in Multiple Myeloma Patients Linked to Genetic Variation

July 22, 2015 — Multiple myeloma patients with a genetic variation in the gene FOPNL die on average 1-3 years sooner than patients without it. The finding was identified with a genetic mapping technique, genome wide ... read more

'Cancer Driver Gene' Reduces Metastasis in Prostate Cancer

July 22, 2015 — A gene that is responsible for cancer growth plays a totally unexpected role in prostate cancer. The gene Stat3 is controlled by the immune modulator interleukin 6 and normally supports the growth of ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Scientists have exploited the light of fireflies in a new method that detects biological molecules without the need for complex devices and high costs. The researchers were able to add a small ... read more

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