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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Micro-RNA May Amplify Effectiveness of Sorafenib in Difficult Liver Cancer Cases

Feb. 17, 2017 — Only 25% of patients respond to sorafenib treatment, so researchers have endeavored to understand its mechanism of action and discover a way to boost its ... read more

Scientists Reveal the Treadmilling Motion of Dividing Bacteria

Feb. 16, 2017 — An international team of scientists using the latest imaging techniques have revealed how bacterial division proteins build a partition wall across the cell, one molecule at a ... read more

More Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Be Able to Avoid Chemotherapy in the Future

Feb. 16, 2017 — Women with early-stage breast cancer who had an intermediate risk recurrence score (RS) from a 21-gene expression assay had similar outcomes, regardless of whether they received chemotherapy, a new ... read more

Genome Analysis Helps Keep Deadly Brain Cancer at Bay for Five Years

Feb. 15, 2017 — An analysis of a patient’s deadly brain tumor helped doctors identify new emerging mutations and keep a 55-year old woman alive for more than five years, researchers ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — New research shows how epithelial cells naturally turn over, maintaining constant numbers between cell division and cell ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Less aggressive cancers are known to have an intact genome--the complete set of genes in a cell--while the genome of more aggressive cancers tends to have a great deal of abnormalities. Now, a new ... read more

Regional Chemotherapy Technique for Extremity Sarcoma Salvages Limbs from Amputation

Feb. 15, 2017 — Patients with a type of advanced malignant cancer of the arms or legs have typically faced amputation of the afflicted limb as the only treatment option. However, a technique that limits the ... read more

Lifetime Weight Gain Linked to Esophageal and Stomach Cancers

Feb. 15, 2017 — People who are overweight in their twenties and become obese later in life may be three times more likely to develop cancer of either the esophagus (food pipe) or upper stomach, according to a ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A combination of drugs known as SMAC Mimetics and immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) amplifies kill rates of cancer tumor cells in laboratory ... read more

Plant-Made Virus Shells Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Cancer Cells

Feb. 15, 2017 — Viruses are extremely efficient at targeting and delivering cargo to cells. Researchers report they have harnessed this well-honed ability -- minus the part that makes us sick -- to develop ... read more

Analyzing Copies of Genes Offers New Treatment Possibilities for Ovarian Cancer

Feb. 15, 2017 — A team of researchers has developed a new tool to analyze an often overlooked aspect of cancer genetics -- an alteration that results in the loss or gain in a copy of a gene. This change, known as ... read more

Tumor-Targeting System Uses Cancer's Own Mechanisms to Betray Its Location

Feb. 15, 2017 — By hijacking a cancer cell's own metabolism, researchers have found a way to tag and target elusive cancers with small-molecule sugars. This opens treatment pathways for cancers that are not ... read more

Scalp Cooling Device May Help Reduce Hair Loss for Women With Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy

Feb. 14, 2017 — Two studies examine hair loss among women with breast cancer who received scalp cooling before, during and after ... read more

Researchers Identify New Process to Raise Natural Armies of Cancer-Targeting T Lymphocytes

Feb. 14, 2017 — A new culture method has been discovered that unlocks the natural fighter function of immune T cells when they are passing through the bloodstream. This allows T cell armies to be raised directly ... read more

Smoking Cessation Counseling Successful When Paired With Lung Cancer Screening

Feb. 14, 2017 — The first successful randomized trial of its kind provides preliminary evidence that telephone-based smoking cessation counseling given to smokers shortly after undergoing lung cancer screening can ... read more

Researchers Identify Phosphorylation Process Vital to Cancer Growth

Feb. 14, 2017 — Scientists have identified a new mechanism that impacts tumor growth. The typical lack of oxygen in tumors doesn't only stimulate proliferation, but also offsets the important role of the ... read more

Limited Evidence That Styrene Causes Cancer

Feb. 14, 2017 — In 2011, the styrene, a high volume plastics chemical and animal carcinogen, was the focal point in a 'poison scandal' in the Danish media. Now a registry study of more than 72,000 ... read more

Radiation Therapy Continues to Be Gold Standard for Palliative Care of Painful Bone Metastases

Feb. 14, 2017 — An updated clinical guideline has been published that underscores the safety and effectiveness of palliative radiation therapy (RT) for treating painful bone ... read more

Esophageal Cancer: Loss of Muscle Mass Represents a Significant Risk to Survival

Feb. 14, 2017 — Esophageal cancer patients who suffer loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) during neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy prior to surgery) survive, on average, 32 months less than patients with no sarcopenia, ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — The older we get, the more our brain ages. Cognitive abilities decline and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or having a stroke ... read more

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