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May 3, 2016

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May 3, 2016

New Procedure Could Improve Success Rate of Cell Transplant to Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Apr. 4, 2016 — New research suggests pretreating cells with a peptide hormone may improve the success rate of pancreatic islet cell transplants, a procedure that holds great promise for curing Type 1 ... read more

Protecting the Pancreas: Compound Fights Fibrosis in Animal Model

Mar. 22, 2016 — Scientists identify a group of proteins as new and important players in the mechanism that causes pancreatic fibrosis. Pancreatic fibrosis -- or the formation of scar tissue in the pancreas -- is ... read more

Neutralizing Tumor Acidic Environment Improves Immune-Targeting Therapies

Mar. 17, 2016 — Cancer cells have the ability to grow in an acidic tumor environment that is detrimental to other cells, including immune cells. In a new article, researchers have reported that neutralizing the ... read more

Drug Combination Shuts Down Cancer Stem Cells, Tumor Growth in Aggressive Lung Cancer

Mar. 14, 2016 — Researchers have shut down one of the most common and lethal forms of lung cancer by combining the rheumatoid arthritis drug auranofin with an experimental targeted ... read more

Mar. 9, 2016 — What do cancer cells and a runny nose have in common? Researchers say the answer may hold the key to making cancer treatment better. They have discovered a new gene target -- a chink in pancreatic ... read more

Immune Therapy Breaks Down Wall Around Pancreatic Tumors for Chemo to Attack

Feb. 29, 2016 — In a new preclinical study, researchers have uncovered the poorly understood mechanics of how macrophages can be “re-educated” by an experimental immune therapy to help tear down the scaffolding ... read more

Pancreatic Cancer: Major Breakthrough in Our Understanding of the Mechanisms of the Disease

Feb. 25, 2016 — Pancreatic tumors often lose the ability to express a small ribonucleic acid molecule called miR-137, a recent breakthrough has shown. The loss of miR-137 works in conjunction with various mutations ... read more

Noninvasive Way to View Insulin in Pancreas

Feb. 24, 2016 — Scientists can now see exactly how much insulin was present in the pancreas of a living animal. The researchers genetically engineered a mouse that makes the protein that the body uses to produce ... read more

Study Finds Mechanism by Which Obesity Promotes Pancreatic and Breast Cancer

Feb. 12, 2016 — Investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of obesity to promote cancer progression. The study focused on the effects of obesity on pancreatic and breast cancer, since more ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — A natural extract derived from India's neem tree could potentially be used to treat pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. Researchers tested nimbolide, a compound found in neem leaves, ... read more

Researchers Urge Further Study on Long-Term Safety of Promising Diabetes Drug

Feb. 11, 2016 — A drug used by people with type 2 diabetes to regulate blood sugar led to pancreatic beta cell burnout in mice exposed to high doses over a period of six months. The study adds to the continuing ... read more

Device Hits Pancreatic Tumors Hard With Toxic 4-Drug Cocktail, Sparing the Body

Feb. 8, 2016 — An implantable device can deliver a particularly toxic cocktail of drugs directly to pancreatic tumors to stunt their growth or in some cases, shrink them -- all while showing signs that the rest of ... read more

Scientists Make an Important Contribution to Decoding the Language of Cells

Jan. 27, 2016 — There are astonishing similarities between molecular mechanisms in neural stem cells and pancreatic islet cells, new research shows. This may lead to new forms of therapy, particularly for ... read more

How Certain Drugs Alter Metabolism of Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Jan. 21, 2016 — Cancer drugs known as CDK4/6-inhibitors alter the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells, revealing a biologic vulnerability that could be exploited for therapeutic gain, researchers have ... read more

No Benefit for Diabetes Drug in Pancreatic Cancer, Preclinical Study Finds

Jan. 19, 2016 — The diabetes drug metformin failed to show any benefit against pancreatic cancer, despite excitement about the drug for its potential anti-cancer benefits, report scientists. They believe the study ... read more

How Diabetes Drug Metformin Inhibits Progression of Pancreatic Cancer

Jan. 14, 2016 — Investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of the diabetes drug metformin to inhibit the progression of pancreatic cancer. In their report, the research team describes ... read more

Radiation an Important Addition to Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Candidates

Jan. 5, 2016 — Radiation therapy was associated with a lower risk of cancer recurrence in pancreatic cancer surgery patients, making it, like chemotherapy, an important addition to treatment, new research found. ... read more

Magnesium Intake May Be Beneficial in Preventing Pancreatic Cancer

Dec. 18, 2015 — Researchers have found that magnesium intake may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer. Using information from the VITamins and Lifestyle study, the study analyzed data on more than 66,000 ... read more

Pancreas Cancer Liquid Biopsy Flows from Blood-Borne Packets of Tumor Genes

Dec. 17, 2015 — Pancreatic cancer tumors spill their molecular secrets into the blood stream, shedding their complete DNA and RNA wrapped inside protective lipid particles that make them ripe for analysis with a ... read more

When Cancer of Unknown Origin Strikes, Patient's Family Members Face Increased Risk

Dec. 17, 2015 — Cancer usually begins in one location and then spreads, but in 3 percent to 5 percent of cancer patients, the tissue where a cancer begins is unknown. Family members of patients with cancers of ... read more

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