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A Real-Time Blood Test for Cancer Tumors

February 27, 2015

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A Real-Time Blood Test for Solid Lung Cancer Tumors

A newly published study from Yale University shows that liquid biopsies offer a real-time blood test for solid lung cancer tumors. In the rapidly changing world of molecular profiling for genetic diseases, cancer researchers are increasingly optimistic about the reality of a simple blood test to monitor and treat solid tumor cancers. Recent studies show […]

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3D Vaccine Spontaneously Assembles to Fight Cancer, Infectious Diseases

February 9, 2015

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3D Vaccine Delays Tumor Growth in Mice

Researchers have developed a new 3D vaccine that spontaneously assembles to provide a more effective way to harness the immune system to fight cancer as well as infectious diseases. The vaccine spontaneously assembles into a scaffold once injected under the skin and is capable of recruiting, housing, and manipulating immune cells to generate a powerful […]

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Ultrasound Can Detect Cancers Missed by Mammography

February 9, 2015

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Untapped Potential for Supplementing Mammography

New research shows that a supplementary screening with ultrasound can detect cancers missed by mammography, and reveals that women with dense breast tissue can benefit from this extra screening. The purpose of screening examinations for breast cancer is to detect tumors before they cause symptoms such as a lump, swelling or redness. Discovering tumors in […]

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How Cancer Uses Notch Signaling to Promote Metastasis

January 29, 2015

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How Cancer Turns Good Cells Bad

A new computational study shows how cancer cells take advantage of the system by which cells communicate with their neighbors as they pass messages to “be like me” or “be not like me.” Cancer uses a little-understood element of cell signaling to hijack the communication process and spread, according to Rice University researchers. Led by […]

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Study Shows Vitamin D Protects Against Colorectal Cancer

January 28, 2015

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Vitamin D Protects Against Colorectal Cancer

A newly published study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute reveals that vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system’s vigilance against tumor cells. The research, published by the journal Gut, represents the first time that a link between vitamin D and the immune response to cancer has been […]

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A Link between Inflammation and Cancer

January 20, 2015

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Study Details a Link Between Inflammation and Cancer

New research from MIT reveals a link between inflammation and cancer, showing that the timing of inflammation determines whether potentially cancerous mutations may arise. A new study from MIT reveals one reason why people who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases such as colitis have a higher risk of mutations that cause cancer. The researchers also […]

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New Study Shows Suppressing a Protein Reduces Cancer Spread in Mice

December 23, 2014

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New Study Shows Suppressing a Protein Reduces Cancer Spread

A newly published study from Brown University shows that blocking a specific protein called “chitinase 3-like-1” appears to be a key in reducing the spread of melanoma or breast cancer in mice. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Scientists have found that decreasing the levels of or blocking a specific protein commonly found in humans […]

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New Drug Combination Delays Breast Cancer Progression

December 10, 2014

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New Drug Combination Delays Cancer Progression

Research presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium reveals that a new drug combination for advanced breast cancer delays disease progression. A new combination of cancer drugs delayed disease progression for patients with hormone-receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to a multi-center phase II trial. The findings of the randomized study (S6-03) were presented […]

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Injectable, Spontaneously Assembling Vaccines Could Fight Cancer

December 9, 2014

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New Injectable 3D Vaccines Could Fight Cancer

A newly published study from the Wyss Institute and Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences shows that programmable biomaterials can be delivered using needle injection to induce an immune response to fight cancer and infectious diseases. Cambridge, Massachusetts — One of the reasons cancer is so deadly is that it can evade attack from […]

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Researchers Uncover an Easily Detectable Precancerous State in Blood

December 4, 2014

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Researchers Uncovered a Detectable Precancerous State in Blood

Two newly published studies detail the discovery of a precancerous state found in blood, paving the way for research that focuses on detection and prevention of blood cancers. Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, “premalignant” […]

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Yale Researchers Develop Method to Attack Cancer at Its Source

November 18, 2014

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Yale Develops Method to Attack Cancer at Its Genetic Source

A team of researchers at Yale University has developed a therapeutic molecule that both targets the acidic microenvironments of tumors and penetrates cells to deliver a therapeutic cargo. MicroRNAs may be tiny — as few as 20 genetic letters, compared to 3 billion in the DNA of a human — but they play a major […]

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Scientists Come Together to Reveal Cancer’s Strategies

November 5, 2014

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Scientists Come Together to Reveal Cancer’s Strategies

In a new study, a group of scientists detail how they fused the power of statistical physics and artificial intelligence into a mathematical toolkit that can turn cancer-mutation data into multidimensional models that show how specific mutations alter the social networks of proteins in cells. While this may sound like the setup to some late-night […]

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Targeted Chemotherapy Delivery Could Kill Tumor Cells More Effectively

October 28, 2014

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New Approach Could Kill Tumor Cells in the Brain More Effectively

New research shows that delivering chemotherapy directly into the brain cavity may kill tumor cells in the brain more effectively and avoid side effects. Every year, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors that have spread from elsewhere in the body. These tumors, known as metastases, are usually treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy, […]

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Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Recovery

October 22, 2014

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Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Cancer Recovery

New research from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals how a unique protein found in human bone marrow can drive stem cells to repair our blood system after an injury, providing a roadmap that could help scientists make existing radiation and chemotherapy treatments more effective for people with cancer and other blood-related diseases. Led by […]

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Certain Peptides Exposed to UV Radiation Transition to More Reactive Triplet Quantum States

October 21, 2014

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Peptides Exposed to UV Radiation Transition to More Reactive Triplet Quantum States

New research shows that certain peptides degrade under UV light by first passing through a triplet quantum state, a reactive arrangement that can cause greater damage than fragmentation alone. The most obvious effects of too much sun exposure are cosmetic, like wrinkled and rough skin. Some damage, however, goes deeper—ultraviolet light can damage DNA and […]

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Biologist Reveal Boost in Certain Amino Acids is an Early Sign of Cancer

September 29, 2014

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Research Shows Boost in Certain Amino Acids is Sign of Early Cancer

Based on an analysis of blood samples from 1,500 people participating in long-term health studies, biologists found that people with a surge in amino acids known as branched chain amino acids were far more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within one to 10 years. Years before they show any other signs of disease, […]

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MIT Chemists Use Modified Anthrax Toxin to Deliver Cancer Drugs

September 25, 2014

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MIT Chemists Use Anthrax to Deliver Cancer Drugs

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT show that a modified version of the anthrax toxin can be used to deliver antibody drugs to kill cancer cells. Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers […]

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