Drug rapidly shrinks metastatic breast cancers in mice

(James Kingsland/ Medical News Today) –– Every year, around 255,000 women and 2,300 men in the United States receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. Approximately three-quarters of cases are a type called estrogen receptor-positive, in which the cancer cells have a receptor in their membranes that binds to the sex hormone estrogen. This type of breast cancer is […]

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Thyroid cancer now diagnosed with ultrasound imaging

(Medical XPress) — A lump in the thyroid gland is called a thyroid nodule, and 5-10% of all thyroid nodules are diagnosed as thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer has a good prognosis, a high survival rate, and a low recurrence rate, so early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. Recently, a joint research team in Korea has […]

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Most people with cancer respond well to COVID-19 vaccines

(Liz Highleyman/ Cancer Health) — Most cancer patients with solid tumors had good antibody responses after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, but the response rate was lower for those with blood cancers, such as leukemia or lymphoma, according to study findings published in Cancer Cell. People with severe immune suppression, including cancer patients who use immune-suppressing therapy and transplant […]

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A personalized vaccine to treat ovarian cancer

(Sarah Lapinsky/ SciWorthy) — What if we could develop a vaccine to treat cancer? Vaccines have been an effective method to help eradicate many diseases since their discovery, and serve a key role in keeping people healthy. The most common use for a vaccine is to prevent disease. However, they can also be useful in […]

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An Omega-3 that’s poison for cancer tumours

(Sci-Tech Daily) –– So-called “good fatty acids” are essential for human health and much sought after by those who try to eat healthily. Among the Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is crucial to brain function, vision, and the regulation of inflammatory phenomena. In addition to these virtues, DHA is also associated with a […]

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Science shines a light on COVID-19’s long-term health risks

(Kieren O’Dea, Dawna Friesen/ Global News) –– Saskatoon harbours one of the brightest lights on Earth. And, as a scientist in the midst of a global health crisis, Jake Pushie was drawn toward it. When the pandemic hit, Pushie was at the Saskatchewan Cerebrovascular Centre where he was studying the effects of strokes. As troubling […]

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Drug may help more women survive hereditary breast cancer

(Sarah Boseley/ The Guardian) –– Women with hereditary breast cancer, triggered by the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, stand a better chance of survival following successful trials of a drug that cuts the likelihood of the cancer returning after treatment. A major trial carried out by academic researchers to see whether olaparib can prevent recurrence was […]

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Women tend to mount ‘stronger’ immune responses to COVID-19

(Catherine Offord/ The Scientist) — Among the many health disparities characterizing the COVID-19 pandemic, one that’s received particular attention is the difference in outcomes between men and women. As early as February last year, researchers observed that, although men and women were contracting COVID-19 at similar rates, men seemed far more likely to die from the disease.  […]

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Could your headache be dangerous? 5 signs to watch for

(Kristen Kendrick/ NPR) –– Of all the aches and pains I spend my days investigating as a family doctor, none seem to be as anxiety-provoking as a headache. And that’s often true, both for patients wondering, “Could this be something dangerous?” and for clinicians trying to get to the root of pain that can be […]

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Alzheimer’s disease is composed of four distinct subtypes

(Neuroscience News) — Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the abnormal accumulation and spread of the tau protein in the brain. An international study can now show how tau spreads according to four distinct patterns that lead to different symptoms with different prognoses of the affected individuals. The study was published in Nature Medicine. “In contrast to […]

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