Cancer cliches to avoid: I’m not ‘brave’

(BBC News) — Fighter, warrior, hero – some of the terms you might see used to describe people with cancer. But according to a new survey, for some with the illness the words are seen as inappropriate rather than uplifting. The UK poll by Macmillan Cancer Support of 2,000 people who have or had cancer […]

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Can the tongue microbiome help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — Pancreatic cancer is typically an aggressive form of the disease, with a fairly low 5-year survival rate. Diagnosing pancreatic cancer in its early stages could help people receive treatment more quickly, but what kind of test would work best? The National Cancer Institute (NCI) report that approximately 1.6 percent of […]

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Oolong tea extract may stave off breast cancer

(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — New research finds that oolong tea can damage breast cancer cells and that people who consume large amounts of this tea have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Despite recent advances in screening procedures and treatment, breast cancer remains both the most common form of this disease and the second leading cause […]

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Many cancer patients have undiagnosed hepatitis

(HealthDay News) — A large number of U.S. cancer patients with hepatitis B and C don’t know they have the virus, which can cause life-threatening complications during some cancer treatments, researchers say. The findings suggest screening for hepatitis B and C may be appropriate in community cancer clinics, according to investigators from the SWOG Cancer Research Network, […]

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New tool calculates breast cancer risk with greater precision

(Lianne Kolirin/ CNN) — UK scientists have developed an online calculator that could enable doctors to more accurately predict a patient’s chance of developing breast cancer. If rolled out, the new tool could change the way in which the condition is treated. Among other things, details of family history, genetics, weight, alcohol consumption, age at menopause […]

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Obesity may be driving rise in uterine cancers

(E.J. Mundell/ HealthDay — Cases of uterine cancer are charting a slow but steady rise among American women, and so are deaths from the disease, new statistics show. Looking at federal health data, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “during 1999-2015, uterine cancer incidence rates increased 12 percent, about […]

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AI can predict an abnormal chest X-ray

(Jennifer Kite-Powell/ Forbes) — New research from WMG at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can reduce the time needed to process abnormal chest x-rays and prioritize which x-rays need to be expedited. The research was led by Professor Giovanni Montana, Chair in Data Science in WMG at Warwick […]

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At peak RSV season, do you know what to watch for?

(WebMD) — You might have heard about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) on your local news, or have friends with kids who are sick. Although this common virus spreads from fall to spring, right now — from late December to mid-February — is peak RSV season. Sarah Ash Combs, MD, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor at Children’s […]

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Scientists grow human blood vessels from stem cells in a dish

(Emily Chung / CBC News) — Scientists say, for the first time, they have grown human blood vessels from scratch in the lab that look and behave like the ones in our bodies. “The structure looks the same and the main genes which are expressed in our bodies and in these capillaries are very, very similar,” […]

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Cancer cells transformed into harmless fat in mouse study

(Rachael Rettner/ Live Science) — Imagine if you could turn aggressive cancer cells into harmless fat. Scientists in Switzerland say they’ve done just that, in a new study in mice. By taking advantage of the “plasticity,” or adaptability, of certain cancer cells during metastasis, the researchers were able to coax breast cancer cells in mice […]

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