Online cancer information is often unreliable

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Many YouTube videos about prostate cancer are unreliable sources of information. Researchers searched YouTube for “prostate cancer screening” and “prostate cancer treatment.” Then they scored the first 75 hits for each phrase, using validated scales to assess such measures as whether the video favored new technology, recommended unproven treatments, accurately […]

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Lab-grown placentas ‘will transform pregnancy research’

Cambridge team develops organoids or mini placentas to advance knowledge of stillbirth and pre-eclampsia (Ian Sample/ The Guardian) — Scientists have grown “mini placentas” in a breakthrough that could transform research into the underlying causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and other pregnancy disorders. The tiny organoids mimic the placenta in the early stages of the first […]

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UCLA study shows breast cancer treatments can cause cognitive impairment

(Brittany Shoot/ Fortune) — A new study from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles shows that some cancer patients can experience cognitive decline after chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It’s commonly thought that cancer treatments may accelerate biological aging in cells. Specifically seen in this new UCLA study is evidence that common cancer therapies including […]

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Biocell textured breast implants under scrutiny as women complain of pain

(Marcy Cuttler/ CBC News) — For Katherine Smylie, it was a five-year journey to figure out the hair loss, memory fog, irritable bowel syndrome and constant pain — especially the migraines. “I had migraines every day for over two-and-half years,” the Edmonton woman said. Her doctors told Smylie she was crazy, she said, and there was […]

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See the 3D images produced by the first full-body medical scanner

(Kristen Houser/ Futurism) — Thirteen years ago, UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi had an idea for a machine that could scan the entire human body at once, producing a 3D image that could help medical specialists with everything from diagnosing conditions to developing new drug treatments. Now, that once-hypothetical scanner is very […]

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Sugary supplement mannose could help fight cancer

(Alex Therrien/ BBC News) — A nutritional supplement may be able to slow the development of some cancers and enhance the effects of treatment, a study in mice suggests. Mice with pancreatic, lung or skin cancer were given mannose, a sugar also found in cranberries and other fruits. It significantly slowed the growth of their tumours, […]

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Breast cancer screening should be offered to women in late 70s, experts say following major study

(Henry Bodkin/ The Telegraph) — Breast cancer screening should be extended to include women in their late 70s, as a significant number still develop the disease past the age of 75, experts have said. A large-scale study of women around the age of 80 found that a majority of those diagnosed with the disease were suffering […]

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Pancreatic cancer risk soars with obesity

(HealthDay) — Obesity in the teen years may increase the risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer in adulthood, researchers report. The odds for this rare cancer can quadruple due to obesity, the Israeli research team found. Moreover, the risk rises as weight increases, even affecting men in the high normal weight range. “It’s been known […]

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Omega-3s may lower the risk of pre-term birth

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Taking omega-3 supplements during pregnancy may lower the risk for preterm birth, a review of studies has found. The analysis, in the Cochrane Reviews, considered 70 randomized trials that included almost 20,000 women. A few studied fish consumption, but most tested supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, the fats found in […]

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The million-dollar drug

How a Canadian medical breakthrough that was 30 years in the making became the world’s most expensive drug — and then quickly disappeared (Kelly Crowe/ CBC) — It is one of this country’s great scientific achievements. The first drug ever approved that can fix a faulty gene. It’s called Glybera, and it can treat a painful […]

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