Ancient Australian plant promises to expand chemotherapy effectiveness

Researchers have isolated a compound from an Australian desert shrub with a long history of medicinal use by the Indigenous peoples of Australia that could help cancer patients better respond to chemotherapy.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTa… Continue reading Ancient Australian plant promises to expand chemotherapy effectiveness

Galapagos tortoise genome reveals secrets to long, cancer-free lives

Galapagos giant tortoises are some of the longest-living animals on Earth, but how do they pull off the feat? A new study has examined the genome of the species and found that they pack plenty of duplicate genes, which may protect them from aging-relat… Continue reading Galapagos tortoise genome reveals secrets to long, cancer-free lives

Microrobot fish swims through the body to vomit drugs on cancer

Delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to cancers could help reduce side effects, and soon that job could be done by tiny 3D-printed robotic animals. These microrobots are steered by magnets, and only release their drug payload when they encounter the … Continue reading Microrobot fish swims through the body to vomit drugs on cancer

Ultrasound and blood test could replace invasive brain cancer biopsies

Glioblastoma is a type of brain cancer that can be aggressive and, unfortunately, tricky to diagnose without a risky biopsy. But a new noninvasive method, tested in mice and pigs, could one day diagnose the disease with ultrasound pulses and a basic bl… Continue reading Ultrasound and blood test could replace invasive brain cancer biopsies

Chemotherapy-free stem cell transplant promises safer leukemia treatment

Stem cell transplants are often used to treat blood cancers, but the process can be risky. In a new study in mice, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a way to make the process safer by targeting a patient’s faulty stem cel… Continue reading Chemotherapy-free stem cell transplant promises safer leukemia treatment

Fatty acid in palm oil linked to cancer metastasis

A new study, published in the journal Nature, has found a key fatty acid found in palm oil can promote cancer metastasis in mice. The research, which does not claim dietary palm oil has cancer-causing properties in humans, could lead to new therapies t… Continue reading Fatty acid in palm oil linked to cancer metastasis

Experimental cancer drug offers clues to new kind of pain therapy

New research published in the journal Nature Communications has identified a potential treatment for chronic pain in an old experimental cancer drug. The research homed in on the drug by screening over a thousand different molecules in the search for o… Continue reading Experimental cancer drug offers clues to new kind of pain therapy

Preventing rogue cells from cloning could nip blood cancer in the bud

Image depicting a rogue blood stem cell type becoming dominant, due to an introduced genetic mutation

Scientists investigating a root cause of leukemia have made a key discovery around how genetic mutations can cause blood stem cells to go rogue, forming dangerous populations of cloned cells that can go on to become cancerous. The team’s experiments on zebrafish not only shed new light on how these cells protect themselves as they rapidly multiply, but reveal new targets for scientists looking to halt blood cancer in its early stages.

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First-of-its-kind preventative breast cancer vaccine begins human trials

After two decades of preclinical research the first phase of human trials are set to begin testing a unique preventative breast cancer vaccine that is designed to target a protein commonly expressed by triple-negative breast cancers.Continue ReadingCat… Continue reading First-of-its-kind preventative breast cancer vaccine begins human trials

Wounded cancer cells supercharge immune system to destroy tumors

Scientists at MIT have made a discovery that could expand the potential of immunotherapy, enabling it to treat wider variety of cancers. The breakthrough stems from a newfound ability to jump-start the body’s immune system with the help of injured canc… Continue reading Wounded cancer cells supercharge immune system to destroy tumors