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cancer

Brain Cancer

Breakthrough urine test can detect brain tumors early

June 22nd, 2021

The sooner cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chances of survival are for patients because treatment can start immediately. Doctors often look for markers that would confirm the presence of a tumor, but not all cancers are the same. Different biomarkers are used to detect different types of malignant growths in tandem with other tests …

cancer robots

The answer to cancer might be these tiny robots

March 7th, 2021

Cancer treatments have improved dramatically over the past few decades. Many types of cancer have a high survival rate thanks to medical interventions that can slow or stop the growth of tumors and even eliminate them entirely. Despite that, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease, …

Cancer Cells

Cancer cells can hibernate like bears to evade chemotherapy

January 13th, 2021

Cancer cells can hibernate like bears during chemotherapy, a team of doctors has discovered. The cancer cells can act as a living organism, slowing down their activities to survive until the drugs are cleared from the system. The same team figured out a way to prevent the cells from going into hibernation, which could lead …

cancer drug

A drug for diarrhea can kill aggressive cancer cells

December 24th, 2020

New research suggests that a drug used to slow down an upset digestive tract may actually be useful in the treatment of cancer. The medication, called loperamide, is often used to treat diarrhea, but it can also induce the destruction of certain tumor cells.  Additional research is needed, but the findings could lead to novel …

crispr cancer

Novel CRISPR system can stop cancer in its tracks

November 21st, 2020

Scientists have developed a new system using the CRISPR genome-editing system to attack and kill cancer cells. The system targets cancel cells directly and, like “scissors,” cuts their DNA, killing them. Additional trials and testing are needed, but the promising new system could eventually be used to fight cancer in humans. The fight against cancer …

red meat cancer

Ugh, apparently meat is even worse for us than we thought

November 7th, 2020

Red meat has been seen as dangerous to our health in various ways, but new research suggests that its cancer-causing potential is linked to a certain carbohydrate present in meat and dairy. The research suggests that sugar Neu5Gc is the cancer-causing culprit. You can still eat red meat, the scientists say, but do so in …

cancer fighting

A secret hidden in our DNA could help cure cancer

October 25th, 2020

Researchers discovered that a delicate dance between two proteins in our cells helps them replicate safely without dying. By altering this process, the scientists say we could potentially attack cancer cells and prevent them from reliably replicating. The research was published in the journal Nature. In recent decades, scientists have made incredible advancements in the …

dinosaur cancer

This dinosaur lived with cancer, then died in a flood

August 4th, 2020

Researchers have discovered a dinosaur bone that shows evidence of an aggressive bone tumor. The disease would have made the dinosaur’s life hard, but it didn’t kill the animal. The creature is believed to have died in a flood. Dinosaurs lived in a time where dangers lurked around every corner. The food chain dictated who …