By using a new technique that disguises anticancer drugs as fats, researchers have managed to safely deliver much higher doses of the drugs than usual to the site of cancer tumors in mouse models. Share on PinterestA new ‘disguise’ method could allow researchers to safely deliver much higher anticancer drug doses to tumors. “It’s like
According to a recent study, individuals with obesity who undergo weight loss surgery have a reduced risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. Share on PinterestA recent study finds more evidence that obesity increases the risk of developing melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma accounts for
A recent study in mice might shed some light on why electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are harmful, even when there is no nicotine present in the vapors themselves. A study out of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, found that chronic exposure to e-cigarette vapors, even without nicotine, could negatively impact normal lung function.
A new study finds that a pattern of lifelong exercise reduces the risk of adenomatous polyps, which are a known precursor of colorectal cancer. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that exercise early in life may preserve colorectal health later on. It is not uncommon for a gastroenterologist to discover one or more adenomatous polyps during
During a period, the uterus sheds its lining, causing blood and tissue to exit through the vagina. The amount of blood and tissue can vary from day to day, but the period typically stops around 2–7 days after it starts. Occasionally, a period may take longer than usual to stop. There are several potential reasons
New research in mice reveals “previously unknown” molecules that pancreatic cancer cells use to shape the environment around the tumors and enable them to spread. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. Most of the time, the condition has already progressed to an advanced stage by the time doctors diagnose it.
Researchers have zoomed in on the fine molecular and epigenetic mechanisms that explain the aggressive spread of melanoma. Share on PinterestScientists examine the epigenetic silencing of circRNA and how this drives the spread of melanoma. Along with DNA and proteins, RNA is one of the three essential macromolecules necessary for all forms of life. The
New research in mice finds that taking the antibiotic vancomycin before undergoing radiation therapy alters gram-positive bacteria in the gut, thus boosting the immune system and enhancing the antitumor effect of the treatment. Globally, cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death, with around 9.6 million deaths registered in 2018. Lung cancer and
A novel test that looks for a molecular fingerprint in needle biopsies could help improve the diagnosis of thyroid cancer and reduce unnecessary surgeries, according to new research. Share on PinterestA new thyroid cancer test could prevent unnecessary invasive procedures. A recent PNAS paper describes the new test and how it performed in a pilot
In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens, citing sufficient evidence that they cause cancer in humans. Now, a new review challenges this blanket classification, having found that the strength of the evidence varies according to whether the meat contains nitrites. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC),
Researchers at the University of Texas have found that generally, both men and women in the United States have a limited awareness of the fact that untreated human papillomavirus (HPV) infections can lead to anal, genital, and oral cancers. Share on PinterestMany people in the U.S. are unaware of the cancer risks associated with HPV.
Many studies have suggested that women who take aspirin may have a lower risk of breast cancer. But how does this common anti-inflammatory affect the health outcomes of women who have already received treatment for the disease? Share on PinterestResearchers have been working to find out why aspirin use is linked to such a wide
A recent literature review investigates whether turmeric may be useful for treating cancer. The authors conclude that it might be but note that there are many challenges to overcome before it makes it to the clinic. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Native to India and Southeast Asia, people have used turmeric root
The fungi that inhabit the body and their effect on human health have not received as much attention from scientists as bacteria. This situation could be about to change as a new study reveals that fungi that live in the gut appear to have a role in pancreatic cancer. Share on PinterestSome gut fungi may
There are many different types of skin blemish. Some examples include those below. Acne Acne is a skin condition that occurs as a result of the skin producing too much oil. Different factors can cause excess oil production, including: There are several different types of acne, which vary in their appearance. Some examples include: Blackheads
Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in adults in the United States. It is also the leading cause of death from cancer. Lung cancer treatment is much more effective when the disease is in its earlier stages. However, most people with lung cancer do not experience symptoms until the disease has
A new study has introduced a promising blood test that health professionals may soon use to accurately detect brain cancer. Share on PinterestA simple blood test could make a great difference for those with brain cancer. Dr. Matthew J. Baker, a reader in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde
A study initially investigating aspirin as a preventive treatment for colorectal cancer coincidentally uncovered a mechanism that might explain how fruit and vegetables reduce the risk of developing this disease. Share on PinterestA recent study delves into flavonoids, which occur in a range of fruit and veg. Worldwide, more than 1 million people receive a
Many people who have a Pap smear notice light bleeding, or spotting, for a couple of days after the test. In most cases, this is not a cause for concern, and it usually goes away without intervention. This symptom may occur because the Pap smear can irritate the blood vessels of the cervix, which causes
New research in mice shows “for the first time” that scientists can use protons to administer radiation therapy in a matter of milliseconds, killing cancer cells while protecting healthy tissue. Share on PinterestA proton-based FLASH session of radiotherapy could kill cancer in milliseconds, research suggests. Over half of the people with a cancer diagnosis receive
An interdisciplinary group of scientists has successfully destroyed tumor cells in mice by using nano-sized copper compounds alongside immunotherapy. Importantly, the tumors did not return after the treatment ceased. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide — in 2018, it was responsible for approximately 9.6 million deaths.
In the first study of its kind, Japanese researchers have found an association between eating mushrooms and a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Although the size of the effect is relatively small, the findings are likely to inspire further investigation. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that regularly eating mushrooms may reduce a person’s risk of
MRI-guided transurethral ultrasound ablation (TULSA) is a new tool for the highly accurate treatment of prostate cancer — without the usual side effects. Share on PinterestUltrasound scans guided by real time MRI may improve prostate cancer treatment. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among males. Although the 5 year survival rate
Urinary retention is difficulty completely emptying the bladder. People with urinary retention may need to urinate very frequently, feel the urge to urinate again immediately after using the bathroom, or experience incontinence. Sometimes a chronic issue, such as a pelvic floor or prostate problem, causes urinary retention. Acute issues, such as infections, may also cause
Does using powder in the genital area increase the risk of ovarian cancer? A new data analysis of over 250,000 women found no link, but the authors urge caution as the study may not be large enough. Some people use powder on their genitals to reduce moisture, friction, or odor. Most powder products, which some
Adnexal masses are lumps that occur in the adnexa of the uterus, which includes the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. They have several possible causes, which can be gynecological or nongynecological. An adnexal mass could be: A family doctor can usually manage benign masses. However, prepubescent and postmenopausal individuals will need to see a gynecologist
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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. With its incidence rates continuing to rise, researchers are looking for ways to spot it early on. A new laser device may be able to do so instantly. A cost-effective new laser probe may soon be the best way to check for melanoma. “With skin cancer, there’s
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