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The ongoing fight against cancer has featured the usage of various therapies in an effort to discover ones that may eventually lead to cures. The most notable treatments include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery; however, other less known treatment options have been shown to be effective in targeting cancer cells. Unfortunately, many of these remain … Read More

We all know that exercise is great for us. It boosts our mood, increases muscle mass, builds our cardiorespiratory fitness, and the list goes on. But what about as a cancer treatment? Published in Exercise and Disease: Prevention Through Training, Radak and his colleagues found that while there is accumulating evidence indicating that environmental factors like lifestyle … Read More

It’s indisputable that cancer, especially when terminal, causes deep emotional pain. This pain is often hard to cope with and hard to treat. Recently, some scientists and doctors have been relying on the use of a familiar but unconventional drug to treat emotional pain: “magic mushrooms.” A new article published by Newsweek details a patient named Dinah Bazer, … Read More

Curry, a blend of spices used in a variety of cuisines, varies widely in composition. Many of the common ingredients include turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon, and ginger, all of which provide considerable potential health benefits. The spice most-frequently noted for its anti-everything capabilities, however, is turmeric. According to a laboratory animal study published in Evidence-Based Complementary … Read More

MiR-182 is a newly discovered RNA molecule that has potentially momentous influence on the way we treat glioblastoma mulitforme, the deadliest known variant of brain cancer. According to a study conducted at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Northwestern University, this small molecule has the ability to suppress cancer at the source by repressing certain genes … Read More

As the summer weather is finally here to join us, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminds us to stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays. According to the EPA Regional Administrator, Judith Enck, “Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.” While sun safety is never out of season, summer’s … Read More

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an independent agency under the WHO, released a report not too long ago that identified processed and red meat as carcinogens. Specifically, researchers have found that high consumption of processed/red meat correlates with increased incidence of colorectal cancer. Before you put down your bacon and hot dogs for good, let us … Read More

Onions may be famous for giving you bad breath and bringing tears to your eyes, but they carry some pretty hefty nutritional value too! While providing abundant flavor to your favorite dishes, they are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and possible players in preventing cancer and reducing the risk of heart disease. Embed … Read More

Antiangiogenic drugs are used to battle some types of cancer. These drugs work by inhibiting angiogenesis, the development of blood vessels. Cancer cells can release signals that promote angiogenesis and cause nearby healthy cells to release those signals. The formation of new blood vessels is very important for tumor growth; cutting off this blood supply with antiangiogenics … Read More

We all know the saying that dogs are our best friends. However, a new study suggests that this bond may transcend mere friendship: studying dogs might help us cure glioblastoma, the most deadly variant of brain cancer. This study, conducted at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science and Uppsala University, suggests that analyzing the underlying … Read More

As scientists develop new technologies, more and more potential cures for cancer are emerging. One prospective method of cancer detection and treatment comes from the field of combinatorial chemistry in a method called One-Bead-One-Compound, originally developed by Dr. Kit S. Lam in 1991. One-Bead-One-Compound, or OBOC for short, provides a method for efficient and high throughput … Read More

The concept may sound crazy at first. Killing brain cancer cells with skin cells. How could that possibly work? Well, pharmacy researchers at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have successfully been able to turn skin cells into, essentially, brain cancer cell predators–cells that search and destroy brain tumors. The concept of reprogramming skin cells is not … Read More

A large reason why cancer is such a deadly disease is because cancerous cells can “communicate” with each other. That is, these diseased cells can create certain signaling molecules that tell other diseased cells to perform a certain action. These signals help cancer multiply and migrate, spreading the disease and worsening symptoms. Traditionally, many pharmaceuticals utilize methods that block the … Read More

Coffee is a life source for many of us. I can definitely admit to having gone through a period of extreme coffee obsession, despite having heard so much about how coffee is bad for my health. Yet now, in addition to the short-term benefits, there may be some long term benefits to drinking coffee, especially in preventing liver cirrhosis. Liver cirrhosis … Read More

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, affecting over 135,000 individuals in the United States and killing an estimated 10,130 of those individuals annually. Melanoma is most commonly found in the form of skin growths, which originate from the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. These cancerous growths develop due to excess … Read More

Every day, your body fights off infections and diseases tirelessly. Incorporating antioxidants into our diets can support our body’s protective defenses. Antioxidants are substances that can prevent specific types of cell damage. In particular, they provide protection against damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals encompass a class of molecules that are considered harmful to the body … Read More

No one likes cancer, and it wouldn’t be that much of an exaggeration to say that people fear it. As a leading cause of death around the world that consistently ranks in the top three, cancer needs to be addressed, and a lot of research has been undertaken with the ultimate goal of curing it. Currently … Read More

Genes, the pieces of DNA that control the traits we inherit from our parents, also have an effect on the likelihood that we develop certain diseases. Changes in genes, called mutations, can greatly impact the development of certain diseases, including cancer. For example, some mutations cause cells to grow without stopping, which can result in cancerous tumors. However, … Read More

Nobody wants to hear a cancer diagnosis–especially not a prognosis of glioblastoma, a deadly variant of brain cancer where patients typically survive only 15 months following diagnosis. But what makes glioblastoma so deadly? A separate study conducted three years ago discovered that this aggressive brain tumor grows by turning normal brain cells (i.e. neurons) into stem … Read More

With the recent advancement of CRISPR-CAS9 technology made by UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, a professor of chemistry and molecular and cellular biology, scientists are now able to genetically engineer a large range of organisms with higher efficiency and relative ease. Prior to its advent, scientists were able to cut DNA at certain points, but inserting sequences of … Read More

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