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Switching algae on and off may help with cancer and biofuels

Scientists have found a way to switch certain cells on and off – a type of “cellular snooze button”. Knowing this could potentially help researchers improve biofuel production and cancer detection.

IRB Barcelona dances for biomedical research (Video)

Barcelona - Scientists from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) based in Barcelona, Spain are starring in a five-minute music video, dancing and making the moves to raise funds for Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes research.

Making nanoparticles shine

Scientists have successfully created nanoparticles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment. The advantage is that the particles could be placed inside human cells to help to detect for a range of diseases.

A third of cancer patients go through psychological disorders

A study from the University of Leipzig has found that one in three cancer patients develop mental illness. According to the study, this almost 50% higher than the rate in the general population, which stands at around 20%.

New cancer discovery may pinpoint optimal treatment window

New research published in the journal Nature Communications shows cancer cells grow more rapidly at night when somebody is sleeping, because hormones that keep people awake and alert suppress the cancerous cells.

Adapting bacterial communication to kill cancer

A molecule used by bacteria for communicating with other bacteria can be altered, according to new research, to prevent cancer cells from spreading through the body.

Remarkable cancer-fighting berry tree discovered

Scientists have discovered that a berry found only in Far North Queensland has previously unknown cancer-fighting properties.

Update to U.S. carcinogens list

Washington - The National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has added four chemicals to its index of carcinogens (cancer causing chemicals and substances).

Review paper suggests turmeric has strong anti-cancer properties

A new review paper published in "BioMed Research International" suggests that curcumin, the compound that makes turmeric yellow, has strong anti-cancer properties.

Mantis shrimps can see cancer

Adelaide - Australian scientists have discovered that the mantis shrimp has an amazing ability: the shrimps can detect a variety of cancers inside the human body. The researchers hope to harness this to make a special camera.

Using anthrax to fight cancer

In an attempt to use Bacillus anthracis to kill cancer, scientists have succeeded in sending “antibody mimics” inside tumor cells.

Studying the eyes of fruit flies to fight cancer

Mutations in the human retinoblastoma protein can cause a form of eye cancer. To try and understand what is going on at the genetic level, researchers have begun studies in fruit flies.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with cancer

Toronto - The lead doctor from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's medical team announced that the mayor is facing a battle with a very rare cancer. Ford will undergo chemotherapy as soon as possible.

TV anchor says he has cancer and only has six months to live

A TV news anchorman who is battling brain cancer told views that he has only around 4-6 months to live, but he is hoping to work for as long as he can.

FDA approves new melanoma drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first of a new type of immunotherapy that aims to direct a patient’s own immune system against the body's cancer.

Pioneering scientist scoops Lemelson-MIT Prize

Sangeeta Bhatia, creator of miniature medical technologies, has won the Lemelson-MIT Prize. Bhatia is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a professor at MIT, where she directs the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies.

Thermometer can potentially detect lung cancer

Munich - Today, the only way doctors can definitively diagnose patients for lung cancer is by an invasive and uncomfortable biopsy.

Cancer fighting nanoparticles in development

Researchers have created "dynamic" nanoparticles that could provide an array of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. The nanoparticles have been made from a polymer, and they are designed to seek out and to identify tumors.

Widower returns to school to beat the cancer that killed his wife

Edmonton - When 60-year-old American, Powel Crosley, lost his wife to cancer in 2009, he didn't dwell on the pain of future years lost.

Fingerprinting helps to tell different cancers apart

Most cancers have a specific signature that arises from significant changes to the a marker called the epigenome. This is a type of "genetic fingerprint." Interpreting this could result in cancers being identified and treated faster.

Using cancer-fighting drugs against malaria

Scientists have identified a several compounds that may lead to different ways to fight the malaria. Specifically, a university team has identified 31 enzyme-blocking molecules that could halt malaria before symptoms start.

U.K. announces restrictions on cancer medicines

London - The U.K. government has announced that is extending the annual spend on its Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) from the current £200 million a year to £280 million a year. This is to accommodate for the rise of cancer drug costs.

Botox could treat cancer

New York - Botox, used in millions of face-smoothing procedures by the rich and vain, might also be a new weapon in the fight against cancer, according to a new study.

New tanning bed cancer risk study

Dundee - According to a new study from Dundee University, tanning bed (sunbed) users remain at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin when using sunbeds.

Tomatoes linked with fighting cancer

A new study suggests that eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer. The research shows that men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20 percent.

Biochemist seeks funding for novel cancer treatment Special

A biochemist who lost his wife to cancer has spent the past 10 years devoting his life to research. This has led to a device that can examine how cancer spreads. To raise funds for the project, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched.

Treating cancer with bacteria shows promise

In a remarkable study, researchers have shown that injecting bacteria into a cancer tumor helped shrink it. Studies were first carried out on dogs, and then, with interesting results, on a female cancer patient.

Nanotechnology helps immune cells fight cancer

Scientists have developed a novel cancer immunotherapy. This involves growing and enhancing a patient’s immune cells using a nanotube and then injecting them back into the patient’s body to boost their immune response.

Venom may act as a cancer-fighting drug

A new study suggests that bee, snake, or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs.

After almost 62 years a married couple passes away together

Bakersfield - Don and Maxine Simpson had what anyone would call a lasting relationship. After 61 years and a few months of marriage both passed away together, within four hours of each other.
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Metastatic breast cancer in pleural fluid.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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Paul Henderson, 1972 Summit Series alumnus
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard
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CT cross-section on IV contrast. Makrozystisches adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic head
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anna Kendrick star in the film 50/50
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Ms Julie Soon.
Ms Julie Soon.
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A cement mixer truck painted pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness.
A cement mixer truck painted pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness.
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Gail gets her blood pressure checked at her first appointment with the University of Maryland ENT cancer specialists.
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Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 72
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Metformin   used to treat Type 2 diabetes  may also help fight cancer.
Metformin, used to treat Type 2 diabetes, may also help fight cancer.
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This is Hank, a wonderful mixed breed who lives in Maine. As you can see, Hank loves the outdoors. Unfortunately he has cancer and will only get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, for only a couple of more months.
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This chart from the AJCC shows the survival rates by stage for the kind of cancer my wife was diagnosed with yesterday. Now, we just need to learn what stage she's in.
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Gail got some lovely lollies. They were filled with fentanyl!
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Tony Coscarella
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Sandie Rinaldo, anchor, CTV National News
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Cervical gland showing an area of high grade epithelial dysplasia (CIN3). Asymptomatic patient, biopsy taken after a routine PAP smear was found to be abnormal.
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Homoeopathic cancer treatment
Homoeopathic cancer treatment
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The mugshot of Martha Nicholas.
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