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Action on tobacco's two-in-three death toll Special

Toronto - The Ontario Lung Association has called for for a substantial increase in provincial tobacco taxes as soon as possible. This is seen as the action necessary to cut smoking and smoking related diseases.

Op-Ed: Obama dodges lame-duck weakness through healthcare spending

Since the midterm victories that put both the House and Senate under GOP majorities, U.S. President Barack Obama’s lame-duck status has been popularly viewed as a foregone conclusion coloring every speech and initiative he has presented in 2015.

Oral bacteria play a role in promoting cancer

Tel Aviv - Bacteria found in the mouth are more prevalent in patients with colon cancer. It seems that these bacteria protect a variety of tumor cells from being killed by immune cells. This finding could lead to new treatments in cancer.

Dog tracks down owner recovering from cancer surgery [Video]

Cedar Rapids - A miniature schnauzer named Sissy, gave a convincing demonstration of the special bond between a dog and its human owner that has earned dogs the title of "man's best friend."

Carnivorous mushroom provides insight into human immune system

Scientists have been examining how edible oyster mushrooms eat spiders and roundworms. The proteins at play are similar to those found in the human immune system. So, what can we learn?

Coffee could lower risk of endometrial cancer

New research has found a link between regularly drinking coffee and a 20% decreased risk of endometrial cancer which currently affects around 1 in 37 US women in their lifetime, adding to the potential health benefits of consuming the popular beverage.

DNA can predict when we’re going to die

New research finds new link between DNA, which acts like a biological clock, and lung disease. Studying the ends of DNA could predict when people with the disease may die.

WHO says number of new cancer cases to rise by 70 percent

On the occasion of World Cancer Day on February 4, the World Health Organization has released data that shows that the number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by 70 percent in the next 20 years.

Green tea shows promise in killing oral cancer cells

A compound found in green tea could trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells, and, at the same time, leave healthy cells intact.

Developing gene therapy to lower cancer risks

Gene therapy is the primary method for treating rare, genetic diseases. However, many treatments carry the risk of cancer. A new study has attempted to lower this risk.

Chemists 'unboil' eggs to prove how they can lower drug costs

Chemists from UC Irvine decided to unboil egg whites to demonstrate an innovation that could slash costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry.

Review: 'HER2' has world premiere in Toronto Special

Toronto - Nightwood Theatre presents the world premiere of HER2 to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. Written by Maja Ardal, and directed by Kim Blackwell, HER2 brings the taboo subject of breast cancer onto the stage in a heart-warming manner.

Cancer-stricken Iranian teacher's pupils shave heads

Tehran - It is a disease that strikes tens of thousands of Iranians each year, but for 300 pupils news that their teacher had cancer prompted an unusual response -- they shaved their heads in sympathy.

Woman who faked having cancer sentenced for defrauding donors

Colchester - Danielle Watson, 24, was given a suspended jail sentence after she raised around $15,000 from claiming she had cervical cancer, when she actually didn't.

World faces a cancer tidal wave

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting that cancer rates globally are set to increase. At the same time the health agency calls for restrictions on the levels of sugar and alcohol made available to the world's population.

Study says odds are being diagnosed with cancer is bad luck

Two researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have published a study on cancer and how it develops and their findings might surprise some. It also might scare as the onus on cancer prevention, the research says, is not entirely on you.

Scientists track how lung cancer spreads

Manchester - Scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells. The result of this is that the cells can break loose and rapidly spread.

4 out of 10 cancers linked to lifestyle

South Mimms - A U.K. based cancer charity estimates that 4 out of 10 cancer cases could be avoided if people make alternative lifestyle choices.

Cancer fighting nanoparticles that leave no side-effects

London - Nanotechnology is being used in a number of areas. In medicine, there have been advances in using nanoparticles to fight cancer. One problem is stopping the nanoparticles killing other cells. For this, a new solution has been found.

Study finds natural supplements can prevent colorectal cancer

Scientists in Great Britain have found a link between the levels of selenium in our blood and a decreased risk of cancer.

Turning flesh into stone for cancer research

Washington - A new technique that can transmute living cells into permanent materials is one step towards researchers developing more potent anti-cancer medications.

Op-Ed: New red wine cancer fighting link

Every so often a red wine and cancer research item emerges. These center on the chemical resveratrol, which is found in grape skins. A new article looks at the mechanisms at play. However, it could well be another false dawn.

Why male and female smokers have different cancer rates

Lund - Loss of the Y chromosome, a relatively common phenomenon among aging men, could help explain different rates of cancer between male and female smokers.

Can cucumbers treat cancer?

San Francisco - Often used in Chinese medicine, cucumber and pumpkin may have something in their genes that leads to health benefits according to a new scientific study into plant genomes.

Nanoparticles used to monitor for cancer

Researchers have developed new nanoparticles that can be used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This application could help medics to monitor a tumor’s environment and to assess if drugs have successfully reached their targets.

Mapping the human interactome predicts cancer genes Special

Researchers have developed the largest-scale map of direct interactions between proteins encoded by the human genome. This allows for predictions about the genes involved with cancer.

Marijuana helps to reduce glioma cancer

London - Researchers have successfully shrunk one of the most aggressive adult brain cancers by combining cannabinoids with radiotherapy.

Movember prostate health: Tomatoes, maca make cancer less likely

Nothing like finding an expert to help you find easy ways to increase your likelihood of remaining healthy. For men who want to lower their chances of prostate cancer, in honor of 'Movember', nutritionist Manuel Villacorta blogged today about just that.

Millions of U.S. women not screened for cervical cancer

Although cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. This is according to a study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New drug combination causes cancer cells to 'self-destruct'

Liverpool - Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered a drug combination that triggers a self-destruct mechanism in lung cancer cells.
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Well Dressed for Spring fundraiser for Wellspring in Toronto
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A UC Irvine researcher studies an egg
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Children in Fukushima, Japan have abnormally large thyroid growths.
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