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This pen-sized device can identify cancerous cells in seconds
Spotting the difference between cancerous tissue and normal tissue is a challenge, even for highly-trained surgeons. The standard method, called Frozen Section Analysis, is slow - taking 30 minutes or...
Scientists invent pen that identifies cancer in 10 seconds
Scientists at the University of Texas say they have invented a handheld tool can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds. They say, the new "MasSpec Pen" speeds the testing process by as much as 150 times...
'Pen' device can spot cancer in 10 seconds
The device is capable of identifying cancerous cells 150 times faster than conventional technologies and was 96% accurate in tests.Researchers from the University of Texas say that the MasSpec Pen can...
Cancer pen could tell surgeons where they should cut in seconds
Tissue left behind causes relapsesOlivier Pirard/REX/ShutterstockBy Andy CoghlanA pen-sized device could soon help cancer surgeons tell whether the tissue they plan to cut out of a person is cancerous...
Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells
While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. New research shows that the virus...
Vitamin C helps genes to kill off cells that would cause cancer
Could vitamin C help drugs fight leukaemia?Steve Gschmeissner/SPL/GettyBy Aylin WoodwardInjections of vitamin C could be a way to help fight blood cancer. Experiments in mice suggest that the nutrient...
Choosing alternative cancer treatment doubles your risk of death
Homeopathy isn’t much helpPeter Macdiarmid/Getty ImagesBy Jessica HamzelouPeople who choose alternative medicine over conventional treatment for their cancer are more likely to die from the disease. That’s...
Cancer runs in my family, but now we can pick it up in time
Coutts’ prospects are looking up thanks to regular MRI scansNatalie CouttsBy Alice KleinWhen Natalie Coutts’ nephew, sister and uncle died from cancer in the space of five years, doctors were puzzled....
Hidden cancers detected by combining genetic tests with MRI
Head-to-toe MRI scanning could save livesMedia for Medical/GettyBy Alice KleinCombining genomic screening with whole-body scans has identified 16 hidden tumours in 30 people. The technique should help...
A type of bacteria might speed up the growth of colon cancer
Bacteria to blame?Science Photo LibraryBy Clare WilsonMost colon cancers may be caused by infections with bacteria that are normally found in cows. For decades we have known that Streptococcus gallolyticus...
Hormone replacement therapies help breast cancer grow, spread
Women who take hormone replacement therapies have a higher incidence of breast cancer, research shows. Now, researchers have linked natural and synthetic progestins to the body's production of specialized...
Cancer vaccines could prime our own bodies to fight tumours
Wipe out?Science Photo LibraryBy Clare WilsonCOULD this be the cancer advance we have been waiting for? Cancer vaccines that can trigger a person’s immune system into killing a tumour have long been a...
Op-ed: While my son battles leukemia, the health care system is under assault
For Dr. Golden, who has spent decades working in cancer research, the attempted health care legislation is just the latest effort to set her industry back. In mid-March, three weeks after Theo's diagnosis,...
Raised blood platelet levels 'strong predictor' of cancer
Around two per cent of people over 40 -- up to half a million people in the UK -- have a raised blood platelet count -- known as thrombocytosis. Now, a study of 40,000 patient records led by the University...
Where body fat is carried can predict cancer risk
It shows that adding about 11cm to the waistline increased the risk of obesity related cancers by 13 per cent. For bowel cancer, adding around 8 cm to the hips is linked to an increased risk of 15 per...
Cancer-fighting proton beam therapy lands in UK
Previously only available overseas, the 55-ton cyclotron accelerator machine is being installed as the final phase of the Rutherford Cancer Centre being built in Newport, South Wales.The £17m machine...
Start-ups like Guardant are in `arms race' for early cancer detection
With a blood test, doctors might someday detect cancer in the earliest stages. That's the dream of a handful of start-ups in the so-called "liquid biopsy" space. The companies are sequencing DNA from...
From coding to cancer: How AI is changing medicine
"Looking back, there was clearly no tumor on the previous mammograms, but was there something in these very complex images that would hint at... a wrong development?" Barzilay asked. "It clearly didn't...
First timeline of a cancer tracks tumours from origin to spread
Tracking cancer’s spread could give us clues about how to treat itSteve Gschmeissner/Science Photo LibraryBy Andy CoghlanThere’s rarely a silver lining to a cancer diagnosis. But one man’s illness has...
Increased cancer rate in US linked to bad environment
A potential health riskToshi Sasaki/Photolibrary/GettyBy Helen ThomsonImproving the worst environments in the US could prevent 39 in every 100,000 cancer deaths. That’s according to the first study to...
Cancer start-up Grail added one of Silicon Valley's best-known biotech VCs to its board
Grail, a start-up that's raising over $1 billion to work on early cancer detection, has just brought on veteran venture capitalist Brook Byers to its board of directors, according to an SEC filing. The...
Environmental enrichment triggers mouse wound repair response
Living in a stimulating environment has a wide range of health benefits in humans and has even been shown to fight cancer in mice, but the underlying mechanisms have been unclear. A study now reveals that...
Should you worry about heavy phone use causing cancer?
What’s the risk?Richard Boll/GettyBy Michael Le PageDo mobile phones increase the risk of cancer? An Italian court has ruled that heavy cellphone usage caused a man’s benign tumour, but there is still...
7th-grader tests cancer-fighting chemicals in green tea
Stephen Litt has been conducting science experiments since he was in first grade. Every year, the projects became more and more complicated — until finally, as a 7th grader, he came across something that...
Fear of Trump's proposed budget cuts is already hurting medical innovation
President Trump's proposed budget may not make it through Congress, but his effort to slash funding for the National Institutes of Health is nonetheless having an impact on biotechnology start-ups and...
Brain cancer patients live longer wearing electric cap designed to zap tumors
EnlargeNovocure reader comments 9 Share this story An electric skull cap designed to zap cancer cells trying to grow in the brains of wearers proved useful at improving patient survival in a five-year...
Bad luck may play a big role in cancer—but prevention tactics still matter
Cancer cells in culture from human connective tissue, illuminated by darkfield amplified contrast, at a magnification of 500x. NCI, Dr. Cecil Fox reader comments 8 Share this story What causes cancer?...
Most cancer mutations are due to random DNA copying 'mistakes'
Scientists report data from a new study providing evidence that random, unpredictable DNA copying 'mistakes' account for nearly two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer. Their research is grounded...
CytomX extends deal with Bristol-Myers for $3.8 billion
Shares of South San Francisco biotech company CytomX Therapeutics soared Monday by the most since October 2015 after the drugmaker extended its partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb in a deal worth as...
Breakthrough discovery may make blood test feasible for detecting cancer
A series of proteins in blood plasma has now been identified that, when elevated, signify that the patient has cancer. This discovery, say researchers, may lead to a blood test that can detect and evaluate...
Swedish men on target to be first to completely stub out smoking
Snus is a tobacco product available in Sweden, but banned elsewhere in EuropeHemis/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Andy CoghlanSweden is lighting the way to a cigarette-free world. The Swedish government has released...
More people could benefit from BRCA breast cancer drugs
Could an existing treatment help?Rui Vieira/PABy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationUp to a fifth of women with breast cancer may benefit from drugs that are currently reserved for less common cases...
How your breath may reveal cancer
March 12, 2017, 10:32 AM| Researchers have learned that certain cancers alter human breath. Now they are exploring the possibility of using a breath test as a simple diagnostic tool for cancer. Susan...
On The Horizon: The cancer breath test
A multitude of potential advances are ON THE HORIZON in the field of cancer research, as reported by Susan Spencer:The future of cancer care may take your breath away.Trials to see if a simple breath test...
Immunotherapy: The next frontier in cancer treatment
The effort to unlock the secret within the human immune system is already offering new hope to cancer patients for whom traditional treatments have fallen short. Dr. Jon LaPook reports: Twelve-year old...
On The Horizon: Scorpion venom as cancer treatment
A multitude of potential advances are ON THE HORIZON in the field of cancer research, as reported by Susan Spencer:Behold, if you dare, the Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion. Its sting is excruciating, its...
How scorpions help kill cancer
Scorpions can be deadly, but they can also help save lives. Researchers have discovered that molecules derived from the scorpion's venom, combined with fluorescent dye, will stick to cancer cells and light...
Scientists aim to use phone power to cure cancer
Japanese scientists want your help to cure cancer. No, they don’t want your money -- they want the processing power of your phone.The Smash Childhood Cancer project utilizes people’s phones and computers...
IBM’s Watson proves useful at fighting cancer—except in Texas
Enlarge / Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, MD, chief of oncology at Jupiter Medical Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, reviews recommendations generated by IBM Watson for Oncology.Jupiter Medical Center reader...
Putting cancer patients in hibernation could help tackle tumours
Make like a bear and snoozeIngo Arndt/Minden Pictures/Alamy Stock PhotoCancer could be tackled more effectively by putting patients into a torpor state similar to that of a hibernating bear. Tumour growth...
Long use of cancer-spewing surgical device exposes weakness in FDA oversight
EnlargeGetty | Congressional Quarterly reader comments 13 Share this story A government report released this week on a cancer-spreading surgical device highlights a weakness in the Food and Drug Administration’s...
Switching from smoking to vaping does reduce your carcinogens
Safer than smoking?RyanJLane/GettyBy Andy CoghlanAre electronic cigarettes really any safer than smoking? A study that looked at the amount of cancer-causing chemicals in smoker’s bodies suggests yes....
Novartis signals big ambitions for CAR-T cancer treatments
Novartis is pushing ahead with one of its most ambitious cancer therapies, a treatment that the Swiss drugmaker says has blockbuster potential as it extends that technology to a wider pool of tumor-ridden...
1 in 4 men have genital HPV infections that cause or are linked to cancer
Enlarge / A 12-year-old boy in Texas checks his arm after receiving an HPV vaccination.Getty | The Washington Post reader comments 39 Share this story Nearly half of all men in the US have some type of...
Cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since 1991 peak
A steady decline over more than two decades has resulted in a 25 percent drop in the overall cancer death rate in the United States. The drop equates to 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths between 1991 and...
FDA clears ovarian cancer drug for hard-to-treat tumors
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have approved a new option for some women battling ovarian cancer: a drug that attacks a genetic mutation seen in a subset of hard-to-treat tumors. The Food and Drug...
Immunotherapy for cancer: New method identifies target antigens by mass spectrometry
New cancer therapies harness the immune system to fight tumors. One of the main principles behind these therapies is to find out precisely which molecules on cancer cells trigger an immune response. A...
Making (sound) waves in the fight against cancer
A study describes the use of focused ultrasound along with particles called nanodroplets for the enhanced detection of cancer biomarkers in the blood. The researchers used the technique on tumors to cause...
New tumor target strategy halts human cancer in up to 90% of mice
reader comments 11 Share this story When trying to beat back a patient's cancer, doctors struggle to sic chemical treatments on cancer cells while mostly leaving healthy cells alone and safe. This critical...
Magic mushroom drug helps people with cancer face death
Can magic mushrooms relieve anxiety? Misha Kaminsky/GettyBy Kevin FranciottiCan a psychedelic trip change the way people with life-threatening cancer face death? Results from two clinical trials suggest...
Gold nanoparticles help deliver lethal one-two punch to cancer
Tagging gold nanoparticles with a small dose of radiation has helped researchers trace the precious metal as it delivers a drug right into the heart of cancer cells, according to new laboratory research....
IBM CEO on Watson's latest answers for cancer fight
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is convinced we are in the “third era of technology,” as IBM’s Watson Health partners with Quest Diagnostics to offer its cognitive computing technology nationwide for the first time....
Facebook removes breast cancer video
Regular mammograms could help save the lives of women by detecting breast cancer early. Facebook has removed an educational video showing women how to check their breasts for potentially cancerous lumps....
IBM Teams Up With Quest Diagnostics on Watson Genomics Service
IBM Watson Health and Quest Diagnostics have partnered to deliver IBM Watson Genomics, the first commercial offering from Watson for Genomics. IBM's Watson Health unit and Quest Diagnostics have teamed...
Billions at stake as Bristol-Myers waits its chance to redeem its lung cancer drug
When Bristol-Myers Squibb's mighty immunotherapy drug, Opdivo, failed in a large lung cancer trial in August, investorswiped $22 billion from the company's market value in a single afternoon. But it wasn't...
No evidence that plant-based alternatives to HRT actually work
Phytoestrogen supplements are widely on saleLewis Mulatero/GettyBy Jessica HamzelouWhen the menopause hits and oestrogen levels tumble, it can be difficult to know whether to opt for hormone replacement...
Ars Mailbag: “I will continue to write letters until he apologizes” (and other notes)
EnlargeGerry Dincher reader comments 21 Share this story Welcome to the Ars Mailbag, where we open a tiny porthole into the insanity that is life aboard the Ars Orbiting HQ. We love our readers and pride...
Why men should ignore Ben Stiller’s call for cancer test
Ben Stiller: now cancer freeAGF s.r.l./REX/ShutterstockBen Stiller’s life was saved because he had a screening test for prostate cancer. Now he’s urging others to follow his lead. Stiller’s logic sounds...
Your boobs start to eat themselves after breastfeeding is over
When babies stop feeding, breasts regenerate in an unusual wayImage Source/plainpictureBy Linda GeddesWhen a woman stops breastfeeding, her breasts go from being full-time, milk-producing factories to...
For family members at risk of BRCA-linked cancer, a $50 test
Burlingame’s Color Genomics on Tuesday began offering a $50 genetic test to people susceptible to a hereditary cancer as part of a larger effort to help create a patient registry for researchers to study...
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