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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...
Iron nanoparticles make immune cells attack cancer
Iron nanoparticles can activate the immune system to attack cancer cells, according to a study. The nanoparticles, which are commercially available as the injectable iron supplement ferumoxytol, are approved...
Microsoft Taps AI, Cloud in Fight Against Cancer
Microsoft researchers are using artificial intelligence technologies and the Azure cloud computing platform to advance cancer research. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be nearly...
How Microsoft plans to ‘solve’ cancer
Microsoft has revealed a series of healthcare initiatives designed to solve cancer. MICROSOFT says cancer is like a computer virus and can be solved by cracking the code. The tech giant has revealed details...
NASA Astronaut Wears Spacesuit Painted by Kids With Cancer
Some childhood cancer patients will chat Friday with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station wearing a hand-painted spacesuit they helped decorate. NASA says astronaut Kate Rubins will wear...
How a small implanted device could help limit metastatic breast cancer
A small device implanted under the skin can improve breast cancer survival by catching cancer cells, slowing the development of metastatic tumors in other organs and allowing time to intervene with surgery...
Fighting cancer with space research
For the past 15 years, the big data techniques pioneered by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been revolutionizing biomedical research. On Sept. 6, 2016, JPL and the National...
Computer program beats physicians at brain cancer diagnoses
A computer program has been developed that uses radiomic features found in routine MRI scans to distinguish between radiation necrosis and recurrent brain cancer. In a comparison, the program was nearly...
Deaths from 9/11-related illness are set to exceed initial toll
The falling of the Twin Towers led to huge amounts of dustRex ShutterstockBy Andy CoghlanFifteen years have passed, and the agony goes on for those who survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. More...
New software helps to identify course of cancer metastasis, tumor 'evolution'
Tumors also differ among patients with the same type of cancer, so how is a physician able to prescribe a tailored regimen for the patient? Researchers approach to infer the evolutionary track of tumor...
New PET scan for prostate cancer patients
A new effective PET/CT scan for prostate cancer patients can detect the location and extent of cancer that has recurred after initial treatment. Prostate PET/CT scans can detect cancer earlier than either...
Doctors don’t have to see cancer to suspect it’s there
reader comments 1 Share this story If you glance at your desk or bedroom, you’ll probably immediately know if something is out of place, even if you’re not be able to put your finger on what exactly is...
Superfast evolution could save Tasmanian devils from extinction
David Wall/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Alice Klein No time to muck around. Extreme evolutionary pressures seem to have caused Tasmanian devils to develop resistance to a deadly cancer in just a few generations....
Scientists track metabolic pathways to find drug combination for pancreatic cancer
Cancer researchers have long observed the value of treating patients with combinations of anti-cancer drugs that work better than single drug treatments. Now, in a new study using laboratory-grown cells...
Excess weight linked to eight more cancer types
There's yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight as we age. An international team of researchers has identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver,...
Pfizer to buy cancer-drug maker Medivation for $14 billion
Pfizer’s $14 billion deal to buy San Francisco’s Medivation Inc. adds a blockbuster prostate-cancer drug to the pharmaceutical giant’s roster of drugs and strengthens its line of lucrative cancer therapies....
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem
Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive...
Fuchsia OS isn't replacing Android yet, Google says
Last August we got wind of a brand new operating system in development at Google, codenamed Fuchsia. At this year's Google I/O event in Mountain View, Android's Dave Burke shed a little bit more light...
Android in the car: This is Google's phone-free vision for connected driving
When you sit inside the bright orange Audi Q8 concept car, you're greeted with a minimalist interior with no knobs or physical buttons. Screens, instead, dominate the aesthetic, with the main dash acting...
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