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Protein inhibition opens door for pancreatic cancer treatment

The protein galectin-1 has been identified as a possible therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer; new research has demonstrated that inhibiting this protein in mice with pancreatic cancer increased survival by 20%.

Noninvasive advanced image analysis may improve care for lung cancer patients

Lung cancer patients could receive more precise treatment, and their progress could be better tracked by using a new high-tech method of non-invasive medical imaging analysis, according to a new study.

DIY sunscreen: Dermatologists warn against trend for homemade SPF

Many bloggers who post recipes for do-it-yourself sunscreen claim that commercial products contain harsh chemicals that could be as bad, or worse, than using nothing. However, dermatologists are warning people that DIY recipes cannot guarantee broadband protection or ensure that the SPF is high enough.

First-of-its-kind study shows higher concentration of trace elements in bone cancer

Researchers investigating the distribution of trace elements in the tissue of bone tumors found that tumor tissue contains higher concentrations of trace elements, which could be a starting point in the development of targeted therapies for bone cancer.

Obtaining 16 cores is better than obtaining 12 cores for prostate cancer detection

A research team from Japan found that 16-core biopsy has a slightly higher detection rate than 12-core biopsy.

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

For pediatric patients with advanced cancer, parent-provider concordance is poor regarding prognosis and goals of care, according to a study.

Testicular cancer on the rise for young U.S. Hispanics

An increase in incidence of testicular germ cell tumors in Hispanic adolescents and young adults in the United States has been observed.

Not all grapefruits have the same effect on drug metabolism

The furanocoumarins in grapefruits interact with some medications—does eating a grapefruit allow for lower drug dosages?

Here's What We Know About Cell Phone Use And the Risks For Cancer

Cell phone emit radiation that can be absorbed by human tissue; however, that does not mean that cell phones can cause cancer. An important factor is that cell phone emit non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation—the kind of radiation emitted by microwave—not ionizing radiation—the kind that comes from x-rays.

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