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Astronauts Aren’t Dying From Space Radiation, New Research Suggests

Excessive exposure to the Sun’s harmful rays is an occupational hazard endured by astronauts, who run the risk of contracting cancer and heart disease as a result. At least that’s what we thought. New research shows that astronauts aren’t dying prematurely, but scientists caution that long duration missions will pose serious risks. Read More >>

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Scientists Make ‘Landmark’ Discovery in Synthesising Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges

Harvard and Japanese scientists say they’ve made a “landmark” discovery in cancer drug development. In a new study published Monday, they say they have finally found a way to synthesise in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules derived from sea sponges. Their new strategy has already helped speed up research into these molecules, including a planned clinical trial in humans. Read More >>

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Scotland’s HPV Vaccine Is Already Dramatically Lowering Rates of Cervical Disease

A new study out Wednesday in the BMJ is the latest to showcase even the short-term benefits of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It found that the routine vaccination of preteen girls in Scotland, starting in 2008, led to drastically lower rates of cervical disease by the time the girls turned 20. That included conditions known to raise the risk of cervical cancer later on in life. Read More >>

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Body of a Cancer Patient Left Radioactive Material at Arizona Crematorium

An Arizona crematorium was contaminated with radiation after the cremation of a patient who’d received radiopharmaceutical treatment, according to a new case study. Read More >>

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Johnson & Johnson Fails to Have £3.69 Billion Cancer Verdict Thrown Out

Johnson & Johnson, which lost a lawsuit brought by 22 women and their families who claimed their ovarian mesotheliomas were caused by talc products contaminated with the carcinogen asbestos to the tune of $4.69 billion (about £3.69 billion) in July, has failed to have the verdict thrown out on jurisdictional grounds. Read More >>

health
“Being Tall” is the New Cancer Likelihood Trigger

Tall people are more likely to get cancer, scientists have calculated, but can you clickbait why? Is it because they are nearer the sun? Do they sleep worse because their feet poke out more? Is it related to the amount of bending down that their internal organs are subjected to? Is it the cumulative effect of a lifetime of minor head bumps? Read More >>

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Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Researchers Who Harnessed the Immune System to Fight Cancer

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to a pair of immunologists for devising an effective new class of cancer therapy that unshackles the body’s immune system. Read More >>

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Your Genetic Testing Results Can Change – Here’s Why

The first wave of routine genetics testing has already helped millions of people learn about their hereditary risk for certain diseases like cancer. But a new study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that as our knowledge of genetics expands, these initial results sometimes need to be revised. Read More >>

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Scientists Are Turning Zika Virus Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

A devastating viral disease could actually help treat and prevent brain cancer in the future, suggests yet more research, published Tuesday in MBio. Researchers at the University of Texas and elsewhere successfully used a modified version of the Zika virus to selectively kill off certain stem cells that allow brain tumours to stay alive, at least in mice. Read More >>

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Crowdfunding Sites Are Putting Money in the Pockets of Cancer Quacks, Report Finds

It’s become a heartbreakingly common sight on the internet: People using crowdfunding sites to raise money for their expensive health care, including cancer treatment. But a new report published Wednesday in the BMJ suggests that desperate people are often using this money to pursue dubious, possibly dangerous treatments from unscrupulous charlatans. Read More >>

health
Quantum Dot Tea Factory is the Next Frontier in the War on Cancer

Scientists playing around with tea think they might have stumbled across the next big thing in the battle against lung cancer, with tiny particles less than 10 nanometres across that they intended to use to make cancers more visible actually having a damaging effect on cancer cells. Read More >>

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No, a Study Didn’t Just Prove That Mobile Phones Cause Brain Cancer

Yet another study claiming to show a connection between cancer and mobile phones—this time from the UK—is making the rounds. But plenty of scientists are saying the new paper is misleading. Read More >>

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Blue-Tinged LED Street Lights Linked With Higher Cancer Rates

Researchers have linked the modern form of LED street lighting to higher rates of breast and prostate cancer, in a grim development that could have repercussions for everything we look at in today's backlit world. Read More >>

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This Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Provide Hyper-Specific Cancer Diagnoses

Ever since researchers first discovered that bacterial immune systems could be hijacked to selectively change DNA in living creatures, CRISPR gene-editing technology has been limited by the boundaries of the cell wall. CRISPR allows scientists to cut and paste little bits of DNA, swapping out even single letters of DNA to correct disease-causing genetic mutations. But—at least until now—all of that cutting and pasting has gone on inside cells. Read More >>

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Starbucks Must Tell Customers Its Coffee Contains a Cancer-Causing Ingredient, But Don’t Panic

Earlier today, a California Superior Court judge issued a ruling that’s bound to stress out lots of java drinkers—even if it probably shouldn’t. Companies like Starbucks will have to tell customers that their coffee can potentially cause cancer. Read More >>