Strength Train Your Brain

The newest fitness craze focuses on strengthening your brain. Here’s how to play your cards right and build more mental muscle. Get Your Brain to the Gym   I know what to do when my thighs get a little jiggly (hello, squats and lunges), but what about when the trouble zone in question is a…

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Head and neck cancer: Immunotherapy drug a ‘game-changer’ for survival

Advanced head and neck cancer that is resistant to chemotherapy is notoriously difficult to treat. However, an immunotherapy drug called nivolumab could change the game for patients with no treatment options.   A paper chain of people The trial found that nivolumab can greatly extend life among head and neck cancer patients who have no…

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Gut bacteria boost effectiveness of common chemotherapy drug

  Recent research shows that gut bacteria affect cancer – some promote tumor growth while others hinder it. However, it has not been clear which species of gut microbes help and which do not. Now, a new study identifies two species of gut bacteria that boost the effect of a common chemotherapy drug by activating…

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Ultrasmall nanoparticles kill cancer cells in unusual way

 Scientists are surprised to find that ultrasmall, fluorescent nanoparticles – originally developed to light up tumors for surgery – can also kill cancer cells by triggering a type of cell death that is not commonly observed. Human cancer cell The ultrasmall particles kill cancer cells by taking iron from their environment and delivering it into…

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Researchers reveal how ultrasmall nanoparticles can kill cancer cells

  Nanoparticles known as Cornell dots, or C dots, have shown great promise as a therapeutic tool in the detection and treatment of cancer.   Now, the ultrasmall particles – developed more than a dozen years ago by Ulrich Wiesner, the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering at Cornell University – have shown they can…

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Childhood Cancer Deaths: Brain Cancer Overtakes Leukemia as Top Cause

  Leukemia is no longer the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in children, but brain cancer has taken it’s place, according to a new report.   All pediatric cancer death rates have been dropping since the mid-1970s, according to the report released today (Sept. 16) from the National Center for Health Statistics. The report…

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Nanorobotic agents designed to travel in the human body to treat cancer

50 years after the release of the film ‘Fantastic Voyage,’ science upstages fiction Fifty years to the day after the film ‘Fantastic Voyage’ was first shown in theaters, researchers are unveiling a unique medical interventional infrastructure devoted to the fight against cancer. Their work enables microscopic nanorobotic agents to be guided through the vascular systems…

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Pancreatic Cancer Immune System / Vaccines Cancer / Oncology Clinical Trials / Drug Trials Pancreatic cancer survival could be increased with new treatment combo

Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest cancers to treat; tumors of the pancreas often fail to respond to current therapies. In a new study, researchers reveal how they may have found a way to boost the treatment response of these tumors. Published in the journal Nature Medicine, the study reveals how administering a drug called…

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Researchers Develop New Method To Kill Cancer Cells In 2 Hours

Researchers have developed a new, non-invasive method which can kill cancer cells in two hours, an advance that may significantly help people with inoperable or hard-to-reach tumours, as well as young children stricken with the deadly disease. The method involves injecting a chemical compound, nitrobenzaldehyde, into the tumour and allowing it to diffuse into the…

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FDA allows marketing of cooling cap to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared for marketing in the United States the first cooling cap to reduce hair loss (alopecia) in female breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Hair loss is a common side effect of certain types of chemotherapy, commonly associated with the treatment of breast cancer. Hair may fall out entirely, gradually, in sections, or may…

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Therapeutic hypothermia after nonshockable-rhythm cardiac arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia significantly raises the rate of survival with a good neurologic outcome among patients who are comatose after a cardiac arrest with a nonshockable initial rhythm, according to a report published online November 16 in Circulation. Many observational and retrospective cohort studies have examined the possible benefits of therapeutic hypothermia in this patient population,…

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3D-printed protein complexes models to treat cancer

London: Researchers have created 3D-printed models of protein complexes, vital components in the process of DNA replication, and these could hold the key to future cancer treatment, a study says. When our cells copy their DNA to replicate, it is vital the process runs smoothly, otherwise it can lead to cell death or cancer. To get DNA…

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People with fewer moles may face risk of more aggressive melanoma

While people with more than 50 moles may be at higher risk of developing melanoma, people who have fewer moles may be at greater risk of developing more aggressive melanoma. This is the conclusion of new research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2015 Summer Academy Meeting in New York, NY. Dr. Caroline C….

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Here’s to Your Health: Sony Unveils SmartBand 2

The race among a crowded market of activity-tracking devices just got a new contender as Sony today unveiled its latest smart band designed to monitor the health and fitness of users. Sony’s SmartBand 2 tracker includes a heart rate monitor that can register and display cardio data as long as the user feels like wearing it….

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Freezing Airways with Liquid Nitrogen Could Destroy Bronchitis

A technique known as cryotherapy, where liquid nitrogen at nearly minus 200oC is sprayed into the airways to destroy malfunctioning nerves, is being tested in a trial involving several British hospitals, according to a report by The Daily Mail. The new treatment, which is being tested on chronic bronchitis, targets the thickened airway tissue by freezing it. The tissue is first…

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Oncology Edition-What is the treatment for resectable pancreatic cancer?

If a pancreatic cancer is found at an early stage (stage I and stage II) and is contained locally within or around the pancreas, surgery may be recommended (resectable pancreatic cancer). Surgery is the only potentially curative treatment for pancreatic cancer. The surgical procedure most commonly performed to remove a pancreatic cancer is a Whipple…

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Oncology Edition-How is pancreatic cancer staged?

Once pancreatic cancer is diagnosed, it is “staged.” Pancreatic cancer is broken into four stages with stage 1 being the earliest stage (stage 0 is not counted) and stage IV being the most advanced (metastatic disease). The following are the stages of pancreatic cancer according to the National Cancer Institute: Stage 0: Cancer is found…

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Oncology Edition-How is the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer made?

Most people do not need to be screened for pancreatic cancer. Those who may qualify usually have a set of factors that increase the risk for pancreatic cancer, such as pancreatic cysts, first-degree relatives with pancreatic cancer, or a history of genetic syndromes associated with pancreatic cancer. Most screening tests consists of CT scans, ultrasounds,…

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Oncology Edition-What are pancreatic cancer symptoms and signs?

Because the pancreas lies deep in the belly in front of the spine, pancreatic cancer often grows silently for months before it is discovered. Early symptoms can be absent or quite subtle. More easily identifiable symptoms develop once the tumor grows large enough to press on other nearby structures, such as nerves (which causes pain),…

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Oncology Edition- What are pancreatic cancer causes and risk factors?

About 46,000 cases of pancreatic cancer occur yearly in the United States. Most people who develop pancreatic cancer do so without any predisposing risk factors. However, perhaps the biggest risk factor is increasing age; being over the age of 60 puts an individual at greater risk. Rarely, there can be familial, genetic syndromes arising from…

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Impact of overpopulation on health in India

On Saturday, World Population Day, India recorded a population of 127,42,39,769 — which constitutes 17.25% of the global population. At this rate, India is expected to become the most populated country by 2050. Many people are already aware of the social and environmental problems caused due to overpopulation, but only a few are aware of its adverse…

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Oncology Edition-Pancreatic Cancer- An Introduction

What is cancer? The word cancer is derived from the Latin word for crab because cancers are often very irregularly shaped, and because, like a crab, they “grab on and don’t let go.” The term cancer specifically refers to a new growth which has the ability to invade surrounding tissues, metastasize (spread to other organs)…

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