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Could avocados hold the key to treating leukaemia?

Wednesday Jun 17 2015

Could avocados hold the key to treating leukaemia?

"Avocados could hold the key to helping beat rare form of leukaemia," The Independent reports. A substance in the fruit, avocatin B, was found in lab studies to effectively target acute myeloid leukaemia, a rare and aggressive blood cancer…

Half a handful of nuts a day 'reduces early death risk'

Friday Jun 12 2015

Half a handful of nuts a day 'reduces early death risk'

'A handful of nuts can save your life, says new study' The Daily Telegraph reports. A new Dutch study found a link between daily nut consumption and a reduced chance of dying from a number of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease…

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

Thursday Jun 11 2015

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

"Using social media to kick the [smoking] habit means you're 'TWICE as likely to succeed'," the Mail Online reports. A study of a Canadian social media campaign aimed at helping young people quit smoking found it…

Breast cancer 'tumour trigger' that spreads disease discovered

Tuesday Jun 9 2015

Breast cancer 'tumour trigger' that spreads disease discovered

"Experts have identified a 'trigger' which enables breast cancer cells to spread," the Daily Mirror reports. The trigger – a protein called CCL3 – appears to help cancerous cells spread into the lungs…

Five-year 'death test' for older adults launched online

Thursday Jun 4 2015

Five-year 'death test' for older adults launched online

"Are you dying to know? Scientists develop death test to predict if you'll make it to 2020," The Daily Telegraph reports. The test is based on analysis of data collected from the UK Biobank…

Breast cancer screening 'cuts deaths by 40%' expert panel says

Thursday Jun 4 2015

Breast cancer screening 'cuts deaths by 40%' expert panel says

"Women who undergo breast cancer screening cut their risk of dying from the disease by 40%, according to a global panel of experts," The Guardian reports. However, critics of screening say they have under-estimated the scale of overdiagnosis…

Immunotherapy drug combo could combat melanoma

Monday Jun 1 2015

Immunotherapy drug combo could combat melanoma

"New era in the war on cancer," is the over-hyped headline on the front of the Daily Mail. The new era refers to a trial looking at whether a combination of immunotherapy drugs could help with advanced melanoma skin cancer…

New discovery about how breast cancer spreads into bones

Thursday May 28 2015

New discovery about how breast cancer spreads into bones

"Certain breast cancers spread to the bones using an enzyme that drills 'seed holes' for planting new tumours, research has shown," The Guardian reports. The hope is drugs currently available…

Modified herpes virus 'could combat skin cancer'

Wednesday May 27 2015

Modified herpes virus 'could combat skin cancer'

"Patients with aggressive skin cancer have been treated successfully using a drug based on the herpes virus," The Guardian reports. A new study suggests a novel form of immunotherapy could be effective for treating some cases of advanced skin cancer...

Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

Tuesday May 26 2015

Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

"Teenage boys who become very obese may double their risk of getting bowel cancer by the time they are in their 50s," The Guardian reports. A Swedish study found a strong association between teenage obesity and bowel cancer risk in later adulthood…

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