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Night shifts 'linked to increased breast cancer risk'

Tuesday Jul 21 2015

Night-shift working linked to increased breast cancer risk

"Irregular sleeping patterns have been 'unequivocally' shown to lead to [breast] cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests," BBC News reports. Scientists are concerned a similar effect may occur in women working night shifts…

Researchers identify protein that spreads cancer

Tuesday Jul 14 2015

Researchers identify deadly 'cancer spreader' molecule

"Scientists have found a way of preventing the spread of cancer from the site of the original tumour," The Independent reports. Targeting proteins called DNA-PKcs could prevent cancer cells moving to other…

Orange juice and grapefruit linked to melanoma skin cancer

Wednesday Jul 1 2015

Orange juice and grapefruits linked to melanoma skin cancer

"Drinking a glass of orange juice or eating a fresh grapefruit for breakfast may increase the risk of skin cancer," the Mail Online reports. A US study did find a small increase in the risk of melanoma, but the benefits of unsweetened fruit juice…

Everyday chemicals may contribute to cancer risk

Thursday Jun 25 2015

No evidence that 'cocktail of everyday chemicals' cause cancer

'Fifty everyday chemicals…could be combining to increase our risk of cancer' the Mail Online reports. Researchers have identified 85 chemicals which have the potential to cause cells to switch into 'cancer mode'...

Smoking causes half of all deaths in 12 different cancers

Thursday Jun 18 2015

Smoking causes half of all deaths in 12 different cancers

"Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a US study estimates," the Mail Online reports. Due to similar smoking rates, it is likely that a similar pattern exists in the UK…

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…

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