Researchers create decoy protein that may stop cancer from spreading

A laboratory researcher in a file photo. REUTERS/Sebastian Derungs

The decoy protein significantly slowed metastasis in the study.

Often times, cancer begins in one part of the body and spreads elsewhere via the bloodstream or lymphatic system. This spreading, called metastasis, makes the disease deadly and difficult to halt—even using chemotherapy drugs with serious side effects.

 

 

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New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors

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Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them.

An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer Center shows the prospect of that being a realistic scenario may not be far off.

 

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Scientists develop new blood test that could detect any type of cancer

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The simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients.

British scientists have developed a revolutionary new blood test that could detect any type of cancer. It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies.

 

 

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Top 10 ways nanotechnology is transforming the world around us

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Nanotechnology might be outside your window at this very moment in the form of a gecko-like human scaling a self-cleaning, nano-enhanced solar window.

A pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles that can help you ascend a 25-foot sheet of glass might not seem like the most impressive use of nanotechnology but this real-world advance aptly demonstrates how quickly the field of nanotechnology is climbing into our lives. Below are ten additional examples of how nanotechnology is already changing the world, followed by 10 ways it may help society scale even greater heights in the near future.

 

 

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High-tech glasses help surgeons see cancer

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The glasses are designed to make it easy for surgeons to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have developed high-tech eyewear that helps surgeons detect cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed using the special glasses.

 

 

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Cancer care in the U.S. is failing

Communication is the key when it comes to cancer care.

A new report has been released recently by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)  on the state of cancer care in the United States.   The IOM is a non-profit, non-governmental advisory group.  To get on one of their advisory boards you have to be a national, if not international, expert in whatever field is being studied. According to the cancer advisory board, the state of cancer care in the United States is abysmal.

 

 

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71% of Americans believe artificial limbs will perform better than natural limbs by 2050

Americans have faith in the advancement of human technology.

A Pew Research Center report offers a fascinating look at Americans’ views on aging — and on, specifically, the practice known as “radical life extension.” The survey found that most American adults don’t believe that such life extension capabilities will be generally feasible in the near future: 73 percent of them answered no when asked whether the average person would live to be 120 years old by the year 2050.

 

 

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Cold caps may prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Hospital staff help a patient put on a cold cap.

What is the first thing most patients undergoing chemotherapy want to know? Oncologist Susan Melin of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina told the Associated Press that often, her patients ask first about hair loss. “It’s not, ‘Is this going to cure me?’ It’s, ‘Am I going to lose my hair?'” she said.

 

 

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Cancer comes in more shades than just pink: Studies

We have even more reason to understand breast cancer as multiple diseases.

Every year we go though a full month of pink, pink and more pink, all in the name of “breast cancer awareness.” What once was a health-related cause has become the feel-virtuous-and-buy-stuff season wedged between back-to-school and holiday gift giving.

 

 

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