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Cancer has a biological clock and this drug may keep it from ticking: A promising drug slows cancer’s circadian clock, halts its spread

A new drug shows potential to halt cancer cells’ growth by stunting the cells’ biological clock. The findings from scientists at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and Nagoya University’s Institute of Transformative BioMolecules (ITbM) advance a burgeoning area of research: turning the body’s circadian rhythms against cancer. Their study, conducted on human kidney […]

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Test for esophageal cancer could save millions of lives: A tiny capsule, a string and a 2-centimeter sponge are the future of screening for deadly disease

Cancer of the esophagus claims more than 400,000 lives around the world each year. With no efficient, reliable method of screening for the disease, by the time symptoms become apparent, it’s often too late to save the patient. A Johns Hopkins researcher who has devoted his career to the detection and prevention of esophageal cancer […]

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Single protein controls thousands of genes essential for sperm development: New regulatory mechanism could underlie male infertility

A single protein regulates a battery of key genes inside developing sperm, according to a new study out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Scientists discovered the protein — called Dazl — controls a network of genes essential for developing sperm to replicate and survive. The findings, published in Cell Reports, could lay […]

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‘Renaming harmless cancers makes sense’

A reader recently asked me to explain what’s meant by ­overdiagnosis. I wasn’t ­surprised because it (and overtreatment) is the buzz word of the moment in medical circles. For the avoidance of doubt here’s the definition of overdiagnosis. It’s the ­diagnosis of a condition that, if ­unrecognised, wouldn’t cause symptoms or harm a patient. The […]

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Heart attack: Substitute muscle thanks to stem cells

Myocardial infarction — commonly known as a heart attack — is still one of the main causes of death. According to the Federal Statistical Office, more than 49,00 people died of its consequences. And yet the mortality after heart attack has greatly decreased over the past decades: As compared to the early 1990s, it has […]

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Discovery could lead to better treatment for leukemia

Previous research has revealed that patients with acute myeloid leukemia who also have a particular mutation in a gene called NPM1 have a higher rate of remission with chemotherapy. About one-third of leukemia patients possess this favorable mutation, but until now, how it helps improve outcomes has remained unknown. Scientists from the University of Illinois […]