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Ancient cancer [Respectful Insolence]

As I sat on my couch last night, laptop sitting in front of me, I awaited the Ken Burns adaptation of Siddartha Mukherjee’s excellent book The Emperor of All Maladies into a three part television docu... read more

Increasing the resolution on breast cancer – the METABRIC study

As this in-depth post on the Respectful Insolence blog describes, they found that no two women’s cancers were alike – there were differences across all the tumour samples. Even a subcategory like ‘tri... read more

Legal marijuana and cannabis research, Google X health project, Retraction Watch, regulating genetic research

(Gorski also blogs as Orac at Respectful Insolence, and sometimes crossposts there ... It is Part 1 of a promised 3; he plans additional posts on marijuana therapy for autism and cancer. In Part 1 he ... read more

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Scientists suggest that cancer is purely man-made

The study of remains and literature from ancient Egypt and Greece and earlier periods – carried out at Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology and published in Nature Reviews Cancer – includ... read more


Dr. Zorba Paster: E-cigarettes may help quitters

My Spin: Now we don’t know the long term effect of e-cigs, but we do know the long term effect of cigarettes – lung cancer, heart disease ... my gums stopped bleeding. You should respect your callers ... read more

The Cancer Blog goes woo

Here are some others, some of which are probably worse: The Cancer Blog on Reiki (based on this puff piece): An ancient form of Japanese healing ... me the boot for laying down my characteristic Respe... read more

More ancient statues, graves unearthed in a Greek field

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s Culture Ministry says a Greek farmer’s recent discovery of a fragment of an ancient statue while tilling his field has yielded three more statues and several graves in the pa... read more

Why use words? Emojis convey health just fine, Mayo finds

Mayo researchers gave Apple watches and mobile phone apps to 300 cancer patients and asked them to report how they were feeling on a standard zero-to-10 scale but also on a new five-face emoji scale — ... read more

Elephants Rarely Get Cancer, Now We Know Why

Could a cure for cancer be hiding in the elephant’s genetic code? The massive mammals have a much lower incidence of cancer than one would expect, given their size and long life span. It’s a phenomeno... read more

First cancer immunotherapy for dogs developed

Today nearly all methods of human medicine are basically available for dogs with cancer, but this was not true of cancer immunotherapy so far ... antibody to EGFR in man and dogs differs only in respe... read more

Wasp Venom Selectively Assassinates Cancer Cells

Many wasp species have chemicals in their venom that kill bacteria. In the last few years, researchers have found that some of these chemicals also kill cancer cells, though exactly how they work has ... read more

U technology is key to potent drug to treat blood cancer

An ancient snippet of salmon DNA resurrected as a result of an aborted University of Minnesota program to restock lakes with larger walleye has become a potent tool in one of the hottest areas of huma... read more



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