Month: October 2016

Large scale nuclear disasters, such as in Fukushima and Chernobyl, have raised public concern over nuclear power and radiation exposure through medical procedures. However, most people are unaware that many household items and foods emit potentially dangerous radiation. Public concern over radiation exposure has been heightened due to nuclear reactor accidents such as those seen
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Webinars and white papers to support your child health priorities This series for children’s hospitals leaders and teams features experts from the Jefferson College of Population Health who will explore important changes in the environment under health care reform, with special emphasis on what is required to operationalize a population health management strategy.  View more
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October 27, 2016, by NCI Staff A drug that blocks the activity of the nuclear export protein XPO1 shrank tumors in mouse models of non-small cell lung cancer with mutations in the KRAS gene. Credit: Karyopharm Therapeutics Researchers have identified a potentially critical weakness in lung cancers that have mutations in the KRAS gene, a
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Should you add maca to your diet? An RD weighs in. Whether or not you’re obsessed with trying the latest uber-healthy food trends, you’ve probably heard the buzz about maca. This pungent root veggie, cultivated in the Andes Mountains of Peru (and sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng), has been used traditionally for its nutritional and presumed
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October 24, 2016, by NCI Staff Left panel: Human fibroblast cells in their resting state. Right panel: After exposure to the DNA-damaging chemotherapy doxorubicin, the RNA DINO is produced in large quantities (green).   Credit: Julia Garcia, Stanford University Researchers from Stanford University have identified an important molecule involved in the process that normally causes
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October 21, 2016, by NCI Staff Natural killer cells are immune cells that eliminate infected, foreign, and cancer cells. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases An immunotherapy approach that uses a new method of preparing immune cells may provide a potential treatment option for some patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), results from
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October 20, 2016, by NCI Staff A new study suggests that mitochondria in cancer cells can use lactate to fuel biochemical reactions and generate compounds needed for cell growth. Credit: Patti Lab, Washington University Researchers have discovered another way that cancer cells may produce the energy they need to survive and grow. Using new metabolomics
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October 19, 2016, by NCI Staff NCI’s cancer information products are constantly evolving and growing, so periodically we provide updates on new content of interest to the cancer community. NCI Acting Director Thanks Vice President Biden for Cancer Moonshot Leadership NCI Acting Director Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., wrote an open letter to Vice President Biden
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The secret to Jennifer Lopez’s sizzling, sculpted shape? A pair of ankle weights and this killer butt-kicking workout series from her trainer Tracy Anderson. Jennifer Lopez seems to get better with age. As her trainer, I come up with her workouts, but she deserves all the credit. Not only does she eat clean and score
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October 14, 2016, by Carol Weil, J.D. The COMET study will examine the impact of counseling patients about the results of their tumor profiling results. Credit: iStock The COMET (COMmunication and Education in Tumor profiling) study, launched in September 2016, is examining whether educating patients with cancer about genetic testing will increase their knowledge and
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A comprehensive review of scientific literature suggests a possible link between early introduction of allergenic foods and reduced likelihood of some allergies, although the evidence is not conclusive. Both popular and scientific literature have discussed the relationship between early introduction of certain foods to infant diets and the subsequent development of allergies or autoimmune problems.
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October 6, 2016, by NCI Staff Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare type of skin cancer, forms in Merkel cells, which are in the deepest part of the epidermis and are connected to nerves. Credit: Terese Winslow In a clinical trial, a new immunotherapy drug called avelumab has shown promise in patients with metastatic Merkel cell
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October 5, 2016, by NCI Staff A new study confirms that, for some patients with advanced cancer, palliative care given early during treatment can improve their quality of life. Credit: iStock Patients who received palliative care along with standard treatment for advanced cancer reported having a better quality of life and mood than patients who
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