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First genetic link to bone marrow cancer identified
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Two new gene variants, which each increase the risk of bone marrow cancer by 30 percent, have been identified by scientists at the U.K. Institute for Cancer Research. The cancer, known as multiple myeloma, affects the white blood cells of the bone marrow and around 4,000 people in the U.K. develop it each year. Relatives of patients have four times the chance of developing the disease. More

Low-cost diabetes drug limits cancer risk
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An inexpensive drug used to treat type 2 diabetes appears to prevent a number of natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells. The research, published in the journal PLoS One, provide biological evidence for previously reported epidemiological surveys that long-term use of the drug metformin for type 2 diabetes reduces the risk of diabetes-associated cancers, such as breast cancers. More

Study: Blood test can detect Parkinson's before symptoms appear
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British researchers have developed a blood test that can diagnose Parkinson's disease long before symptoms appear. The researchers at the University of Lancaster discovered a substance in the blood called phosphorylated alpha-synuclein — which is common in people with Parkinson's — and also developed a way to identify its presence in blood. More

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38th Annual NSH Symposium/Convention Accepting Abstracts
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The 38th Annual Symposium/Convention will take place Sep. 28-Oct. 3 in Vancouver. The Convention Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for 90-minute, 3-hour and 6-hour workshops. The finished program will include 100 workshops covering both clinical, veterinary and research histology topics. More

Cell grading: Indolent or aggressive?
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A computerized pathologist that can outperform its human counterparts could transform the field of cancer diagnosis. Looking for needles in haystacks is boring. But computers do not get bored. Contracting out to machines the tedious business of assessing the dangerousness of cancer cells in histological microscope slides ought thus to be an obvious thing to do. More

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FDA plans April decision on Cell Therapeutics drug
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Drug developer Cell Therapeutics Inc. said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set a goal of deciding on its application for its potential cancer treatment pixantrone by April 24. Cell Therapeutics wants the FDA to approve the potential treatment for an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, where the disease has progressed after treatment with two or more other therapies. More

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Stem cells traced to the heart
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For years, scientists have found stem cells lurking in the heart, but they didn't know whether the cells originated there or migrated from elsewhere through the blood stream. A new study published in Cell Stem Cell describes stem cells that are indeed native to the heart, and can form cell types that could one day be used to help repair damage, such as from a heart attack. More

Growing organs, 1cell at a time
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Luke Masella was born with spina bifida, and after 10 years, it was getting the best of him. His doctor at Children's Hospital Boston engineered a new bladder for Masella, first taking samples of muscle cells from his bladder and growing them in a Petri dish. Once the doctor had grown enough, he attached the cells to a bladder-shaped framework or scaffolding he created using collagen. More

New cell type boosts immunity to infection
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A new type of cell actually boosts the body's ability to fight off infections and threatening diseases, a study reveals. It recognizes lipid antigens, or foreign molecules, which sit on infectious bacteria which invade the body. Once recognizing the lipids, the cell, called Natural killer T follicular helper, generates antibody responses in B cells. More

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Researchers monitor engineered blood vessels as they grow
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Using magnetic resonance imaging and nanoparticle technology, researchers from Yale have devised a way to monitor the growth of laboratory-engineered blood vessels after they have been implanted in patients. This advance represents an important step toward ensuring that blood vessels, and possibly other tissues engineered from a patient's own biological material, are taking hold and working as expected. More

Scientists say engineered T-cells kill melanoma cancer tumors
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University of California-Los Angeles researchers working with mice blood stem cells proved the cells could be engineered to produce cancer killing T-cells that seek out and attack human melanoma cancer. The researchers believe this approach could be useful in 40 percent of Caucasians, those who are at greater risk of developing this cancer. More


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Adult stem cells use special pathways to repair muscle
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When a muscle is damaged, dormant adult stem cells called satellite cells are signaled to "wake up" and contribute to repairing the muscle. University of Missouri researchers recently found how even distant satellite cells could help with the repair, and are now learning how the stem cells travel within the tissue. This knowledge could ultimately help doctors more effectively treat muscle disorders such as muscular dystrophy, in which the muscle is easily damaged and the patient's satellite cells have lost the ability to repair. More

Undiagnosed diabetes common in women with acute MI
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A fifth of women with an acute myocardial infarction (MI) have previously undiagnosed diabetes, according to results from a German registry that included 706 women. The registry analysis also showed that prevalence of previously undiagnosed diabetes in women with a recent MI significantly exceeded the rate in men, Dr. Anselm K. Gitt said at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association. More


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Skin cancer rate may be higher in high-radon spots
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Rates of one form of skin cancer may be elevated in areas with naturally high levels of the radioactive gas radon, a U.K. study suggests. But researchers caution the findings do not prove that radon raises people's risk of the disease, known as squamous cell carcinoma — a highly curable type of skin cancer. More

CT colonography ups screenings; colonoscopy finds more advanced neoplasia
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Offering computed tomography (CT) colonography improved participation in colorectal cancer screening by more than 50 percent compared with conventional colonoscopy in a study conducted in the Netherlands. However, colonoscopy identified significantly more advanced neoplasia per 100 participants than did CT colonography. More

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