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Fungus has cancer-fighting power
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Arthrobotrys oligospora doesn't live a charmed life; it survives on a diet of roundworm. But a discovery by a team led by Mingjun Zhang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, could give the fungus' life more purpose — as a cancer fighter. Zhang and his team have discovered that nanoparticles produced by A. oligospora hold promise for stimulating the immune system and killing tumors. More

Gifts for the cytologist
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Still looking for the perfect gift for the cytologists in your life or perhaps a treat for yourself? Look no further. ASCT offers microscope lapel pins, HPV plushies, mini-notebooks, cytology playing cards, ASCT tote bags and cytology notecards. Check these out at Happy Shopping! More


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Report: HPV tied to throat cancers
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A sexually transmitted infection usually thought of in connection to cervical cancer is also tied to a five times greater risk of cancer of the vocal chords or voice box, a new report suggests. Combining the results of 55 studies from the past two decades, Chinese researchers found 28 percent of people with laryngeal cancers had cancerous tissue that tested positive for human papillomavirus. More

The ovarian cancer quandary: Should women be screened?
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VideoBriefStudy after study shows the tests commonly recommended to screen healthy women don't always work and could even be a hazard. The screenings, which involve a blood test and an ultrasound, tend to give many false positive results. So women can end up having operations to look for a cancer that is many times not there. More

Ovarian cancer an under-the-radar killer
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Ovarian cancer's mortality rates have barely declined since President Richard Nixon initiated the "War on Cancer" in 1971. While ovarian cancer is the ninth-most-common cancer among women, it is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related death and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. More


Brain tumors respond to diet, radiation therapy
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Brain cancer researchers have successfully treated mice with malignant gliomas, a type of aggressive and deadly brain tumor, with a unique combination of radiation therapy and ketogenic diet, a high fat, low carbohydrate and minimal protein regime that forces the body to use fat instead of sugar for energy. Should the approach succeed in human trials, they say the diet could quickly and easily be added to current human brain tumor treatments. More

Innovative stem cell technique for heart tissue revealed
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Researchers have found that stem cell cultures infused with growth factors could be used to repair damaged heart tissue without the threat of patient rejection. Ren-Ke Li and team say that their discovery transforms aged stem cells into cells that function like much younger ones. These may one day enable scientists to grow cardiac patches for diseased or damaged hearts from a patient's own stem cells, no matter how old they are, while avoiding the risk for rejection. More

The role of the cellular entry point of anthrax identified
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Anthrax uses a receptor on the surface of cells to inject its lethal toxins. However, the physiological function of this receptor, named Anthrax Toxin Receptor 2a, remained unknown until now. A team led by Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan, a professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in collaboration with Gisou van der Goot at EPFL, reveals that Antxr2a actually plays a role in embryonic development, orienting cell division along a specific plane, which is a prelude to the formation of future tissues and organs. More

Converging technologies enable faster diagnoses by pathologists, physicians
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Innovative and inexpensive technologies hold the promise of instantaneous diagnosis while transforming conventional clinical laboratory tools "point-of-care pathology" may not be that far away. The convergence of medical and information technologies, the falling cost of computing, and the growing availability of miniaturization technologies make it increasingly possible for pathologists and physicians to make informed, on-the-spot diagnostic decisions about patient care. More

Potential blood thinner also unmasks cancer cells
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Virginia Tech researchers have discovered a potential way to create a new kind of anticoagulant drug. Working with Rafael Davalos, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Pavlos Vlachos, a professor of mechanical engineering, both in the College of Engineering, the scientists created a microfluidic device that emulates flow conditions within a blood vessel to explore the therapeutic role of a naturally occurring protein called Disabled-2, which ultimately prevents blood from clotting. More

Report: California stem cell agency needs overhaul
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California has transformed into a major player in stem cell research, but the taxpayer-funded institute responsible has "significant deficiencies" in how research dollars are distributed, experts said. A report by the Institute of Medicine found too many members on the board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine represented schools that won funding and recommended a restructuring to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest. More

Researchers explore social media as preventative method
for infectious diseases

Kansas State University via Bioscience Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to stopping illness, social media posts and tweets may be just what the doctor ordered. A Kansas State University-led research team is looking at social media as a tool to reduce and prevent diseases from spreading. Researchers are studying whether a well-timed post from a public authority or trustworthy person could be as beneficial as flu shots, hand-washing or sneezing into an elbow. More


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