The proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden on cancer patients, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has said.The proposed wording of the regulation stipulates ‘explicit and specific patient consent’, meaning that researchers would have to approach patients every single time research is planned in order to …
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Sleeping at night with the lights on can not only add to your energy consumption, but also wake up breast cancer cells, a study suggests. Exposure to light at night, which shuts off night-time production of the hormone melatonin, renders breast cancer completely resistant to tamoxifen, a widely-used breast cancer drug, the findings showed. 'High melatonin levels at night put breast cancer cells …
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Veteran actor Om Puri recently suffered a health scare after he was hospitalised with a mouth lesion. Talking to TOI, Om Puri said that it was caused by cigarettes but thankfully the lesion was benign. The actor also stated that he had cut down on smoking, going from 30 cigarettes a day to four. He said he was suffering from some withdrawal symptoms like headache, lethargy and irritability and …
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In a key discovery against HIV, researchers have shown that an anti-cancer drug can activate hidden HIV to levels readably detectable in the blood by standard methods. The anti-cancer drug romidepsin increased the virus production in HIV-infected cells between 2.1 and 3.9 times above normal. (Read: 12 HIV/AIDS symptoms that you need to watch out for) 'The viral load in the blood increased to …
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Researchers have identified a critical gene that could help clinicians distinguish fibroadenomas cases from breast cancer. Fibroadenomas is the most common benign breast tumour in women of reproductive age. The researchers used advanced DNA sequencing technologies to identify the gene called MED12 that was repeatedly disrupted in nearly 60 percent of fibroadenoma cases. ‘It is amazing that …
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A court in the US has awarded a widow $23.6 billion in damages in a lawsuit against America's second biggest tobacco company, media reports said Sunday. Cynthia Robinson in 2008 initiated legal action against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a Florida court seeking compensation for her husband's death in 1996. She claimed that smoking killed her husband Michael, and that the tobacco …
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One person dies every six hours due to oral cancer in the country, signalling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease, according to a top orthodontist. The situation could be still graver as many cases of the disease went unreported, Secretary-General of the Indian Dental Association Dr Ashok Dhoble told PTI from Mumbai. 'Cases of the disease and deaths resulting from it in rural areas …
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According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, long-term use of cholesterol-lowering drug statins could aggravate the risk of breast cancer. Currently, The Royal College of General Practitioners (GP) and the British Medical Association have officially challenged the decision over concerns about the side effects of long-term use of statins, reports the Daily Express. Dr. …
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Bollywood actor Om Puri recently underwent a mouth surgery for an intimidating white patch in his mouth. While, he is totally fine now, he swears to quit smoking hereon. The veteran actor sounded hale and hearty when this writer spoke to him. (Read: 10 reasons smoking is bad for you) Talking about the ordeal, Om said: 'When this white patch was detected in my mouth I was hospitalised and fearing …
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Metastatic cancer or cancer that spreads from one part of the body to another, results in lower chances of survival. But scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, US have found the cause of this metastasis in lung cancer. According to the scientists, the gene DIXDC1 is responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body. With an increased …
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Lung cancer is known to be the most common and serious types of cancer that mainly affects aged adults (above 70 years). The incidence of lung cancer in people younger than 40 years of age is low, but with age the risk of this cancer increases drastically. Smoking is one of the main causes (almost 90% of all cases) of lung cancer, but people who have never smoked can also develop this …
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Men may find it hard to report anything in their breast, even if it is a lump, but the fact is breast cancer is not exclusive to women and though the proportion is small, men too can have it. Knowledge on male treatments and methods is surprisingly limited, but this may soon change as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US is now urging pharmaceutical companies to include men in breast …
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Typically, prostate cancer occurs more frequently as men age into their 70s or 80s, but a US-based analysis has found that the number of younger men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased nearly six-fold in the last 20 years. And the disease is more likely to be aggressive in these younger men, the study said. 'Early onset prostate cancer tends to be aggressive, striking down men in the …
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A mutated strain of a cat poop parasite has been found to reprogramme the natural power of the immune system to kill cancer cells, scientists say. Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii) is a single-celled parasite found in a cat's intestines, but it can live in any warm blooded animal. T gondii affects about one-third of the world's population. Most people have no symptoms, but some experience a flu-like …
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