Antiviral therapy can reduce the risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection, researchers have found. The licensed oral antiviral agent nucleos(t)ide (NUC) resulted in a reduced long term risk for liver cancer chronic hepatitis B patients, the findings showed. 'Our findings suggest that NUC use reduces the risk of liver cancer in chronic hepatitis B patients, particularly …
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The ultraviolet (UV) radiation lamps used for indoor tanning put adolescents and young adults at risk for basal cell carcinomas (BCC), the most common form of skin cancer, says a study. 'Our findings suggest that teens and young adults who seek indoor tanning may be especially vulnerable to developing BCC, the most common form of skin cancer, at a young age,' said professor Margaret Karagas from …
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Whether you're suspected with heart disease or a lung disorder, a computed tomography (CT) scan is an accepted and standardised tool for accurate diagnosis. But is the radiation exposure from CT scan safe for you? According to a new study published online in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, increasing use of CT scans are putting patients at a higher lifetime risk of cancer. In …
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Biologists have found the 'missing link' in the chemical system that enables animal cells to produce ribosomes - the thousands of protein factories in each cell that manufacture all of the proteins needed to build tissue and sustain life. Their discovery provides scientists with a better understanding of how to limit uncontrolled cell growth, such as cancer, that might be regulated by controlling …
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Cancer, as we all know has no cure and the treatment options that are currently available pinch a hole on the pockets of common man. Along with the stress that accompanies after diagnosis of the cancer and the discomfort associated with its treatment, most of the patients also have to deal with the 'financial toxicity' that comes along. This includes the anxiety, expenses and loss of confidence …
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According to a study published in the journal Optics Letters, scientists have created a new dual-mode imaging technology to visualise tumours in real time in the operating theaters. So now, we could soon have cheaper and light-weighted tools like goggles or hand-held devices to locate tumors in real time. (Read: Will the trending precision medicine provide better outcome in cancer …
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Women play many roles in their life - that of a mother, a sister, a wife, a daughter and a friend. However to play all these roles, one needs to stay healthy. One of the foremost barriers between women and a healthy life is breast cancer. According to experts, breast cancer is one of the leading diseases affecting women today. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO's …
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Mobile phones are everywhere these days. Kids play with it, and adults are simply inseparable from their precious possessions. But do cell phones have a detrimental effect on our health? Well, the jury is still out on that decision.  While, there have been reports that keeping your phone in your front pocket can cause infertility in men, can cause brain damage in an unborn babay, leading to …
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In a panel discussion ‘Precision Medicine - Trends in Oncology,’ held on Thursday, experts emphasised the importance of the concept of precision medicine in cancer treatment. The concept diverts from the earlier strategy of devising a standardised treatment approach to treat cancer patients. It focuses on a personalised approach of treatment that will be specific and will vary from patient to …
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Researchers have claimed that the incidence of malignant melanoma in adulthood can be dramatically reduced by the consistent use of sunscreen in infancy and childhood. According to senior author John L. VandeBerg, Ph.D., the research was driven by the fact that, despite the increasing use of sunscreen in recent decades, the incidence of malignant melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, …
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Being a couch potato can raise your risk of developing cancer! Physical inactivity has been linked with increased risk of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, and according to a new study a sedentary lifestyle can also raise the chances of developing certain cancers. When the highest levels of sedentary behaviour were compared to the lowest, the researchers found a statistically …
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The biggest problem with cancer is that it is usually diagnosed late since the symptoms usually overlap with a lot of other diseases. To top that, the diagnosis is cumbersome, costly and long-drawn. With scientists and researchers constantly working to beat this challenge, cancer diagnosis might just get easier and faster! Researchers have developed a new groundbreaking device that uses exhaled …
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The world of drugs and medicines is extremely fascinating. The fact that we do not know all about them and what they can actually do for us is fascinating.  There may soon be a drug that could lower your cholesterol levels and also treat breast cancer. Researchers have shown that a compound initially developed as a cholesterol-fighting molecule can also kill cancerous cells. 'The compound …
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  Nicotine patches may have helped many to kick the butt, but these can be equally dangerous as smoking as nicotine itself is carcinogenic, a new study shows. Nicotine is such a powerful carcinogen that nicotine-infused products designed to help people give up smoking may not be safe, the findings showed. Nicotine is one of 4,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke. While many of these …
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