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Alternative therapies for cancer: Do they do more harm than good?

Alternative therapies for cancer: Do they do more harm than good?

New research finds that one-third of people living with cancer use complementary and alternative therapies. Medical professionals raise concerns about the safety of these practices, suggesting that they may interfere with conventional cancer treatment. New research suggests that yoga may be one of the few nonconventional therapies that may help people living with cancer. In […]

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What to know about lip cancer

What to know about lip cancer

Lip cancer is a form of head and neck cancer that starts in the squamous cells of the lips and mouth. Early signs can include a sore or lump that does not heal on the lips or in the mouth. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), lip cancer accounts for about 0.6 percent of […]

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Cancer: Scientists find 129 ‘jumping genes’ that drive tumor growth

Cancer: Scientists find 129 ‘jumping genes’ that drive tumor growth

In cancer research, scientists usually look for cancer genes by scouring the genome for altered sequences — or mutations — in DNA. But a new study has now revealed that jumping genes, which customary sequencing overlooks, are also important drivers of tumor growth. Researchers have uncovered 129 jumping genes that may drive cancer. Scientists at […]

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Cancer: ‘Off-the-shelf’ stem cell treatment enters clinical trial

Cancer: ‘Off-the-shelf’ stem cell treatment enters clinical trial

In a first-of-its-kind trial in the United States, researchers are testing a stem cell-derived natural killer cell immunotherapy in people with incurable cancer. Natural killer cells can detect and destroy cancer cells. Cancer follows heart disease as the second biggest killer worldwide. In the United States, an estimated 606,880 people will die due to cancer […]

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Chili pepper compound may slow down lung cancer

Chili pepper compound may slow down lung cancer

A new study finds that capsaicin, the pungent compound in chili peppers, can successfully stop lung cancer metastasis. New research adds to the mounting evidence that capsaicin, a compound found in chili peppers, has anti-cancer properties. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is “by far the leading cause of cancer death among both […]

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What causes a hard lump under the skin?

What causes a hard lump under the skin?

Discovering a hard lump under the skin can be alarming, but it is rarely a cause for concern. Several factors can cause lumps under the skin, and they are usually treatable. In this article, we cover different types of noncancerous hard lump under the skin, their causes and treatments, and when to see a doctor. […]

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Poor diet biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwide

Poor diet biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwide

A major study has found that unhealthful eating is responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other risk factor, including smoking. A diet low in nutrients may cause more deaths worldwide than smoking or other unhealthful habits, suggests new research. The Global Burden of Disease Study looked at dietary consumption between 1990 and 2017 in […]

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Cancer: Are probiotics making immunotherapy less effective?

Cancer: Are probiotics making immunotherapy less effective?

Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment with several benefits. For this reason, improving its effectiveness is vital. In studying the gut microbiome, scientists have found some rather unusual results. Probiotic supplements may hinder cancer treatment. Cancer immunotherapy is a relatively young field. However, it has the potential for long-term remission and less likely side effects. According […]

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Gut microbes can spur immune system to attack cancer

Gut microbes can spur immune system to attack cancer

A worldwide study has identified gut bacteria that can boost the immune system’s ability to fight tumors. The finding should help improve and personalize immunotherapy treatments for cancer. Scientists find which gut bacteria help the immune system fight cancer. Immunotherapy is a general term for treatments that increase the body’s own ability to tackle disease. […]

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A new wearable device may detect cancer with more precision

A new wearable device may detect cancer with more precision

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed and are now testing a device they call “the epitome of precision medicine” that detects cancer in circulating blood. Recent efforts to develop a wearable device that can detect cancer in the bloodstream are showing promise. “Nobody wants to have a biopsy,” says Dr. Daniel Hayes, the […]