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Diabetes and hypertension drug combo kills cancer cells

Diabetes and hypertension drug combo kills cancer cells

New research, published in the journal Cell Reports, finds a drug combination that kills cancer cells by depleting them of energy. In order to multiply, cancer cells need a lot of energy. Metformin is a common drug in the fight against type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose from […]

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Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery

Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery

A sprayable anticancer gel that rouses the immune system could help stop tumor recurrence and spread after surgery. Spraying an anticancer gel onto the surgery site after tumor removal can help reduce cancer spread. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are leading the team that is developing the gel, which comes in […]

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LEEP procedure: What to expect

LEEP procedure: What to expect

LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. Doctors perform them to detect or treat cervical cancer. During a LEEP, an electrical current passes through a loop of wire. A doctor uses the wire to cut abnormal cells from the cervix. They send a sample of these cells to a laboratory to detect signs of cancer […]

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Missed periods and ovarian cancer

Missed periods and ovarian cancer

A person may miss a period for a number of common reasons. Ovarian cancer is a rare cause of a missed period. Ovarian cancer affects the ovaries, which are female reproductive organs that sit on either side of the uterus, or womb. This type of cancer may develop from various cell types in the ovaries […]

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Prostate cancer and back pain

Prostate cancer and back pain

Chronic back pain can sometimes be a symptom of advanced prostate cancer. However, there are many other possible causes of back pain. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits below the bladder and wraps around the urethra. This gland is part of the male reproductive system and is involved in the production of semen. […]

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What is appendix cancer?

What is appendix cancer?

Appendix cancer is a rare type of cancer that grows in the appendix. There are several different types of appendix cancer, and a person often experiences no symptoms in the early stages. The appendix is a tubular, finger-like sac around 4 inches in length that connects to the first part of the colon. Scientists do […]

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What to know about stage 4 lymphoma

What to know about stage 4 lymphoma

Stage 4 lymphoma occurs when cancer has spread to a distant part of the body outside of the lymphatic system, such as the spinal cord, lungs, or liver. Lymphoma is cancer that originates in a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes. These cells travel through the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s […]

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These tiny sensors may detect cancer early

These tiny sensors may detect cancer early

New research uses nanosensors to detect protein-to-protein interactions that may signal cancer. The findings may prove especially useful for identifying lymphocytic leukemia much earlier on. The nanosensors may help detect leukemia blood cells, (shown here). Cancer is one of the leading causes of death both in the United States and worldwide. According to the National […]

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Is it possible to reverse ‘chemo brain?’

Is it possible to reverse ‘chemo brain?’

Chemotherapy can affect a person’s brain for years after coming to an end. How does it actually change the brain, and is there anything that scientists can do to reverse these effects? Researchers are looking into ways of reversing the ‘chemo brain’ effect. Many people who undergo chemotherapy will notice cognitive impairment and behavioral changes. […]

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What are the complications of HIV?

What are the complications of HIV?

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, reducing its ability to fight off illnesses. While over 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, 1 in 7 are unaware of their condition. With treatment, some people with HIV can considerably reduce their risk of complications and have a life expectancy […]