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How a red wine compound may prevent cancer

How a red wine compound may prevent cancer

Previous studies have suggested that resveratrol — the chemical compound found in grapes and red wine — may have anticancer properties. But now, a new study shows how the compound can stop a mutated protein, which is present in more than half of all breast cancer cases, from aggregating. Resveratrol, which can be found in […]

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Is this the ‘perfect drug’ to stop cancer cells’ movement?

Is this the ‘perfect drug’ to stop cancer cells’ movement?

Cancer research tends to focus on finding more efficient ways to destroy tumors, but the more the cancer cells spread, the harder it becomes to eliminate them. So, in order to “contain” cancer as well as destroy it more easily, it would be useful to inhibit these cells’ capacity of movement. Scientists are refining a […]

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What causes an abdominal lump?

What causes an abdominal lump?

A person with an abdominal lump may notice an area of swelling or a bulge that protrudes from the abdominal area. Possible causes include hernias, lipomas, hematomas, undescended testicles, and tumors. Not all abdominal lumps require treatment, but some may need surgery. Abdominal lumps can be hard or soft and may feel sore. However, they […]

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What to know about gastrectomy, or stomach removal

What to know about gastrectomy, or stomach removal

A gastrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part or all of the stomach. Doctors may recommend gastrectomy as a treatment for stomach cancer, which is also called gastric cancer. The procedure can also treat diabetes, gastroparesis, and obesity. After surgery, a person will digest foods differently, but they will still be able to eat […]

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New ‘potential target’ for cancer therapy found

New ‘potential target’ for cancer therapy found

A discovery about how cancer cells prepare the way for tumor growth and spread may lead to new treatments that stop it. Blocking the protein Munc13-4 could stop the spread of cancer. Cancer cells are known to release tiny fluid-filled bags, or vesicles, called exosomes. These are packed with powerful proteins and other molecules that […]

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Alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk: Is moderation key?

Alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk: Is moderation key?

Alcohol’s relationship with humanity is long — as is the history of research into its benefits and consequences. A new study takes a fresh look at alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk. A new study looks at alcohol’s interaction with longevity and cancer risk. Drinking alcohol has been conclusively linked to many adverse health consequences. However, […]

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Colon cancer: Scientists find new predisposition mechanism

Colon cancer: Scientists find new predisposition mechanism

New research finds a novel mechanism that interferes with our DNA’s ability to repair itself, genetically predisposing some people to colon cancer. To prevent illness, DNA repair proteins bind to the DNA’s double helix (depicted here). The new study was published in the journal Nature Chemistry, and the first author of the paper is Kevin […]

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Prostate cancer: Scientists find 63 ‘new genetic markers’

Prostate cancer: Scientists find 63 ‘new genetic markers’

A 6-year research project identifies 63 gene changes that could help to indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer in certain men. New findings will help to identify those who need earlier prostate cancer screening. The study was conducted at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, and the results are now […]

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How could designer proteins thwart cancer?

How could designer proteins thwart cancer?

Chromosomes, or DNA molecules found in cells carrying genetic material, are “bookended” by telomeres, which will prevent them from “unraveling.” Telomeres are also important in the growth and aging process of cells, but what happens when cancer “hijacks” them, and can this be prevented? Scientists have developed specialized proteins that can interfere with cancer’s growth […]

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What to know about a stomach tissue biopsy

What to know about a stomach tissue biopsy

A gastric tissue biopsy and culture, also called a stomach biopsy, is a procedure used to diagnose a range of conditions, including stomach ulcers. The biopsy involves removing a sample of stomach tissue. This sample is sent to a lab, where scientists test it for the presence of bacteria and other organisms that can cause […]