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Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds

Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds

Scientists have identified several cannabinoid compounds that could potentially treat colorectal cancer. Cannabis compounds may help in the fight against colorectal cancer. A team at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey tested hundreds of cannabinoids on various types of human colorectal cancer cells in the laboratory. Of these, 10 synthetic cannabinoids showed the […]

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Colorectal cancer: TV viewing tied to risk of early onset

Colorectal cancer: TV viewing tied to risk of early onset

Recent research has linked prolonged sitting while viewing TV to a raised risk of developing colorectal cancer before the age of 50 years. According to a new study, watching TV may raise the risk of young-onset colorectal cancer. This effect, which appeared to be strongest for cancer that starts in the rectum, was independent of […]

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How aspirin and omega-3 may reduce cancer risk

How aspirin and omega-3 may reduce cancer risk

Acetylsalicylic acid, best known as aspirin, and omega-3 fatty acids support various aspects of health, and scientists continue to uncover how these substances work. One recent study suggests that both could have an impact on colon cancer risk. A new clinical trial looks into the effects of aspirin and fatty acids on key elements that […]

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Can dogs detect cancer?

Can dogs detect cancer?

Dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell. This can be useful in the medical world, as dogs are able to sniff out certain diseases, including cancer. Humans have put dogs’ remarkable sense of smell to use by training them to sniff out explosives and narcotics. Their powerful noses can also detect viruses, bacteria, and […]

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Can Crohn’s disease be fatal?

Crohn’s disease is not usually life-threatening, but it can cause severe or even fatal complications. Crohn’s is a long-term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It most commonly affects the ileum, which is the end section of the small intestine, and the first section of the large intestine, or colon. However, Crohn’s can affect any part of […]

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Can aspirin help treat cancer?

Can aspirin help treat cancer?

More and more studies are pointing to the benefits of adding aspirin to conventional cancer treatment. A new review examines this available research and asks the question: is it “time to share [the] evidence and decision-making with patients?” Can a simple pill of aspirin help treat cancer? A new review investigates. Peter Elwood, of the […]

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Is carrageenan safe to eat?

Is carrageenan safe to eat?

Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. Manufacturers often use it as a thickening agent. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved the additive for use, but concerns about its safety remain. Some scientists believe that carrageenan can cause inflammation, digestive problems, such as bloating and irritable bowel disease […]

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Foods with low nutritional quality tied to higher cancer risk

Foods with low nutritional quality tied to higher cancer risk

People who regularly eat foods with a low nutritional quality have a higher risk of developing cancer. The study authors state that more countries should now enforce food labeling that clearly specifies nutritional value. Countries need to implement better policies for food labeling so that consumers understand what they are buying. The British Food Standards […]

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‘Junk DNA’ has role in cancer spread, say scientists

‘Junk DNA’ has role in cancer spread, say scientists

Bits of DNA that were once considered useless actually contain instructions for making molecules that help cancer spread, say scientists. What scientists thought was ‘junk DNA’ actually helps cancer spread. The molecules in question are called enhancer RNAs (eRNAs), and a new study conducted by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) revealed that they […]