Zac Oliver’s mother describes the toll his cancer treatment has taken

Diary of Britain’s bravest boy: He’s the four-year-old whose fight with cancer moved you to help save his life. Now, Zac Oliver’s mother describes the toll his treatment has taken — and the joyful hope that the worst is over… Zac Oliver, 4, was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of leukaemia in 2018 The youngster was given a less […]

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Multifocal breast cancer: Definition, staging, prognosis, and treatment

There are many types of breast cancer. The type and characteristics, including the number of tumors and where they are, can affect a person’s treatment and long-term outlook. This article covers information about multifocal breast cancer, including how doctors diagnose and treat the condition, its prognosis, and recurrence rates. What is multifocal breast cancer? A person who has received a […]

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Antihypertension drug losartan may improve treatment of ovarian cancer

A new study from a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team has found that the hypertension drug losartan, which targets the angiotensin signaling pathway, may improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy agents used to treat ovarian cancer. Previous research from the same team identified a similar effect for losartan in animal models of breast and pancreatic cancer, leading to a phase […]

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Crystal wand could magic away a faulty heartbeat for million Britons

Crystal wand could magic away a faulty heartbeat: New device ‘will revolutionise’ atrial fibrillation treatment for one million Britons AcQMap could revolutionise treatment for million Britons with atrial fibrillation The device uses soundwaves to detect precisely where faulty heart beats are  Device consists of catheter, with a basket at its tip, that expands inside the heart  AcQMAP is only available in UK […]

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Wireless ‘pacemaker for the brain’ could offer new treatment for neurological disorders

A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s. The device, named the WAND, works like a “pacemaker for the brain,” monitoring the brain’s electrical activity and delivering electrical stimulation if […]

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Family who travel 120 miles for cancer treatment struggle to pay bills

Family of boy with cancer who travel 120 miles for specialist treatment are struggling to pay the bills after his mother was forced to quit work Oliver Brown, 10, must travel from Plymouth to Bristol for stem cell treatment He was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2016 and relapsed in May this year  Costs are in the thousands so far, […]

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Targeting chemical signals between the gut and brain could lead to new treatment for obesity

New research published in The Journal of Physiology has shed light on how to disrupt chemical signals that affect how much someone eats, which could lead to a method for helping manage obesity. Obesity is one of today’s most prevalent public health concerns. In the UK it affects around 1 in every 4 adults and around 1 in every 5 […]

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Biologists identify promising drug for ALS treatment

A drug typically used to treat hepatitis could slow the progression of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to new research by University of Alberta scientists. The drug, called telbivudine, targets a protein called SOD1 that misfolds in most cases of patients with ALS. “We showed that telbivudine can greatly reduce the toxic properties of SOD1, including improving […]

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Washington University will open second proton center for cancer treatment as others shut down

Proton beam therapy, which has struggled to live up to its promise for treating cancer, is poised for a resurgence in St. Louis. As several other proton centers across the country shut down or file for bankruptcy, Siteman Cancer Center has doubled down on the technology. Its second machine is set to open in 2020. Mercy Hospital St. Louis has […]

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Loss of two genes drives a deadly form of colorectal cancer, reveals a potential treatment

Colorectal cancers arise from earlier growths, called polyps, found on the inner surface of the colon. Scientists are now learning that polyps use two distinct molecular pathways as they progress to cancer, called the “conventional” and “alternative” pathways. The latter leads to an often treatment-resistant tumor, called serrated colorectal cancer; thus, distinguishing between these two cancer types holds implications for […]

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