Researchers block two cancer cell signaling pathways and slow tumor growth

Blocking two molecular pathways that send signals inside cancer cells could stave off esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), the most common esophageal malignancy in the United States, according to new research from a team led by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The group identified the pathways using advanced computational and genetic analyses of tumor biopsies from EAC patients. They found […]

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Babies who hear two languages at home develop advantages in attention

The advantages of growing up in a bilingual home can start as early as six months of age, according to new research led by York University’s Faculty of Health. In the study, infants who are exposed to more than one language show better attentional control than infants who are exposed to only one language. This means that exposure to bilingual […]

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Medical dogs could sniff out a TEASPOON of sugar in two swimming pools

Medical alert dogs can detect odours as dilute as a TEASPOON of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools The charity Medical Detection Dogs claims the animals are better than sensors It says they are our ‘best defence’ in early diagnosis of serious illnesses Dogs are believed to be able to smell cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes and malaria They do it by […]

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You do NOT need to leave two hours between dinner and bedtime

You do NOT need to leave two hours between dinner and bedtime ‘because there are no discernible health benefits’ Avoiding eating a supper time meal is said to be better for long-term health But there is no clear evidence behind the practice, according to researchers Japanese scientists scrutinised health data from more than 1,500 adults e-mail 11 View comments Eating […]

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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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Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development—now a study links the two

The emergence of autism in children has not only been linked to genes encoding synaptic proteins—among others—but also environmental insults such as zinc deficiency. Although it is unclear whether zinc deficiency contributes to autism, scientists have now defined in detail a possible mechanistic link. Their research shows how zinc shapes the connections or ‘synapses’ between brain cells that form during […]

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