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Quantum Dot Tea Factory is the Next Frontier in the War on Cancer

Scientists playing around with tea think they might have stumbled across the next big thing in the battle against lung cancer, with tiny particles less than 10 nanometres across that they intended to use to make cancers more visible actually having a damaging effect on cancer cells. Read More >>

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No, a Study Didn’t Just Prove That Mobile Phones Cause Brain Cancer

Yet another study claiming to show a connection between cancer and mobile phones—this time from the UK—is making the rounds. But plenty of scientists are saying the new paper is misleading. Read More >>

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Blue-Tinged LED Street Lights Linked With Higher Cancer Rates

Researchers have linked the modern form of LED street lighting to higher rates of breast and prostate cancer, in a grim development that could have repercussions for everything we look at in today's backlit world. Read More >>

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This Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Provide Hyper-Specific Cancer Diagnoses

Ever since researchers first discovered that bacterial immune systems could be hijacked to selectively change DNA in living creatures, CRISPR gene-editing technology has been limited by the boundaries of the cell wall. CRISPR allows scientists to cut and paste little bits of DNA, swapping out even single letters of DNA to correct disease-causing genetic mutations. But—at least until now—all of that cutting and pasting has gone on inside cells. Read More >>

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Starbucks Must Tell Customers Its Coffee Contains a Cancer-Causing Ingredient, But Don’t Panic

Earlier today, a California Superior Court judge issued a ruling that’s bound to stress out lots of java drinkers—even if it probably shouldn’t. Companies like Starbucks will have to tell customers that their coffee can potentially cause cancer. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Discovered a New Human Organ, and It’s Filled With Secrets

Anatomy books are in need of a major upgrade, argue a team of scientists in a paper published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports. They say the body contains a previously undiscovered network of fluid-filled pockets and collagen underneath the skin that covers most of the body and internal organs. More than that, the structure should be considered an organ itself. Read More >>

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23andMe Gets FDA Green Light to Sell First Consumer DNA Test for Cancer Risk in the US

23andMe currently offer health risk reports for UK customers including Parkinson's Disease, Celiac Disease, and Alzheimer's Disease, but does not test for cancer. That could be changing in the near future though, as The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared 23andMe to sell a DNA test for gene mutations linked to breast cancer directly to customers in the US, making it the first consumer DNA testing company to win the agency’s approval for a cancer risk screening. Read More >>

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Scientists Successfully Test a Vaccine in Mice That Could Prevent Many Cancers

Even under the best of circumstances, cancer treatment can be an excruciating, costly ordeal that tragically doesn’t even work sometimes. In light of that reality, scientists and doctors have long searched for a way to proactively head off the problem using a vaccine. One potential approach to a cancer vaccine, highlighted in a new study published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell, might involve using our own reprogrammed stem cells to better train the immune system against several—and maybe even all—types of cancers. Read More >>

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New Drugs Extend Lives of Men With Resistant Form Of Prostate Cancer

As a general rule, cancer patients have to worry about the possibility that their cancer will return with a vengeance, no matter how successful their initial treatment course may have been. But some men with prostate cancer are left in an even more nerve-wracking state of uncertainty. Their cancer appears practically frozen, not spreading elsewhere but also not responding any further to treatment. Sadly, some patients will eventually develop a full-blown, incurable, and ultimately fatal cancer. Read More >>

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A Study Showing the Dangers of Hot Tea Reveals How Complex Cancer Risks Can Be

There are few better things on a blustery cold day than a spot of hot tea. But a new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that some people’s tea habits—in particular, those who drink and smoke regularly—might be raising their chances of developing oesophageal cancer. The findings also highlight how complicated it can be to figure out what exactly causes cancer. Read More >>

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The FDA is Cracking Down on Claims That Weed Cures Cancer

In the US, so far 29 states and DC have legalised medical marijuana, as modern research has suggested that weed can help treat conditions like chronic pain and the side effects of chemotherapy. Some companies, though, are abusing the growing acceptance of weed for medicinal purposes. On Wednesday, the FDA reported that it has sent warning letters to four companies claiming that marijuana-based products can treat or cure cancer. Read More >>

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When Hope Runs Out, Cancer Patients Are Making Their Own DIY Immunotherapy Treatments

Every generation has had its breakthrough that promised to, at long last, finally cure cancer, but this time around the chances of actually pulling it off are looking pretty good. Rapid advancement in fields like genetics have led to incredible success using immunotherapies to turn patients’ own bodies into cancer-fighting machines. Pharmaceutical companies, philanthropic billionaires and the US federal government’s cancer moonshot program are all racing to develop new treatments, with a handful already approved. Read More >>

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Zika Virus Kills Brain Cancer Cells in Mice

The Zika virus played the role of 2016's worst health story. At the centre of that story was the virus’ heartbreaking link to microcephalic babies when it infected their pregnant mothers. But sometimes, the worst vectors can still be used for good. Read More >>

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Disturbing New Visualisation Shows Cancer Cells Coursing Through a Mouse

Biologists in Japan have a developed an innovative scanning technique that makes tissues and vital organs transparent, allowing them to track cancer as it spreads throughout the bodies and brains of mice. Read More >>

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Report: Cancer Journal Retracts a Record Hundred and Seven Studies

Scientists don’t work in a vacuum. Their work should always come along with a rigorous review process to ensure their methods and results aren’t wild, misinterpreted, or outright made up. But what if you’ve found a way to fake your own review? Read More >>