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Browse: Breast Cancer Starved by Meat and Dairy Nutrient
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conSCIENCE: We Will Never Cure Cancer, So Should We Even Try?
Billions of dollars are spent on cancer research each year for minimal gains. Would that money be better invested elsewhere?
Browse: Fluorescent Biosensor Lights Up Cancer
Researchers from the Garvan Institute have developed a mouse that expresses a fluorescing biosensor in every cell of its body, allowing diseased cells and drugs to be tracked and evaluated in real time and in three dimensions.
Browse: Molecules Inhibit Cancer Metastasis and Multiple Sclerosis
Browse: High Cancer Rates in Indigenous People of High-Income Countries Browse: “Frankenstein” Chromosomes Amplify Cancer Genes
Browse: Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis Has Created an Artificial Epidemic Browse: Shrimp Give Focus to Cancer
Feature: A Walk Through the Valley of Cell Death
After three decades, David Vaux’s initial research into apoptosis has led to clinical trials of a potential treatment for leukaemia.
Browse: Growth Hormone Target for Cancer and Diabetes
Browse: Plant-based Chemicals Could Reverse Terminal Cancer Browse: Sunscreen Protects DNA
For all the effort put into promoting sunscreen, evidence that it prevents skin cancer has been inconclusive according to Dr Elke Hacker of Queensland University of Technology’s AusSun Research Laboratory. However, Hacker has now demonstrated that sunscreen protects the genes responsible for repairing the skin.
Feature: Is Milk Causing Breast Cancer?
Is there any basis to claims that a dairy-free diet can prevent breast cancer?
Browse: Genetic Discovery May Explain Cancer Risk Mystery
Some common genetic cancer mutations could indicate the presence of more influential rare mutations that have yet to be found.
Browse: Anti-Cancer Drug Helps Malaria Browse: Rough Plastics Catch Cancer
Cancer cells could be captured on roughened plastics, improving the prospects of early diagnosis following recent work at the Ian Wark Institute at the University of South Australia.
Browse: Australian Skin Cancer Rates Drop
Rates of non-melanoma skin cancer are dropping among younger Australians, according to a study of Medicare data from 2000–10 published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Browse: Immunotherapy Approach Tames Aggressive Cancer
Browse: Immune Response Raises Breast Cancer Hopes Browse: Link between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer
Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found an association between pancreatic cancer and diabetes.
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Feature: Our Evolutionary Origins Expose Cancer’s Weakness
The evolution of cellular regulation has inspired a new model of cancer that predicts ways to attack its weaknesses instead of its strengths.
Browse: Study Shows How Chinese Medicine Kills Cancer Cells
Browse: Carrots and Parsley Assist Chemotherapy
New Zealand researchers have identified compounds in carrots and parsley that may lead to more effective delivery of chemotherapy treatments.
Browse: Social Isolation Can Hasten Tumour Growth
Browse: Melanoma Starved
Several cancers could be starved of nutrients by drugs that block cellular protein pumps.
Browse: Light-Activated Cancer Therapy Isn’t Just Skin Deep
The dwarves of a village in Ecuador never succumb to cancer or diabetes.
Feature: Why Don’t Some Dwarves Get Cancer?
Understanding the molecular mechanism that prevents dwarves from getting cancer and diabetes could lead to treatments for a range of diseases, and even hormone-free aquaculture.
Browse: Triple-Agent Cells Fight Tumours
Immune cells that have been co-opted by tumours to assist their growth could be returned to a health-assisting role as a result of an Italian–Australian collaboration.
Browse: New Vaccine for Melanoma
A trial vaccine is being touted as the most promising treatment to date for melanoma that has spread, with increased patient survival rates and improved ability to stop or reverse the cancer, according to a study published in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer.
Browse: Cholesterol Linked to Aggressive Cancers
Browse: Cancer Survival Affects Menopause
Women who have survived cancer suffer more severe symptoms of menopause, but actually have better mental health than a control group of the same age according to a report in the journal Menopause.
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Cover Story: Window of Opportunity
By targeting cancer treatments to specific phases of the immune cycle, researchers believe they can dramatically improve the chances of complete remission.
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Cover Story: Tattoo Inks: Poison Pigments?
Allergy and infection are two causes for caution when contemplating a tattoo. But are tattoo pigments toxic, and do they increase the risk of cancer?
Cover Story: Skeletons Come out of the Closet to Fight Cancer
Cells have skeletons that hold their shape and help them move around. Recent discoveries have revealed that a protein in some cytoskeletons is making cancer cells more deadly, fundamentally challenging our understanding of the function of the cell’s skeleton and offering new hope for the development of targeted and effective cancer therapies.
Feature: Is Cancer the Next of Kin to the Developing Foetus?
A gene that is important for the development of the foetus may hold new clues to how cancer cell division gets out of control, and guide the identification of new targets for cancer therapy.
Platelets are produced in the bone marrow by cells called megakaryocytes.	iStock
Feature: A Matter of Life & Death
Discovering the factors that control the lifespan of the cells that form blood clots could improve cancer treatments and extend the shelf-life of blood donations.
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Feature: Magnetic Medicine
Magnetic fields could soon be used to direct drugs made with nano-sized balls of iron that take chemotherapy directly to tumours, thereby completely removing the side-effects usually associated with treatment.
Feature: The Breast Exposed
Why is the breast so prone to cancer?
Feature: Can Microbes Destroy Cancer?
The efficiency of anti-cancer vaccines can be improved by exposing immune cells to harmless bacteria found in the throat.
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Feature: Hitting the Brakes When Cells Get out of Control
By creating a “traffic jam” in the transport pathway of B cells, researchers have found a potential drug target to slow the proliferation of cancerous cells.
Thai liver worm in the bile ducts within the liver
Feature: Worm Spit May Lick Liver Cancer
A liver worm is responsible for 26,000 cancer deaths every year, but a component in its spit could form the basis of a vaccine – and could even help to heal chronic wounds in diabetics.
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Feature: Blood Test Stops Cancer Return
The ability to detect cancer DNA in a patient’s blood could enable doctors to predict the risk of cancer recurrence and track the success of treatments like chemotherapy in real time.
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Feature: Failure as a Route to Success
Lorraine Chantrill describes the obstacles that have impeded a clinical trial of genomically guided treatment of an aggressive form of cancer.
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Feature: Data Caps Brain Cancer Concerns
Extensive health data records in New Zealand have revealed whether brain cancer rates have changed as a result of radiation emitted by mobile phones.
Feature: New study: no increase in brain cancer across 29 years of mobile use in Australia
A new study has reported that brain cancer incidence rates have risen only slightly in males but have been stable in females.
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Feature: Mortality Molecules
Cancer cells become immortal by exploiting a mechanism that protects normal cells from DNA damage. Can we use these molecules to turn off cancer’s fountain of youth?
Microscopy imaging of metastatic cancer cells. Credit: drimafilm/adobe
Feature: The Bacteria that Promote Cancer
A bacterial protein can trigger inflammation and facilitate the progression of cancer.
Feature: Robo-Doc
Researchers have unleashed swarms of nanobots that can deliver drugs directly within tumours.
Feature: The Global Collapse of the Oncology Market
A new approach to cancer treatment promises the use of fewer drugs and shorter treatment periods, leading to a “big short” of stocks that profit from oncology.
Feature: Cancer’s Thieving Ways
Shutting down the mechanisms that enable developing tumours to steal mitochondria from the cells around them opens the way to a broad-spectrum treatment for a vast array of cancers.
Browse: Injectable Contraceptives Match Pill for Cancer
Injectable contraceptives carry a similar risk and protective profile for reproductive cancers to their oral equivalents, a South African/Australian collaboration has found.
Browse: Mistletoe Kisses Off Cancer
Mistletoe extract is a potent killer of colon cancer cell lines, but some species work better than others according to an Adelaide University study.
Browse: Anti-Nausea Drug Fights Tumours
A drug used to fight nausea associated with chemotherapy also reduces brain tumours, both in vitro and in mouse models.
Browse: Retina Metabolism Resembles Cancer
Browse: Gold Nanorods Target Cancer Cells Browse: Lactation Protein’s Possible Cancer Role
Browse: Magnetic Material Cooks Cancer Browse: Blocked Bacteria Protects Against Stomach Cancer
Browse: DNA Promoters of Cancer Identified Browse: Evolution Has Spared Some Organs from Cancer
Browse: Toxic Form of Gut Bug Is Likely to Cause Bowel Cancer The Bitter Pill: Breast Cancer + Alternative Medicine = Lower Survival
The internet allows greater broadcasting of false information about cancer cures, which means that women are treating their breast cancer with alternative therapies known to be the direct cause of preventable deaths.
The Bitter Pill: Why No Man Should Take a PSA Blood Test for Early Stage Prostate Cancer Without Reading This
Men with early-stage abnormalities of the prostate who are monitored for any progression of the cancer live just as long as men who opted for complete removal of the prostate and now live with the immediate consequences.
Cool Careers: Bringing Science to Afghan Women
In her spare time, cancer researcher Nouria Salehi runs an Afghan restaurant as well as programs to teach science to the women of Afghanistan.
Eureka!: Speed Bump Pain a Sign of Appendicitis
Appendicitis could be diagnosed by a patient’s pain when driving to hospital over speed bumps.
Expert Opinion: Aspirin May Lower Melanoma Risk
New research has found that women who take aspirin have a reduced risk of developing melanoma, and that the longer they take it, the lower the risk.
Expert Opinion: Australia Tops World Cancer Charts
The cancer agency of the World Health Organization has revealed that Australian men have the highest incidence of cancer in the world. The data reveals striking patterns of cancer in women and highlights that preventing and controlling breast and cervical cancers globally should be prioritised.
Expert Opinion: Prostate Cancer Screening: Do Benefits Outweight Risks?
Screening for prostate cancer could reduce deaths from the disease by about one-fifth, according to long-term results of a European study involving over 162,000 men. Despite this new evidence for the efficacy of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, the authors question whether the benefits of screening outweigh the harms, and recommend against routine PSA screening programs.
Expert Opinion: Wi-Fi Fears Disputed
The ABC’s science program Catalyst drew widespread criticism after giving precedence to the views of US cancer epidemiologist Dr Devra Davis in an episode that examined “whether our wireless devices could be putting our health at risk”.
Expert Opinion: Very Hot Drinks Are a Likely Cancer Risk
The World Health Organization has found that drinking very hot drinks is a likely cancer risk but there is no evidence of a link between coffee and cancer.
Expert Opinion: First Australian Cancer Lawsuit Over Herbicide “Roundup”
A Melbourne gardener has launched legal action in the first Australian case to link cancer with glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup. While glyphosate is considered “probably carcinogenic”, some experts dispute this conclusion.
Lowe Tech: Tasmania Bans GM Indefinitely
The Tasmanian government has turned its moratorium on genetically modified crops into an indefinite and complete ban.
Naked Skeptic: If It’s Too Good to Be True...
Despite the NHMRC’s findings on homeopathy and the death of a “wellness warrior”, there is little critical evaluation of health claims by the mainstream media.
Quandary: When Do We Become Autonomous?
It’s more important for a child to live to become an autonomous adult than to die to defend her mother’s prejudices against medicine.
Quandary: The Unspoken Limits of Liquid Biopsies
Liquid biopsies promise early detection of cancer, but some of their current limitations risk being overlooked.
Up Close: Altered expression: Epigenetics and its influence on human development
Geneticist Dr Marnie Blewitt explains how epigenetics makes us more than just our genes and how gene inactivation can be crucial to our development.
Up Close: The baby makers: The science behind healthier embryos and better IVF
Reproductive biologist Professor David Gardner explains what we're still learning about healthy embryo development, how it's being applied to improve IVF technologies, and the unexpected insights it may offer into how cells implant themselves and proliferate, including how cancers take hold.
Notice Board: Participants wanted for asbestos related disease study
Adults suffering from asbestos-related diseases are needed to participate in a University of Queensland study on the role nutrition plays in the quality of life for patients diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Online Feature: Next generation of pharmaceuticals might make good use of shark antibody proteins
International collaboration evaluates new antibody technology
Online Feature: Drawing ahead of cancer
Mark Shackleton has been awarded the Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.
Online Feature: Fighting cancer by the numbers
Terry Speed doesn’t expect to see headlines reading “Statistician cures cancer” any time soon. But he knows that the right mathematics and statistics can help researchers understand the underlying causes of cancer and reduce the need for surgery.
Online Feature: To dye for? Jury still out on tattoo ink causing cancer
There is no doubt some of the chemicals in tattoo ink have been associated with cancer. But should we be worried?
Browse: Nanoparticles Light Up Deep-Tissue Cancers Online Feature: Informed consent: why some foods should carry a cancer risk warning
It’s time to begin making consumers aware of the cancer risk associated with regular consumption of particular foods and drinks through front-of-pack warning labels.