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The power of electromagnetic energy on breast cancer cells

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By: Lauren Sharkey From: medicalnewstoday.com Cancer’s ability to spread throughout the body can turn a curable case into an aggressive and sometimes fatal one. A team of engineers and cancer biologists may have found a way to slow down, and even stop, the migration of breast cancer cells.  Cancer, by nature, is a destructive force. Sometimes, it spreads, or metastasizes, …

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How to Reinvigorate Exhausted Immune Cells and Stop Cancer Along the Way

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From: pennmedicine.org The human immune system relies on a delicate balance of finely tuned cell types that keep germs and cancerous cells in check. In cancer and chronic infections this balance can be disrupted, resulting in immune system dysfunction or “exhaustion.” An important protein called TOX, which varies in amount in different immune cell types, controls the identity of the …

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New molecule stops cancer from ‘tricking’ the immune system

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By: Ana Sandoiu From: medicalnewstoday.com New research throws a wrench in cancer’s deception plans. A molecule that scientists have designed stops cancerous cells from tricking the immune system into sustaining their growth. Cancer has many sly ways in which it tricks the immune system into sparing it or even into boosting its spread. One such way involves the so-called myeloid …

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A better way to measure the stiffness of cancer cells

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Source: Duke University From: sciencedaily.com Biomedical engineers at Duke University have discovered a way to detect signs of cancer on a cell-by-cell basis using two lasers and a camera. Several medical devices currently in use and in clinical trials around the world look for increases in cellular stiffness as an indicator of cancerous tissue. These devices, however, rely on readings …

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Cancer cells grow by exploiting their neighbours

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Source: University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine From: sciencedaily.com Researchers at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital have discovered that cancer cells grow by stealing energy from neighbouring cells. Different types of cancer develop in different ways, but all of them begin with uncontrolled cell division. To produce a new cell, an existing cell must duplicate its genetic …

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New study explains how very aggressive cancer cells use energy to divide, move

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Source: University of Michigan Health System From: sciencedaily.com Cancer cells and normal cells both divide and move, but with cancer cells it’s like they’re on steroids: everything is bigger, faster, more. A new study explains how cancer cells use energy to fuel this switch between motion and proliferation. The researchers identified for the first time a connection between a cancer …

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Scientists observe deadly dance between nerves, cancer cells

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From: sciencedaily.com In certain types of cancer, nerves and cancer cells enter an often lethal and intricate waltz where cancer cells and nerves move toward one another and eventually engage in such a way that the cancer cells enter the nerves. The findings, appearing in Nature Communications, challenge conventional wisdom about perineural invasion, which holds that cancer cells are marauders …

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Scientists link proteins that keep cells multiplying to cancer

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By: Catharine Paddock PhD From: medicalnewstoday.com Cancer is a disease where cells become abnormal and multiply out of control. Until now it was thought the proliferation of cancer cells was controlled by transcription factor proteins. But now a new study suggests another family of proteins may also be involved. The study – led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) …