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How does cancer evade the immune system? New mechanism revealed

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By: Timothy Newman From: medicalnewstoday.com Cancer’s ability to elude our body’s immune system has long puzzled researchers. The latest study pinpoints one of cancer’s protective cloaks and investigates a way to remove it. Cancer cells are cells that have gone awry; they both multiply unchecked and function incorrectly. Normally, cells that are faulty, dead, or dying are cleared away by …

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MicroRNA helps cancer evade immune system

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Salk researchers discover how oxygen-deprived tumors survive body’s immune response The immune system automatically destroys dysfunctional cells such as cancer cells, but cancerous tumors often survive nonetheless. A new study by Salk scientists shows one method by which fast-growing tumors evade anti-tumor immunity. The Salk team uncovered two gene-regulating molecules that alter cell signaling within tumor cells to survive and …

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Scientists create designer virus to kickstart immune system and kill cancer

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By: Sarah Knapton From: telegraph.co.uk A designer virus which helps the immune system clear our cancer has been created by scientists. Cancer cells are very good a evading the immune system, but the new therapy capitalises on the body’s ability to quickly spot a virus. Swiss scientists inserted cancer proteins inside an artificial virus so that when the immune system …

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Old-Style Chemo Is Still A Mainstay In The Age Of Targeted Cancer Therapy

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By: Richard Harris From: npr.org Chemotherapy remains one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, but these harsh drugs are slowly being edged aside in medical research, as new treatments, like immunotherapy, grab the spotlight. Still, this is not the end of the road for chemotherapy. For one thing, doctors are coming to realize that some of these drugs are useful …

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Diarrhea-causing Salmonella can be weaponized to flush out cancer

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By: Beth Mole From: arstechnica.com A notorious germ best known for getting people rushing to the bathroom may one day have cancer patients headed to clinics for a new treatment instead. With some genetic tweaking, Salmonella typhimurium transformed from a germ that causes mayhem in people’s intestines to one that can infiltrate deep into the bowels of tumors and spark …

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Blood cancer treatment ages immune cells by 30 years, study says

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By: Stephen Feller From: upi.com Stem cell transplants are a key treatment for blood cancers, but researchers found that for some patients it may age their immune cells by as much as 30 years. Researchers at the University of North Carolina found blood cancer patients treated with an autologous stem cell transplant showed elevated levels of expression of messenger RNA …

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Here are some ways cancer can thwart the new immunotherapy drugs

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119By: Laurie McGinley From: washingtonpost.com A new type of cancer drug designed to unleash the immune system is revolutionizing treatment for advanced melanoma, lung cancer and other malignancies. But some patients who initially respond to the therapy relapse, and researchers are anxious to figure out how and why the delayed resistance occurs. “Does the immune system stop working, or does …

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New cancer treatments offering ‘profound lease on life’

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By: AMY FLOWERS UMBLE From: fredericksburg.com The prognosis was grim—tumors had sprouted in Stephan Silverman’s lungs and spread to his back. “I was basically given a death sentence,” Silverman said. But the Caroline County resident didn’t feel bleak. He turned to the same spiritual practices that helped him kick a two-pack-a-day smoking habit 35 years earlier. The 73-year old also …

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Here’s How We Can Win The Race To Cure Cancer – Forbes

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By: Greg Satell From: forbes.com The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which traces its roots as far back as 1887, has long been the primary driver for medical research in not only the United States, but the world.  Work at NIH has led to a host of important cures, from life saving vaccines and miracle drugs to the use of fluoride …

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Newly Found Lymphatic System Connects Brain & Immunity

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From: todayspractitioner.com You can forget everything you learned in medical school about the lymphatic system (well, not everything). But researchers at the University of Virginia found undiscovered vessels that directly connect the brain and lymphatic system, as published in Nature. Despite decades of contrary opinions they did not exist, this changes everything we understand diseases like autism, Alzheimer’s and multiple …