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Huntington’s ‘super assassin’ molecule could kill cancer

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By: Catharine Paddock PhD From: medicalnewstoday.com Scientists probing the reason why cancer is far less common in individuals with Huntington’s disease have revealed that the gene responsible for the fatal brain condition produces a molecule that is deadly to cancer cells. In a recent paper published in the journal EMBO Reports, scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, note exactly …

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Breast cancer: Protein that drives metastasis uncovered

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By: Ana Sandoiu From: medicalnewstoday.com New research published in the journal Oncogene uncovers a protein that helps breast cancer to spread. The findings may lead to new therapies for invasive breast cancer. Despite many public awareness campaigns and scientific advances, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women, after lung cancer. Breast cancer deaths occur due …

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Hormone-fueled breast cancer cells halted with new approach

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By: Ana Sandoiu From: medicalnewstoday.com Researchers have found a way to deplete breast cancer cells of energy and thus halt their growth. The findings may one day help to alleviate treatment-resistant breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), around 2 in 3 cancers are hormone-driven. This means that the breast cancer cells possess proteins that act as hormone …

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How cancer could be treated with an old alcoholism drug

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By: Ana Sandoiu From: medicalnewstoday.com Previous studies have demonstrated that the alcohol abuse drug disulfiram has anticancer properties. But until now, researchers had not found the mechanism by which the drug can target cancer. New research sheds light, paving the way for the repurposing of the drug. A new study — published in the journal Nature — uncovers the mechanism …

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Killing cancer softly: New approach halts tumor growth

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By: Ana Sandoiu From: medicalnewstoday.com One of the reasons that cancer is so hard to beat is the way that it ropes our immune system into working against us. Treatment kills off some cancer cells, but what’s left behind can “trick” our immune system into helping tumors to form. New research may have found a way to break this vicious …

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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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Cancer cell growth halted with cold and flu drug

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By: Honor Whiteman From: medicalnewstoday.com “Feed a cold, starve a fever,” so the saying goes. The results of a new study, however, suggest that “treat a cold, starve cancer cells” might be a more appropriate motto. Researchers found that a medication used to ease symptoms of the common cold — called N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) — could also help to prevent the …

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Scientists discover 27 genes that could halt cancer

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By: Honor Whiteman From: medicalnewstoday.com From an analysis of more than 2,000 tumors spanning 12 types of human cancer, scientists have identified 27 new genes that could stop the disease in its tracks. The discovery of these genes could open the door to much-needed personalized treatments for cancer, say the researchers. First study author Jonas Demeulemeester, of the Francis Crick …

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How purple potatoes could prevent colon cancer

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By: Honor Whiteman From: medicalnewstoday.com Increasing the intake of purple potatoes and other colorful fruits and vegetables could lower the risk of colon cancer and many other diseases, according to the results of a new study. In a study of pigs, researchers found that supplementing a high-calorie diet (HCD) with purple potatoes led to a reduction in levels of interleukin-6 …

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New compound boosts treatment for aggressive breast cancer

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By: Ana Sandoiu From: medicalnewstoday.com Although breast cancer survival rates are overall very high, some forms of cancer are more difficult to treat than others. However, a new compound proves highly effective against these types by targeting a protein that makes cancer cells resistant to treatment. Triple-negative breast cancer is often resistant to treatment. Its name refers to the hormone …