Tag Archives: Cancer

Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumors from within

by Agence France-Presse, RawStory

Lurking deep inside some tumors are “factories” full of immune cells that help the body fight a rearguard action against cancer and are key to helping some patients recover, new research shows.

In recent years doctors have turned to a new treatment for cancer, immunotherapy, which works by leveraging the body’s own immune system to fight tumors.

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Can You ‘Catch’ Cancer or Obesity from Other People?

by Nicoletta Lanese, LiveScience

Noncommunicable diseases cannot pass between people — or can they?

Our ancestors of yore were plagued by recurrent bouts of malaria, deadly tuberculosis infections, constant syphilis outbreaks and bacteria-laced wounds that never healed. But armed with vaccines and antibiotics, modern-day humans can now avoid or be treated for these and many other communicable diseases — illnesses caused by infectious agents that can be transmitted between people or from animals to people. 

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Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer for first time

by Damian Carrington, The Guardian

Exclusive: tiny particles produced by motor traffic can invade the brain and carry carcinogens.

New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time.

The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced by fuel burning, particularly in diesel vehicles, and higher exposures significantly increase people’s chances of getting the deadly cancer. Previous work has shown that nanoparticles can get into the brain and that they can carry carcinogenic chemicals.

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China completes first human trial with CRISPR-edited genes

by Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

There’s still a ton of research and testing to do before this cancer treatment goes mainstream, though.

As predicted, it happened: On October 28th, Chinese oncologists at Sichuan University were the first in the world to insert CRISPR-modified cells into a patient suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer, according to Nature. The journal reports that this first round of treatment in a safety trial went well enough to warrant a second injection of the Cas9-edited cells, and that nine more people will undergo the treatments in the future. From there, the patients will be monitored for at least six months, if not longer, to “determine whether the injections are causing serious adverse effects.” Continue reading China completes first human trial with CRISPR-edited genes