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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 27-Oct-2015

Cancer Research Wire

Cancer research news for the public and news media. More stories can be found at the Newswise Cancer News Source.

New Finding Offers Clues for Blocking Cancer Gene

A new study suggests a potential new way to block Notch, one of the most common cancer-causing genes, without causing severe side effects.

(Embargo expired on 27-Oct-2015 at 12:00 ET)

Immunity; R01-DK078927; CA46592; T32-CA009676-22; R01-AI091627

– University of Michigan Health System

One Hundred Cancer Patients a Year in Manchester Benefit From New Scan Technology

Researchers in Manchester have used recent advances in PET scanning technology to reduce the radiation dose for both patients and staff by up to 30%, allowing an addition of an annual 100 scans a year at Central Manchester University Hospitals.

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Nuclear Medicine Communications, Jul-2015

– University of Manchester

Research Explains Limits of Cancer Immunotherapy Drugs

A new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals molecular changes within a tumor that are preventing immunotherapy drugs from killing off the cancer.

(Embargo expired on 26-Oct-2015 at 12:00 ET)

Nature; CA190176; CA123088; CA099985; CA193136; CA152470; CA171306; CA46592

– University of Michigan Health System

UGA Researchers Discover Mechanism That Could Lead to Better Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Resistance to chemotherapy is a major problem for those suffering from ovarian cancer—a problem that prevents a cure from a disease dubbed the “silent killer.” University of Georgia researchers are giving patients new hope with recent findings that help pinpoint the mechanisms causing chemoresistance.

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Future Medicinal Chemistry; 1R15CA151006-01; 1R15CA176653-01A1

– University of Georgia

New Pediatric Cancer Chief Will Head Joint Program at Women & Children’s, Roswell Park and UB

Kara Kelly, MD has been appointed as the new leader of the joint program in pediatric hematology/oncology at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, UBMD Pediatrics and the University at Buffalo

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Study Suggests Targeting Invasive Cells Not Dividing Cells to Halt Cancer

Most cancer drugs are designed to target dividing cells, but a new study by Stony Brook University researchers suggests that targeting invasive cells may be a new strategy to treat metastatic cancer.

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Developmental Cell

– Stony Brook University

Newly Discovered Tumor-Suppressor Gene Affects Melanoma Survival

• Prof. Yardena Samuels and her team at the Weizmann Institute of Science have found a tumor suppressor gene, RASA2, that drives a particularly deadly form of melanoma as well as regulates a key protein, RAS, that is a major oncogene. The discovery is “highly likely to have direct clinical relevance.”

Nature Genetics, Oct-2015

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Natural Immunity May Lead Fight Against Liver Disease

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered the role played by a family of genes, which can suppress hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection within the liver.

Journal of Biological Chemistry

– University of Adelaide

Noah and Dr. B

Pediatric cancer specialist Salvatore Bertolone Jr., M.D., successfully sought a viable treatment for a patient with an inflammatory pseudotumor. The parents of that patient have created a fund in his honor to help others.

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– University of Louisville

Lung Cancer Specialist Brings New Treatments and Hope to New Mexicans

This year, more than 158,000 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer. That’s a staggering number: it’s more than all the deaths expected from breast, prostate, colon, rectum, bladder and skin cancers combined. But this grim statistic only spurs Yanis Boumber, MD, PhD, to work harder toward a cure. Boumber, a lung cancer doctor and scientist, recently joined the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Expert(s) available

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Researchers to Probe Circadian Rhythms

A $750,000 National Science Foundation award will aid researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech to study circadian rhythms' effects on processes that affect numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer.

– Virginia Tech

Researcher Finds Key Clues About “Betel Nut” Addiction That Plagues Millions Worldwide

For hundreds of millions of people around the world, chewing betel nut produces a cheap, quick high but also raises the risk of addiction and oral cancer. Now, new findings by a University of Florida Health researcher reveal how the nut’s psychoactive chemical works in the brain and suggest that an addiction treatment may already exist.

Journal PLOS One; GM57481

– University of Florida

Study Combats “Anxiety” as Barrier to Breast Cancer Screening

New ACS breast cancer screening guidelines consider anxiety associated with mammography when deciding who should be screened. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study describes a successful intervention to decrease this anxiety, lessening this barrier to screening.

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Journal of the American College of Radiology

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Researchers Identify Potential New Leukemia Drug Target

In some cases of acute myeloid leukemia, a mutant protein is known to cause dramatic changes in gene expression. Now researchers have identified a second protein with similar function that plays an even broader role in the disease.

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– Rockefeller University

Before Breast Cancer Treatment, 31-Year-Old Preserves Hope to Have a Child

With a cancer treatment that could damage her reproductive system looming, Jessica Sparks decided to harvest and freeze her eggs to keep her dream of building a family alive.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

American Cancer Society Revises Mammogram Guidelines, Causing Some Confusion

The American Cancer Society has issued new recommendations on when women should get mammograms and how frequently they should get them. This is in contrast to the previous guidelines which stated that women should get them at age 40.

JAMA; Washington Post

– Newswise Trends

The Medical Minute: Deciding When to Get That First Mammogram

The American Cancer Society’s new breast cancer screening guidelines could cause many women to wonder when they should have their first mammogram. A Penn State Hershey physician says the answer is simple: age 40.

– Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Warwick Signs Cancer Research Partnership with China’s Sun Yat-Sen University

The University of Warwick and Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a research partnership in cancer diagnosis and specialist cancer care.

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– University of Warwick

Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science Established at Rutgers Cancer Institute

Helping to propel groundbreaking research in the field of precision medicine at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science has been established. The chair is named for developer Omar Boraie, who has made a $1.5 million pledge to support it.

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– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Expert Pitch

@AmericanU #CookingChemistry Prof Matt Hartings Discusses Risks of Consuming Processed Meats

– American University

Surgery Proving Option for More Pancreatic Cancer Patients, Mayo Expert Says

– Mayo Clinic

UChicago Researcher Focuses on Colorectal Cancer Genetics, Early Detection, Prevention. #Who #Processedmeats #Bacon #Hotdogs

– University of Chicago Medical Center

UChicago Researcher Focuses on Racial, Ethnic Differences in Colon Cancer Outcomes

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Nutritional Epidemiologist Dr. Marian Neuhouser Available to Discuss Red Meat and Cancer Risk

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– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

If You Eat Processed Meats, It’s OK To Do So In Moderation, Expert Says

– Georgia State University

Dr. Robert Lawrence of Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Says That Even Moderate Reductions in Meat Like Meatless Monday Can Help Reduce Cancer Risk

– Monday Campaigns

Mammograms Starting at Age 45? Cancer Radiologists Available to Discuss New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

– University of Kentucky

Medical reversal (when accepted medical interventions are abandoned because they are found to be ineffective) is the "most important problem in medicine today." #mammograms

– University of Chicago Medical Center

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