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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 07-Nov-2017

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Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural hea...

– Newswise

Virtual Press Briefing - Closing the Rural Health Gap

Embargo expired on 07-Nov-2017 at 08:55 ET

Inner Ear Stem Cells May Someday Restore Hearing

Want to restore hearing by injecting stem cells into the inner ear? Well, that can be a double-edged sword. Inner ear stem cells can be converted to auditory neurons that could reverse deafness, but the process can also make those cells divide too qu...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Stem Cell Reports ; Rutgers Today

Circulating Tumor Cells Associated with Relapse in Late-Stage Melanoma Patients

A study revealing a connection between circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and relapse in stage IV melanoma patients points to liquid biopsy as a potential predictor of patients at high risk for disease progression. CTCs, tumor cells shed into the bloodst...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Lancet Oncology; Western Surgical Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 4-7, 2017

Study Finds a New Way to Shut Down Cancer Cells’ Ability to Consume Glucose

Many cancers depend on glucose consumption for energy, but good pharmacological targets to stop cancers’ ability to uptake and metabolize glucose are missing. CU Cancer Center study finally identifies a way to restrict the ability of cancer to use ...

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Cell Reports

Age-Old Malaria Treatment Found to Improve Nanoparticle Delivery to Tumors

A new study shows that a 70-year-old malaria drug can block immune cells in the liver so nanoparticles can arrive at their intended tumor site, overcoming a significant hurdle of targeted drug delivery, according to a team of researchers led by Houst...

– Houston Methodist

Scientific Reports, Oct. 23

Depressed with a Chronic Disease? Consider Alternative Therapies

Scientists are finding more evidence that commonly prescribed antidepressants aren’t effective in people battling both depression and a chronic medical disease, raising a critical question of whether doctors should enact widespread changes in how t...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Journal of the American Medical Association

Huntsman Cancer Institute Study Identifies Enhanced Impact of Treatment for Hereditary Cancer Patients

eople with an inherited syndrome called familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) have a 100% lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer if they do not seek appropriate medical care. Recent findings published by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute...

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

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Important New Insights Into RECIST Criteria Measuring Cancer’s Response to Treatment

CU Cancer Center study examines current RECIST guidelines in an effort to bring them up to speed with new complexities presented by the latest targeted therapies.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Puerto Rico's Health Centers, Guide to Going Meatless on Monday, Obesity-Cancer Link, and More in the Public Health News Source

The latest research, experts and features in Public Health in the Public Health News Source

– Newswise

Can Environmental Toxins Disrupt the Biological “Clock”?

Can environmental toxins disrupt circadian rhythms – the biological “clock” whose disturbance is linked to chronic inflammation and a host of human disorders? Research showing a link between circadian disruption and plankton that have adapted t...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Ecology and Evolution

Designs by UAB Professor in Demand Around the World

Video by: UAB Visual Content Works by artist Erin Wright, MFA, which touch on topics from democracy to organ donation, are making a global impact. Wright is a professor of graphic design at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in the College of A...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Queen’s University Belfast Research Could See Exercise as a Prescribed Medicine

Queen’s University Belfast are taking part in a global trial to test whether exercise should be prescribed to treat patients with advanced prostate cancer.

– Queen's University Belfast

Colon Cancer Breakthrough Could Lead to Prevention – and the Foods That Can Help

Colon cancer, Crohn’s, and other diseases of the gut could be better treated – or even prevented – thanks to a new link between inflammation and a common cellular process, established by the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 02-Nov-2017 at 05:00 ET

Bacteria in the Gut Modulates Response to Immunotherapy in Melanoma

Bacteria that live in the human digestive tract can influence how cancer responds to immunotherapy, opening a new avenue for research to improve treatment, a team led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reports in the ...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


Embargo expired on 02-Nov-2017 at 14:00 ET

Cancer Cells Destroyed with Dinosaur Extinction Metal

Cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed with the metal from the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, according to new research by an international collaboration between the University of Warwick and Sun Yat-Sen University in China...

– University of Warwick

Angewandte Chemie

‘Super T Cells’ Engineered for Optimal Performance Drive New Roswell Park Gene-Therapy Approach

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have initiated a clinical trial based on a unique two-pronged strategy for arming the immune system to more effectively attack cancer cells.

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Breast Cancer Researchers Track Changes in Normal-Looking Mammary Duct Cells Leading to Disease

Breast cancer researchers have mapped early genetic alterations in normal-looking cells at various distances from primary tumours to show how changes along the lining of mammary ducts can lead to disease.

– University Health Network (UHN)

Nature Communications, Nov-2017

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 06:00 ET

Breast Cancer Patients Forego Post-Surgery Treatment Due to Mistrust, Study Suggests

Nearly one-third of women with breast cancer went against their doctor’s advice and chose not to begin or complete the recommended adjuvant anti-cancer therapy to kill residual tumor cells following surgery, according to a study led by a Johns Hopk...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

In the Lab and in the Clinic, Alisertib with TAK-228 Excels Against Solid Tumors, Including Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Two University of Colorado Cancer Center studies presented this weekend at AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Meeting show that using the drug alisertib along with the drug TAK-228 is more effective against triple-negative breas...

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

For 1 in 10 Cancer Patients, Surgery Means Opioid Dependence

More than 10 percent of people who had never taken opioids prior to curative-intent surgery for cancer continued to take the drugs three to six months later. The risk is even greater for those who are treated with chemotherapy after surgery.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nov-2017; 5T32 CA009672-23

Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Genetic Pathways to Individualized Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Researchers at Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have uncovered genetic clues to why tumors resist a specific therapy used for treating advanced prostate cancer.

– Mayo Clinic

Annals of Oncology

Understanding the Link between Obesity and Cancer

TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek provides the latest research on obesity and cancer

– Obesity Society

Dermatologists Offer Unmatched Expertise on Skin Health

In addition to safely performing cosmetic procedures to improve the skin’s appearance and providing advice to help people care for their skin at home, board-certified dermatologists can diagnose more than 3,000 skin, hair and nail diseases and prov...

– American Academy of Dermatology

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Launches Y-90 Radioembolization Outpatient Tumor Treatment

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center is pleased to announce that it now offers Y-90 radioembolization, an innovative and minimally invasive method to treat liver tumors without surgery. It is used to treat patients with primary liver c...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Learning More About Pancreatic Cancer

In the fight against pancreatic cancer, a Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey expert says research is key

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Mayo Clinic Monthly News Tips - October 2017 Headlines

Mayo Clinic Monthly News Tips - October 2017 Headlines

– Mayo Clinic

Radon on the Radar

Researchers have known for decades that exposure to radon may cause lung cancer, and that North Dakota and Iowa have some of the highest radon rates in the country. Could radon potentially cause other cancers? Researchers from the geography depart...

– University of North Dakota

Future Oncology

Policy and Public Affairs

ASTRO Chair to Testify at Energy & Commerce Hearing on Medicare Payment Reform

ASTRO Chair Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH, FASTRO, will join representatives from leading physician groups Wednesday morning to discuss Medicare payment reform before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The hearing, “MACRA and Alternat...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

CMS Report on Radiation Therapy Payment Model Charts Path to Value-Based Cancer Care

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to move forward urgently with the development of a radiation oncology alternative payment model (RO-APM) following a new report t...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)


MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center celebrates the five-year anniversary of its Moon Shots Program™, a collaborative effort to accelerate the development of scientific discoveries into clinical advances that save patients’ lives. La...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 11:00 ET

Colonel (Ret.) David G. McLeod Prostate Cancer Research Fellowship Established

A new translational research fellowship has been established to continue the pioneering work of retired Army Col. (Dr.) David G. McLeod, who devoted nearly 50 years to prostate cancer research and treatment as a military urologist. He retired in 2016...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Women Needed to Contribute to WISDOM for Breast Cancer Screening

The five University of California medical centers, including Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, have joined together to recruit 100,000 women in California to be part of WISDOM: a clinical trial to uncover whether annual mammograms are the ...

– University of California San Diego Health

The Wistar Institute Awarded More Than $16.5M in Grants to Fund Cancer & Infectious Disease Research and Training

Wistar scientists have secured more than $16.5 million in funding throughout the summer and early fall of 2017.

– Wistar Institute

FDA Announces First Approval of Targeted Therapy Based on Basket Study

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has approved the drug vemurafenib for the treatment of patients with BRAF V600-mutant Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD). This is the first approval of a targeted therapy based on a basket st...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Trained T-Cells to Target Toxic Viruses in Pediatric Patients

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded $4.8 million by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to study the use of a new T-cell therapy to help fight active viral infections in children with severe immune deficiencies. ...

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Integrating Pathology and Radiology Images to Improve Cancer Treatment

Stony Brook University is part of a national five-year $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a testbed for using data analytics and radiology and pathology images to better steer cancer treatment.

– Stony Brook University

Ludwig Scientists Share Insights on Immunotherapy Research at the 2017 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Annual Meeting

Ludwig Cancer Research has released the scope of its participation at the 2017 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, November 8-12.

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Two Mount Sinai Institutes to Join $215 Million Public-Private Partnership to Increase Patients’ Immunotherapy Success

The Tisch Cancer Institute and the Precision Immunology Institute at Mount Sinai Health System are part of a $215 million public-private Cancer Moonshot research collaboration launched by the National Institutes of Health and 11 leading pharmaceutica...

– Mount Sinai Health System

International Advocacy Organization for Stomach Cancer Research, Awareness, and Prevention brings "Spotlight on Stomach Cancer" to City of Hope

No Stomach For Cancer will host its fifth Spotlight on Stomach Cancer on Saturday, November 11 at the City of Hope's Cooper Auditorium in Duarte California.

– No Stomach For Cancer

Wistar Expands Collaboration & Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Man’s Best Friend Therapeutics to Develop Novel Veterinary Vaccine Technology

The collaboration will further advance a canine melanoma vaccine and other vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases in animals

– Wistar Institute

Johns Hopkins Researchers Launch Interdisciplinary Effort for Breast Cancer

What do math, physics and engineering tell us about breast cancer? They could tell us a lot, say Johns Hopkins scientists. They’re using a $5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to unite biologists, clinicians and engineers at the new ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Chicago Students to Get Hands-on Cancer Research Experience Through $1.9 Million Grant to UChicago Medicine

The University of Chicago Medicine received a $1.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to launch a two-year program to provide immersive laboratory and research training for high school and undergraduate students.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

USC Norris Cancer Hospital receives 2017 Press Ganey NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality

The nurses of USC Norris Cancer Hospital have been recognized for their exceptional care with a 2017 Press Ganey NDNQI Award For Outstanding Nursing Quality at an academic medical center.

– Keck Medicine of USC

Focused Ultrasound Foundation Receives Transformative $10 Million Gift to Accelerate Development and Adoption of Game-changing Therapeutic Technology

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has received a pledge of $10 million in unrestricted funds from an anonymous donor to be matched 1:1 by 2022. This pledge comes at a pivotal time for the Foundation and the focused ultrasound field.

– Focused Ultrasound Foundation

ACR Chair Tells House Subcommittee to Fund Modern Low-Dose Medical Radiation Research

James A. Brink, MD, FACR, told the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy today that medical imaging and radiation oncology save lives.

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Awards Samuel Volchenboum a $50,000 Research Grant

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research announced the University of Chicago Medicine will receive a $50,000 Rally for Research Grant to support Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD, and a data commons project for pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

New Turnout Ensemble Aims to Reduce Firefighter Cancer Risk

A new suite of personal protective equipment (PPE) may provide additional protection for firefighters from exposure to carcinogenic vapors and particulate matter at incident sites.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Tisch Cancer Institute Director Ramon Parsons Awarded $6.7 Million for Research on Cancer-Causing Gene Mutated in Cancers with the Least Treatment Options

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Ramon Parsons, MD, PhD, the prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award, granting him $6.7 million over seven years for research into the tumor-suppressing functions of the PTEN gene, which he discovered...

– Mount Sinai Health System


Physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Named as ‘Jersey Choice Top Doctors’

A number of chief physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, are being honored as a ‘Jersey Choice Top Doctor’ by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Italian-American Researchers Present Mediterranean Diet, Health, and Longevity at Annual Medical Conference

Sbarro Health Research Organization President Antonio Giordano introduces program at National Italian American Foundation 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend In Washington D.C.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

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– Indiana University





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