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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 21-Jan-2020

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

Cancer Research

Virtual Reality and Breast Cancer, First Italian-American Study Shows Promising Results

Virtual Reality during chemotherapy shown to improve breast cancer patients’ quality of life during the most stressful treatments, according to a recent study.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Journal of Cellular Physiology

Embargo expired on 20-Jan-2020 at 08:00 ET

While Promoting Diseases Like Cancer, These Enzymes Also Cannibalize Each Other

In diseases like cancer, atherosclerosis, and sickle cell anemia, cathepsins promote their propagation. Drug trials to inhibit these enzymes have failed due to baffling side effects. Now a new study examines cathepsins in systems to remove some of th...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; CBET-576 0939511; 1DP2OD007433-01

Embargo expired on 20-Jan-2020 at 15:00 ET

Dozens of potential anti-cancer drugs netted in massive screening study

A variety of existing drugs for treating conditions such as diabetes, inflammation, alcohol abuse, and arthritis in dogs can also kill cancer cells in the lab, according to a study by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Nature Cancer, January 20, 2020; U01 HG008699; U54 HL127366; KL2 TR002542; K08 CA230220

Embargo expired on 20-Jan-2020 at 11:00 ET

Zika Virus’ Key into Brain Cells ID’d, Leveraged to Block Infection and Kill Cancer Cells

Two different UC San Diego research teams identified the same molecule — αvβ5 integrin — as Zika virus’ key to brain cell entry. They found ways to take advantage of the integrin to both block Zika virus from infecting cells and turn it into ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Cell Press

Embargo expired on 16-Jan-2020 at 11:00 ET



– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

JAMA Oncology. January 16, 2020

Embargo expired on 16-Jan-2020 at 11:00 ET

Heterogeneity of Liver Cancer Cells Helps Explain Tumor Progression in Patients, Mount Sinai Research Found

Many liver cancer tumors contain a highly diverse set of cells, a phenomenon known as intra-tumor heterogeneity that can significantly affect the rate at which the cancer grows, Mount Sinai researchers report. The immune system’s contribution to th...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Communications, Jan-2020

Embargo expired on 15-Jan-2020 at 05:00 ET

Why aren’t advanced bladder cancers being treated?

Despite research showing that aggressive treatment with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can extend the lives of and even cure patients with advanced bladder cancer, many don’t get it. The result, argues a team led by UC Davis Health urologists,...

– UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Journal of Clinical Oncology, Jan. 17, 2020

Select few cancer patients enroll in potentially life-extending clinical trials

Patient enrollment in clinical trials as the first course of treatment after cancer diagnosis is low, despite the fact that enrollment may increase life expectancy, according to researchers at Penn State.

– Penn State College of Medicine

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Acid reflux drugs may have negative side effects for breast cancer survivors

Acid reflux drugs that are sometimes recommended to ease stomach problems during cancer treatment may have an unintended side effect: impairment of breast cancer survivors’ memory and concentration.

– Ohio State University

Journal of Cancer Survivorship

Special delivery: McMaster physicists design ‘super-human’ red blood cells to deliver drugs to specific targets within the body

A team of physicists from McMaster University has developed a process to modify red blood cells so they can be used to distribute drugs throughout the body, which could specifically target infections or treat catastrophic diseases such as cancer or A...

– McMaster University

Advanced Biosystems

Cancer study may accidentally help researchers create usable blood stem cells

University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows healthy form of the leukemia-causing gene MLL may push pluripotent stem cells (which have proven difficult to use in human patients) to become durable hematopoietic stem cells (which are usable in pati...

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Stem Cell Reports; 1R01DK120369 ; R21OD019716

Catch and Release: MTU Biochemists Purify Proteins with a Fishing Technique

Protein purification is a multibillion-dollar industry. A new purification process developed by Michigan Tech biochemists, called capture and release (CaRe), is a lot like catch and release fishing. It comes down to the picking the right lure to bait...

– Michigan Technological University

Journal of Chemical Biology, Jan-2020; National Science Foundation NSF 1608537

UTSW Researchers Uncover New Vulnerability in Kidney Cancer

Qing Zhang, Ph.D., and his colleagues identified a possible way to treat tumors while sparing nearby healthy tissue.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Cancer Discovery

Multimodal Genomic Analyses Predict Response to Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer Patients

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed an integrated genomic approach that potentially could help physicians predic...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nature Cancer

Unfruitful: Eating More Produce Will Not Cure, Stop Prostate Cancer

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that patients with prostate cancer assigned to eat seven or more servings of vegetables and fruits daily saw no extra protection from the increased consumption of micronutrients...

– University of California San Diego Health


Cancer Experts and Features

John Theurer Cancer Center Participating in Early-Phase Study of Immunotherapy-Boosting Treatment

Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey are participating in a first-in-patients clinical trial assessing VE800, a novel bacteria-containing therapy, in combination with the immunotherapy drug...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

The Truth About the HPV Vaccine: 7 Myths and Facts You Need to Know

A vaccine is available to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can cause diseases such as genital warts and cancer. The HPV vaccine now protects against nine strains of HPV. Research...

– Nuvance Health

Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals Campaign Bolstered by Team Member Support

Team members from eight Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers raised nearly $330,000 for Giving Heals, Meridian Health Foundation’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, which supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services,...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

‘Are Noncommunicable Diseases Communicable?’ Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss Paper in Science Today

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Expert in #expandedaccess to experimental drugs and diversity in clinical trials to speak at D.C. conf., and is available for interviews

– Clinical Research Pathways

Cancer Announcements

Press registration now open for 2020 Experimental Biology meeting

Complimentary press passes and virtual newsroom access are now available for the Experimental Biology (EB) 2020 meeting, to be held April 4–7 in San Diego.

– Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Experimental Biology (EB) 2020 meeting, April 4–7, San Diego

Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation to Host Genomic Medicine Symposium

The Symposium on February 19 will feature a variety of clinical disorders in which prevention, screening, and treatment can be informed through genomic and epigenomic data.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), Feb 19

Robert Amdur, MD, named Editor in Chief of Practical Radiation Oncology

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) announced today that Robert Amdur, MD, will become the new Editor in Chief of Practical Radiation Oncology, ASTRO's clinical practice journal. Dr. Amdur, a professor of radiation oncology at the Uni...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Mayo Clinic News Network launches new podcast to help consumers: Mayo Clinic Q&A

Building on three decades of success, the Mayo Clinic Radio team is taking the next step in the evolution of connecting with patients and consumers. The new Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast debuts Wednesday, Jan. 15.

– Mayo Clinic





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