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High School Student develops Nanotechnology that Kills Cancer Cells

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Today I learned about another great advance in medical technology.  This one could be another very important step toward the eradication of cancer, and it was developed by a high school student.  Nanotechnology has helped 17-year-old Angela Zhang to develop what one fellow researcher’s calling the “Swiss Army knife of cancer treatment,” as her gold and iron-oxide nanoparticle does double …

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Sun Safety Tips to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

In Cancer, Health and Safety, Research by Paul Martin3 Comments

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), the largest private, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States, issued the following statement in response to the media attention regarding the Environmental Working Group’s recent report on sunscreen effectiveness: “It is important that we remain vigilant in making safe decisions when it comes to the sun.  Sadly, approximately 65 percent of melanomas—the most …

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Thyroid Cancer Resource Guide

In Cancer by Paul Martin5 Comments

So, my sister has Thyroid Cancer.  I’m currently awaiting a phone call with the results of the surgery that is going on right now, but I thought I would create a resource guide to places to learn about it online.  There were a lot of things that I didn’t know about with regard to thyroid cancer. From what I understand, …

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Tanning makes Skin Cancer the Most Common Form in Young Women

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Melanoma has reared it’s ugly head again, and this is a reminder before the summer months about the dangers of tanning.  According to Cancer Research UK, in 2003 only 220 women aged 20-29 were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the UK.  In 2005, the number had jumped to 340 women.  Malignant melanoma is a potentially deadly form of cancer that …

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Blood Platelet Donations Save Lives

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Not everyone who is a blood donor can give platelets, but they are a much needed resource.  They can be donated more frequently than blood, because no red cells are taken and iron levels are not affected. The main problem with platelets, is that they only last five days. David Dokelman is a man that donates platelets, in memory of …

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Cancer Genes Decoded by Scientists

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This has the potential to be game changing, when it comes to fighting cancer. Scientists have, for the first time, decoded all of the genes of a person with cancer and found a set of mutations that may have caused or aided the progression of the disease. A woman who, in her 50s, died of leukemia had donated cells for …

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Scientists Find Way to Regress Adult Cells to Embryonic State

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Well, this is a really whopper of a story regarding stem cell research.  The Washington Post reports: Scientists are reporting today that they have overcome a major obstacle to using a promising alternative to embryonic stem cells, bolstering the prospects for bypassing the political and ethical tempest that has embroiled hopes for a new generation of medical treatments. The researchers …