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Space station researchers tackle tumors

In space, things don’t always behave the way we expect them to. In the case of cancer, researchers have found that this is a good thing: some tumors seem to be much less aggressive in the microgravity environment of space compared to their behavior on Earth. This observation, reported in research published recently by the FASEB Journal, could help scientists understand the mechanism involved and develop drugs targeting tumors that don’t respond to current treatments. This work is the latest in a large body of evidence on how space exploration benefits those of us on Earth. Read more

Vitamin C may boost chemotherapy

A new study suggests giving some cancer patients high doses of vitamin C intravenously – as opposed to orally – alongside conventional chemotherapy, may help kill cancer cells and also reduce some of its toxic side effects. Read more

Public divided on genetic testing to predict cancer risk

A national poll from the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute shows 34 percent of respondents would not seek genetic testing to predict their likelihood of developing a hereditary cancer – even if the cost of the testing was not an issue. Read more

Milk plays a role of delivering polyphenols with anti-cancer activity

Polyphenols found in tea manifest anti-cancer effects but their use is limited by poor bioavailability and disagreeable taste. A new study in the Journal of Dairy Science® finds that when epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the major extractable polyphenol in green tea and the most biologically active, when diluted in skim milk or other milk complexes remains bioactive and continues to reduce colon cancer cell proliferation in culture at concentrations higher than 0.03 mg of EGCG/mL. Read more

Reduced kidney function greatly increases the risk of death from cancer

Cancer sufferers are more likely to die from their condition if their kidneys are not functioning properly, a new study published online in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases claims. Read more

Smoking after cancer diagnosis may increase death risk

Men who continued to smoke after being diagnosed with cancer had an increased risk of death compared with those who quit smoking, U.S. researchers said Friday. Read more

Potential new drug identified for inherited cancer

Latest research from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a new drug candidate for an inherited form of cancer with no known cure. Read more