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Nanotechnology in Medicine: Massive Advances on a Tiny Scale

2008-01-24 13:15:36

Professor Naomi Halas at Rice University (TX) discusses her nanotechnology research and its applicable uses in science and medicine of the future. (CNN)

Magic Bullets: How Nanosized Drug Packages Can Bring Drugs More Selectively to Cancer

2007-11-27 10:42:05

Anticancer agents such as paclitaxel and cisplatin display a very high therapeutic potency towards isolated cancer cells. However, the observed anti-tumour efficacy in patients is disappointing while the various detrimental side effects (e.g. anaemia,...

A Vaccine for Cancer

2007-11-12 10:21:32

Efforts to train the immune system to attack cancer cells has been met with limited success, mainly because the immune system recognizes cancer cells as self. Our team at the University of Georgia has created a fully synthetic carbohydrate-based vaccine that has successfully triggered a strong immune...

Slowing Cell Rolling in the Bloodstream

2007-11-02 10:10:03

Cell rolling is an important physiological and pathological process that is used to recruit specific cells in the bloodstream to a target tissue. This process may be exploited for biomedical applications to capture and separate specific cell types...

New Lead For Breast Cancer Therapy

2007-06-07 16:11:26

Breast cancer is a deadly disease. This year over 170,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. This year the number of new cases are approximately 125 per 100,000 for white women and approximately 116 per 100,000 for African American women...

Four New Breast Cancer Genes Identified

2007-06-07 16:11:15

A Sky News Video on the discovery of four new genes that contribute to the risk of breast cancer. Geneticists believe that their findings may help to develop an effective breast cancer screening program within 15 years. The study was published on May 27 in an early online edition of the journal Nature...

Characterization of Ovarian Tumor Vascular Cells, a New Source for Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers

2007-03-26 11:36:00

We recently characterized the genes expressed by ovarian tumor blood vessel cells[1]. This work demonstrated that the blood vessel cells in ovarian cancer are different from normal blood vessel cells found in healthy ovary. Ovarian tumor vessels express numerous proteins that are not identified,...

Inhibition of Vinyl Carbamate-Induced Mutagenicity and Chromosomal Damage by a Garlic Component in Mice

2007-03-21 19:00:00

Vinyl carbamate (VC) is derived from ethyl carbamate (EC), a chemical found in alcoholic beverages and fermented foods. We carried out studies to determine and measure the mutations and chromosomal damage induced by VC in mice. Treatment of mice with VC resulted in the development of mutations in the...

Role of the Rb tumor suppressor in regulation of stem cell proliferation

2007-03-13 15:21:33

The first tumor suppressor gene was identified in the 1950s and was designated Retinoblastoma (RB) because of the tumors that formed on the retina of the eye when the gene was mutated (Vogel 1979). Although it is most renowned for its role in pediatric eye cancer,...

Epilepsy Diet is Effective in Managing Malignant Brain Cancer

2007-03-06 10:35:38

The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate and low protein diet that has been used for decades as a last resort for managing drug-resistant seizures in children with epilepsy. Our study, published in the online journal Nutrition and Metabolism,...

DNA As a Sensor of Oncogenic Threat

2007-01-18 18:14:13

DNA has been the focus of biomedical research since the discovery of its structure by Watson and Crick in 1953. DNA is portrayed as the essence of life, the container of all the information that makes living organisms. It is then not surprising that organisms have evolved efficient machineries to detect...

An Exciting Moment In Time For Cancer Research

2007-01-12 14:01:24

Dr. Kenneth Kinzler is a professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also a MERIT Award recipient at the National Cancer Institute. His current research is directed at the identification and characterization of the genetic changes that cause colorectal cancer. Dr...

Common Drugs Can Be Effective Anticancer Drugs

2007-01-11 09:49:08

Worldwide, cancer persists as one of the most important diseases that affects human beings. According to the Globocan series of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in the year 2002 there were 10.9 million new cases and 6.7 million deaths...

Possibility of Drug Treatment to Prevent Breast Cancer

2007-01-01 16:26:40

Over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, but thanks to new findings, at least five percent of those cases can potentially be prevented in the future, not by mastectomies or ovariectomies as is the current practice, but by taking medication. Anxious women shouldn?...