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Response of High-Grade Gliomas to Checkpoint Inhibitors Response of High-Grade Gliomas to Checkpoint Inhibitors

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:14:48 +0100

How should MRI findings be used to assess response of high-grade gliomas to immunotherapy?Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Smart bomb virus shows promise as brain tumor immunotherapy

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) A common cold virus engineered to attack the most common and deadly of brain tumors allowed 20 percent of patients with recurrent glioblastoma to live for three years or longer, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report on a phase I clinical trial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



FDA ’ s Shuren says cell phone RF exposure is safe in light of NTP animal study

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:12:32 +0100

The FDA today reiterated its view that radiofrequency energy exposure associated with cell phone use is safe in light of a new study from the National Toxicology Program, which indicated a carcinogenic effect in rats. The study, conducted by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, aimed to evaluate the the effects of high exposure radiofrequency at levels “considerably above the current safety limits for cell phones” to learn more about the effects of radiofrequency energy on animal tissue, according to FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health Director Jeffrey Shuren. Shuren said that the topic of research had been nominated in 1999, at a time where there was a lack of epidemiological and long-term animal studies explo...



Scientists target glioma cancer stem cells, which could improve patient survival

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) Brain tumors are responsible for 25 percent of cancer-related deaths in children and young adults. Despite initial response to treatment, most aggressive brain tumors eventually recur and are ultimately incurable. Multiple studies suggest that cancer stem cells within these tumors resist therapy and are responsible for tumor recurrences. Researchers at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center have devised a strategy to treat these tumors by identifying a secretion-mediated pathway that's essential for maintaining glioma cancer stem cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Cancer from cellphones? New studies say no need to hang up

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 01:13:12 +0100

Scientists say they could not find hard evidence for concern about brain tumors linked to cellphone radiation (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Hopkins-born venture aims to use ultrasound technology to treat brain tumors

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:50:46 +0100

A pair of entrepreneurs from Johns Hopkins are working to develop technology that can use sound waves to treat brain tumors. Amir Manbachi, associate director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design at Hopkins, and Nao J. Gamo, a researcher who specializes in neuroscience, have partnered to build on an idea that was born at Hopkins. Their goal is to create a kind of ultrasound technology that can be used to "burn" brain tumors, as an alternative to invasive surgery. They have been… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

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Doctor reveals when you should seek help for your headache

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:01:28 +0100

Dr Michael Munger, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, warned that headaches - considered the worst kind of pain - can be a sign of brain tumours and aneurysms. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Insightec, Virginia Tech collab on focused ultrasound brain disorder R & D

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:13:38 +0100

Insightec said today it is partnering with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute looking to develop treatments for brain disorders utilizing the company’s Exablate Neuro focused ultrasound device. The treatments will also utilize Siemens (NYSE:SI) magnetic resonance imaging devices, with potential applications in treating cancer, brain tumors, targeted disruptions of the blood-brain barrier for therapeutic delivery and neuromodulation to treat psychiatric disorders. “There is considerable basic research to be done in order to develop safe and efficacious protocols for these treatments and we are excited to be one of the research sites to carry this breakthrough technology forward,” research lead Stephen LaConte said in a prepared statement. “We share a co...



Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center Now Open at Overlook Medical...

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

New location improves access and coordination of care for patients with brain tumors.(PRWeb January 29, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/01/prweb15143129.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



Tessa Jowell is right about cancer treatment: Britain must do better | Christina Patterson

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:18:58 +0100

Her fearless speech was also a reasonable demand for more shared knowledge, faster diagnosis and wider access to experimental treatmentsOn 24 May last year, Tessa Jowell found she could not speak. Two days later, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Two weeks after that, the tumour was cut out. Six months on, she can ’t say she was cured, but she sure as hell could speak this week.“I don’t think I immediately leapt to the inevitability of cancer,” she told Nick Robinson on the Today programme on Wednesday. “To begin with, I thought I would have this tumour, that it would be operated on and that would be it.” That, it turned out, was not it. Now her life, she said, w as “affected” by her tumour. “How do I know,” she asked, “how long it’s going to last.”Continue r...



Tessa Jowell calls for global cooperation to help cancer patients

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:34:26 +0100

Labour peer given standing ovation for moving speech in House of Lords about her brain cancerTessa Jowell has received a standing ovation in the House of Lords for a moving speech about her brain cancer in which she urged peers to support an international initiative to share resources, research and new treatments.The former Labour culture secretary, who is seriously ill with a high-grade brain tumour, spoke to a packed house about the importance of “a community of love” for people suffering from cancer.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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This Tiny Implant Can Deliver Medicine to Your Brain With the Push of a Button

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:00:53 +0100

(WASHINGTON) — Scientists have created a hair-thin implant that can drip medications deep into the brain by remote control and with pinpoint precision. Tested only in animals so far, if the device pans out it could mark a new approach to treating brain diseases — potentially reducing side effects by targeting only the hard-to-reach circuits that need care. “You could deliver things right to where you want, no matter the disease,” said Robert Langer, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose biomedical engineering team reported the research Wednesday. Stronger and safer treatments are needed for brain disorders ranging from depression to Parkinson’s. Simply getting medications inside the brain, past what’s called the blood-brain barri...



Girl, 3, with brain tumour struggles to feed herself

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:46:34 +0100

Edie Molyneux, from Tranmere, will likely die young because of the rare mass on her brain, known as a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



'I am not afraid' Tessa Jowell and her selfless fight against brain cancer and NHS policy

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:13:58 +0100

RADIO 4 ’s flagship current affairs show the Today programme broadcasts interactions with politicians on a daily basis but yesterday it ran an interview with a difference. The guest was former culture secretary Tessa Jowell and she was on not to parrot a party line but to speak very personally about her l ife and plans since being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour last May. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Man's deadly brain tumour has pushed his brain sideways

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:55:41 +0100

Despite Callum Hardyman, 19, undergoing a nine-hour operation at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre to remove 75 per cent of the tumour, doctors are only able to extend his life, not cure his condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Combination chemotherapy may significantly improve treatment for deadly brain tumor

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators has found that adding the chemotherapy drug hydroxyurea to the current chemotherapy protocol for glioblastoma significantly increased survival in animal models. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



DIPG tumor patterns offer new insight on survival

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) A small subset of patients with tumors that bear mutations in a gene in the basic packaging of DNA (known as histone mutations) may have better outcomes than others, suggests new research from Michigan Medicine's Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Initiative. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Pregnant teen given months to live gives birth

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:46:00 +0100

Dana Scatton, 17, delivered a healthy baby girl last week after being given three to nine months to live in December. The teen from Pennsylvania was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Pregnant teen given months to live with DIPG gives birth

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:46:00 +0100

Dana Scatton, 17, delivered a healthy baby girl last week after being given three to nine months to live in December. The teen from Pennsylvania was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Dr. Kurt Jaeckle to Lead Phase III Clinical Trial of Novel Drug...

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Atlantic Health System's Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center, one of four sites in the country, opens phase III study of first-in-class drug VAL-083, which has already shown promise in...(PRWeb January 10, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/01/prweb15074260.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

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Immune Boosting Virus Could Be Used to Treat Brain Tumors Immune Boosting Virus Could Be Used to Treat Brain Tumors

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:27:26 +0100

A trial of a potential new brain cancer treatment has shown that a virus injected directly into the bloodstream can reach tumors deep inside the brain and switch on the body's own defense system to attack them.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Sickness bug could help fight brain cancer by helping boost the immune system

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:01:39 +0100

BRAIN tumours affect around 11,000 people in the UK each year and fewer than one in seven can expect to survive longer than a decade. But new research has found a virus, best known for giving children stomach bugs, could help. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Medical News Today: Cancer: Virus fuels immune system to attack brain tumors

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0100

From the bloodstream, a wild virus selectively entered cancer cells in patients' brain tumors and made it easier for the immune system to destroy them. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Immune boosting virus could be used to treat brain tumors

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:01:08 +0100

LONDON (Reuters) - A trial of a potential new brain cancer treatment has shown that a virus injected directly into the bloodstream can reach tumors deep inside the brain and switch on the body's own defense system to attack them. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Tailoring cancer treatments to individual patients

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) The Center for Computational Oncology developed computer models to predict how cancer will progress in a specific individual, based on tissue, cellular and subcellular protein signaling responses. The models can predict how brain tumors (gliomas) will grow with much greater accuracy than previous models. Recently, the group began a clinical study to predict how an individual's cancer will progress after one cycle of therapy, and to use that prediction to plan the course of treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Virus could treat brain tumours by boosting immune system

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Leeds) Virus could act as an immunotherapy when injected into bloodstream. First human trial shows virus can cross blood-brain barrier to infect tumors and stimulate the body's immune system to attack the cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Variation Seen in Hospice Use for Malignant Glioma

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Differences by race, sex, age, level of education, urban versus rural residence identified (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



Many with Deadly Brain Cancer Don't Opt for Hospice Care

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100

Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Brain Tumors, Hospice Care (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Many With Deadly Brain Cancer Don't Opt for Hospice Care

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:00:52 +0100

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 -- Many patients with a deadly type of brain tumor don't receive adequate hospice care, a new study finds. Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 patients in the United... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Pet Dogs May Speed Human Brain Cancer Trials

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:00:00 +0100

Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Brain Tumors, Pet Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Medical News Today: Electric field therapy boosts survival from deadly brain tumor

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0100

Glioblastoma is a deadly brain cancer with poor outcomes. But the final results of a phase III trial reveal that a novel treatment could increase survival. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Electric device slows growth of deadly brain tumors

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:48:52 +0100

In a recent clinical trial, researchers at Northwestern Medicine successfully slowed the growth of a deadly brain tumor using a new electric device. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) While more than 60 percent of patients with the brain tumors called malignant gliomas enroll in hospice services, almost a quarter of them do so within a week of death, probably too late for patients and family members to benefit from hospice care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



UCLA grant program funds interdisciplinary brain cancer research

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:31:06 +0100

When a neurosurgeon looks at a glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, she sees a dark mass bullying its way through the brain. When an oncologist talks to a patient with glioblastoma, he tempers expectations, talking in months rather than years. When a molecular biologist thinks about glioblastoma, she thinks about the tumor ’s sweet tooth — the sugar it consumes to fuel its frenetic growth. And when you put all these people together — you get a plan to fight cancer.Armed with new research tools and a grant from the David Geffen School of Medicine ’s newSeed Grant Program, a team of UCLA researchers, including neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, molecular biologists, and pharmacologists, is now studying how the metabolism traits of glioblastomas may represent a weak spot i...



Study: Use radiosurgery for certain brain lesion patients

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:46:20 +0100

In a subset of patients, radiosurgery may be the best choice for those with...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASTRO: SRS decreases local brain tumor recurrence ASTRO: SRS better than whole-brain radiotherapy (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Novel mechanism that protects from glioblastoma identified

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncol ó gicas (CNIO)) A group of researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have identified a protein called RanBP6 as a new regulator of EGFR. In a paper published in Nature Communications they show how silencing of RanBP6 promoted glioma growth, by upregulating EGFR expression. Moreover, reconstitution of RanBP6 in a mouse xenograft model leads to reduction in tumor growth. Authors state that these findings might have " important clinical implications " . (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Bringing Robotics into the Cath Lab to Protect Physicians

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:28:55 +0100

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI, or angioplasty with stent) is a common procedure used to treat patients with obstructive coronary artery disease, with an estimated 600,000 procedures performed annually in the United States. PCI has a low risk of complications for patients, but that's not the case for clinicians. Patients receive a dose of radiation during a PCI procedure, which takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. Interventional cardiologists and cardiac catheterization laboratory personnel are exposed to ionizing radiation all day, every day. Protective measures, such as radiation safety caps, goggles, and lead garments and shielding, minimize exposure but don't completely protect clinicians from radiation's harmful effects. "Protection garments aren't full body," sai...



Insightec raises $150m in Series E

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:23:10 +0100

Insightec said yesterday it raised $150 million in a Series E round of financing led by Koch Industries’ Koch Disruptive Technologies to support its MRI-guided focused ultrasound technologies. The round was led by Koch Disruptive Technologies and joined by existing investors Elbit Imaging, York Capital, Focus Holdings, GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE), GEOC and Meditech Advisors, the Israel-based company said. “This investment aligns well with the founding principles of both Koch Disruptive Technologies and Koch Industries. With a track record of driving innovation and improving patient outcomes, Insightec has itself invested and expanded its capabilities to advance surgical medicine to improve the health and quality of life of millions of patients,” KDT prez Chase Koch said in ...



Trust and charity create brain tumour specialist nurse post

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:41:00 +0100

A major London hospital trust has appointed its first clinical nurse specialist to focus on the quality of life for brain tumour patients. (Source: Nursing Times)



New weakness found in most common childhood malignant brain tumor

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Queen Mary University of London) A new weakness found in medulloblastoma, the most common form of childhood brain tumor, could lead to more personalized medicine and improved treatment for some patients, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

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Insightec wins FDA nod for Exablate Neuro glioblastoma trial

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:15:16 +0100

Insightec said today it won FDA approval to launch a safety and feasibility trial of its Exablate Neuro, testing its ability to disrupt the blood brain barrier in patients with glioblastoma. The Exablate Neuro device, which won FDA approval last July for treating essential tremor, uses high-intensity, focused ultrasound to thermally ablate targeted tissue, guided by continuous magnetic resonance imaging; the procedure can be performed non-invasively through an intact skull. In the trial, a research team will inject commonly used a sonographic microbubble solution into the bloodstream of a patient with a malignant brain tumor, after which ultrasound will be used to oscillate the microbubbles to cause temporary disruption of the blood brain barrier. “Clinical research is critical for...



London girl who had brain tumour now doing cartwheels

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:30:54 +0100

Indigo McGregor, from London, deteriorated as the growth pressed against her brain stem and was forced to use a wheelchair. But she made an amazing recovery after live-saving surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Girl who had brain tumour now doing cartwheels

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:43:22 +0100

Indigo McGregor, from London, deteriorated as the growth pressed against her brain stem and was forced to use a wheelchair. But she made an amazing recovery after live-saving surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patients

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of human patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Promising target for treating brain tumors in children

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Ann& Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago) Findings published in Oncotarget offer new hope for children with highly aggressive brain tumors like atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) and medulloblastoma. Previously, the authors of the study have shown that an experimental drug that inhibits polo-like kinase 4 (PLK4) stopped pediatric brain tumor growth in vitro. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Henry Marsh: 'Ukraine is like a Trabant that wants to be a Ferrari'

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:00:03 +0100

Henry Marsh is a celebrated neurosurgeon who travels the world teaching his exacting craft. Robert McCrum joins him in Ukraine as he tries to save the life of 11-year-old ViktoriaWe joined the green-gowned brain surgery team soon after daybreak. The chill of the operating theatre was filled with the inevitable frisson of nerves before a big op. Inside the Orlika Street children ’s hospital in the suburbs ofLviv, on the western edge of Ukraine, the patient was waiting for us, under halogen lights, anaesthetised upon the table.She was corpse-like in unconsciousness. Her chilled cerise fingernails offered a poignant reminder she is a young girl. Viktoria, who is just 11, has a malignant brain tumour. The day before, in the ICU, she had been weepy, fretful and disoriented with brain sickness...



WATCH: 4-year-old girl receives hundreds of books for Lena's Library while battling brain cancer

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:28:30 +0100

Lena Tietjen has received hundreds of packages filled with books for her own reading library while she begins to receive treatment and care for an inoperable malignant brain tumor. (Source: ABC News: Health)



That Time A Researcher Wished His Brain Tumor Had A Share Button

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:15:00 +0100

Why one researcher and data evangelist wishes he could more easily share the data that was collected in during his own brain surgery. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



Ziopharm says its brain cancer drug helped trial patients live more than a year

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:16:52 +0100

A Boston biotech with a unique approach to treating an aggressive brain tumor, Ziopharm Oncology reported this weekend that its combination of experimental drugs has helped 15 patients survive about twice as long as they would have otherwise in an early-stage trial. Ziopharm (Nasdaq: ZIOP) reported the updated trial data in patients with recurrent glioblastoma at the Society for Neuro-Oncology this weekend. The 15 patients are all being treated with Ziopharm’s gene therapy, called Ad-RTS-hIL-12,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Childhood Brain Tumor Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Childhood Brain Tumor: Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)

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Brain cancer treatment previously featured on 60 Minutes now available to children

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Solving Kids' Cancer) A Phase 1 clinical trial leveraging the re-engineered polio virus is now open for enrollment to children 12 years and older at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Medical Center. After years of following the progress of this promising therapy against adult glioblastoma and working with the research team on behalf of children, Solving Kids' Cancer teamed up with The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation to help move this forward in a trial for pediatric brain tumor patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Tools to help you with brain tumour fatigue

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Brainstrust has launched a resource to help allied health professionals support people living with a brain tumour who are suffering from fatigue. (Source: NHS Networks)



SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:22:15 +0100

NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a couple of years ago, with the idea of short-cutting the learning curve for patients and caregivers by documenting what the most resilient patients in the world do. This recently...



Medical News Today: Deadly brain tumors halted by blocking telomere protein

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100

By blocking TRF1, a protein involved in the protection of telomeres, researchers were able to halt the growth of glioblastoma tumors in mice. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



The first effective therapy against glioblastoma by attacking telomeres

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncol ó gicas (CNIO)) Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have shown that it is possible to block the growth of human and murine glioblastoma in mouse models by blocking the TRF1 protein; an essential component of the telomere-protective complex. The study, published in Cancer Cell, describes a new and promising way to combat this type of brain tumor by attacking its ability to regenerate and divide immortally. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

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25% of high-grade glioma patients alive 3 years post trial

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:16:20 +0100

Patients with recurrent high-grade glioma were treated by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Median survival was 14.4 months, compared with the typical 8 months. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Mysterious cluster of a rare, deadly childhood brain tumor that has cropped up in one Mississippi town could be tied to Hurricane Katrina

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:18:50 +0100

(Natural News) A very rare form of a fatal childhood brain tumor has mysteriously cropped up in a small Mississippi community, afflicting at least three kids since 2009 and puzzling medical investigators who only now think they may have a link. As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Sophia Myers, 7, was the latest child diagnosed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Science Saturday: Brain tumors hijack growth proteins

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

What makes some brain cancers so hard to treat? Researchers in the laboratory of Alfredo Qui?ones-Hinojosa, M.D., Chair of Neurologic Surgery on Mayo Clinic?s campus in Florida, looked at devastating brain tumors known as chordomas to understand why those tumors are capable of growing so aggressively. In a study published in Cell Reports, they found [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Florida boy diagnosed with brain tumor after concussion

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:34:38 +0100

Logan Silva, seven, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing brain tumor. After getting a concussion, the boy from Florida suffered extreme headaches which turned out to be a tumor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Onalespib could be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, preclinical studies show

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:00:00 +0100

This study showed that the targeted drug onalespib reduced the expression of cell-survival proteins such as AKT and endothelial growth factor receptor in glioma cell lines and glioma stem cells from patient tumors. This, in turn, reduced the survival, proliferation, invasion and migration of the cells. In animal models of glioblastoma the agent crossed the blood-brain barrier and showed effectiveness as a single agent and greater effectiveness in combination with temozolomide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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25% of high-grade glioma patients live 3 years after trail

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:32:04 +0100

Patients with recurrent high-grade glioma were treated by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Median survival was 14.4 months, compared with the typical 8 months. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Brain tumour's 'addiction' to common amino acid could be its weakness

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Queen Mary University of London) Starving a childhood brain tumour of the amino acid glutamine could improve the effect of chemotherapy, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and funded by Children with Cancer UK and the Medical Research Council. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer's Return

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:10:31 +0100

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 -- A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer. The phase 1 clinical trial included 56 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma brain cancer. Three years after the gene therapy treatment, more... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



An experimental model might shed new light on the development of brain cancer in children

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(DZNE - German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) Researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) present in the journal Cancer Cell a novel laboratory model that replicates key hallmarks of pediatric high-grade glioma. Results might pave the way for a better understanding of processes, relevant for both cancer and neurodegeneration. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Cancer trial led by University of Minnesota Medical School's Dr. Clark Chen shows promise

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Minnesota Medical School) New data from a Phase I clinical trial led by Clark Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery and Head of the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Neurosurgery shows more than a quarter of patients with recurrent high-grade glioma, a form of brain cancer, were alive more than three years after treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

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Boston Start-Up Hopes To Revolutionize Online Check-Ups

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:55:38 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve all done it — felt an ache or pain and jumped online to diagnosis ourselves.  Those internet answers can be scary and flat-out wrong. A Boston start-up now wants to change the way we give ourselves these online check-ups. “You’ll hear people say all the time ‘I put in cough and I got lung cancer. I put in headache and I had a brain tumor,’ ” said Andrew Le, describing the possible results someone might get when googling their own symptoms. Le is CEO of Boston-based BuoyHealth.com, a new website that wants to be your first online stop when you’re not feeling well. “Our goal is to replace googling your symptoms, not to replace doctors,” said Le, a recent graduate of Harvard Medical School. Andrew Le, CEO...



Woman's leaking nipples were caused by a brain tumour  

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:03:17 +0100

When her symptoms worsened even after she came off the pill, Kirsty Lane, 26, from Weeting, Suffolk, insisted on a blood test, which revealed she was suffering from a brain tumour. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Brain tumors share common tricks to survive

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Cancer Research UK) Different types of brain tumors may use strikingly similar approaches to generate and use energy to survive in the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Massachusetts boy dies of cancer 9 months after diagnosis

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:38:47 +0100

Devin Suau was a healthy six-year-old from Massachusetts when he fell off his snowboard in early February. A brain scan to check for concussion revealed an inoperable brain tumor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Living With Cancer: Treating brain tumors

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Brain tumors: Diagnosis and treatment? Brain tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain (secondary, or metastatic, brain tumors). Treatment options depend on the type, size and location of the tumor, as well as your overall health and preferences. [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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Glioblastoma, brain tumour that took Gord Downie's life, tough to treat, doctors say

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:45:13 +0100

The passing of singer-songwriter Gord Downie also puts a spotlight on the need for more funding for research into the form of brain cancer that about 1,000 Canadians are diagnosed with every year. (Source: CBC | Health)



Cancer: TOXIC arsenic treatment could triple life expectancy of brain tumour patients

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:11:09 +0100

TOXIC arsenic could be used as cheap treatment for a rare brain cancer, in a bid to triple life expectancy after diagnosis. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Therapeutic form of arsenic is a potential treatment for deadly type of brain cancer

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) In a study led by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), this anti-cancer agent is being considered for use against glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and aggressive type of deadly brain tumors. The study was published today in Molecular Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Research to explore the development of deadly brain tumors

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Plymouth) A team led by Dr Claudia Barros from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry has secured £ 163,066 funding from the Brain Research Trust to explore the formation and development of cancer stem cells in glioblastoma -- the most common of malign brain tumours in adults and for which there is no cure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Biology of childhood brain tumor subtypes offers clues to precision treatments

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Researchers investigating pediatric low-grade gliomas (PLGG), the most common type of brain tumor in children, have discovered key biological differences in how mutated genes combine with other genes to drive this childhood cancer. By shedding light on subtle distinctions in tumor biology, these findings offer clues to designing more effective anticancer treatments to precisely target tumors in individual patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

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New York teen finds panic attacks caused by brain tumor

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:02:22 +0100

Chasin Mizrahi thought he was having panic attacks for six years before he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The 19-year-old from Buffalo, New York is now free of the tumor, attacks, and therapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



'My brain tumour was the size of an orange': Brain tumour survivor recounts her close-call

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:01:42 +0100

A ROUTINE test to check out her blurred vision revealed Michelle Crawford had a condition that could have killed her within months (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Combination treatment targeting glucose in advanced brain cancer shows promising results in preclinical study

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:47:00 +0100

UCLA HealthPositron emission tomography images show glioblastoma tumor glucose uptake before, left, and after treatment in mice.FINDINGSUCLA scientists have discovered a potential combination treatment for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer in adults. The three-year study led by David Nathanson, a member of UCLA ’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that the drug combination tested in mice disrupts and exploits glucose intake, essentially cutting off the tumor’s nutrients and energy supply. This treatment then stimulates cell death pathways — which control the cancer cells’ fate — and prev ents the glioblastoma from getting bigger.The combination treatment works by manipulating sugar metabolism with the FDA-approved drug erlotinib against one of the most com...



Areas of glioblastoma tumors correlate with separate subtypes of glioma stem cells

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center) Study demonstrates, for the first time, that glioblastoma (GBM) is driven by two distinct subsets of cancer stem cells. Moreover, each subtype of glioma stem cells is driven by distinct transcriptional programs for growth and treatment resistance. The subsets also responded better to combination treatment in the mouse model. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Researchers recommend organic food and vitamins for pregnant women to reduce the risk of cancer and autism

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 21:41:19 +0100

(Natural News) Researchers of a new gestational analysis said that exposure to pesticides during pregnancy raises the baby’s risk of developing brain tumors. To reach this conclusion, the researchers conducted phone interviews with about 3,500 children below 15 years from two previous tests. Four hundred and thirty seven of the study subjects had brain cancer. “Our... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:26:57 +0100

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Eat organic during pregnancy to prevent brain tumours

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:43:36 +0100

Researchers from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research found exposure to chemicals commonly sprayed on to crops raises the risk of childhood brain cancers by 1.4 times. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Scientists enlist supercomputers, machine learning to automatically identify brain tumors

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin developed a brain tumor identification method that combines biophysical models of tumor growth with machine learning algorithms. The researchers scored in the top 25% of participants in the Multimodal Brain Tumor Segmentation Challenge 2017 (BRaTS'17) and used supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to accelerate the training and analysis process. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Brain tumours: Pregnant mothers around THIS could be increasing kids’ risk of growths

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:01:40 +0100

PESTICIDES could encourage brain tumours to grow in children, a report claims. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



UNF student creates interactive tumors in virtual reality

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:23:17 +0100

Jason Smith extended his hand and took hold of nothing. He twisted the empty air, positioning it just so. A thick pair of black goggles strapped to Smith's head revealed what lookers-on could not see: A malignant tumor nearly the size of his palm. The goggles, dubbed VRvisu, are a virtual reality headset designed and created by Smith, a senior at the University of North Florida. Using the headset, me dical professionals can see 3-D renderings of 16 brain tumors. The virtual tumors were recreated… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

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Questions asked after three Mississippi kids get rare DIPG

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:17:41 +0100

Sophia Myers, 7, was diagnosed with DIPG, an incurable brain tumor, in February. She is the third child in eight years to be diagnosed with the rare cancer in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Cancer DIPG incurable child brain tumor Mississippi

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 18:58:55 +0100

Sophia Myers, 7, was diagnosed with DIPG, an incurable brain tumor, in February. She is the third child in eight years to be diagnosed with the rare cancer in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Pesticide use during pregnancy linked to increased risk of childhood brain tumors

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Wiley) Previous epidemiological studies have suggested that exposure to pesticides during pregnancy may have a possible role in the development of childhood brain tumors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Papers of note in Nature 549 (7673)

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

This week’s articles highlight the role of vitamin C in hematopoietic cells; a source of maternal inflammation that contributes to neurodevelopmental defects; the blocking of a niche factor that promotes the growth of gliomas; and a protein that influences DNA repair pathway choice. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)

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Medical News Today: Glioblastoma: A new treatment for this deadly brain tumor?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:00:00 +0100

Researchers have discovered a protein that drives deadly glioblastoma brain tumors, but blocking its activity could halt their growth. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Childhood brain tumours are actually many different diseases

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Study findings could lead to better targeted treatments Related items fromOnMedica Some childhood cancer treatments may increase obesity risk Brexit could bar child patients from cancer trials Beam therapy hope for childhood cancer treatment Patients not getting targeted cancer drugs UK slower to diagnose child cancer than Germany (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



October 2017

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:57:37 +0100

Coping With Grief : Life After Loss Spotlight on Brain Tumors : Do You Know the Symptoms? Robotic Device Helps Kids With Cerebral Palsy Prevent Your Teen From Distracted Driving Aging Information (Source: NIH News in Health)



Study splits incurable childhood brain tumors into 10 new diseases

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Institute of Cancer Research) Scientists have found that deadly childhood brain tumors are actually 10 different diseases that should each be diagnosed and treated based on their specific genetic faults. The major new study has important implications for treatment, since personalizing care for each type of brain tumor is likely to be much more effective than grouping them all together as one. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



DNA-level biomarker can predict overall survival for rare brain tumors

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) MGMT promoter methylation status -- information gathered at a DNA-level -- can help predict overall survival for patients with a rare form of brain cancer known as anaplastic astrocytoma, according to a new analysis from The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

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Brainlab wins FDA nod for Elements Spine, Cranial SRS radiosurgery planning software

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:59:55 +0100

Brainlab said today it won FDA clearance for its Elements Spine SRS and Elements Cranial SRS radiosurgery surgical planning software applications. The Munich, Germany-based company said that the Elements Cranial SRS is designed to allow physicians to create radiosurgery plans in less than 15 minutes, supporting plans for numerous cranial indications including arteriovenous malformations, pituitary adenoma, vestibular schwannoma, glioma, meningioma and large brain metastases. “We are highly impressed with the dosimetric results and the speed of plan optimization. We ran a few plan comparisons between our other planning software and Elements Cranial SRS. The Brainlab software either produced plans of higher quality or plans of comparable quality in significantly shorter time,” Ma...



Soccer star Lauren Holiday celebrate's daughter's birthday

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:57:36 +0100

US soccer star Lauren Holiday (right), who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June 2016 when she was five months pregnant, celebrated her daughter (center) turning one on Wednesday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Lauren Holiday celebrate's daughter's birthday

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:57:36 +0100

US soccer star Lauren Holiday (right), who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June 2016 when she was five months pregnant, celebrated her daughter (center) turning one on Wednesday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Stanford researchers halt brain cancer growth with absence of protein

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:01:58 +0100

Research at Stanford University suggests the growth of specific brain tumors -- high-grade gliomas -- can be stopped by cutting off access to a signaling molecule. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Researchers hit the brakes on lethal brain cancers in mice

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:31:15 +0100

NIH-funded study suggests approach for treating brain tumors. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)

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National Cancer Institute designates UCLA brain cancer program a site of research excellence

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:27:20 +0100

The brain cancer program at UCLA ’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Brain Tumor Center has been designated a Specialized Program of Research Excellence, or SPORE, by the National Cancer Institute, making it one of only five brain cancer programs nationwide to receive this national recognition and substantial rese arch funding.The designation comes with an $11.4 million, five-year grant that recognizes UCLA ’s brain cancer program as one of the best in the country. The program supports research into the prevention, detection and treatment of one of the most lethal and deadly cancers, which often receives far less funding than other types of cancers.The SPORE designation is the second for the Jonsson Cancer Center. In October 2002, the prostate cancer program was named a...