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Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy
Bacteria living in the murky depths of the digestive system seem to influence whether tumours shrink during cancer therapy, say French and US researchers. They tested the microbiome - the collection of microscopic species that live in us - in cancer patients. Two studies, in the journal Science, linked specific species and the overall diversity of the microbiome to the effectiveness of immun...
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'Handful of changes' make cancer 'Handful of changes' make cancer
British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour. It has been one of the most hotly debated issues in cancer science for decades. The findings, published in the journal Cell, could improv...
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Gene test 'narrows down breast cancer risk' Gene test 'narrows down breast cancer risk'
A gene test informing women how likely they are to develop breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups. The Manchester researchers behind the test said it could reduce the number of women having surgery to remove their breasts, by narrowing down their risk. The test, on blood or saliva, looks at 18 genetic variants known to affect the chances of getting breast cancer. Cancer char...
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We've had no help - epilepsy drug victims. We've had no help - epilepsy drug victims.
Families with children who have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate are demanding a public inquiry and compensation, saying they have been left with no help. They voiced their anger outside a London hearing that is assessing if warnings for patients are adequate. It is thought thousands of children in the UK have been left with disabilities caused by valproate since the 1970s. ...
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'Pen' identifies cancer in 10 seconds 'Pen' identifies cancer in 10 seconds
A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the "heartbreak" of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest the technology is accurate 96% of the time. The...
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First cancer 'living drug' gets go-ahead. First cancer 'living drug' gets go-ahead.
The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient's own immune system so it attacks cancer. The regulator - the US Food and Drug Administration - said its decision was a "historic" moment and medicine was now "entering a new frontier". The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (367,000) for the "living drug" therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer. ...
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Middle-aged told to walk faster. Middle-aged told to walk faster.
Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40. They are urging those between the ages of 40 and 60 to start doing regular brisk walks. Just 10 minutes a day could have a major impact, ...
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Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine. Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine.
Plants have been "hijacked" to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy and quick. As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists believe their approach could help the world react to unexpected threats such as Zika virus or Ebola. Experts said...
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Drinking a few times a week 'reduces diabetes risk'. Drinking a few times a week 'reduces diabetes risk'.
People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest. Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says. They surveyed more than 70,000 people on their alcohol intake - how much and how often they drank. ...
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Aids deaths halve as more get drugs. Aids deaths halve as more get drugs.
Deaths linked to Aids have halved in a decade, official figures shows. The condition, which is caused by HIV, used to be one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) showed deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million last year. It said the "scales have tipped", with more than half of people getting d...
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