Behind The Headlines

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Glowing dye 'boosts cancer surgery'

Monday Sep 19 2011

Special fluorescent dyes may be able to improve survival after cancer surgery, The Guardian reported. In tests using the dyes, surgeons were able to identify and remove very small areas of cancerous cells in women with advanced ovarian cancer...

Important clues to chemo resistance found

Thursday Sep 15 2011

“Fish oils block chemotherapy drug,” BBC news has reported. The broadcaster said that tumours could become immune to treatment due to processes involving two fatty acids that are also produced by stem cells in the blood. This...

Long term painkiller use linked to cancer risk

Tuesday Sep 13 2011

“Painkillers triple the risk of kidney cancer,” reported the Daily Express. The newspaper reported that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which includes ibuprofen...

'Crocus drug' studied for cancer

Monday Sep 12 2011

Many newspapers have reported today that a substance found in the autumn crocus, a flower native to Britain, has been turned into a “smart bomb” against cancer. The newspapers reported that the targeted treatment...

Engineered virus 'attacks cancer cells'

Thursday Sep 1 2011

The BBC reports that an “‘anti-cancer virus’ shows promise”, and that “an engineered virus, injected into the blood, can selectively target cancer cells throughout the body”. This news is based on research that used a...

Years spent obese increase health risks

Tuesday Aug 23 2011

The BBC News today reported that the “health hazards of obesity may have been grossly underestimated because we are not measuring the condition adequately”. Its website says that we should...

New skin cancer drug approved

Monday Aug 22 2011

A new skin cancer drug has been approved for use in Europe, several newspapers have reported today. The drug, called ipilimumab (brand name Yervoy), has been dubbed a “wonder drug for skin cancer”...

Modified Ecstasy used in blood cancer study

Friday Aug 19 2011

“Ecstasy could be used to cure cancer after scientists modified the drug to increase its tumour-killing properties,” reported The Daily Telegraph. It said that the drug was modified to increase its tumour-killing...

Can dogs sniff out lung cancer?

Thursday Aug 18 2011

“Dogs can be trained to identify the scent of lung cancer long before symptoms develop,” the Daily Mail has today reported. The newspaper said that “sniffer dogs can be relied upon to find the unique smell of the disease in...

Could caffeine boost sunscreen?

Tuesday Aug 16 2011

“Applying caffeine to the skin in sunny weather may protect against a type of skin cancer”, BBC News has reported today. This news is based on a scientific study examining why caffeine consumption...

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