Feb 1, 2015

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s genetic make-up. At the heart of the “precision medicine” initiative, announced on ...

Eyelids give surgeons new path to the brain

Jan 27, 2015

Eyelids give surgeons new path to the brain

Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott’s unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut — operating through her eyelid. The idea: Make a small incision ...

Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes could boost cancer risk

Jan 22, 2015

Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes could boost cancer risk

When heated to the max and inhaled deeply, e-cigarettes produce the toxic chemical formaldehyde, which could make the devices up to 15 times more cancerous than regular cigarettes, U.S. researchers said Wednesday. E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat up a liquid containing nicotine ...

Cancer often due to bad luck, not genes: study

Jan 10, 2015

Cancer often due to bad luck, not genes: study

Cancer is often caused by the “bad luck” of random mutations that arise when cells divide, not family history or environmental causes, U.S. researchers said. The study in the January 2 edition of the journal Science was led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University ...

Jan 8, 2015

Testosterone surprisingly stymies some prostate cancer

The hormone testosterone, which fuels the growth of prostate cancer, unexpectedly stymies the disease in certain cases, according to researchers who found it made tumors more vulnerable to treatment in some patients. Prostate cancer is the most common tumor in men. It typically kills ...

Jan 8, 2015

Combination therapy shows promise in early breast tumors

Treatment combining low-dose chemotherapy and the targeted drug trastuzumab showed promise in women with early stage breast cancer of a type called HER2-positive, U.S. researchers said Wednesday. Women receiving the treatment were highly unlikely to see their cancer return, said the study in the ...

Jan 6, 2015

Rethinking cancer risks

The takeaway for many after reading a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study is that personal behavior may influence the incidence of cancer only sometimes. Many incidences apparently are the result of bad luck.

Dec 22, 2014

Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program. Sharing with colleagues what he called “very encouraging news,” Brokaw’s internal memo noted that a year ago ...