Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

Apr 7, 2014

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. Pfizer, the world’s second-largest drugmaker, said the drug prevented breast cancer from worsening for 20.2 months in a trial involving 165 patients. ...

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

Apr 3, 2014

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

by Fredrik Dahl

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in people developing cancer as happened after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said Wednesday. In a major study, the United Nations Scientific ...

Mar 23, 2014

Gut bacteria study may help cancer sufferers

Researchers have launched a pioneering study aimed at finding ways to type individuals according to the bacteria in their guts. The aim is to discover if some people’s microbial makeup makes them more susceptible to the side effects of radiotherapy for bowel, prostate and ...

LA to stamp out e-cigarette use in public places

Mar 5, 2014

LA to stamp out e-cigarette use in public places

Los Angeles is to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including workplaces, restaurants and bars, following a vote Tuesday. The LA City Council voted by 14-0 to outlaw their use in indoor workplaces, outdoor dining areas, parks, recreational areas, ...

Ovary removal aids high-risk women as young as 35

Feb 27, 2014

Ovary removal aids high-risk women as young as 35

For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35. Women who inherit either of two ...

Feb 25, 2014

Fukushima kids' cancer risk raised

The lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen slightly among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, according to a study published by a U.S. science journal.

Feb 18, 2014

325,000 cancer patients still work

An estimated 325,000 people in Japan are working while undergoing cancer treatment, the health ministry said Monday. Based on a 2010 poll, the estimate was reported at a meeting of the ministry’s panel on support for working cancer sufferers. The total consists of some ...

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

Feb 13, 2014

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment. ...

Jan 29, 2014

Doctors: Too few cancer patients enroll in studies

One of every 10 clinical trials for adults with cancer ends prematurely because researchers can’t get enough people to test new treatments, scientists report. The surprisingly high rate reveals not just the scope and cost of wasted opportunities that deprive patients of potential advances, ...

Rates down, but more smokers than in 1980

Jan 8, 2014

Rates down, but more smokers than in 1980

More people smoke worldwide today than in 1980, as population growth surges and cigarettes gain popularity in countries such as China, India and Russia, researchers said Tuesday. For instance, China boasted nearly 100 million more smokers in 2012 than it had three decades ago, ...