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STUDY: The World’s Oceans Will Contain More Plastic Than Fish By 2050

The world’s oceans could soon be home to more plastic than fish, according to a jarring new report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The report, released Tuesday, warns that if we keep producing (and failing to properly dispose of) plastics at current rates, plastic waste in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for … Continue reading

A Cholesterol-Lowering Vaccine May Be Coming Soon

  A new vaccine developed by scientists at the University of New Mexico and the National Institutes of Health shows promise as a cholesterol-lowering agent, one potentially more effective than the statin drugs millions of Americans currently take to keep their cholesterol levels in check. Unlike statins, which reduce cholesterol by hindering the liver’s ability to produce … Continue reading

Scientists Break Through Blood-Brain Barrier To Treat Cancer Patient, Making Medical History

For the first time, doctors have broken through the blood-brain barrier in order to treat a brain disease non-invasively, marking an exciting new frontier in medicine. Dr. Todd Mainprize, a neurosurgeon in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, along with a team of other neuroscientists, pioneered the revolutionary … Continue reading

Man Killed By His Tapeworm’s Cancer

Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it is one of the strangest and most unsettling cases they have ever encountered: Examining the rapidly growing lung tumors of critically ill Colombian man, the CDC researchers discovered that the masses weren’t made of human cells — they were from a tapeworm living inside … Continue reading

Startling New Research Shows Racial Disparities In Breast Cancer Are Getting Worse

Racial disparities have a profound impact on breast cancer outcomes in the United States, and a new report by the American Cancer Society shows the problem is only getting worse. For the first time ever, black women are getting breast cancer at the same rate as their white counterparts, the report says. The incidence of … Continue reading

Confused About The New Mammography Guidelines? Here’s What You Need To Know

The American Cancer Society’s new guidelines for mammograms were released on Tuesday, reigniting the debate over when and how often women should undergo the screening procedure. The new guidelines, published in the Oct. 20 issue of the medical journal JAMA, are just the latest in a series of revisions and updates to national breast cancer screening … Continue reading

Being Overweight May Increase Brain Tumor Risk

Body weight and physical activity levels may affect the risk of a certain brain cancers, new research suggests. The study, published online Sept. 16 in the journal Neurology, found that excess weight was associated with a higher risk of a type of brain cancer known as meningioma. Obesity increased the risk of meningioma by 54 … Continue reading

New Blood Test Could Predict Breast Cancer Relapse

A simple blood test may be able to accurately predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before evidence of a tumor would be detectable on scans or biopsies. The technology, developed at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, works by detecting cancer DNA in the bloodstream before the cells … Continue reading

Surgery, Radiation May Not Improve Survival For Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

A major new study shows that surgery and radiation may not have any effect on survival rates for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. The analysis of more than 100,000 patients with “Stage 0” breast cancer reinforces a growing belief that current treatment regimens for this condition … Continue reading

Scientists Say It May Be Feasible To ‘Reprogram’ Cancer Cells Back To Normal

When cancer strikes, it acts like a software program that has gotten out of control — instead of the code for normal cells, a code for making abnormal cells is executed. Now, scientists may have figured out a way to ‘hack’ into this process and change the code so that cancer cells revert back to … Continue reading

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