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Study: smoking marijuana found non-carcinogenic

25. November 2014

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Source: americanlivewire.com Author: staff Smoking marijuana does not appear to increase the risk of lung cancer or head-and-neck malignancies, even among heavy users, researchers reported here. “We expected that we would find that a history of heavy marijuana use, more than 500 to 1,000 uses, would increase the risk of cancer from several years to […]

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ctDNA ‘Liquid Biopsy’ could revolutionize cancer care

19. November 2014

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Source: www.medscape.com Author: Janis C. Kelly Bits of tumor cell somatic DNA shed into the circulation or released when cells die can now be detected and counted, thanks to advances in gene sequencing. This circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is derived from somatic mutations that occur in the tumor during an individual’s life, unlike hereditary mutations […]

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Federal goal is set to increase the amount of boys and girls vaccinated against HPV by 2020

12. November 2014

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Source: www. wsj.com (Wall Street Journal.com) Author: Caitlin McCabe   Public-health officials are pushing for higher HPV vaccination rates amid growing evidence that cancers linked to the virus are afflicting more men. The National Cancer Institute announced recently it is pouring nearly $2.7 million into 18 U.S. cancer centers to boost HPV vaccinations among boys […]

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UK researchers improve comfort levels for cancer patients by 3D printing radiotherapy body molds

12. November 2014

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Source: 3dprint.com Author: Bridget Butler Millsaps Cancer patients undergoing brain or head and neck radiotherapy are required to be immobilized, which is certainly not always popular with those undergoing the procedure, who may already be suffering from anxiety. To make things worse, in order to be immobilized completely during the procedure, it is crucial that they […]

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Smoking associated with elevated risk of developing a second smoking-related cancer

12. November 2014

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Source: medicalxpress.com Author: staff Results of a federally-funded pooled analysis of five prospective cohort studies indicate that cigarette smoking prior to the first diagnosis of lung (stage I), bladder, kidney or head and neck cancer increases risk of developing a second smoking-associated cancer. This is the largest study to date exploring risk of second cancers […]

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Immune-related gene may predispose to HPV-related cancer

23. October 2014

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Source: bcm.edu Author: Julia Parsons   An international coalition of cancer specialists led by a researcher now at Baylor College of Medicine has identified an immune related gene called transforming growth factor beta receptor 1 (TGFBR1) that appears to play an important role in determining whether a person develops a cancer related to human papilloma […]

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Mandibular reconstruction using plates prebent to fit rapid prototyping 3-dimensional printing models ameliorates contour deformity

23. October 2014

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Source: 7thspace.com Authors: Masaki Azuma, Toru Yanagawa, Naomi Ishibash Kanno, Fumihiko Uchida, Takaaki Ito, Kenji Yamagata, Shogo Hasegawa, Kaoru Sasaki, Koji Adachi, Katsuhiko Tabuchi, Mitsuru Sekido and Hiroki Bukawa   Recently, medical rapid prototyping (MRP) models, fabricated with computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) techniques, have been applied to reconstructive surgery in the treatment of […]

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Critical Outcome Technologies and MD Anderson Cancer Center to evaluate COTI-2 in treating head and neck cancers

23. October 2014

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Source: www.marketwatch.com Author: press release Critical Outcome Technologies Inc. (“COTI”), the bioinformatics and accelerated drug discovery company, announced today that it recently executed a material transfer agreement (“MTA”) with Dr. Jeffery Myers, MD, PhD, FACS of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for the continued evaluation of COTI-2 in the potential treatment of […]

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Image cytometry may have roll in oral cancer screening

17. October 2014

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Source: http://cebp.aacrjournals.org Author: Calum MacAulay, Martial Guillaud, Lewei Zhang, Catherine Poh, and Miriam Rosin   Abstract: Oral cancer like many epithelial cancers which are readily accessible are much more treatable if caught in their early pre-invasive/minimally invasive stages. The oral cavity is easily examined and sampled. In British Columbia we have established an Oral Cancer Prevention Program […]

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Cigarette smoking caused 14 million serious diseases in 2009

14. October 2014

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Source: www.medscape.com Author: Larry Hand Cigarette smoking remains a major cause of preventable diseases in the United States, with at least 14 million serious medical conditions attributable to smoking in 2009, according to an article published online October 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. “These estimates demonstrate that smoking accounts for millions of serious medical conditions […]

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