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Could environmental pollution from industry contribute to cryptorchidism increase? ‘Landmark study’ suggests research should focus more on exposure to major industrial pollutants rather than low-level exposure to chemicals in food, says expert commentator

Environmental pollution from industries such as coal mining and metal works may play a role in the increasing numbers of boys born with undescended testicles, according to a study published in Human Reproduction [1]. The researchers stress that their findings … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Investment needed to bring down pancreatic cancer death rates in Europe. Researchers predict over 1.4 million deaths from top 10 cancers in 2021 in the EU and UK. Accompanying editorial warns of adverse effect of COVID-19 on death rates

Researchers have called on European policymakers to make adequate resources available to tackle pancreatic cancer, a disease that is almost invariably fatal and where little progress has been made over the past 40 years. In the latest predictions for cancer … Continue reading

Published Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases

Metformin may affect risk of breast cancer in women with type 2 diabetes

A study of 44,541 women has found that there appears to be no association between type 2 diabetes and developing breast cancer overall. This may be because most women in the study with type 2 diabetes were taking metformin, a … Continue reading

Published Friday, January 29th, 2021 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology

Cancer patients receiving immunotherapy drugs have a higher risk of heart problems

A study of over a thousand cancer patients treated with immunotherapy drugs has found these patients are at greater risk of heart problems, including death from heart attack or stroke. The patients had either lung cancer or malignant melanoma (a … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology

Tanning beds and sunbathing may be associated with an increased risk of endometriosis

Tanning beds and sunbathing not only increase a woman’s chances of developing malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, but may also be linked to a greater risk of developing endometriosis, according to new research. A study of … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Study of COVID-19 levels in oncology staff suggests need for more extensive testing

Second study reveals impact of COVID-19 on oncology staff and their work A study of oncology staff carried out immediately after the spring peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK indicates that many had been infected with the coronavirus … Continue reading

Published Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Infectious diseases

Artificial intelligence can help to improve prognosis and treatment for glioblastoma

In the first study of its kind in cancer, researchers have applied artificial intelligence to measure the amount of muscle in patients with brain tumours to help improve prognosis and treatment. Dr Ella Mi, a clinical research fellow at Imperial … Continue reading

Published Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Inhibitor of KRAS gene mutation shows promise in lung, bowel and other solid tumours. Latest results from KRYSTAL-1 early clinical trial of adagrasib (MRTX849)

New results from early clinical trials of a drug that targets a cancer-causing mutation in the KRAS gene have shown that it can shrink tumours and is well-tolerated by patients. In two presentations at the 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR [1] Symposium on … Continue reading

Published Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 2:45 pm
Posted in Cancer

Next generation BRAF inhibitor cancer drug shows promise in early patient trial

A new drug designed to work on cancers with an altered BRAF gene has shown promise in an early patient trial presented at the 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR [1] Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, which is taking place online. The … Continue reading

Published Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Achieving high concentrations of sunitinib in tumours is linked to improved survival. Intermittent high dosing regimen for patients with advanced cancers is safe and results in very high concentrations of the drug in the tumour

A strategy for giving intermittent, high doses of the anti-cancer drug sunitinib is well-tolerated by patients with advanced cancer and increases concentrations of the drug in tumours, which is associated with improved survival, according to research to be presented at … Continue reading

Published Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer