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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cancer Research: Nanoparticles target difficult tumors ♦ Novel drug mechanism that fights brain cancer ♦ Improving prostate cancer care + more

Flower-like magnetic nanoparticles target difficult tumors  Next-generation magnetic nanoparticles may soon be treating deep-seated and difficult-to-reach tumors within the human body Continue Reading
Novel drug mechanism that fights brain cancer Researchers have developed and characterized a molecule that interferes with the internal regulation of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct. The investigators performed a series of studies utilizing high-content analysis, which quantifies changes in living cells in response to a drug treatment. The lab focused on the effects of a patented small molecule, known as UCD38B, on four different human glioma cell lines.Continue Reading
New type of biomarker shows promise in improving prostate cancer care  Two biomarkers have been discovered by researchers that may improve oncologists’ ability to predict which patients’ prostate cancer will recur after surgery, long before the development of visible cancer elsewhere in the body Continue Reading.
Magnetic material attracts attention for cancer therapy  An extraordinary self-regulating heating effect that can be achieved in a particular type of magnetic material may open the doors to a new strategy for hyperthermia cancer treatment, researchers say. "This strong, self-regulated heating effect is unmatched by other materials," an investigator said. "It opens a novel design strategy for realising in vivo hyperthermia therapy." Continue Reading

Naproxen plus acid blocking drug shows promise in preventing bladder cancer  Researchers combined the NSAID naproxen with the proton pump inhibitor omeprazole and found it reduced the incidence of bladder cancer in rats. The anti-inflammatory class of drugs NSAIDs have shown great promise in preventing cancers including colon, esophagus and skin. However, they can increase the risks of heart attacks, ulcers and rare but potentially life-threatening bleeds. Continue Reading

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