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News digest – ASCO conference, immunotherapy, blind mole rat genome and more

Category: Science Blog June 7, 2014

In a bumper edition, we cover headlines from the 2014 ASCO conference, immunotherapy updates and news of the blind mole rat.

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Why we need to talk more about anal cancer

Category: Science Blog June 5, 2014

Rates of anal cancer have quadrupled since the mid-70s, but why? We explore the possible reasons, and ask why the media didn’t cover the story.

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Beyond the burger – tips for a healthy barbecue

Category: Science Blog June 2, 2014

A rare sunny weekend in the UK is a great opportunity to get the barbecue out and tuck in to some tasty food. Here are some healthier alternatives.

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New immunotherapy drugs hit the headlines – how do they work?

Category: Science Blog June 2, 2014

In the light of continued media attention, we explain the science behind two exciting new types of immunotherapy drug, called PD-1 and PD-L1 blockers.

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News digest – inequalities, Wikipedia, low-cal diets and more

Category: Science Blog May 31, 2014

A look at the week’s cancer news including 19,000 extra deaths due to social deprivation, inaccuracies in Wikipedia, low-cal diets for breast cancer and more.

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Why is economic inequality linked to 19,000 cancer deaths a year?

Category: Science Blog May 29, 2014

A new report links social inequality to more than 15,000 extra cases of cancer each year, and – even more alarmingly – more than 19,000 extra deaths.

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Wikipedia – is it fit for patient consumption?

Category: Science Blog May 28, 2014

In the light of new research on ‘errors’ in Wikipedia’s medical pages, Cancer Research UK’s new Wikipedian in Residence discusses how to improve things

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