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A routine blood test for cancer would be fantastic. Today’s news isn’t it

Category: Science blog January 19, 2018 35 comments

A cancer blood test is in the news today, but it’s too early to say if it will work. We take a look at what questions still need to be answered.

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Broadcast regulations aren’t enough to protect kids from TV junk food ads

Category: Science blog January 15, 2018 1 comment

Our new report suggests that the TV shows young people watch the most carry junk food adverts, and that young people remember seeing them.

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News digest – NHS staff shortages, proton beam therapy, UV-detecting device and… stinging nettles?

Category: Science blog January 13, 2018 0 comments

In this week’s cancer news: do you know alcohol causes cancer? And desperate measures are being considered around cancer care due to NHS staff shortages.

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How can CRISPR genome editing shape the future of cancer research?

Category: Science blog January 12, 2018 4 comments

CRISPR genome editing has received lots of attention and hype, so we took a look at what it really means for the future of cancer research.

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‘What is cancer?’: Our answer to 2017’s most Googled health question

Category: Science blog January 11, 2018 29 comments

2017’s most Googled health question was ‘What is cancer?’. So what really is it? This blog post delves into the details.

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Cancer patients shouldn’t be harmed by NHS staff shortages

Category: Science blog January 11, 2018 68 comments

A leaked hospital memo suggested that chemotherapy treatment could be delayed for cancer patients due to staff shortages. This is totally unacceptable.

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Scientists are combining drugs and radiotherapy, hunting for better results

Category: Science blog January 8, 2018 1 comment

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Radiotherapy

By combining radiotherapy with different kinds of drugs, scientists hope that both can be made more effective.

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News digest – alcohol and cancer, sugar crackdown, cancer-hunting viruses and… bad bacon?

Category: Science blog January 6, 2018 0 comments

This week’s news revealed how alcohol damages DNA, and how cancer-targeting viruses could boost immunotherapy for brain and breast tumours.

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Alcohol and cancer: This is how booze damages DNA inside cells

Category: Science blog January 3, 2018 12 comments

The damage caused to specialised stem cells’ DNA could help explain why drinking increases the risk of cancer.

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New Year’s resolutions 2018: Can you nudge your way to a new you?

Category: Science blog January 1, 2018 2 comments

Understanding the science behind why we make certain decisions can help make your 2018 healthy resolutions stick.

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