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New ovarian cancer blood test is promising – but screening still a way off

Category: Science blog May 5, 2015

We look at headlines about a new blood test for ovarian cancer, and why a possible routine screening test for the disease is still some way off.

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Alternative therapies: what’s the harm?

Category: Science blog April 27, 2015

We often see stories in the media about cancer patients who have chosen alternative treatments, either alongside or instead of conventional treatment. Every can...

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Health apps: a note of caution

Category: Science blog April 24, 2015

We take a cautious look at the latest trends in mobile technology. Do they really help us lead healthier lives?

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An important message for cancer patients: Beware the ‘cannabis oil’ scammers

Category: Science blog April 20, 2015

We have become aware that scammers are tricking cancer patients and their families into handing over money for ‘cannabis oil’, yet receiving nothing in ret...

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Another one of those ‘simple blood tests’ you’re always reading about

Category: Science blog April 17, 2015

Headlines today are heralding a new “simple blood test”, claiming it can predict if a woman will develop breast cancer – but it’s too good to be true.

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Dioxins and cancer – another piece of the chemical puzzle

Category: Science blog March 17, 2015

We look at new research showing no link between dietary dioxins and breast cancer – but how does this fit into the wider debate on chemicals and cancer?

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Fighting FIT – Scotland’s pioneering change to its bowel screening programme

Category: Science blog February 20, 2015

We look at an announcement by the Scottish Government to improve the way they carry out bowel screening

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