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Stitching together a ‘Google Earth’ for cancer

Category: Science blog February 14, 2019 0 comments

Our Grand Challenge scientists at the National Physical Laboratory are using their expertise in measurement to draw a new map of cancer. The team hopes it will point to ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

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News digest – lung cancer scanning, cervical screening test switch, ‘Trojan horse’ cancer drug and fossilised tumour discovery

Category: Science blog February 9, 2019 0 comments

In this week’s news: NHS England roll out lung cancer scanning, and a planned cervical screening test switch could see the time between screenings extended to 5 years.

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News digest – unhealthy food tax, NICE decisions, fertility and an experimental cervical cancer test

Category: Science blog December 22, 2018 0 comments

In the news this week: a new experimental cervical cancer test and England’s top doctor calls for a tax on unhealthy foods.

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Too soon to say cervical cancer DNA test will ‘revolutionise screening’

Category: Science blog December 19, 2018 13 comments

A new cervical cancer test is big news this week. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but the test is a long way from being used in cervical screening.

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‘Universal fingerprint’ in cancer DNA points to potential blood test. But it’s not ready for patients

Category: Science blog December 5, 2018 9 comments

A ’10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but the test is a long way from being used to diagnose cancer.

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Fishing for tumour DNA in the liquid bathing the brain

Category: Science blog November 6, 2018 2 comments

Our scientists have shown it’s possible to detect brain tumour DNA in the liquid surrounding the brain using a cheap technique.

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Mobile phones and cancer: misleading headlines fail to mention rats

Category: Science blog November 2, 2018 9 comments

US researchers have released a report linking high doses of the radiation given off by mobile phones to increased risk of heart tumours in male rats.

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News digest – breast cancer trials, height and cancer risk, bowel cancer in young people and immunotherapy

Category: Science blog October 27, 2018 12 comments

In the news this week: promising clinical trial results from ESMO 2018 and we call out an anti-smoking campaign’s hypocrisy.

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News digest – rising childhood obesity, personalised medicine, binge drinking falls and air pollution and mouth cancer

Category: Science blog October 13, 2018 2 comments

In the news this week: cases of severe obesity in year 6 pupils hits record high and people under 25 are drinking less alcohol.

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‘Cutting edge’ CAR T cell immunotherapy approved in England. But is the NHS ready?

Category: Science blog October 5, 2018 6 comments

With two complex CAR T immunotherapies now approved on the NHS in England, we look at how the health service has had to react to these exciting new treatments.

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