Research in mice show antioxidants in blue maize have protective effect against metabolic syndrome

A new study shows that a rat model of metabolic syndrome fed a high-sugar and high-cholesterol diet and given blue maize extract showed significant improvement in systolic blood pressure, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels compared to those not given the extract. The natural antioxidants present in blue maize may help protect against… Continue reading Research in mice show antioxidants in blue maize have protective effect against metabolic syndrome

Role of Vitamin C in cancer treatment

Vitamin C has a patchy history as a cancer therapy, but researchers at the University of Iowa believe that is because it has often been used in a way that guarantees failure. Most vitamin C therapies involve taking the substance orally. However, the UI scientists have shown that giving vitamin C intravenously and bypassing normal… Continue reading Role of Vitamin C in cancer treatment

Piperlongumine, chemical from Indian pepper plant inhibits enzyme in cancer cells

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have uncovered the chemical process behind anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant called the long pepper, whose suspected medicinal properties date back thousands of years. The study is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Westover’s lab used X-ray crystallography to create this molecular model of piperlongumine.Credit:… Continue reading Piperlongumine, chemical from Indian pepper plant inhibits enzyme in cancer cells

Calcium channel blockers used for hypertension has potential to block cancer invasion

By screening already approved drugs, the team led by Postdoctoral Researcher Guillaume Jacquemet and Academy Professor Johanna Ivaska has discovered that calcium channel blockers can efficiently stop cancer cell invasion in vitro. Calcium channel blockers are currently used to treat hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, but their potential use in blocking cancer cell… Continue reading Calcium channel blockers used for hypertension has potential to block cancer invasion

Liquid biopsy chip based on carbon nano-tubes to detect circulating cancer cells

A chip developed by mechanical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) can trap and identify metastatic cancer cells in a small amount of blood drawn from a cancer patient. The breakthrough technology uses a simple mechanical method that has been shown to be more effective in trapping cancer cells than the microfluidic approach employed in… Continue reading Liquid biopsy chip based on carbon nano-tubes to detect circulating cancer cells

New lung cancer biomarker Protein PD-1 for predicting survival

The biomarker PD-1, a protein, could potentially be used to predict survival or disease-free survival of lung cancer patients who have had the tumor surgically removed. This is substantiated by the results of a study conducted under the direction of the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital, together with MedUni… Continue reading New lung cancer biomarker Protein PD-1 for predicting survival

New biomarker based on expression of SHOX2 gene for predicting survival in Gliomas

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found a new biomarker for glioma, a common type of brain cancer, that can help doctors determine how aggressive a cancer is and that could eventually help determine the best course of treatment. The findings are published in EBiomedicine. Researchers from the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center found… Continue reading New biomarker based on expression of SHOX2 gene for predicting survival in Gliomas

Systemic review of literature finds no evidence of increased risk of fatal stomach bleed following use of aspirin

Stomach bleeds caused by aspirin are considerably less serious than the spontaneous bleeds that can occur in people not taking the drug, concludes a study led by Cardiff University. Published in the journal Public Library of Science, the extensive study of literature on aspirin reveals that while regular use of the drug increases the risk… Continue reading Systemic review of literature finds no evidence of increased risk of fatal stomach bleed following use of aspirin

Researchers study association between Malignant Mesothelioma and Asbestos exposure in Eastern China

A new research letter published online by JAMA Oncology looks at asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma in Eastern China. The study examined tumors diagnosed as malignant mesothelioma from 2002 through 2015 at two Chinese hospitals – one in Hangzhou, China, where there is no asbestos industry and one in Yuyao, China, located in the Chinese… Continue reading Researchers study association between Malignant Mesothelioma and Asbestos exposure in Eastern China

Research shows possible link between “body clock” and cancer pathogenesis

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) describes an unexpected role for proteins involved with our daily “circadian” clocks in influencing cancer growth. The research, published in the journal Molecular Cell, suggests that disruptions in circadian rhythms might leave levels of an important cancer-linked protein, called cMYC, unchecked. “This appears… Continue reading Research shows possible link between “body clock” and cancer pathogenesis