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Research suggests BMI may not be best obesity indicator to assess risk for lung cancer

New research published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO) suggests the method used to calculate how obesity is measured may affect whether it is considered a risk factor for lung cancer. The JTO is an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Although the association between measures of obesity […]

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Rare genetic variants identified in sudden cardiac deaths associated with obesity and hypertension

The University of Oulu’s Cardiology Research Group identified several rare genetic variants in victims of sudden death caused by hypertension- or obesity-related cardiac hypertrophy. The findings suggest that, in addition to lifestyle, genes may also play a role in hypertension- and obesity-related cardiac hypertrophy. Especially in the case of middle-aged and older people, sudden cardiac […]

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Coloring tumors reveals their bad influence

Red2Onco, an innovative genetic mouse model, allows to detect the very initial steps that lead to cancer development. Red2Onco’s multicolor labeling system allows to trace intestinal tumor development after the first oncogenic hit at the single cell level. The research carried out at IMBA—Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences—and the University […]

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Researchers identify how to prevent cancer metastases

Metastases can develop in the body even years after apparently successful cancer treatment. They originate from cancer cells that migrated from the original tumor to other organs, and which can lie there inactive for a considerable time. Researchers have now discovered how these “sleeping cells” are kept dormant and how they wake up and form […]

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Clinical trial launched following discovery that psychiatric drug may prevent bowel cancer

The study, published in the journal Nature, shows how a drug available on the NHS can boost fitness of healthy stem cells in the gut, making them more resistant to sabotage from mutant stem cells that cause cancer. Researchers in the Netherlands, funded by the UK charity Worldwide Cancer Research, have discovered a way to […]

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800 newborn brain scans made available to help clarify how some diseases develop

The Developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP) has made the scans of 800 baby brains available to study how developmental disorders progress. The scans, part of a large-scale open-source project, are available online for researchers who study brain development in fetuses and babies. The research team hope the scans will provide clues on how conditions like autism […]

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Autistic people find it harder to identify anger in facial expressions, new study shows

Autistic people’s ability to accurately identify facial expressions is affected by the speed at which the expression is produced and its intensity, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. In particular, autistic people tend to be less able to accurately identify anger from facial expressions produced at a normal ‘real world’ speed. The […]