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Possible New Mechanism For Aspirin’s Role in Cancer Prevention

Aspirin has been shown to decrease the risk of colorectal cancer and possibly other cancers. However, the risk of side effects, including in some cases severe gastrointestinal bleeding, makes it necessary to better understand the mechanisms by which aspirin acts at low doses before recommending it more generally as a preventative

Cancer Cells Suscepitble to Metabolic Stress

Stressed-out Cancers May Provide Drug Target

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that cancer cells may be particularly susceptible to metabolic stress, opening the way for new targeted therapy that wont harm normal cells.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

The New James: Ohio State Creates a Model for Cancer Hospitals to Come

Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) dedicates its new 1.1-million-square-foot, 21-floor freestanding cancer hospital on November 7, it will be the third-largest cancer hospital in the country, and the most innovative cancer hospital to date.

Cancer Treatment for Children

Research Continues Improving Odds for Kids With Cancer

Dr. Valerie Brown, clinical director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Program at Penn State Hershey Childrens Hospital, says that although cancer treatment has improved substantially over the last 50 years, there’s still a long way to go.

Pepper and Halt

Pepper and Halt: Spicy Chemical May Inhibit Gut Tumors

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that dietary capsaicin—the active ingredient in chili peppers—produces chronic activation of a receptor on cells lining the intestines of mice, triggering a reaction that ultimately reduces the risk of colorectal tumors. The findings have been published in the August 1, 2014 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

DNA Repair Drug Treats Leukemia

Scientists Discover Drug Used for DNA Repair Defects Could Treat Leukemia and Other Cancers

A team of scientists led by Research Associate Professor Motomi Osato and Professor Yoshiaki Ito from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI Singapore) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that a drug originally designed for killing a limited type of cancer cells with DNA repair defects could potentially be used to treat leukemia and other cancers.

IBM's Watson Computer

IBM’s Watson Is Pushing the Boundaries

IBM’s Watson computer has been making headlines these past few years. It was put to the test on the game show Jeopardy and routed 2 of the most successful contestants in the show’s history. If the past is any indication of performance, Watson’s involvement in the field of oncology could prove beneficial to both patients and practitioners. Originally the size of a large room, IBM managed over time to successfully reduce the size of Watson to that of a pizza box. Improvements weren’t only made to its size, but also its processing speed, which has increased by an astonishing 240%.

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