Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. In the area of detection, Faith Lapidus reports that researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are developing a blood test that screens for eight different types of cancer.
The fight against malaria has been improving, but there’s still lots more work to do. For one thing, anti-larval sprays are both expensive and time-consuming — you can’t always afford to spray an entire area. Thankfully, a mix of technology is making that mosquito battle more practical. Wales’ Aberystwyth University and Tanzania’s Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme have partnered on […]
Two breast cancer drugs have been recommended for use by the NHS in England. In draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved palbociclib (Ibrance) and ribociclib (Kisqali) for patients with advanced breast cancer. The drugs are thought to slow the growth of the disease and delay the need for […]
Bird flu outbreaks cause disruption for farmers Credit: ITV Anglia Norfolk scientists have been given a grant to help create new technology to help diagnose bird flu. The disease has caused major problems for the region’s poultry farmers, leading to restriction zones and culls. It’s hoped researchers at Iceni Diagnostics want to create a hand held […]
Dividing Breast Cancer Cell Just a handful of mutations – between one and ten – are required for the cancerous cells to emerge. Approximate number of driver mutations needed to cause cancer by area of the body. Image credits: The Sanger Institute. If you’d carry out a comparison between healthy and cancerous tissues, you’d see […]
One of the most common waterborne diseases worldwide is cryptosporidiosis, a parasitic disease affecting the small intestine and possibly our airways. It is a common cause of diarrhoea in HIV-positive patients, who are known to have lower immunity. Now Kazeem Oare Okosun from Vaal University of Technology in South Africa and colleagues from Pakistan and […]
Howler monkey A form of malaria parasite that has spread from howler monkeys to humans in Brazil has been identified by researchers, raising concerns for eradication of the disease in Brazil and beyond. Malaria was thought to have been eradicated from southern and south-eastern Brazil 50 years ago, but more than 1,000 cases reported since […]
Researchers of the KFU Omics Lab have succeeded in deciphering a Phi29-family virus genome. Junior researcher Raihan Shah Mahmud of Kazan Federal University says, “There is an immense number of viruses in nature, hundreds of times more than bacteria. Simply put, viruses are the most abundant and the least studied life form on Earth. There […]