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2007-04-25 12:00:10

SEATTLE, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Onconome, Inc., a privately held Seattle based biotechnology company, today announced the publication of a groundbreaking research study conducted at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The study relates to a newly discovered blood protein, ProstaMark(R) EPCA-2 (Early Prostate Cancer Antigen) that could change the way men are screened for prostate cancer, a disease which kills more than 25,000 men each year. The simple to use blood test detected an...

2006-08-31 13:33:41

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetically altered immune cells wiped out tumors in two men with a deadly form of skin cancer and kept the patients disease-free for at least 18 months, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. Fifteen patients did not respond to the treatment, however, and the researchers and other experts said more work was needed to make it more effective. Still, the findings were welcomed as evidence that cancer patients can be successfully treated using gene...

2006-06-19 07:25:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A healthy dose of vegetables every day may help keep the heart arteries clear, a study in mice suggests. Researchers found that lab mice given a diet full of broccoli, carrots, green beans, corn and peas developed far less artery narrowing than those reared on a veggie-free diet. For humans, the findings offer more support for the advice health experts and mothers have long given: eat your vegetables. Discounting French fries, most Americans aren't...

2006-05-05 12:40:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pooled data from six case-control studies suggest that higher consumption of tap water-based drinks may slightly increase the risk of bladder cancer among men. The increased risk of bladder cancer with tap water consumption was "consistently found in all six studies, making chance an unlikely explanation," write investigators in the International Journal of Cancer. They caution, however, that for now, the study finding that tap water "is associated with a slight...

2006-03-23 11:40:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- Contrary to what some smokers may hope, antioxidants and other vitamins seem to offer no protection against lung cancer, new research suggests. In an analysis of eight previous studies, researchers found no evidence that vitamins A, C, E or folate lower a person's risk of lung cancer. Across the studies, which followed thousands of adults for up to 16 years, people with the highest intakes of the vitamins were no less likely to develop lung cancer than those with the...

2006-01-31 15:07:24

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Atorvastatin, the widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering "statin" drug, sold under the trade name Lipitor, shows significant action against human bladder cancer cells in laboratory experiments, researchers report in the medical journal Urology. Although the findings suggest that atorvastatin is active against bladder cancer cells, clinical trials are still needed to confirm these results in patients, lead investigator Dr. Ashish M. Kamat...

2005-12-13 16:31:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eating lots of fiber does not lower a person's risk of developing colon cancer, but it is a good idea to consume fiber-rich fruits and vegetables anyway for your heart and overall health, a study said on Tuesday. An analysis of 13 previous studies that included 725,000 men and women concluded that more fiber in the diet made no difference for colon cancer risk. "Specifically, we found that men and women who ate at least 30 grams (1.1 ounce) of fiber a day had the...

2005-12-13 16:30:00

CHICAGO -- Eating lots of fiber does not lower a person's risk of developing colon cancer, but it is a good idea to consume fiber-rich fruits and vegetables anyway for your heart and overall health, a study said on Tuesday. An analysis of 13 previous studies that included 725,000 men and women concluded that more fiber in the diet made no difference for colon cancer risk. "Specifically, we found that men and women who ate at least 30 grams (1.1 ounce) of fiber a day had the same risk of...

2005-11-17 10:25:20

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women with diabetes are at increased risk for developing cancer of the colon and rectum, according to a report from Sweden. The findings are based on an analysis of data pooled from 15 studies, which included more than 2.5 million subjects. Most, but not all, studies have shown a link between diabetes and colon cancer, but some inconsistencies were present, including whether the association was seen in both men and women. Dr. Susanna C. Larsson,...

2005-11-08 13:03:46

LONDON (Reuters) - A single protein may hold the key to turning the tide on lung cancer -- still the world's biggest cancer killer -- research published on Tuesday showed. Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville found that type 2 receptors for Transforming Growth Factor-b -- a family of proteins that controls key functions such as cell growth and death -- were missing in non-small cell lung cancer victims. A check on mice injected with lung cancer cells confirmed the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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