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2011-05-27 08:30:00

SEATTLE, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Overweight or obese women with less-than-optimal levels of vitamin D who lose more than 15 percent of their body weight experience significant increases in circulating levels of this fat-soluble nutrient, according to a new study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. "Since vitamin D is generally lower in persons with obesity, it is possible that low vitamin D could account, in part, for the link between obesity and diseases such...

2011-05-23 13:02:53

Although chemotherapy is used to kill cancer cells, it can also have a strong toxic effect on normal cells such as bone marrow and blood cells, often limiting the ability to use and manage the chemotherapy treatment. Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reported at today's annual meeting of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy in Seattle that one possible approach to reduce this toxic effect on bone marrow cells is to modify the cells with a gene that makes them...

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2011-05-11 06:15:00

Frequent users of acetaminophen are at a slightly increased risk for blood cancers, according to new research from scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Although increased, the risk remains low overall, and it's still unclear what role the drug plays in the increase. Earlier research has shown that aspirin use might lower the odds of dying from colon cancer but increase the risk of bleeding ulcers. But for blood cancers, the picture has been less...

2011-04-07 12:31:00

SEATTLE, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A $1 million grant from W.M. Keck Foundation will allow researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to pursue an ambitious project to sequence DNA from the human immune system to shed light on the genetic signatures of a large number of pathogenic exposures, starting with 17 common viruses and bacteria. This summer, by sequencing tens of millions of antibody genes per person - more than 100 times more genes than can be sequenced with...

2011-03-23 07:53:37

By: Rhonda Craig, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) --There may be new hope for some multiple sclerosis patients, and the answer could lie in a new therapy involving their own blood stem cells. More than 2.5 million people suffer from the disabling disease. But a new study shows that patients with aggressive forms of MS may benefit from stem cell transplantation therapy. For this particularly study, Vasilios Kimiskidis and Athanasios Fassas from the Aristotle University of...

2011-02-25 12:41:00

SEATTLE, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Full-term pregnancy has long been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, but a new study finds that the more times a woman gives birth, the higher her risk of "triple-negative" breast cancer, a relatively uncommon but particularly aggressive subtype of the disease. Conversely, women who never give birth have a 40 percent lower risk of such breast cancer, which has a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancer and doesn't respond to...

2011-01-26 10:00:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Ten years. Thousands of lives saved." Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is using this tagline to help celebrate its official 10th anniversary. It was in January 2001 that SCCA - the patient care arm of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's - opened its new outpatient building and headquarters on Lake Union. The result today is the Pacific Northwest's only federally designated comprehensive cancer center. During the...

2011-01-11 13:16:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center basic scientists Roger Brent, Ph.D., a systems biologist, and Robert Eisenman, Ph.D., a molecular biologist and geneticist, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Brent, a member of the Hutchinson Center's Basic Sciences Division, is being honored "for outstanding contributions in...

2010-12-17 14:40:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has acquired a new 177,000-square-foot building adjacent to its campus on South Lake Union that will house offices and shared resources in support of the Center's research, board chair Doug Walker announced today. The acquisition may also allow for a modest increase in space for laboratory research, he said. The building, located at 1100 Eastlake Ave. E., was acquired for $36 million. "This offers an...

2010-12-09 11:57:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Guests at the 35th anniversary Hutch Holiday Gala on Saturday donated more than $5.6 million for research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. During a segment of the live auction, called "Help the Hutch," members of the Bezos family encouraged guests to close a $10 million challenge gift - first announced at the 2009 Gala - to fund the Hutchinson Center's Immunotherapy Initiative. Guests completed the challenge goal. Hutchinson Center...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'