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Blood test for all cancers?

Today’s Great News:

Breakthrough Genetic Discovery in Lung Cancer Treatment

Researchers at Edith Cowan University have made a critical breakthrough in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

The team examined the human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) of 179 non-small cell lung cancer patients and found a strong link between the genetic makeup of the HLAs and whether the patient was likely to develop side effects from immunotherapy.

This discovery could have major implications for treatment, as it will allow doctors to better tailor therapies to individual patients, potentially reducing side effects.

And it will help doctors to identify people who are likely to have side effects and help make immunotherapy available to more cancer patients.


Why can’t you fall asleep at night? Maybe this is why!

Researchers at the University of Washington say that insomnia may have a simple cause.

The data showed that in winter students received less light exposure during the day. Senior author Horacio de la Iglesia, a UW professor of biology, explains that “our bodies have a natural circadian clock that tells us when to go to sleep at night. If you do not get enough exposure to light during the day when the sun is out, that ‘delays’ your clock and pushes back the onset of sleep at night.”


New Ultralight Solar Cell Fabric

MIT engineers have developed an ultralight fabric solar cell that can quickly and easily turn any surface into a power source. This paper-thin, ultra-lightweight device is made of semiconducting inks and is one-hundredth the weight of conventional solar panels.


New ONE-HOUR Prostate Cancer Treatment

Treatments such as radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy can be used to treat prostate cancer, yet they may also cause side effects such as erectile dysfunction, falls/fractures, seizures, heart disease, and other complications.

In order to reduce these side effects and improve outcomes, doctors are working to develop treatments that “target” cancer cells with greater specificity.

The ‘Nanoknife’ works by administering quick electrical pulses, using electrodes, around the tumor to kill the cancerous cells. These short pulses can be targeted to the right area and surrounding healthy cells are left untouched and preserved. Natalia Norori, the knowledge manager at Prostate Cancer UK, has said that the therapy could ‘make a big difference to the quality of life of men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer’.


New Blood Test Detects 50 Types of Cancer

A simple blood test can detect more than 50 types of cancer early, making it a promising tool for early detection and treatment.

The test, developed by California-based biotech company GRAIL, Inc., uses genomic sequencing technology to detect methylation or chemical changes in the DNA that control gene expression.

This is a big deal because the number one factor in a good cancer prognosis is early detection. The earlier you discover cancer the better the treatment outcome.


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