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Gut bacteria may help combat cancer

Posted on 21 Nov 2013 in Cancer, Health, Journalism

The friendly bacteria in our gut may help fight cancer. Two new studies in mice show that some anti-cancer therapies work best when the microbes in our body are strong and healthy – which suggests that antibiotics and cancer might not always make a good combination. Image: Tim Sandle

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Obese women’s stem cells make cancer grow faster

Posted on 6 Nov 2013 in Cancer, Health, Journalism, Stem Cells

Here is yet another reason to stay at a healthy weight. Stem cells from the fat of women with obesity boost the growth of breast tumours more than cells from slim women. Image: UCI UC Irvine

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First images of DNA mix-ups linked to cancer

Posted on 8 Aug 2013 in Cancer, Health, Journalism

They could be the most dangerous liaisons ever caught on camera. Time-lapse microscopy has captured severed DNA strands in the act of pairing up with partners from the wrong chromosomes – a process with links to cancer. Image: Vassilis Roukos

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DNA tentacles identify recurring leukaemia

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 in Cancer, Featured, Health

Cancer cells might evade the body’s defences, but dodging DNA tentacles is another matter. A jellyfish-inspired device might make it easier to diagnose cancer in its early stages by trapping harmful cells in the blood. Image: jfeuchter

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Ten ways to avoid cancer

Posted on 3 Nov 2007 in Cancer, Health, Journalism

If you want to avoid cancer it may be time to ditch those breakfast fry-ups. A comprehensive report on the link between nutrition and cancer recommends avoiding all processed meats, including bacon and some sausages. It also advises against eating more than 6 grams of salt per day. Image: StefZ

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Reprogrammed immune system fights cancer

Posted on 3 Oct 2007 in Cancer, Health, Journalism

Could the immune system be reprogrammed to fight cancer? It seems that macrophages – immune cells roped in by tumours to help them grow – can be turned into cancer killers. Image: Carl Zeiss Microscopy

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