Study of DNA and datasets gives fresh insight into cancer

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:55

Researchers from the University of Dundee have used knowledge of an ancient evolutionary leap to reveal new patterns of DNA mutations in thousands of cancer patients and raise the possibility of developing new treatments.

A team led by Carol MacKintosh, Professor of Molecular Signalling and Associate Dean of Research at the University’s College of Life Sciences, has examined the issue through the prism of knowledge of man’s evolution and, in particular, a leap made 500 million years ago.

At that time, our ancestor was a...

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Pancreatic cancer bucks downward trend in EU cancer death rates

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 13:55

Death rates from pancreatic cancer and lung cancer in women are predicted to rise while death rates from all others will continue to fall, according to new European statistics.

The study, carried out by Italian and Swiss researchers, looked at overall cancer rates across each of the 27 member states that make up the European Union (EU), also focussing on a number of specific cancer types in the six largest countries – France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK.

Their findings predict that the rate of deaths from all types of cancer combined will fall across Europe in 2014.

However, bucking the trend were two types of cancer: pancreatic cancer, where...

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More than 2 million now regularly using electronic cigarettes

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:20

The number of adults in Britain who use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has tripled over the past two years, from an estimated 700,000 users in 2012 to 2.1 million in 2014, according to survey data released by the charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices which simulate tobacco smoking by producing a nicotine vapor that resembles smoke.
According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of e-cigarettes users say they’re smokers, while one third are ex-smokers - an increase in the proportion of ex-smokers compared to surveys in previous years.

The proportion of users who say they’re non-smokers is negligible (0.1 per...

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Cancer Research UK publishes new strategy

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:10

Cancer Research UK aims to increase funding into research by over 50 per cent during the next five to 10 years as part of its ambitious new research strategy.

This rise in funding will support ongoing research into preventing cancer, developing new treatments and making existing ones more effective and personalised to the patient. The charity will substantially increase investment in research aimed at earlier detection and diagnosis.

Over the coming years Cancer Research UK will invest an additional £50 million a year into a number...

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Walking group to help cancer patients Move More

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:10

A new walking group encouraging people living with and beyond cancer to improve their physical and mental wellbeing will be launched by the Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE) next week.

The group has been established as an extension of the Move More Dundee project to encourage people living with a cancer diagnosis to stay active or become more active.

Strong evidence gathered by the Dundee team over recent years has shown that keeping active during and after cancer treatment can help improve physical and emotional wellbeing and may reduce the risk of the disease returning.

The groups will meet at the...

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