New clinical trial rules boost patient benefit in Europe

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:55

The European Parliament has approved a new set of rules governing clinical trials that will help our understanding of disease, improve treatments for patients and make Europe a more attractive place to conduct research and development. 

The new Clinical Trials Regulation is designed to ensure patient safety and the ethical conduct of research. It simplifies the clinical trial process, which will make Europe a more attractive place for global companies to conduct trials ultimately improving the European research environment.

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Study identifies 'new risks' for mouth and throat cancers

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:45

Poor oral health and irregular dental checks can increase the risk of oral cancer, BBC reports the findings from a new study.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer report also found excessive use of mouthwash - more than three times a day - can also increase risk.

Smoking, heavy drinking and "low socio-economic status" are established risk indicators of mouth and throat cancers.

The study covered 1,962 cancer patients and a further 1,993 control subjects across nine countries in Europe.

The study was led by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in...

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Organic food doesn’t lower overall cancer risk

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:25

Women who always or mostly eat organic foods are no less likely to develop cancer than women who eat a more conventional diet, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Cancer Research UK scientists from the University of Oxford found no evidence that regularly eating a diet that was grown free from pesticides reduced a woman’s overall risk of cancer.

The researchers asked around 600,000 women aged 50 or over, who were part of the Million Women Study, about whether they ate organic foods, and tracked the development of 16 of the most common types of cancer in a nine year period following the survey. Around 50,000 women developed cancer in this...

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10 persistent cancer myths debunked - Cancer Research UK blog

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:35

Cancer Research UK Science blog seeks to set the record straight on 10 regularly encountered cancer myths:

Myth 1: Cancer is a man-made, modern disease
Myth 2: Superfoods prevent cancer
Myth 3: ‘Acidic’ diets cause cancer
Myth 4: Cancer has a sweet tooth
Myth 5: Cancer is a fungus – and sodium bicarbonate is the cure
Myth 6: There’s a miracle cancer cure…
Myth 7: …And Big Pharma are suppressing it
Myth 8: Cancer...

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Research seeks to understand and assess loneliness in people with cancer

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:15

A PhD student at the University of Dundee has developed an index for measuring loneliness in cancer patients which she hopes will form the basis of better care and even improved outcomes for people with the disease.

Kathryn Cunningham’s thesis aims to enhance understanding of loneliness in cancer in order to provide a basis for future assessment and intervention. Kathryn used questionnaires and interviews to explore the nature of and degree to which patients with cancer experience loneliness after treatment finishes. She spoke to 107 people diagnosed with cancer and compared their responses to a similar-sized group from the general population. She then carried out in-depth...

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