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A Novel Way to Tackle Cancer?

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Cerys Hickinbottom

An international team of scientists have found an innovative way to tackle cancer using a “broad spectrum” approach. Current treatment options for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Recently, many anti-cancer treatments have been discovered. However these are usually specific for particular mutations found in certain types of cancer and so are not appropriate when
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TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS: A New Drug Treatment

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Cerys Hickinbottom

Professor Julian Sampson and other researchers at Cardiff University have pioneered a drug treatment for Tuberous Sclerosis.  Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder where patients develop tumours in many organs, including the brain, kidneys and skin.  Those affected can develop epilepsy, autism, often have impaired renal function and the many skin lesions
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Nip and Tuck

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Matthew Evans

Immediately the scenario made the students feel uncomfortable – the idea that financial gain was more important than patient welfare was alien and immoral. They felt a responsibility to act and protect the patient but felt limited by their junior role within the team. The power of good communication was discussed – to involve both
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Chromosome tails: the key driving force in cancer cell growth? – Sophie Hill

Posted on 23 February 2016 by Catrin Comeau

Dr Duncan Baird at Cardiff University working with Cancer Research UK has made an important discovery in what cellular event triggers development of leukaemia. Cancer develops when mutations in DNA allow uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. This research focuses on leukaemia – a cancer of the blood – where it is loss of DNA from
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