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Texas Researchers Are At The Forefront of the Breast Cancer Fight

Texas, a state with 69 National Cancer Institute Cancer centers, is leading the development of breast cancer research as reported in a new article from the Dallas News by Sabriya Rice. Since 2007 the centers have received over $75 million for cancer research from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. "While a lot of headway has been made in fighting certain types of breast cancer, triple-negative is an aggressive form of the disease that does not respond to many targeted therapies. That’s made the condition a focal point for cancer researchers, including for Dr. Jennifer Litton, associate professor of breast medical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The cen

6 Big Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease

In a new article from Live Science, doctors explore the mysteries still confronting researching searching for treatments and cures for Alzheimer's disease. "Despite these advances, there are many aspects of Alzheimer's disease that researchers only partially understand, said Dr. Dennis Selkoe, co-director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who has been conducting research to uncover the causes of Alzheimer's disease for more than 30 years. For people with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones, the most important mystery to solve is finding a safe and effective treatment for this neurodegenerative disorder, Selkoe said." To read t

Breast Cancer's Spread May Be Influenced By Circadian Gene

A new study identifies a gene that may influence the spread of Breast Cancer to other internal organs, as reported in an article with Fox News Health. "Variations in a gene involved in so-called circadian rhythms that control everything from cell division to sleep may also promote the spread of breast cancer to other organs, a new study suggests. In mouse studies, researchers showed how having slightly different versions of gene called Arntl2 can aid the spread of cancer cells. When they analyzed the genes of breast cancer patients, they also found that at least one version of Arntl2 was indeed linked to how long the women survived disease-free. “Our results suggest that there is a link betw

World Alzheimer's Day

Today marks World Alzheimer's Day, observed on 21 September to raise awareness of the most common cause of dementia, a term that describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language. The symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Read the full article from The International Business Times HERE.

New Drug Testing Method Could Speed Up Development of Breast Cancer Treatments

A new article from Sciencedaily.com details how scientists have discovered a new way to test hundreds of cancer drugs very quickly, which could drastically cut the time it takes to find potential breast cancer treatments, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study published in Cell. "The researchers found they could do this by growing human tumour cells in mice before taking the cells out to run further tests using experimental drugs. Cells grown in this way more accurately mimic how cancer cells grow in a person's body and closely reflect the genetic faults found in patients' cancer cells. This method means more drugs could be tested at the same time and in different combinations, poten

FDA Facilitates Research on Earlier Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

A new article from the FDA describes a new approach for the creation of Alzheimer's treatments. Below is an excert from that article: "...A recent development could bring better results. Three years ago, FDA scientists released a draft guidance that may help companies conduct clinical trials focused on what could be a more treatable stage of the disease: before the onset of noticeable dementia. Research has shown that there is a lag of many years between the beginning of changes in a patient’s brain and the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Yet in the past, clinical trials examined Alzheimer’s patients when their symptoms had become clearly apparent, long after the changes in their brains had s

In Memory of Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, born Jerome Silberman in 1933, was an actor in film and theater, screenwriter, director, and author. He passed away on August 29th from complications from Alzheimer's disease. Wilde starred in such memorable films as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, among others.

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