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Aspirin May Lower The Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer

The use of aspirin at least once per month is associated with a significant decrease in pancreatic cancer risk, according to results of a large case-control study presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011. Xiang-Lin Tan, Ph.D., M.D., a research fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said the findings from this large collaborative study are preliminary and do not encourage widespread use of aspirin for this purpose.

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Nicotine Does Not Promote Lung Cancer Growth in Mouse Models

Nicotine at doses similar to those found in most nicotine replacements therapies did not increase lung cancer tumor incidence, frequency or size, according to results of a mouse study presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011 by Phillip A. Dennis, M.D., Ph.D. Dennis is a senior investigator at the medical oncology branch of the National Cancer Institute.

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Metabolic Syndrome May Increase Risk for Liver Cancer

Scientists have confirmed that metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions that increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes, may also increase the risk of the two most common types of liver cancer, according to data presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held April 2-6. The research is lead by Katherine McGlynn, Ph.D., a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute.

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Researchers Unravel Clues And Develop Interventions For Autism With Call For Early Detection

To parents, learning that a child has been diagnosed with autism can be overwhelming. Children with the disorder can seem trapped in a world of their own without friends or even a conception of friendship. Many prefer to play alone. Some lose the ability to speak more than a few words. But researchers at UNC are making progress in developing new techniques to detect and treat the disorder, said Geraldine Dawson, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at UNC and chief science officer for Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization.

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DNA Decoded From Patients With Breast Cancer Reveals Complexity And Hints Toward Personalized Medicine

In the single largest cancer genomics investigation reported to date, scientists have sequenced the whole genomes of tumors from 50 breast cancer patients and compared them to the matched DNA of the same patients’ healthy cells. This comparison allowed researchers to find mutations that only occurred in the cancer cells. They uncovered incredible complexity in the cancer genomes, but also got a glimpse of new routes toward personalized medicine.

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Intranasal Insulin Might Be One Of The First Treatments For Alzheimer’s Disease

A low dose of insulin has been found to suppress the expression in the blood of four precursor proteins involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new clinical research by University at Buffalo endocrinologists. The research, published in March online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggests that insulin could have a powerful, new role to play in fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

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