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Australian Researchers Share In $730 Million From Cancer Drug Sale To US Pharma Giant

A group of Australia’s top cancer research organisations including CSIRO will share in a $730 million licensing deal of a promising cancer therapy drug sold to US pharmaceutical company Merck. Cancer Therapeutics CRC’s Australian research partners including CSIRO, Monash University, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute will take the majority of the funds, while Merck works on further development, clinical trials and potentially future worldwide release to the public.


Sensors Thinner Than Plastic Wrap Could Detect Breast Cancer

To beat cancer, early detection is crucial. Now, a team of Japanese and American scientists has revealed extremely thin sensors that could one day be built into skin-tight, tumour-detecting gloves for doctors, who can then share digitised findings with other physicians.


It May Not Seem Like It, But Cancer Deaths Are At Their Lowest In 25 Years

Last week seems to have brought cancer to the forefront of everyone’s minds. We lost two pop culture greats, David Bowie and Alan Rickman, in such an astoundingly short period of time, sending the world into mourning. Singer Celine Dion lost both her husband and her brother to cancer within two days of each other. At times like this the world needs a little reminder — thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, cancer deaths are at their lowest rate in 25 years.


A Common Food Preservative Could Be A Cancer Treatment

You’ll find nisin in quite a lot of your food — particularly the food that has to be shelf-stable. Some people look askance at preservatives, but not only is this one all-natural, it has just been shown to kill tumour cells and antibiotic resistant bacteria.


Wearing This Silicon Cooling Cap Reduces Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

While chemotherapy can be an effective way to battle cancer, it’s brutal on the body, and leaves patients with an unwelcome reminder of the ordeal in the form hair loss. But a company called DigniCap has come up with a clever way to help minimise that side effect.


New Strain Of Contagious Cancer Discovered In Australia's Tasmanian Devils

The recent discovery of a new form of contagious cancer among Tasmanian devils — the second to afflict the species — suggests we still have a lot to learn about how cancer spreads. It also suggests that transmissible cancer may be more common in nature than previously assumed.


Proposed FDA Guidelines Remind Us How Terrible Tanning Booths Are To Our Health

The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing that minors be restricted from using tanning beds, and that adults sign a waiver acknowledging the risks. Given similar guidelines elsewhere in the world, and in consideration of the many health risks involved, these measures are long overdue.


These Budding Pigeon Pathologists Can Read Your Next Mammogram

There’s a long, colourful history of using pigeons in research, particularly in the behavioural and psychological sciences. Now scientists have trained a flock of pigeons to be feathered pathologists, able to spot telltale signs of breast cancer in medical images nearly as well as their human counterparts.


Pioneering Gene-Editing Therapy Reverses Cancer In Baby Girl

A one-year-old girl diagnosed with incurable aggressive leukemia is now in remission after receiving “designer cells” from a donor. The therapy made use of a powerful new gene-editing technique that could eventually be used to treat an array of hereditary diseases.


Horrified Doctors Find 'Crazy' Tapeworm Cancer In Patient's Brain

In a case that doctors are describing as “crazy,” a 41-year-old Colombian man was found to host cancerous tapeworm tumours in his brain and other bodily organs. The man, who recently died of complications arising from HIV, was first diagnosed back in 2013. Doctors struggled to make sense of the tumours disbursed throughout his body, the cells of which were uncharacteristically small, densely packed — and apparently not human.


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