Cutting-Edge Cancer Research: Cannibalism, Zombies & Suicidal Cells

Cancer research is tough stuff—but it's also surprisingly gruesome, too. This Sci Show video explains how the latest insights into curing the disease include cannibalism, zombies and suicidal cells. Read More >>

Bad News: E-Cigs Alter Cells a Lot Like Tobacco Does

A new cancer study brings more bad news to the e-cigarette industry. Scientists exposed human bronchial cells to e-cig vapour and found that it altered the cells in a way not dissimilar to tobacco. In other words, that delicious, seemingly risk-free nicotine vapour might not be so benign, after all. Read More >>

Dog Saves His Owner's Life by Smelling Her Cancer

This is Max the dog and his human Maureen. An amazing BBC Earth report tells their story: Max became depressed when he started to smell the cancer that Maureen was developing inside her breast. It's a really incredible tale. Read More >>

Tomorrow's Cancer-Blasting Wonder Drug Could Come From a Tobacco Plant

Australian researchers published findings this week on a newly-discovered plant compound that destroys cancer cells, but leaves healthy cells unharmed. They found it in possibly the last place you'd look for a cancer cure: the family of plants that brings us cancer's number-one culprit, tobacco. Read More >>

Poor Taste LG Promo Says Mobiles Cause Brain Tumours, Infertility and Cataracts

LG has blamed "cultural differences" for the lack of riotous laughter regarding its promotional stickers for the Knock Code system, claiming the light-hearted references to phone radiation causing brain tumours were just a... joke. Oh, we get it now! Ha ha! Cancer! Read More >>

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New Paper-Based Urine Tests Could Detect Cancer and Heart Disease

Diagnosing cancer and heart disease generally requires extensively trained personnel and expensive instruments. But one MIT research group that wants to solve that problem has designed a single injection and paper-based detection system they're hoping to ship them everywhere a letter can travel. Read More >>

Scientists Turned Fruit Flies into Glowing Cancer Detectors

One of the most exciting findings in cancer research is the ability to identify cancerous cells by the volatile odour molecules they give off. Diagnostic machines, scalpels, and even specially trained dogs have been used to identify cancer this way. We can add fruit flies to that list now: scientists have bred a strain whose antennae glow when they smell cancer. Read More >>

The World's Oldest Tumour is 11,000 Years Old and Spread By Dog Sex

Somewhere 11,000 years ago, something weird happened to a dog. It got cancer—and the really damn freaky part is that the cancer could survive even outside of its canine host. That unknown dog is long dead now, but its tumour cells have improbably lived on, continuing to sprout on the genitalia of dogs all over the world. Read More >>

This Table Detects Breast Cancer Using Sound Waves, Not X-Rays

Traditional mammography machines—besides being uncomfortable—rely on ionising radiation to image a patient's breasts. As all we all know, radiation ironically increases the risk of cancer developing. So a company called Delphinus Medical Technologies has developed a safer alternative called the SoftVue which instead uses ultrasonic sound waves bouncing around inside a large water tank. Read More >>

Cancer Causing Compound From Cigarettes Found in Fried Foods. Fantastic...

More bad news from the FDA in the US. Turns out frying, baking or roasting certain foods causes the formation of acrylamide, a carcinogen found in cigarette smoke. Why does death always have to taste so good? Read More >>

Dentists May Start Covering Teeth in Growth-Stimulating Diamond Dust

Looks like there's a new candidate for most awesome supermaterial in town. Dentists may soon start fighting bone loss by covering our teeth in itty bitty nanodiamonds, making repairing teeth quicker, cheaper, and much less painful. Read More >>

Other Kitchen Devices Can Harness Power from Your Microwave

When your microwave is sitting there glowing and spinning inside, do you ever wonder where all those stray rays of energy go? Turns out they usually just slip out the door, into thin air. But a Japanese scientist has found a way to harness that power and use it to juice your other appliances. Read More >>

This Tiny Implantable Sponge Could Help Cure Skin Cancer

It almost sounds too good to be true: Researchers have developed a tiny sponge that can reprogram immune cells to attack cancer. The treatment is less invasive than surgery and potentially more effective, too. With human trials beginning this week, there's a chance it will soon be available for everyone. Read More >>

New Cancer Treatment Kills the Bad Cells with Nanoparticles and Lasers

Coaxing the immune system into fighting cancer has long been an area of interest for cancer research and this new treatment is no different. In their experiment, the Georgia researchers sent an army of nanoparticles into a petri dish full of breast cancer cells. The nanoparticles then invaded the cells, targeting the mitochondria where they get their energy and wait. Researchers then blasted the nanoparticles with a laser that can penetrate tissue, activating them and choking the cancer cells of their energy source. Read More >>

Science Has Almost Beaten Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer used to be a brutal condition with a low survival rate, but that's all changed in recent years thanks to improved treatment. While just over half of patients survived a half century ago, today 96 per cent of men who contract the disease are cured. Read More >>

This Revolutionary Smart Scalpel Can Smell Cancer as It Cuts

Cancer surgery is invariably difficult, in part, because doctors have always had a hard time determining exactly where the healthy tissue ends and the tumour begins. Not anymore. A new "intelligent knife" can actually sniff out the cancer cells during an operation and keep the doctor on track. Read More >>


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