Using artificial intelligence to improve early breast cancer detection

Model developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could reduce false positives and unnecessary surgeries. Every year 40,000 women die from breast cancer in the U.S. alone. When cancers are found early, they can often be cured. Mammograms are the best test available, but they’re still imperfect and often result in false positive results that … Continue reading “Using artificial intelligence to improve early breast cancer detection”

MasSpec Pen Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds

A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds—more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The MasSpec Pen is an innovative handheld instrument that gives surgeons precise diagnostic information … Continue reading “MasSpec Pen Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds”

Double discovery boosts global quest for leukaemia cures

Researchers have discovered how a form of leukaemia fights back against a ground-breaking treatment, providing vital new leads on how to outwit the deadly disease. Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) stem cells are particularly aggressive, insidious and nimble. Knowing how they respond when under attack enables researchers to devise interventions that can neutralise the source of … Continue reading “Double discovery boosts global quest for leukaemia cures”

Researchers reprogram cancer cells back to normal

Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normal. The finding is published in Nature Cell Biology, represents “an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer.” That code was unraveled by the discovery that adhesion proteins — the glue that … Continue reading “Researchers reprogram cancer cells back to normal”

Aspirin reduces obesity cancer risk

Research has shown that a regular dose of aspirin reduces the long-term risk of cancer in those who are overweight. Researchers found that being overweight more than doubled the risk of bowel cancer in people with Lynch Syndrome, an inherited genetic disorder which affects genes responsible for detecting and repairing damage in the DNA. Around … Continue reading “Aspirin reduces obesity cancer risk”