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Heavy Beer Drinking, Genetics May Raise Risk of Stomach Cancer

(U.S. News & World Report) Apr 4, 2011 - Heavy beer drinkers who carry a gene mutation involved in the metabolism of alcohol may face a higher risk than others of developing stomach cancer, new European research suggests.
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Metabolic Syndrome May Increase Risk for Liver Cancer

(AACR) Apr 3, 2011 - 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 here April 2-6.
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Diabetes May Raise Cancer Risk--But Don't Panic Just Yet

(LAT/Booster Shots Blog) Apr 4, 2011 - Diabetes may be more dangerous than we thought. New research suggests that people with diabetes are slightly more likely to die from cancer than are people without diabetes.
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Smoking Raises Breast Cancer Risk in Normal, Overweight Women, But Not Obese Ones, Study Finds

(Washington Post/Associated Press) Apr 3, 2011 - Smoking raises the risk of breast cancer for healthy-weight and overweight women but not for those who are obese, new research suggests.
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Aspirin May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk: Study

(CBS News) Apr 4, 2011 - A new study suggests aspirin can actually help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.
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Genetic Variation Cuts Bladder Cancer Risk, Protects Chromosome Tips

(MD Anderson) Apr 2, 2011 - A common genetic variation links to both bladder cancer risk and to the length of protective caps found on the ends of chromosomes, scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported today at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting.
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Stress Reduction in Cancer Patients May Pay Off

(WebMD) Apr 2, 2011 - Cancer patients who learn to cope with their stress can have improvement in stress-related biomarkers after a short time, new research suggests.
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Immune System May Guide Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

(AACR) Apr 3, 2011 - A study published in Cancer Discovery, the newest journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, debuting here at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held April 2-6, showed how evaluating the immune response in the tumor microenvironment may help researchers better target therapy in breast cancer.
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Breast Milk Cells May Someday Help Predict Cancer

(U.S. News & World Report) Apr 4, 2011 - Examining cells from a woman's breast milk may help evaluate future breast health, new research suggests.
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MicroRNA Variations Found to Be Associated with Earlier Time to Prostate Cancer Diagnosis in African American Men Undergoing Screening

(Fox Chase Cancer Center) Apr 4, 2011 - Novel genetic markers are associated with earlier time to prostate cancer diagnosis among African American men-and the markers are in a part of the genome that has only recently come under scientific study.
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New Tool Allows for Alternate Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

(VRISD) Apr 1, 2011 - Researchers at the Vaccine Research Institute of San Diego (VRISD) and at University of California, Irvine, have found that it may not be necessary to look for tumors directly in patients with prostate cancer - analyzing non-tumor tissue may be an effective option, according to study results published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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Heart Drug Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk, Has Therapeutic Potential

(JHU Gazette) Apr 4, 2011 - Johns Hopkins scientists and their colleagues paired laboratory and epidemiologic data to find that men using the cardiac drug digoxin had a 24 percent lower risk for prostate cancer. The scientists say that further research about the discovery may lead to use of the drug, or new ones that work the same way, to treat the cancer.
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U-M Scientists Find Potential Driver of Some Aggressive Prostate Cancers

(UMHS) Apr 4, 2011 - Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a genetic anomaly that may drive the aggressive spread of a rare subset of prostate cancers.
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Target for Lung Cancer Chemoprevention Identified

(AACR) Apr 2, 2011 - Scientists have identified a biomarker for measuring the success of lung cancer chemoprevention, an emerging frontier in the fight against this disease that has long been stymied by a lack of measureable outcomes.
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Blood Test Holds Hope for Spotting Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

(U.S. News & World Report) Apr 4, 2011 - Preliminary research suggests that a blood test could offer evidence that a nonsmoker has lung cancer, potentially giving doctors a new diagnostic tool.
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Ovarian Cancer Prognosis May Depend on Gene Mutations

(U.S. News & World Report) Apr 4, 2011 - Ovarian cancer patients with the BRCA2 gene mutation are more likely to survive than those with the BRCA1 mutation or patients without either mutation, a new study finds.
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Early Stage Study Shows Feasibility Of Combining Experimental Cancer Drugs

(Morningstar/Dow Jones Newswires) Apr 3, 2011 - An early stage study testing a combination of two experimental cancer drugs being developed by Roche Holding AG's Genentech unit so far didn't show significant side-effects in patients and suggested continued development of the dual-drug product is feasible.
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Most Breast Tumors Have Unique Genetic 'Fingerprint,' Study Finds

(Bloomberg Businessweek) Apr 4, 2011 - Researchers who sequenced the entire genomes of tumors from 50 breast cancer patients identified more than 1,700 mutations, most of which were unique to individual patients.
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Gene-Testing Lung Tumors May Predict Benefit From Roche Drug

(Bloomberg Businessweek) Apr 2, 2011 - Genes deep inside tumor cells of lung cancer patients were mapped by scientists, revealing patterns that predict who may be helped by Tarceva from Roche Holding AG and Astellas Pharma Inc.
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Study Suggests Potential For Bristol Leukemia Drug For Lung Cancer

(Morningstar/Dow Jones Newswires) Apr 3, 2011 - Researchers have identified a mutation in a gene in some patients with squamous cell lung cancer that appears to respond to Sprycel, a Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. drug.
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Roche 'Hedgehog Inhibitor' Shrinks Basal Cancer Tumors - Study

(Morningstar/Dow Jones Newswires) Apr 2, 2011 - An experimental cancer drug being developed by Roche Holding AG and Curis Inc. was shown to prevent and shrink basal cell skin tumors in patients with basal cell nevus syndrome, a rare disease that significantly increases the risk of developing basel cell cancer.
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German Doctors Advised to Give out More Placebos

(ABC News/Associated Press) Mar 31, 2011 - Drugs not working? Try this sugar pill instead. German doctors advised to use more placebos.
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US FDA Staff Backs Efficacy of Optimer Antibiotic

(Reuters) Apr 1, 2011 - An experimental antibiotic from Optimer Pharmaceuticals Inc successfully fought an infection that causes life-threatening diarrhea, U.S. drug reviewers said in documents released on Friday.
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Religious Groups Tackle Drug Hikes

(Wall Street Journal) Apr 1, 2011 - Some religious groups are pressing major drug companies including Pfizer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson to put the brakes on price increases, which last year were the steepest in a decade for top-selling drugs.
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Standards Set for Joint Ventures to Improve Health Care

(New York Times) Mar 31, 2011- The Obama administration proposed long-awaited regulations on Thursday encouraging doctors and hospitals to band together, coordinate care and cut costs.
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