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Reviewing the anti-cancer efficacy of curcumin « Integrative Biology Blog

Reviewing the anti-cancer efficacy of curcumin « Integrative Biology Blog | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Tumeric is long held in to have healing effects in ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin, a bioactive ingredient in the fragrant orange spice tumeric, is thought to be effective in suppressing tumor growth and promoting chemoprevention of certain cancers.

In this review article Bassel El-Rayes et al. summarise the recent studies which describe preventive and therapeutic effects of curcumin and its analogues. In particular they concentrate on the breast cancer model, as curcumin has shown responses in reversing the human breast cancer cell resistance against paclitaxel and may be responsible for the lower incidence of breast cancer in Asian countries. Click on image or title to learn more.

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Cancer, Data and the Fallacy of the $1000 Genome - Forbes

Cancer, Data and the Fallacy of the $1000 Genome - Forbes | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Article based on  a talk given by Mark Boguski of Harvard Medical School at a recent healthcare conference in Boston.  Article is by Jim Golden a practising LIfe Science data scientist and worth reading. 

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Scientists identify mechanisms in aspirin that help protect against cancer

Scientists identify mechanisms in aspirin that help protect against cancer | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

(via Medical Xpress)  Recent clinical studies have indicated that long-term usage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of various cancers — some up to 30 per cent.  Previous studies have shown that cancer cells are less likely to divide if the white blood cells can be prevented from contacting the precursor cancer cells, suggesting that white blood cells – the immune cells – have the ability to promote disease by providing some kind of growth signal. A new study published in Current Biology from teams at Bristol and Sheffield Universities in the UK , show that at least in part, taking drugs like aspirin, which are generally taken for cardiovascular problems, prevent the development of cancer by starving the cancer cells of this source of white blood cell early-growth support. Learn more...

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Science-Based Medicine » Why haven’t we cured cancer yet?

Science-Based Medicine » Why haven’t we cured cancer yet? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Cancer is not a single disease. It’s hundreds of diseases. Each tumor can be many diseases that are constantly evolving, both in response to the environment in which the cancer cells grow and to treatments that are thrown at them.Understanding the complexity and interaction networks that govern why cells go into a cancering state is critical to understanding the diseases. This older article by David Gorski helps explain just why finding cures for cancer have been so elusive... Read more...

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Researchers closer to understanding how proteins regulate immune system

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Researchers have revealed how white blood cells move to infection or inflammation in the body; findings which could help lead to developing drug therapies for immune system disorders. Click on the image or title to learn more.

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Scientists Tie DNA Repair to Key Cell Signaling Network - Bioscience Technology

Scientists Tie DNA Repair to Key Cell Signaling Network - Bioscience Technology | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers have found a surprising connection between a key DNA-repair process and a cellular signaling network linked to aging, heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions. The discovery promises to open up an important new area of research — one that could ultimately yield novel treatments for a wide variety of diseases. Learn more...


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