Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 24, 2011
Goats could increase the risk of a rare lung cancer
Exposure to goats could increase the risk of a certain type of lung cancer, according to French researchers.

Study sheds light on the impact of COPD on working aged populations
New research has revealed the devastating personal and financial impact that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can have on the working population.

New bone-targeting drug delays onset of metastases in hormone-resistant prostate cancer patients
Inhibiting a protein involved in bone metabolism can delay the onset of bone metastases common in men with prostate cancer resistant to hormone treatment.

Treatment of rectal cancer varies enormously between different European countries
First results from an international comparison of the care of patients with rectal cancer have shown there are substantial differences in the use of chemotherapy and radiotherapy between European countries.

Phase II study shows new cancer drug combination significantly delays breast cancer progression
The first randomised trial to investigate the use of trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) for the initial treatment of HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer has shown that it makes a significant difference to the time women live without their disease worsening.

New family of wasps found in North American amber, closest relatives in southern hemisphere
After being alerted by Alexandr Rasnitsyn (Palaeontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) to two unusual wasps in amber found in New Jersey, Denis Brothers (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) has determined that they represent a new family of wasps, but with its closest relatives found in South America and South Africa.

Radiotherapy between or during chemotherapy cycles reduces risk of breast cancer recurrence
A major UK trial has produced firm evidence that giving radiotherapy between or during chemotherapy cycles to women with early breast cancer significantly reduces the risk of the cancer recurring in the breast or chest wall.
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