Category Archives: The Science of Us

Germs Help in the Fight Against Cancer

Study shows that certain gut bacteria enhance the action of chemotherapy drugs

Since about the mid-19th century, people have been understandably afraid of germs. Prior to that time, no one knew why millions of people became mysteriously ill with symptoms such as fevers, rashes and coughs. Nor did they understand why so … Continue reading

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Can Dogs Really Detect Cancer?

Researchers are using the canine sense of smell to identify early cancers, with more than a little success

Early detection is one of the most important factors in the successful treatment of many cancers. Since the 1950’s, when the PAP smear for cervical cancer screening became widely available, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by over … Continue reading

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Promising Alzheimer’s Prevention Study Is Underway

Researchers at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute hope two investigational drugs may reduce or eliminate the protein linked to Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating and incurable condition that affects as many as 5 million Americans age 65 and older, according to estimates by the CDC, and more than 46 million people worldwide.  Now, researchers from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute … Continue reading

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Brush Up on Dental Health: Researchers Link Unhealthy Mouths to Heart Disease

Oral inflammation might be a factor in a number of diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of us (about 91 percent, to be exact) have some form of tooth decay, and half of all adults in the United States suffer from periodontal disease (a serious form … Continue reading

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New Study Suggests Statins Are Linked To Reduction In Cancer Mortality Rates

Researchers call for clinical trials to evaluate the effect of blood-thinning statin drugs on cancer patients

A study carried out by scientists at Aston Medical School in Birmingham indicates that cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins could significantly reduce mortality rates among cancer patients.  Researchers analyzed health records of nearly one million cancer patients admitted to hospitals … Continue reading

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The Confusing Truth About Increasing Cancer Rates

The increased incidence of cancer is not as startling as it seems

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the incidence of cancer is increasing worldwide. According to recent statistics from the National Cancer Institute, men and women in the United States have a lifetime risk of developing some form of cancer … Continue reading

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