Why a new study will make you think twice before reaching for the saltshaker How Autoimmune Diseases Start Autoimmune diseases are disorders that result from the body initiating an inappropriate immune response either to its own proteins, or to substances that are normally found within the body. Common autoimmune diseases include celiac disease, Crohn’s disease,…

A typical cancerous tumour contains millions of cells with genetic mutations which induce the cells to proliferate and invade the local tissue. As the cells multiply, some are shed from the tumour and swept away by the bloodstream or lymphatic system. These circulating tumour cells (CTCs) can remain loose in circulation, cluster together or lodge…

Genetic testing for cancer susceptibility saves lives as well as costs for the healthcare system. Patients with genetic predispositions to cancer may benefit from earlier and more frequent monitoring and/or preventative treatments. Multiple genetic variants explain up to 50% of breast cancers in particular, the mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes for explain about…

Genetic alterations are important diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive biologic markers in cancer and can help tailor individual cancer treatment. Researchers in the field of cancer genetics have been studying genetic alterations in tumour tissues to categorize cancer by gene mutations to facilitate development of personalized cancer therapies. Here is an summary of two research papers…

Cancers are named for the tissue they originate from not the mutations which are causing and affecting the behaviour of the malignancies. That may be about to change. Cancers may soon be identified by a vocabulary which identifies the mutated gene causing the cell to become cancerous. An example, the mutation ‘BRAF V600E’ indicates a…

What are the odds of finding an individual in Canada who does not know anyone battling cancer? Considering the amount of campaigns and awareness surrounding this condition the chances of this individual existing are extremely low. That is the footprint of this disease and that is why communities come together to support one another and…

Doctors’ ignorance is very dangerous for patients; most physicians cannot keep up with accelerating progress of science. Most general practitioners, and even oncologists, frequently ignore the scientific evidence as they wait until this knowledge will be adopted in clinical practice elsewhere, and they will be willing to prescribe new medications and tests only after they…

This is a very nice story, but it makes me sad. The guy (Lukas Wartma) was lucky to be working at a genomic centre and was practically saved by his colleagues, but what about all other cancer patients who not so fortunate and do not have such access to cutting edge science? Ironically this story…

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