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Drug cocktail boosts ovarian cancer survival time

A drug cocktail that combines chemotherapy with Avastin was shown to double the amount of time patients lived withoutprogression of ovarian cancer, according to research released Saturday. Also known as bevacizumab and marketed as Avastin by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, the drug could help women who have a resistant form of the cancer, researchers said. “For…

Drug slows advanced prostate cancer: study

A drug that is already approved for prostate cancer has been shown to slow the spread of advanced forms of the disease for the first time, according to research released Saturday. Zytiga, made by Johnson and Johnson, is being tested in a randomized phase III trial involving 1,088 men with…

Immune boosters show promise against cancer: study

A pair of experimental treatments that fight cancer by boosting the immune system have shown promise in early studies and deserve testing in larger patient groups, said US research released Saturday. The drugs, both made by Bristol-Myers Squibb, work by breaking down the shield that protects tumor cells. Rather than…

Israeli scientists develop marijuana strain without the high

Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn’t get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday. According to the Maariv daily, the new cannabis looks, smells and even tastes the same, but does not induce any of…

U.S. teens smoke less than Europeans but use more drugs: Study

Fewer teenagers in the United States smoke and drink compared to their European counterparts, but more use drugs, according to a University of Michigan study released Friday. Using data from 36 European countries plus the United States, researchers found that 27 percent of US adolescents had consumed alcohol in the…

Robot therapy gets paralyzed rats walking

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have figured out how to get paralyzed rats walking again, and they suspect that they can do the same for people. In a study published Friday by the journal Science, researchers explain that they severed nerves in rats’ spinal cords by making…

China opens the door to re-starting its nuclear program

Energy-hungry China could restart its nuclear projects, suspended after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in March last year, while new safety standards have been adopted in active plants, the government said. After the Fukushima accident triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, Beijing announced a review of safety standards and emergency procedures…

World cancer cases to rise by 75 percent by 2030

Worldwide cases of cancer are likely to rise by nearly 75 percent by 2030, driven by demographic and lifestyle factors, according to a study published on Friday in the journal The Lancet Oncology. A team led by Freddie Bray of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon,…

Dark chocolate cuts heart deaths: Australian study

Australian researchers have found that eating a block of dark chocolate daily over 10 years has “significant” benefits for high-risk cardiac patients and could prevent heart attacks and strokes. A study of 2,013 Australians conducted at Melbourne’s Monash University found that the consumption of 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of chocolate…

Scientists unravel the tomato’s genetic code

An international scientific team on Wednesday said it had unravelled the genetic code of the tomato, opening up ways to improve the fruit’s taste, nutrition and shelf-life. Gathering more than 300 researchers in 14 countries, the Tomato Genome Consortium compared today’s domesticated tomato with its wild South American parent, Solanum…

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