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    Meningitis Bacteria Tests Underway on West Cumbrian School Pupils

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    It has been launched to try and establish why parts of west Cumbria have much higher than average rates of the deadly bugBoth Maryport and Workington have particularly high numbers of cases of Meningitis B – the strain for which there is no vaccineHowever there is one in development and local h

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    Living With a Rare Cancer: The Team Approach

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Thanks to public awareness campaigns, cancer is no longer a taboo topicDisease education and resources seem readily available for more common cancer types like breast and colorectal cancers. However, there are many types of cancers, called rare cancers, where information may not be so easy to find

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    The Woman Who Can Never Nap on the Train... Because Nodding Off Would Kill Her

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    A 24-year-old woman can never take a nap on a whim, because an ultra-rare disease means falling asleep unexpectedly would kill herEmma Chell is only the second oldest woman in the UK living with congenital central hypoventilation syndromeSufferers of the condition essentially forget to breathe wh

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    Three Women Affected by Ovarian Cancer Go Online to Spread the Word About ...

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Bloating. Abdominal pain. Constipation. Back pain. Weight changesThese are all issues women can experience on a monthly basis, but sometimes it's not something so benignThe same symptoms parallel those of ovarian cancerThe survival rate for women with ovarian cancer depends greatly on the stage

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    Canadian Boy Who Was Treated in U.S. Dies in Ontario

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    A 20-month-old Canadian boy with an incurable neurological disorder whose life was extended in the U.S. after a Canadian hospital declined further treatment, has died at his Ontario home, a family spokesman said on WednesdayA Canadian hospital where the boy, known as "Baby Joseph," had been treate

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    Family Help Cardiff Uni Find Motor Neurone Disease Gene

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    At the moment there's no cure but scientists say the discovery could potentially lead to new treatmentsA Gwent family with a history of motor neurone disease (MND) has helped scientists from Cardiff University find a "new gene" linked to the diseaseAn international scientific team studied the fam

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    Shark Compound Seen as Human Drug Source

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    A compound that protects sharks from viruses could be used to create a broad-spectrum antiviral agent for human use, U.S. researchers sayThe compound, squalamine, has been safely tested in human trials for the treatment of cancer and several eye disorders, leading researchers to believe it could q

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    MU Study Finds Risk Factors for Cat Cancer, Could Have Implications for Human Cancer Prevention and Treatments

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A recent, large-scale study on cat intestinal cancer has provided new insight into a common pet disease and its causes; the findings could ultimately benefit humans“We are looking for patterns of cancer development in animals, so we can find common risk factors,” said Kim Sel

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    How Normal Cells Become Brain Cancers

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Brain tumor specimens taken from neurosurgery cases at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center has given scientists a new window on the transformation that occurs as healthy brain cells begin to form tumorsThe work may help identify new drugs to target oligodendroglioma,

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    Popular Colorectal Cancer Drug May Cause Permanent Nerve Damage

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Nerve degeneration detected with skin biopsiesOxaliplatin, a platinum-based anticancer drug that's made enormous headway in recent years against colorectal cancer, appears to cause nerve damage that may be permanent and worsens even months after treatment ends. The chemotherapy side effect, descri

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