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Gynecologists run afoul of ABOG when patient is male
The New York Times
About two months ago, Dr. Elizabeth Stier was shocked to learn that she would lose a vital credential, board certification as a gynecologist, unless she gave up an important part of her medical practice and her research: taking care of men at high risk for anal cancer. The disease is rare, but it can be fatal and its incidence is increasing, especially among men and women infected with HIV Like cervical cancer, anal cancer is usually caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is sexually transmitted.
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PREVENTION


Sugary drinks linked to increased endometrial cancer risk
Fox News
Sugar-sweetened beverages have long been associated with a number of health risks — including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. And now, a new study reveals that sugary drinks may also be associated with a significantly increased risk of a common type of endometrial cancer. In a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, researchers analyzed data collected from 23,039 postmenopausal women as part of the Iowa Women's Health Study. The data included information on the women's dietary intake and medical history.
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Learn how to fight off cancer
Health.com via CNN
No one wants to get cancer. Turns out, you have considerable power over that scary fate. True, it's possible to do everything "right" and still end up developing the disease. But a surprising amount of cancer is preventable — in fact, a stunning one-half to two-thirds of our risk is in our control, many experts now believe. For example, about a third of all cancer deaths in the United States each year are linked to diet and physical inactivity.
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GENETICS


FDA orders 23andMe to halt sales
The Wall Street Journal
The pioneering genetic screening service 23andMe has been told by the FDA that it “must immediately discontinue” marketing of its Personal Genome Service until it receives FDA authorization. The order came in an unusually stern letter to 23andMe boss Anne Wojcicki. What’s the problem? In short, the FDA says that the Silicon Valley company is offering testing and diagnosis services to the public without the regulatory approvals typically required of such services.
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RESEARCH


Do aging cells become cancer?
Medical Xpress
Cancers that occur in later life could be down to the way our cells age, according to a paper published in Nature Cell Biology. Scientists based at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, Glasgow, have found that some cancers may not be wholly down to genetic damage but could be caused by older cells bypassing the switch that tells them to stop growing. Studying human cells growing in the lab, the team discovered that cells nearing the end of their lifecycle start to have less control over the process of chemically tagging DNA, known as methylation. They also saw similar patterns of this chemical tagging in cancer cells.
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Study finds combo of plant nutrients kills breast cancer cells
Medical Xpress
A study led by Madhwa Raj, Ph.D., Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits, spices and plant roots killed 100 percent of sample breast cancer cells without toxic side effects on normal cells. The results, which also revealed potential treatment target genes, are published in the November 2013 issue of The Journal of Cancer.
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NIH mouse study finds gut microorganisms may determine cancer treatment outcome
HealthCanal
An intact population of microorganisms that derive food and benefit from other organisms living in the intestine is required for optimal response to cancer therapy, according to a mouse study by scientists at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and their collaborators. NCI scientists found that tumors of germ-free mice (mice completely lacking these microorganisms), or mice treated with antibiotics to deplete the gut of bacteria, were largely impaired in their ability to respond to immunotherapy that slows cancer growth and prolongs survival.
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HPV


HPV: Sex, cancer and a virus
Nature
On a sunny day in 1998, Maura Gillison was walking across the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, thinking about a virus. The young oncologist bumped into the director of the university's cancer center, who asked politely about her work. Gillison described her discovery of early evidence that human papillomavirus — a ubiquitous pathogen that infects nearly every human at some point in their lives — could be causing tens of thousands of cases of throat cancer each year in the United States. The senior doctor stared down at Gillison, not saying a word. "That was the first clue that what I was doing was interesting to others and had potential significance," recalls Gillison.
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