December 2010

Drug Improves Long-Term Heart Health for Child Cancer Patients

Child cancer patients who have been treated with the chemotherapy drug anthracycline are three times more likely to suffer from cardiac death 30 years after treatment than children not treated with the drug. Now, a complementary drug given during the time of chemotherapy has been shown to significantly improve long-term heart health, according to researchers …

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Scientists Say World’s First Cancer-Killing Pill May be Available Within the Decade

Thanks to advancement made possible through the Human Genome Project, British researchers believe the world’s first cancer-killing pill may be on the horizon. According to the team’s timeline, such a pill may be available in as few as ten years. The success of this future pill will work by exploiting a specific gene flaw that …

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Nanoparticles Show Promise in Combination Chemotherapy Treatment

A number of studies have shown that combination chemotherapy (using two or more cancer drugs simultaneously) can help improve treatment of some cancer types. Regulation of combination dosages has been difficult, however, due to the lack of accuracy associated with drug dissemination. Specifically, past studies have shown that combination therapies have difficulty targeting cancer cells …

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British Contractor Fined for Illegal Asbestos Removal

A judge at the Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court fined a building contractor £2,500 (US$3,893) for disregarding regulations governing asbestos remediation. Ron Couch Building Contracts Ltd. of Pontypool paid the fine after pleading guilty to two counts of violating the country’s Control of Asbestos Regulations. The firm was accused of taking on asbestos removal projects without a …

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