Oncology & Cancer

A barrier that keeps cancer at bay

Activins are proteins involved in a number of important biological functions, including the regulation of the menstrual cycle, cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, metabolism, homeostasis, immune response, wound ...

Oncology & Cancer

Immune system plays dual role in breast cancer

The immune system plays a paradoxical role in the spread of breast cancer. Some immune cells contribute to metastasis, while other cells can be activated to strengthen the effect of chemotherapy. Kelly Kersten made this discovery ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Supporting children of mental health patients

A study in Norway has found that health professionals caring for people with mental illness have difficulty providing follow-up services to the children of these patients. The law in the country has changed to mandate follow-up ...

Genetics

Researcher discovers new regulatory autism gene

A new study by Valerie Hu, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), reports that RORA, a novel candidate gene for autism ...

Addiction

Australian state mulls cigarette sales ban

An Australian state was Wednesday considering a ban on cigarette sales to anyone born after the year 2000 in an initiative that would see a "tobacco-free generation".

Health

EU also studying plain-packaging law for tobacco

The European Commission said on Thursday it too could shortly make legislative proposals that would force manufacturers to distribute tobacco products across Europe in plain packaging.

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