Understanding Cancer : Development, Signs, Treatment and Prevention

This is a simplified article for non-medical readers to understand the development, signs, treatment and prevention of cancers. Before going into depth, it is necessary to understnad that cancer is a non-communicable disease and hence, does not spread through air, water or clothing. Cancer cells are abnormal for 2 reasons: Uncontrolled and disorganized multiplication of cells leading […]

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Current trends in Oral Cancer: The Burden and the Opportunity

Background and statistics: Oral cancer is one of the most challenging malignancies of the head and neck region and remains a major global threat to public health. It accounts for approximately 5% of all cancers globally, while in India it is about 30% of all types of cancer. It is estimated that nearly 60,000 new […]

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Better You

Red Meat and Processed meat linked to Bowel Cancer

Red meat has been associated with cancer as well as accelerated aging, people are aware of this fact. In a big study  published in April 9, 2012, in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a team of Harvard researchers looked for statistical links between meat consumption and cause of death. The populations scrutinized included about 84,000 […]

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Cancer medicine in the era of Next Generation Sequencing: Solving the Puzzle

Cancer as a disease still remains one of the most complex human illness with high degree of morbidity and mortality across the globe. The involvement of multiple risk factors (genetics, hereditary, environmental etc) further adds a huge challenge in understanding the cancer puzzle even with numerous intensive research on this deadly disease. This year marks […]

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Human oncogenic viruses and cancer

Genes that are involved in the control of normal cell proliferation can be classified as: Proliferative genes: Proto-oncogenes; mutated proto-oncogenes may become oncogenes. Antiproliferative or tumour-suppressor genes: act to suppress cell proliferation. Tumour cells also can arise by non-genetic means through the actions of specific tumour viruses called oncogenic virus or oncovirus. There are two […]

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This Neoplasmic Love

A Poetry By Prayush Aryal Recently, a research has defined love as a disease characterized by abnormal heart rhythms, sweating, impaired brain function, incoherent speech patterns and loss of sleep.  This poetry constructed using medical terms uses characteristics of neoplasm (cancer) to characterize love. Your love is a malignant tumor Infiltrating my heart Metastasizing to […]

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Newer Anti-Cancer Agents II – Monoclonal Antibodies

Monoclonal Antibodies have been used in treatment of various diseases in human.Production of monoclonal antibodies involving human–mouse hybrid cells was described by Jerrold Schwaber in 1973. These are  monospecific antibodies that are made by identical immune cells that are all clones of a unique parent cell. A possible treatment for cancer involves monoclonal Abs that […]

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Obesity complications: Associated Pathologies

Obesity can result in various Disorders and pathologies: Lecture notes Obesity , as known from various Studies, is an associated cause for increase in morbidity and mortality. There is  50–100% increase in risk of death from all causes compared to normal weight people, mostly due to cardiovascular causes. Mortality rates rise as obesity increases, particularly […]

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Color of Awareness Ribbons and their Meaning

Ribbon is no more just a narrow strip. The first ribbon that was represented as a meaningful object in history was the yellow ribbon that was mentioned in a marching song sung by the military in the USA. A specific cause is symbolized by a particular color of awareness ribbon and drawing attention to a specific cause […]

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