New discovery could prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Chemotherapy and radiation treatment are our most effect treatment options for cancer and with these treatments the mortality rate of cancers has been decreasing. Unfortunately, many chemotherapeutics come with side effects including hair loss, called alopecia. To understand why you lose your hair while undergoing chemotherapy you need to understand how chemotherapeutics work. Chemotherapy and radiation…

Possible marker for early diagnosis of CTE identified

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects people who suffer repeated head injuries. It most commonly is associated with former football players but has been detected in post-mortem brains of former players from hockey, rugby, and boxing. One study identified CTE in 99% of former NFL player brains that had been donated…

New moles, not existing ones give rise to most melanomas

Melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the skin and develops from the pigment containing cells, called melanocytes. It is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and affects around 132,000 people per year worldwide. Early detection of melanomas increases survival rate and so a simple pneumonic was developed to help identify troublesome spots:…