Uncovering a new principle in chemotherapy resistance in breast cancer

A graphic generated by a computer of the structure of DNA in the B form. Credit: National Cancer Institute

A graphic generated by a computer of the structure of DNA in the B form.
Credit: National Cancer Institute

July 20, 2016 – A laboratory study has revealed an entirely unexpected process for acquiring drug resistance that bypasses the need to re-establish DNA damage repair in breast cancers that have mutant BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. The findings, reported by Andre Nussenzweig, Ph.D., and Shyam Sharan, Ph.D., at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues, appeared July 21, 2016, in Nature. Read more of this post

A safe space, with people who understand

Beating Bowel Cancer’s forum is often described as a lifeline for bowel cancer patients and their families. Christine Balaba explains why.

A safe space, with people who understandJuly 21, 2016 – “When you’re diagnosed with a serious illness people often tell you not to google anything but I really needed support. I went to the internet and found the Beating Bowel Cancer forum and I’m so glad I did.

“Obviously there is a lot of scary stuff out there on the web and it’s important to have a website that you can trust like Beating Bowel Cancer and the forum.

“Everyone who is diagnosed should be sent the link. Your cancer nurse or team should tell you about the forum straight away. It’s so helpful from the very beginning of your journey and all the way through. I am trying to help spread the word.

“I’m based outside London and there aren’t that many support groups where I live, but the forum is almost better than a support group where you see the person.

“It is a very safe space and you can come up with topics that could be difficult to bring up when you’re face to face with somebody.

“You can be really frustrated and really down and it could be in the middle of the night but you know there is always somebody online who may be able to support you and may be able to give back to you because it can be such a lonely place sometimes dealing with something like this. Read more of this post

Gene Found to Control Regeneration of Injured Muscle by Adult Stem Cells

Study Has Implications for Treatment of Muscle-Wasting Diseases

The protein AUF1 (green) enables stem cells (red) to repair skeletal muscle after injury.

The protein AUF1 (green) enables stem cells (red) to repair skeletal muscle after injury.

July 21, 2016 (12:00PM) – A key gene enables the repair of injured muscle throughout life. This is the finding of a study in mice led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and published online July 21 in Cell Reports.

The study results further suggest that this “overlooked” gene may play an important role in sarcopenia, the loss of muscle tissues with age. Read more of this post

Family Support Program Launches at NYU Langone Medical Center to Provide Services for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia

NYU Langone Also Awarded Grant to Establish Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease

Family Support Program Launches at NYU Langone Medical Center to Provide Services for Family Caregivers of People with DementiaJULY 20, 2016 (12:15PM) – Two new grants from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will enable New Yorkers with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and their families, to get the most comprehensive care and support services available in the New York City area.

To address the needs of those caregivers who provide help selflessly to their relatives and friends, NYU Langone Medical Center is launching its Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Family Support Program. This initiative is supported through a 5-year, $7.5 million grant that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo awarded last November to NYU Langone through the state’s Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Initiative.

Because of the grant, 600 caregivers and family members of persons with dementia throughout the five boroughs of New York City will be able to enroll in a model program at no cost, and receive ongoing care consultation, evidence-based services, referrals, and support designed to improve quality of life and reduce the negative effects of caregiving. Read more of this post

ADA looks forward to a successful collaboration with reappointed Health Minister

ADA looks forward to a successful collaboration with reappointed Health MinisterJuly 20, 2016 – Following the re-election of the Turnbull Government, the new ministry has been sworn in by the Governor-General, a line-up which includes the reappointment of Sussan Ley as the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport.

In welcoming the opportunity to work once again with Minister Ley, the ADA made it clear that there are a number of outstanding issues affecting the oral health of Australians and the dental profession as a whole that the Association would be placing at the top of the agenda over the course of the next three years. Read more of this post

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