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Scientists reveal how breast cancer spreads before a tumour develops

Even before tumours develop, breast cancer cells with a few defined molecular alterations can spread to organs, remain quiet for long periods of time, and then awaken to form aggressive, deadly breast cancer metastasis. This is according to a team of investigators led by researchers at Icahn School...

IVF using three people’s DNA approved in UK

Fertility treatment creating babies with the DNA of three people has been approved in the UK. The advanced form of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) was developed to prevent babies being born with potentially deadly genetic diseases. These diseases are passed down from the mother, so scientists worked...

Now available! Portuguese and Spanish translations of chapters from 2015 Cancer Report

NEW! Portuguese and Spanish translations of the chapters from the 2015 Cancer Report have been added to Wiley's Online Library, and can be accessed at the following link . A 'Post Publication Notice' has been added to the top of each chapter directing readers to the PDFs that appear in...

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to autism

Scientists have linked a lack of vitamin D during pregnancy to autism in children. The study, led by Australia’s University of Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) researcher Professor John McGrath and involving Dr Henning Tiemeier from the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands, found that...

Charity warns of FGM ‘parties’ being held in the UK

A UK charity has warned that British girls are being taken to female genital mutilation (FGM) ‘parties’ where the practice is being carried out. According to the Leeds-based Black Health Initiative, midwives from African countries are being flown into the UK to perform the process,...

Biomarkers of response to breast cancer treatment identified

A new study could provide insight into why some breast cancers respond to treatment whilst others resist. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, US, have reported that they have identified biomarkers that could be used to predict how patients with...

Pregnant women advised to be aware of heart problems

Doctors are advising pregnant women to look out for symptoms of heart disease. It is now the leading cause of death in the months leading up to childbirth and the weeks following, causing two deaths in every 100,000 women. Led by Professor Marian Knight, from the Nuffield Department of Population...

Cancer treatment ‘may cause women to grow new eggs’

A new study has discovered that women treated with a common chemotherapy drug combination have more young eggs in their ovaries following treatment. The study, led by the University of Edinburgh, UK, found that a common treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma - known as ABVD - appears to increase...

Study: No link between flu during pregnancy and autism

Children born to mothers who had flu during pregnancy are not at higher risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than those whose mothers did not suffer from the virus, according to new research. A team of researchers led by Kaiser Permanente, California, US, found that there was no link...

Menopause linked to decline in lung function

Menopausal women appear to experience an accelerated decline in lung function, according to new research. An international group of scientists conducted the ‘Menopause is Associated with Accelerated Lung Function Decline’ study by analysing data from 1,438 women enrolled in the European...