Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost

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Radiation therapy shoots high-energy particles into the body to destroy or damage cancer cells. Over the last century, the technologies used have constantly improved and it has become a highly effective way to treat cancer. However, physicians must still walk a fine line between delivering enough radiation to kill tumors, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. […]

Enormous blades could lead to more offshore energy in US

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A new design for gigantic blades longer than two football fields could help bring offshore 50-megawatt (MW) wind turbines to the United States and the world. Sandia National Laboratories’ research on the extreme-scale Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) is funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program. The challenge: Design a […]

Scientists develop novel chemical ‘dye’ to improve liver cancer imaging

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Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a novel nanodiamond-based contrast agent — a chemical “dye” used to enhance the visibility of internal body structures in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — that improves visualisation of liver cancer tumours. Better and more sensitive imaging contributes towards detecting liver cancer and is crucial for […]

At last, a clue to where cancer metastases are born

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Even in remission, cancer looms. Former cancer patients and their doctors are always on alert for metastatic tumors. Now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered why some cancers may reoccur after years in remission. The findings, published recently in the journal Cell Reports, show that invasive tumors can begin sending out tumor […]

Widespread vitamin D deficiency likely due to sunscreen use, increase of chronic diseases

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Results from a clinical review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association find nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use. The study also found that 95 percent of African American adults may have vitamin […]

Standardized Cigarette Packaging Impacts Smoking

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New evidence finds standardized cigarette packaging may reduce the number of people who smoke A Cochrane Review published today finds standardized tobacco packaging may lead to a reduction in smoking prevalence and reduces the appeal of tobacco. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use kills more people worldwide than any other preventable cause of […]