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Molecular mechanism identified for activation and desensitization of prominent neurotransmitter receptor in the brain
NCI News Note
(Posted: 08/04/2014) - Scientists at the NIH have used a technique called cryo-electron microscopy to determine a molecular mechanism for the activation and desensitization of ionotropic glutamate receptors, a prominent class of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain and spinal cord that have also been implicated in some cancers.

UNC study finds that more doctors are recommending electronic cigarettes to their patients as a way to stop smoking
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/01/2014) - More doctors are recommending electronic cigarettes to their patients as a way to stop smoking, but rarely do they provide consistent information.

Fred Hutchinson reseachers find that recent use of some birth control pills may increase breast cancer risk
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/01/2014) - Women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased risk for breast cancer, whereas women using some other formulations did not.

NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Gets Underway
NCI News Note
(Posted: 08/01/2014) - NCI has awarded 53 new 5-year grants to researchers across the country to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in their communities. The grants are being awarded under the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
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MD Anderson research into role of molecular clocks in tumor growth may impact breast cancer treatment
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 07/31/2014) - Just as no two people possess the same genetic makeup, a recent study has shown that no two single tumor cells in breast cancer patients have an identical genome.

Dana-Farber study suggests that targeting growth-driving cells within tumors, not the fastest-proliferating cells within tumors, may lead to more effective treatments
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 07/31/2014) - Researchers find that targeting growth-driving cells within tumors, not the fastest-proliferating cells within tumors, may lead to more effective treatments.

UPenn researchers find that acupuncture improves quality of life for breast cancer patients using aromatase inhibitors
NCI Cancer Center news
(Posted: 07/30/2014) - Use of electroacupuncture produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors to treat breast cancer.

Penn team makes cancer glow to improve surgical outcomes
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 07/30/2014) - Viewed under infrared light, a tumor in a dog's lung glows green. The targeted dye ICG concentrates in cancerous tissues, allowing surgeons to tell normal tissue from tumor.

NCI Statement on the U.S. Surgeon General's "Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer"
(Posted: 07/29/2014) - As the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) endorses the U.S. Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer,” which provides a comprehensive evaluation of the current state of skin cancer prevention efforts in the United States and recommends actions for improvement in the future.

St. Jude researchers find that unhealthy habits more than double risk of metabolic syndrome in childhood cancer survivors
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 07/29/2014) - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study finds that few adult survivors of childhood cancer follow a heart-healthy lifestyle that protects against heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

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