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MIT and Whitehead researchers find that a faster heat-shock factor supports reprogramming of normal cells to enable tumor growth and metastasis
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/04/2014) - Long associated with enabling the proliferation of cancer cells, the ancient cellular survival response regulated by Heat-Shock Factor 1 (HSF1) can also turn neighboring cells in their environment into co-conspirators that support malignant progression and metastasis.

UCSD researchers find that chili peppers may inhibit gut tumors in mice
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/04/2014) - Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that dietary capsaicin – the active ingredient in chili peppers – produces chronic activation of a receptor on cells lining the intestines of mice, triggering a reaction that ultimately reduces the risk of colorectal tumors.

Hopkins researchers find that blood and saliva tests help predict return of HPV-linked oral cancers
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/04/2014) - Johns Hopkins scientists have developed blood and saliva tests that help accurately predict recurrences of HPV-linked oral cancers in a substantial number of patients.

UCSD researchers find that tumor suppressor mutations alone don't explain deadly cancer
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/04/2014) - Although mutations in a gene dubbed 'the guardian of the genome' are widely recognized as being associated with more aggressive forms of cancer, researchers have found evidence suggesting that the deleterious health effects of the mutated gene may in large part be due to other genetic abnormalities, at least in squamous cell head and neck cancers.

Dana-Farber study finds new genetic risk markers in pancreatic cancer
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/04/2014) - A large DNA analysis of people with and without pancreatic cancer has identified several new genetic markers that signal increased risk of developing the highly lethal disease.

Washington University study reveals one reason brain tumors are more common in men
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 08/04/2014) - Reduced levels of an anti-cancer protein make male brain cells more vulnerable to becoming tumors, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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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