Roche boosted by trial success with blood cancer drug

Roche tablets are seen positioned in front of a displayed Roche logo in this photo illustrationRoche got a big boost on Friday when a clinical trial testing its new blood cancer drug Gazyva proved successful, lifting prospects for a new medicine that will be pivotal as the Swiss company fights the threat of biosimilar competition. Roche said Gazyva proved significantly better than its older drug Rituxan at delaying the progression of disease in people with previously untreated follicular lymphoma. Clinical trials with the new drug are important in deciding how well the Swiss drugmaker is placed to fend off cheaper competition from so-called biosimilar copies of Rituxan, which are likely to hit the market in the next couple of years.



Biotech Regeneron replaces Intel as sponsor of Science Talent Search

U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured with finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in WashingtonBy Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc on Thursday became the title sponsor of the most prestigious U.S. science competition for high school students, taking the baton from chipmaker Intel Corp. Regeneron pledged $100 million to support the Science Talent Search and related programs through 2026, and doubled awards for the top 300 scientists and their schools, to $2,000 each. Regeneron's two top executives competed in the annual event during the 1970s and went on to build one of the world's biggest biotech companies, with cutting-edge drugs for fighting macular degeneration, cancer and cholesterol. The fast-growing biotech company will take over as named sponsor from Intel, whose chips were helping build the personal computer industry in 1998 when it took over as sponsor from Westinghouse.



Financial crisis may have caused 500,000 cancer deaths worldwide: study

An additional 500,000 people worldwide may have died of cancer from 2008-2010, locked out of treatment by unemployment and health care cuts caused by the financial crisis, a healthcare study says on May 25, 2016The global financial crisis may have caused an additional 500,000 cancer deaths from 2008-2010, a new study said Thursday, with patients locked out of treatment because of unemployment and healthcare cuts. The figures were extrapolated from an observed rise in cancer deaths for every percentage increase in unemployment, and every drop in public healthcare spending. "From our analysis we estimate that the economic crisis was associated with over 260,000 excess cancer deaths in the OECD (34-member Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) alone, between 2008-2010," study author Mahiben Maruthappu of Imperial College London told AFP.



Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio's mom dies at 56 of lung cancer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio's mother has died after a long battle with lung cancer.

Appeals court affirms 45-year sentence for cancer doctor
DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has affirmed the 45-year prison sentence for a Detroit-area cancer doctor who put hundreds of patients through needless treatments.

Lung cancer patients at bigger cancer centers may have better outcomes
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Lung cancer patients getting radiation at hospitals with higher rates of participation in a clinical trial fared significantly better compared to those at centers with low participation, U.S. researchers say. Using trial participation as a proxy for the volume of cancer patients a hospital treats, the study found an overall 10 percent difference in survival rates, and that patients at centers with higher participation also had better disease management and fewer adverse events. “It’s hard to say conclusively but the underlying hypothesis and belief is that at large volume centers, where physicians and care team are specialized in treating that specific type of malignancy, particularly in instances where treatment is life saving or the risk for severe toxicity is high, that outcomes are better at high volume centers, as opposed to small community centers where the people there treat a variety of things,” said lead author Dr. Bree R. Eaton of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta.

After skin cancer, sun protection is still spotty
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though people may be more careful in the sun after skin cancer, having had a malignancy still doesn’t convince everybody to take basic precautions like wearing hats or sunscreen, a recent U.S. study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from about 760 adults with a history of skin cancer and more than 34,000 people without prior malignancies. With a skin cancer history, people were more than twice as likely to wear sunscreen and more than 50 percent more likely to wear hats and long sleeves than individuals who didn’t have a history of these tumors, the study found.

Colorectal Cancer on the Rise in Adults Under 50
The number of U.S. adults who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer before age 50 is on the rise, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed information from more than 1 million colorectal cancer cases that were diagnosed from 2004 to 2013, using the U.S. National Cancer Data Base. During that time, the number of colorectal cancer cases in people under 50 years old increased by 11.4 percent, which translates to an increase of about 136 cases each year during the study period, according to the study, which was presented here today (May 24) at Digestive Disease Week, a meeting of researchers and doctors focused on digestive diseases.

Tragically Hip to begin tour in July despite singer's cancer
TORONTO (AP) — The Tragically Hip will play 11 Canadian shows this summer as part of a tour that's going ahead despite lead singer Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer.

PETA asks LSU to stop using captive tigers as mascots

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2013, file photo, shows LSU's Mike the Tiger on the field before the NCAA college football game against Furman in Baton Rouge, La. Multiple animal rights groups are asking that the university stop using captive tigers as mascots Tuesday, May 24, after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two animal rights groups are asking that Louisiana State University stop using captive tigers as mascots a day after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.



Bionic suit helps dad fulfil dream of walking daughter down the aisle

Bionic suit helps dad fulfil dream of walking daughter down the aisleFour years ago Chris Palmer was left paralysed after a long battle with cancer, leaving him fearful he wouldn't be able to walk his daughter, Heather, down the aisle on her wedding day. However his dream to get her down aisle became a reality on May 21 when Palmer used a £90,000 ($131,000) robotic suit made by Rex Bionics to walk unaided on the special day. "It's wonderful I can do this — it's fulfilling something that dads do," he said.  If London Tube lines were people, they would be pretty entertaining Chewbacca makes epic surprise school visit straight from the 'Star Wars' set Emilia Clarke is feeling victorious about that male nudity on 'Game of Thrones' Adorable wolf dog getting a belly rub is the best thing you'll see today



The Avengers heed call to visit teen battling cancer

In this Monday, May 23, 2016, photo provided by Amy Wilcox, Captain America Chris Evans talks with Ryan Wilcox during a surprise visit with Wilcox at his home in El Cajon, Calif. The Avengers teamed up to lift the spirits of the teenage fan, Ryan Wilcox, a junior, who has been at home for months battling leukemia. (Amy Wilcox via AP)EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Each night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America — the pinnacle of human strength and endurance.



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