Google's Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles: Are There Drawbacks?
Google is developing nanoparticles that the company hopes will catch early signs of diseases such as cancer, but are there potential drawbacks to the technology? The microscopic particles would be designed to bind to certain dangerous cells or molecules, such as cancer cells, or plaques in blood vessels that have the potential to cause heart attacks, according to BBC News. A person would swallow a pill containing the nanoparticles, and the tiny particles would travel through the body, looking for signs of disease. Then, because the particles are magnetic, a person could wear a magnetic wristband that would attract the particles, and allow the device to interpret information from the particles, according to the Wall Street Journal.

US right-to-die woman holds on, in new video

This 2013 photo obtained October 30, 2014, courtesy of Compassion & Choices and, shows Brittany Maynard and her Great Dane puppy CharlieBrittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, won notoriety earlier this year when a video of her making her suicide threat went viral and was seen by millions of web-users. On Thursday she released a new video in which she said she might temporarily delay her appointment with a self-administered cocktail of potentially deadly drugs. "I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now," she said, in a new six-minute video. It's happening each week," she said in the video posted on a site set up to raise funds to support right-to-die advocates:

Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

Boston's Mayor Thomas MeninoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. Months after ending his final term, Menino disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, he said he would halt cancer treatments to spend more time with his family. ...

Oregon woman visits Grand Canyon ahead of planned assisted suicide
(Reuters) - A 29-year-old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer has ticked off the Grand Canyon from her bucket list and said in a video released this week that she might end her life through assisted suicide in a couple of days. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed in January with a glioblastoma brain tumor and has said she plans to take prescribed medication to die when her pain becomes unbearable. She has moved from her San Francisco Bay area home to Oregon, which allows assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. ...

Bristol immunotherapy shows encouraging survival in lung cancer trial
By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - Treatment of a common form of advanced lung cancer with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's experimental immunotherapy nivolumab led to a one-year survival rate of 41 percent in a midstage clinical trial, according to data to be presented at a medical meeting, sending the drugmaker's shares up 8.8 percent. ...

First marijuana planted for medical use in Chile

First marijuana planted for medical use in ChileA Chilean municipality planted the country's first medical marijuana on Wednesday as part of a pilot program aimed to help ease the pain of cancer patients. The 850 seeds were imported from the Netherlands, ...

Scientists build 'mini-stomachs' in lab

Stem cells are viewed on a computer screen at the University of Connecticut's Stem Cell Institute on August 27, 2010 in Farmington, ConnecticutScientists using stem cells said on Wednesday they had built the world's first "mini-stomachs" -- tiny clusters of human gastric tissue that could spur research into cancer, ulcers and diabetes. Called gastric organoids, the lab-dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are "a miniature version of the stomach", the researchers said. They were made from pluripotent stem cells which were coaxed into developing into gastric cells, according to the study, published in the journal Nature. Youthful and versatile, pluripotent stem cells have excited huge interest as a dreamed-of source for transplant tissue grown in a lab.

Experts cautious over Google nanoparticle project

A Google project to develop nanoparticles that can detect cancer cells inside the body is a useful contribution but faces important hurdles, experts sayA Google project to develop nanoparticles that can detect cancer cells inside the body is a useful contribution but faces important hurdles, experts said on Wednesday. The technology could yield "another tool in our arsenal (but) in my opinion, it won't be a game-changer in terms of diagnostics," said Agnes Buzyn, president of France's National Cancer Institute (InCA). Google X Lab, a special projects unit, on Tuesday said the idea is to use tailored nanoparticles -- particles measured in billionths of a metre -- that would stick to cancerous cells or cancerous piece of DNA. Other labs are already hard at work at exploring the potential nanoparticles, experts noted.

Putin spokesman tells press to 'shut trap' on cancer rumours

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends on October 24, 2014 a meeting of members of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Russian city of SochiPresident Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Wednesday ridiculed US media reports that the Russian strongman may be suffering from cancer, saying he was fine and that journalists should "shut their trap". Dmitry Peskov blasted those behind speculation that the 62-year-old Putin -- who has long cultivated an action-man image -- was in ill health. The New York Post on Friday cited "sources" as saying Putin was suffering from pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

Swedish great Ingesson dies following cancer

The late Klas Ingesson is pictured on the sidelines of the UEFA Europa League football match Esbjerg fB vs IF Elfsborg on November 7, 2013 in Esbjerg, DenmarkFormer Sweden international midfielder Klas Ingesson has died at the age of 46 following a long battle with cancer, his former club Elfsborg said Wednesday. "Klas Ingesson died this morning," said the club from Boras in west Sweden on their internet site. Ingesson, who played 57 times for Sweden and was part of the squad that finished third at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, had left his functions as Elfsborg coach in October. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells, since 2009.

This is Google’s boldest search plan yet

This is Google’s boldest search plan yetGoogle is not done improving Search just yet — with the company interested in answering more and more complex queries in the future — but it won’t just stick to providing users a tool to finding stuff online. Google X’s Dr. Andrew Conrad told The Wall Street Journal at the WSJ.D conference that the company is working on a special new medical project which might allow Google to search the human body for answers to various medical conditions including cancer in the future. FROM EARLIER: The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet The company is currently developing special nanoparticles that could be sent to a patient’s blood stream, and navigate it to look at the various

Google seeks way to search bodies for disease

A Life Sciences team at the special projects Google X Lab are experimenting with having "nanoparticles" hunt for signs of medical trouble in bloodstreams.Google is exploring a way to search inside people's bodies for early signs of deadly illnesses such as cancer or heart disease.

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