Remember the 90s Panic That Power Lines Caused Cancer?

"The potential danger from EM fields is making millions of human beings into test animals," Ted Koppel solemnly intones in a 1990 Nightline report on electromagnetic fields from power lines. But two decades and hundreds of studies later, there has been no great cancer epidemic caused by power lines. Why did we get so… » 12/01/14 4:42pm 12/01/14 4:42pm

Google X Wants to Track Cancer With Nanoparticles and Wearables

Google X, the company's secretive arm tasked with dreaming up the future, is as you would imagine pretty ambitious. But in the area of medicine, their plans seem ripped from the pages of science fiction. Today at the WSJD conference, Google X announced a project that wants to track cancer in your blood with the help… » 10/28/14 3:34pm 10/28/14 3:34pm

A 250 Megapixel Camera Designed To Spot Early Signs of Skin Cancer

To help speed up screenings for spotting Melanoma, the most deadliest type of skin cancer, dermatologists already use digital cameras with wide-angle lenses to capture images of a patient's body. But to ensure there's enough resolution to zoom in close and visually examine a specific area, researchers at Duke… » 10/15/14 4:44pm 10/15/14 4:44pm

The Cancer-Spotting Smartphone Camera Inspired By Shrimps

The lengthy wait for a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most stressful periods of the illness. But what if you could diagnose yourself, without the need for a doctor, in an instant, with a smartphone camera? That's what researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia are hoping to make possible, with the… » 9/29/14 6:30am 9/29/14 6:30am

These Alien Skyscrapers Will Rest on the Site of an Old Uranium Plant

The Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Zaha Hadid just released images of her latest design—three matching towers for Brisbane's waterfront—and they look nothing short of alien. Which feels oddly appropriate, since the skyscrapers are also supposed to sit on potentially radioactive land. » 9/08/14 12:00pm 9/08/14 12:00pm

Watch Cancer Cells Scurrying Over The Surface Of A Microchip

Watching cancer cells scurrying across the surface of a microchip is mesmerizing. Most of them plod along together and make steady progress. Others break off and aggressively cover large distances. Scientists say that this ability to actually see the cancer cells advance will be useful to figure out how to stop them… » 8/18/14 5:50am 8/18/14 5:50am

A Common Bacteria Can Be Injected Directly Into Tumors to Fight Cancer

In its natural form, Clostridium novyi is at best benign (it lives in the soil) and at worst harmful (it can cause infections). But a slightly modified version of the bacterium could be a completely new treatment for cancer. Injecting thousands of spores of a modified C. novyi into rats, dogs, and one human patient… » 8/13/14 6:34pm 8/13/14 6:34pm

UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away. » 7/26/14 9:04am 7/26/14 9:04am

How a Cat Poop Parasite Could Help Scientists Beat Cancer

This week, a team of researchers at Dartmouth announced an exciting, if terribly disgusting, medical discovery. A single-celled parasite usually found in cats' intestines—and later in their poop—shows unique promise as a cancer treatment. The researchers even think the parasite could enable them to create personalized… » 7/17/14 7:11pm 7/17/14 7:11pm

A Tiny, Breathing Lung Made of Cancer Cells That Helps Test Chemo Drugs

One of the great tragedies of cancer medicine is when drugs work phenomenally in animal testing, but fail to deliver for human patients. As close as animal testing can get, it's no substitute for the real thing—which makes this tiny, breathing artificial lung, grown from human lung cancer cells, so promising. » 5/28/14 6:00pm 5/28/14 6:00pm

How a Doctor Is Fighting Cancer With Items Found at Walmart

The New York Times Magazine offers up a healthy dose of inspiration this weekend with the story of David Walmer, a renegade doctor who's been saving lives in Haiti. When he realized a few years ago how cervical cancer was killing many of his patients, Walmer decided to get creative about solving the problem. Oddly… » 5/25/14 11:00am 5/25/14 11:00am

Finding, Treating, and Beating the Most Survivable Forms of Cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer is often compared to being kicked in the gut—by a Clydesdale. But if caught soon enough, many of the disease's 200 iterations offer more than even survival rates, five years down the line. It's by no means a clean bill of health, mind you, but there several forms of cancer that modern… » 5/21/14 4:00pm 5/21/14 4:00pm