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 Thursday 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

A Massive Dose of Measles Virus Wiped Out This Woman's Cancer

Stacy Erholtz didn't have many options to treat her blood cancer left when she agreed to being injected with the equivalent of 10 million doses of measles vaccine. Hours later, she was vomiting and feverish. Months later, her cancer was gone. This landmark result—if replicated in larger clinical trials—could open the… » 5/15/14 5:40pm 5/15/14 5:40pm

Study: Some E-Cigs Put Out Tobacco-Like Levels of Carcinogens

An upcoming study in the peer-reviewed journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research says that some tank-style e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing formaldehyde in their vapor at levels similar to traditional tobacco cigarettes. The New York Times, which revealed the findings ahead of publication, says a second study confirms the… » 5/04/14 9:12am 5/04/14 9:12am

Tomorrow's Cancer-Blasting Wonder Drug Could Come From a Tobacco Plant

Australian researchers published findings this week on a newly-discovered plant compound that destroys cancer cells, but leaves healthy cells unharmed. They found it in possibly the last place you'd look for a cancer cure: the family of plants that brings us cancer's number-one culprit, tobacco. » 4/05/14 6:30pm 4/05/14 6:30pm

Scientists Turned Fruit Flies Into Glowing Cancer Detectors

One of the most exciting findings in cancer research is the ability to identify cancerous cells by the volatile odor molecules they give off. Diagnostic machines, scalpels, and even specially trained dogs have been used to identify cancer this way. We can add fruit flies to that list now: scientists have bred a strain » 1/29/14 6:00pm 1/29/14 6:00pm