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Lactation protein may keep cancer at bay
Date: 2012-10-24 21:59:05

The study, which was published in Nature Cell Biology, looked at laboratory mice who had their Elf5 removed, and found that not only were the animals unable to make milk, but the cells in the mammary glands also began to resemble stem cells, which is usually a sign of cancer.

"We found that when Elf5 levels are low or absent, epithelial cells become more like stem cells, morphing into mesenchymal cells, changing their shape and appearance and migrating elsewhere in the body. This is how cancer spreads," said study author Satrajit Sinha, Ph.D.

The researchers reported that these findings may be useful in treating and diagnosing breast cancer and possibly other forms of cancer. According to Dr. Sinha, one useful way to utilize the research is to mimic the repressive effects of Elf5 in a manufactured drug. The researchers are currently mapping the activity of the molecule to see how it operates in a larger bodily system.

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Living a healthy lifestyle may decrease likelihood of breast cancer
Date: 2012-12-31 12:14:09
A recent study published by the University of Colorado Cancer Center found that postmenopausal women who are obese tend to have more aggressive kinds of breast cancer than lean women, reported Medical News Today.... Full Story

Microarray gets closer look at prenatal genetic abnormalities
Date: 2012-12-06 14:52:09
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that using a lab test method known as a microarray can detect fetal abnormalities on a smaller scale than the standard method karyotyping.... Full Story

Women can go three to five years in between cervical cancer tests
Date: 2012-10-23 16:27:45
A new guideline issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that women can wait three to five years in between Pap tests, which detect signs of abnormalities, including those induced by the human papillomavirus (HPV), the Washington Post reported.... Full Story

HIV-positive women should undergo regular HPV screenings
Date: 2012-07-23 16:02:20
Guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force state that women who have received positive blood test results for HIV should get Pap smears every six months during their first year of diagnosis and, if those appear normal, annually thereafter. But a team of scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine suggest that a human papillomavirus (HPV) test may reduce the number of screenings these women require.... Full Story

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