cancer http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Scientists: Supplements Thought To Protect Against Cancer Increase Risk http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-scientists-supplements-thought-protect-against-cancer-increase-risk <p>Two nutrient supplements once thought to protect against cancer may actually increase the risk of prostate cancer, <a href="http://www.fhcrc.org/en/news/center-news/2014/02/vitamin-e-selenium-prostate-cancer-risk.html">according to a study </a>led by researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.</p><p>The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study looked at 4,856 men taking large doses of vitamin E and selenium, either alone or together, or a placebo.</p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:18:44 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13967 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Scientists: Supplements Thought To Protect Against Cancer Increase Risk How A Scorpion's Sting Led Seattle Scientists To The Brink Of Discovery http://www.kplu.org/post/how-scorpions-sting-led-seattle-scientists-brink-discovery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deathstalker</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> scorpion is about the size of your palm. It’s yellow and surly, its venom a seething cocktail of </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">neurotoxins</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11770 at http://www.kplu.org How A Scorpion's Sting Led Seattle Scientists To The Brink Of Discovery Seattle Scientist's Discovery Leads to Promising Brain Cancer Results http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-scientists-discovery-leads-promising-brain-cancer-results <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A promising but preliminary <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1302145">new study </a>based on a Seattle scientist's discovery has shown dramatic increases in survival for people with brain cancer.</span></p><p>Charles Cobbs, now head of the Ben and Cathy Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center, figured out a key feature of the most common kind of brain tumor, glioblastoma.</p><p>The tumor appears to be connected to a virus that most of us carry, called CVM. It’s harmless in most people, but for some, it seems to promote tumor growth.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:12:07 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9972 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Scientist's Discovery Leads to Promising Brain Cancer Results Aspirin Vs. Melanoma: Study Suggests Headache Pill Prevents Deadly Skin Cancer http://www.kplu.org/post/aspirin-vs-melanoma-study-suggests-headache-pill-prevents-skin-cancer It's not the first study that finds the lowly aspirin may protect against the deadliest kind of skin cancer, but it is one of the largest.<p>And it adds to a <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/012511/page5">mounting pile of studies</a> suggesting that cheap, common aspirin lowers the risk of many cancers — of the colon, breast, esophagus, stomach, prostate, bladder and ovary.<p>The new study, in the journal <em>Cancer</em>, looked at melanoma in 60,000 post-menopausal Caucasian women. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:15:25 +0000 Richard Knox 7936 at http://www.kplu.org Aspirin Vs. Melanoma: Study Suggests Headache Pill Prevents Deadly Skin Cancer Another side effect of chemotherapy: 'chemo brain' http://www.kplu.org/post/another-side-effect-chemotherapy-chemo-brain It's well-known that chemotherapy often comes with side effects like fatigue, hair loss and extreme nausea. What's less well-known is how the cancer treatment affects crucial brain functions, like speech and cognition.<p>For Yolanda Hunter, a 41-year-old hospice nurse, mother of three and breast cancer patient, these cognitive side effects of chemotherapy were hard to miss.<p>"I could think of words I wanted to say," Hunter says. "I knew what I wanted to say. ... There was a disconnect from my brain to my mouth."<p>Before getting treated for cancer, Hunter led a busy, active lifestyle. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:26:24 +0000 Patti Neighmond 7462 at http://www.kplu.org Another side effect of chemotherapy: 'chemo brain' Research: Circumcision might protect against prostate cancer http://www.kplu.org/post/research-circumcision-might-protect-against-prostate-cancer <p>Researchers studying men in Seattle have found more evidence that sexual behaviors and cancer may be linked. In this case, they&rsquo;re looking at prostate cancer.</p><p>The connection is through viruses and circumcision&#39;s role in possibly limiting some infections.</p><p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:24:58 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4395 at http://www.kplu.org Film project amplifies loss and hope in death of jazz great, husband http://www.kplu.org/post/film-project-amplifies-loss-and-hope-death-jazz-great-husband <p>The documentary <em><a href="http://m2l4.nbsworldwide.com/Default.aspx" target="_blank">More to Live F</a></em><em><a href="http://m2l4.nbsworldwide.com/Default.aspx" target="_blank">or</a> </em>screens at the <a href="http://www.gigharborfilmfestival.org/" target="_blank">Gig Harbor Film Festival</a> this Saturday. People from the Pacific Northwest will finally get an opportunity to view the story of three men affected by Leukemia seeking out a bone marrow transplant, including the late tenor saxophonist <a href="http://www.michaelbrecker.com/" target="_blank">Michael Brecker</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="http://groovenotes.org/2011/10/12/film-project-amplifies-loss-and-hope-in-death-of-jazz-great-husband-brecker/">Read more on Groove Notes.</a></strong></p><p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:29:13 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 2886 at http://www.kplu.org Film project amplifies loss and hope in death of jazz great, husband What's so controversial about cancer? Ask the U.N. http://www.kplu.org/post/whats-so-controversial-about-cancer-ask-un <p>Some of the leading disease experts from Seattle are visiting the United Nations this week. <a href="http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/issues/ncdiseases.shtml">They&rsquo;re at a &quot;High-Level&quot; meeting </a>to discuss whether poor countries should start worrying about cancer and diabetes &ndash; as much as malaria or AIDS.&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s a controversial idea, says KPLU&rsquo;s <a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/">Humanosphere </a>blogger Tom Paulson.&nbsp; He&#39;s in New York to cover the meeting. Before he left he explained the controversy to KPLU&rsquo;s Keith Seinfeld.</p><p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2657 at http://www.kplu.org What's so controversial about cancer? Ask the U.N. Research 'factory' added to downtown Seattle's science hub http://www.kplu.org/post/research-factory-added-downtown-seattles-science-hub <p>You may associate downtown Seattle with its shopping, hotels and offices, but the city&#39;s core also has a growing medical research community. From global-health focused non-profits to the University of Washington, it seems scientists all want to be near downtown.</p><p>The latest addition is a combination cancer research lab and bio-factory. Seattle Children&rsquo;s Research Institute plans to open the new lab and &quot;factory&quot; in the Denny Triangle next month.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:36:32 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2081 at http://www.kplu.org Research 'factory' added to downtown Seattle's science hub Cancer joins AIDS, malaria as global health issue http://www.kplu.org/post/cancer-joins-aids-malaria-global-health-issue <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958886.mp3</p><p>The fight against diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis has made Seattle a center for global health.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, increasingly, the battle is including cancer -- which might seem ridiculously impossible.&nbsp; Isn&rsquo;t it hard enough to fight infectious diseases in poor countries? Can we afford to start talking about the diseases like cancer, which we still struggle with in the United States?&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:25:40 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1041 at http://www.kplu.org Cancer joins AIDS, malaria as global health issue