Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research UK said the test could “greatly improve survival”. But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said. Blood samples from 49…

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Royal Blood on broken ribs, roller coasters and their 'delicate sound'

Royal Blood on broken ribs, roller coasters and their 'delicate sound'

Media playback is unsupported on your device “Check this out,” says Royal Blood’s frontman, Mike Kerr, pulling up his t-shirt to reveal a throbbing purple bruise. “I think,” he says, “I’ve cracked my rib.” Kerr sustained his injury “falling off the drum riser” in Brighton during the band’s first show in 18 months, the night before our interview – but he’s surprisingly blasé about it. “I had enough whiskey to fall asleep,” he grins, “and…

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Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer researchers in Europe analysed blood from 265 men with the disease. They found those with multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond to abiraterone and enzalutamide – drugs commonly used to treat advanced cases. More trials are needed but the team hope the test could prevent thousands of men undergoing unnecessary treatment and allow more…

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Non-O blood group 'linked to higher heart attack risk'

Non-O blood group 'linked to higher heart attack risk'

People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests. Scientists say it could be because of higher levels of a blood-clotting protein is present in people with A, B and AB blood. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at risk of developing heart disease, the researchers said. But a heart charity said people should focus on giving up smoking and eating healthily to…

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'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

Doctors have spotted cancer coming back up to a year before normal scans in an “exciting” discovery. The UK team was able to scour the blood for signs of cancer while it was just a tiny cluster of cells invisible to X-ray or CT scans. It should allow doctors to hit the tumour earlier and increase the chances of a cure. They also have new ideas for drugs after finding how unstable DNA fuels rampant…

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Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

A blood test every four months could help women at high-risk of ovarian cancer find tumours early, say doctors. There is currently no screening programme for the disease, so high-risk women are advised to have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. In the trial on 4,348 women, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, cancers were detected earlier, when they should be easier to treat. However, it is not yet clear if the regular blood…

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Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK

Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK

The UK government is to fund a trial of drone-based deliveries of blood and other medical supplies in Tanzania. The goal is to radically reduce the amount of time it takes to send stock to health clinics in the African nation by road or other means. The scheme involves Zipline, a Silicon Valley start-up that began running a similar service in Rwanda in October. Experts praised that initiative but cautioned that “cargo drones” are still…

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