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Decisive detection

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Salvia can speak volumes on oral cancer.

Brain tumours, however, are harder to spot, and are usually only discovered at an advanced stage, when patients’ speech or movement becomes affected.

Enter a research team from Japan and their non-invasive test to detect brain tumours through our urine. The team discovered particles with special characteristics.

The so-called extracellular vesicles are secreted from the cancer cells of a brain tumour, and preserve this information on their long journey out of the body.

Using a new device with nanowires, these protein biomarkers were isolated and identified in urine samples. Making early intervention a possibility.

Brain tumours can also be starved, while keeping a cool head helps prevent hair loss during chemotherapy.

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