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Third degree burns can be treated with lasers. Now a Texas-based research team has discovered that near-infrared light has an important role to play in the fight against cancer. In conjunction with synthetic and biocompatible dyes. The dye molecules attach themselves to cancer cells, and influenced by the light, their atoms start to vibrate with such force that the tumour...

Asymmetrical comfort

Artificial body parts can be tailor-made for extra comfort. For women who have had mammary tissue removed because of cancer, there are bras with built-in prostheses. Still, these are not always comfortable. A London-based architect, a cancer survivor herself, teamed up with underwear specialists to create one-cup lingerie and swimwear. Because not every woman chooses breast reconstruction, and losing...

Clean healing

A special bra can help detect early-stage breast cancer. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is equally vital. In large parts of sub-Saharan Africa, however, treatment is either scarcely available or unaffordable. Which is why a 14-year-old schoolboy has developed a soap to help those affected access a potential cure. Alongside coconut oil, shea butter and honey,...

Nigh on target

The spicy compound in chillies can do wonders for our health. Now, a US research team is looking for a silver bullet when it comes to the Big C. They’re nearly there, with a new study taking in more than 70 cancer types. Key here is a specially developed molecule that targets a cancerous variant of PCNA, a protein...

Incorporated detection

A wristband could help menopausal women cool down. Breast cancer can affect young people, too, and the earlier it’s treated, the better. Which is why an MIT research team has developed a wearable ultrasound scanner to be incorporated into a bra. The device is an egg-shaped, honeycomb-like patch with six magnetic slots spread across it; a small tracker containing...

Decisive detection

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...

Bite-sized reaction

A US medical centre is encouraging Hispanic patients to attend colorectal cancer screenings, while new software could help detect Parkinson’s in its infancy. Now, an 18-year-old woman from India has developed a system for detecting oral cancer that can be used at home. The system comprises a small heating device and a test kit that costs approximately 50 cents....

Cool compensation

Maintaining a low room temperature can reduce MS symptoms. During chemotherapy, meanwhile, a cool head can - literally - help prevent hair loss. The blood vessels under the scalp constrict in the cold, meaning they are reached by fewer chemicals. Minimising damage to the roots. Hair loss is one of the most feared side-effects associated with chemo, and existing...

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