MIT Cancer study

A recent study lead by MIT shows how a banal infection can lead to cancer. By describing in detail the entire process that takes place from both chemical and genetic point of view the creation of cancer can be seen as a progression that starts with an inflammation.

  • Written by Jed E. Robinson
  • Category: Medicine

Cancer death rate in EU is expected to fall in 2012

After studying World Health Organization data researchers say that the number of deaths caused by cancer should go down by almost 7% and 6% respectively in men and women. The data were compared with 2007 death rates.

It is estimated that about 1.3 million cancer patient will die in Europe this year.

According to a journal named ‘Annals of Oncology’ the low down in stomach cancer, breast cancer, male lung cancer and womb cancer and other cases will continue.

But lung cancer in women is on the rise all over the EU except UK. Although in this case for almost a decade UK holds the highest rate. Now the rate is not dropping but settling down.

Carlo La Vecchia, a professor from Milan University along with Professor Fabio Levi at Lausanne University have reached a conclusion calculating the general rate of cancer in Europe and also separate rates of six vital countries in Europe.

This overall downswing in cancer death rates is caused by the decline in mortality rate involving a few types of cancers.

In an analysis it shows that number of death from breast cancer should fall by at least 9% in 2012.

Lung cancer and colorectal cancer in men are also showing major decline.

But when it comes to lung cancer, women certainly can’t be happy. In 2007 in per 100,000 the number of death was 12.55. But in 2011 it has gone up to 13.12.

But good news for women is that the increased death rate caused by pancreatic cancer in women is leveling off.

From ‘British Lung Foundation’ Professor Stephen Spiro says that lung cancer is still in general responsible for the biggest numbers of death.

When it comes to men, in the last 3 decades lung cancer death rate has significantly dropped. Because a large number of men already have and intending to quit smoking.

But it is a completely different picture with women. Today approximately one quarter of them smoke regularly.

Mike Hobday, working at the ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ as chief of policy happily greeted the reduction in cancer death rates. He also warned about the number of cancer patients in UK is going up by 3% each year.

He added, in UK there is about 2 million people under cancer diagnosis. And if the list goes up in this rate, UK will have to handle at least 4 million cancer patients by the year of 2030.

  • Written by Navid Iqbal
  • Category: Medicine

Aspirin cures cancer

Aspirin may help against skin cancer:

According to the latest medical studies common painkillers (including aspirin) may help protect against this common type of cancer.

Aarhys University hospital from Denmark came with this shocking conclusion after they analysed 18 years of medical data from northen Denmark.

  • Written by Julius
  • Category: Medicine

Sleep Apnea Has Strong Link With Silent strokes


In the last week, an analysis was presented in “International Stroke Conference” of the “American Stroke Association”.  That was a little study what adds the further proof to what the most of sleep experts know already - that “Obstructive sleep apnea” or OSA is actually linked with the high level of risk of getting the silent strokes.

OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is very much common appearance of the sleep apnea, in line with the organization of “National Institutes of Health”.  In excess of twelve million Americans now are believed in suffering from this type of sleep disorder. Many of the people with the sleep apnea generally stop breathing just for ten  to twenty  seconds or else longer than that and it  can cause in any case twenty  to thirty times in one hour.

In the new study, the researchers at the Dresden University which is in Germany, normally looked at the silent strokes as well as the occurrence of the OSA in fifty six patients who actually had been then hospitalized for the major stroke. Now, what is the major difference between this kind of stroke and the silent stroke?  Usually the silent strokes are detected only by imaging brain with the  MRI or/and CT scan what can show the areas of that damage even if the attacked person was actually not that much aware of the obvious neurological shortfall at that time of scarring.

The silent stroke has been linked with the increase risk just for the major stroke. As a result, if people can establish in addition to eliminate all the risk factors only for the silent stroke, hypothetically, all of the people can avoid the risk of having major strokes what can kill as well as disable. Moreover, the stroke victim in that study was then broken into the two groups: People of those who actually had the confirmation of the silent strokes plus those who normally did not.  Then they also looked at all those victims who had the evidence of the chronic damages to the little blood vessel in brain plus those who actually did not.  The researchers actually tried to observe if the OSA was common in those people with the silent stroke as well as with the chronic vascular break. 91%   of the patients of the study had the OSA or obstructive sleep apnea, this was identified by the test on overnight sleep.


  • Written by Navid Iqbal
  • Category: Medicine