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Researchers have manufactured a virus that can identify and attack cancer cells in what they claim is a medical innovation
Writing in the Nature journal, researchers suggest that in the 23 patients trialled the virus targeted only cancerous tumours, ignoring healthy tissues.
The virus, JX-594, has to be injected around the tumour to avoid the immune system. The 23 patients, who had cancers that further spread to other parts of the body, had the virus injected into their blood stream.
Of the 8 patients that had the largest dose, the virus had …

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A spokesman for ENT UK, Dr Andrew McCombe, has said that the falling rate of tonsillectomies being performed on the NHS has led to an increase in the complications that can arise from repeated bouts of tonsillitis.
Back in the 1950s more than 200,000 tonsillectomies were performed every single year. But concerns grew that the operation was being overused, and so the figures started to fall. By the time we reached the year 1994-95, the number of operations had fallen to 77,600. But by the year 2009 this figure had fallen …

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Cancer rates have risen by a fifth over a generation according to new statistics.
The number of cases diagnosed in those aged 40-59 has risen from 44 000 in 1979 to 61 000 in 2008.  After confounding variables have been accounted for, this equates to an 18% rise.
The biggest increase has been in women who are now 25% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, whilst the rise in men is only 6.7%
However, it is expected that the most common reason for such increases is better detection as oppose to more …

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effect of coffee on prostate cancer

Researchers have carried out a detailed study involving 47,911 men over almost 20 years to assess the effects of drinking relatively large amounts of coffee on the risks of contracting prostate cancer. The results showed that drinking more than six cups of coffee a day resulted in an 18% reduction in the probability of contracting the disease and also a 60% reduction in the probability that the prostate cancer would prove fatal. It did not seem to matter if the coffee was caffeinated or not.
The research was carried out in the …