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Cancer: the cost of a life – NZH special series

John Kerr posted in on November 13th, 2015.

This week the New Zealand Herald has run an extensive five-part series – in print and online – delving deep into controversies in cancer testing and treatment and reporting on the moving stories of people afflicted with cancer. The ‘Cancer: the cost of a life’ series, authored by Herald health reporter Martin Johnston, is supported […]

Indigenous cancer inequalities compared – In the news

John Kerr posted in on October 16th, 2015.

The gap in overall cancer rates between Māori and other New Zealanders is more pronounced than that between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Australia, the US and Canada, according to a new study published in Lancet Oncology. However, an accompanying commentary from University of Otago researchers notes that poor collection of data often makes such comparisons difficult and […]

Diesel engine exhaust: carcinogenic to humans

John Kerr posted in on June 14th, 2012.

A World Health Organisation agency has unanimously decided, based on the available evidence, that diesel fumes are linked to cancer. After a week-long meeting of international experts, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO),  classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based […]

Cancer risk test for smokers could be offered at pharmacies

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 10th, 2011.

A scientist who helped develop a cheek swab genetic test for lung cancer risk is calling for it to be subsidised for smokers. In a submission to the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill, Auckland University Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics Robert Young weighed in with support for the $150 test to be […]

NZ Herald: Foreign teams to work on promising NZ cancer drug

Peter Griffin posted in on February 25th, 2011.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about a ‘stealth’ anti-cancer drug, developed by Auckland University researchers, which is to begin clinical development overseas. The drug, PR509, targets lung tumours while leaving healthy tissue alone: it is activated by the hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions which exist in solid tumours. An excerpt: (read in full […]

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