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Talcum powder cancer case – In the News

John Kerr posted in on February 26th, 2016.

A US court has ruled that healthcare product company Johnson & Johnson are to pay out NZ$108 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. Alabama woman Jackie Fox was a lifetime user of talcum powder for feminine hygiene and developed ovarian cancer in 2013. She died in October […]

Breast cancer: the harms and benefits of screening – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2014.

Is breast cancer screening actually saving lives? A Norwegian study, published in BMJ, has looked at the effectiveness of modern mammography screening by measuring breast cancer mortality among screened and unscreened women. The authors found that an invitation to mammography screening was associated with a 28 per cent reduced risk of death from breast cancer […]

Viral cancer therapy shows early promise – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 1st, 2011.

Scientists are cautiously optimistic about a trial cancer therapy which uses a virus to selectively kill tumor cells. Canadian researchers have completed the first clinical trial in which viral therapy is delivered to cancer patients intravenously, and the virus selectively replicates only within tumour cells. The trial, published in Nature this week, show promising results. […]

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