According to a new study, conducted by the Texas A&M University in College Station, a gene taking part in the regulation of biological clock may also protect from breast cancer.
In the course of study the scientists identified two genes, Bmal1 and Per2, produce a cancer-promoting protein when “jetlagged”. Therefore, this may explain also why people who work night shifts have the higher risk of developing cancer.
Professor Porter, the lead investigator, explains: “Per2 is functioning as a tumor suppressor gene associated with cell identity. Right now, we are investigating how our findings relate to humans. There are studies out there showing a relationship between decreased levels of Per2 and certain types of breast cancer, which are more invasive. So, we believe that there is a direct relationship.”
Researchers from Switzerland are working on creating a prototype of biometrical implant that could alert those who wear it to the presence of cancer at the early stages.
The implant consists of genetic components that are incorporated into body cells. When this implant is placed under the patient’s skin, it is able to monitor blood calcium levels. According to the previous studies, the 30% of individuals with cancer have an elevated calcium concentration in their systems.
If the calcium levels rapidly rise, melanin would flood the genetically modified cells and will make it look like a brown mole. Thus, a person that has such a biometrical tattoo will be alerted sooner than obvious signs of cancer appear.
Our diets may have the potential to help prevent cancer. Nutritionists explain what foods are good for a cancer awareness diet and their properties to boost the immune system. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, 20% of all cancers are associated with the poor nutrition and body fatness. Here are 10 foods you should integrate into your diet to boost your immune system and prevent cancer:
- Green, red, orange, yellow, and purple vegetables can help the body with natural defenses.
- Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are rich in immune-boosting nutrients such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.
- Onions and garlic to detox the body.
- Orange and yellow fruits and vegetable to protect the immunity.
- Red colored fruits and vegetables to reduce cell division in prostate cancer.
- Herbs and spices which include anti-inflammatory agents.
- Fermented and probiotic foods to help nutrient absorption and probiotic levels.
- Nuts and seeds contain cancer-protective components such as oleic acid.
- Green tea contains a protective compound able to inhibit tumor invasion and angiogenesis.
- Mushrooms contain immune booster, 1,3-beta-glucan.
A new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, reveals that men who used to binge-watch TV-shows may have the higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.
For their study, a team of researchers analyzed data from UK Biobank, a health database of approximately 500,000 men and women in the United Kingdom. The scientists gathered data on how many hours each subject spent in sedentary activities such as TV-watching or using a computer daily.
Having analyzed the received results, the scientists concluded that men who watched TV at least 4 hours a day had a 35% greater risk of developing colorectal cancer than men who watched TV for 1 hour a day or less. Also, the researchers found that men who were engaged in higher levels of physical activity had 23% lower risk of developing colon cancer.
A new study, conducted by the RNA Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Faculty of Sciences and ULB-Cancer Research Center, suggests that a natural extract from daffodils may have cancer-killing properties. The results of the study show the mechanism by which the plants of the family Amaryllidaceae alkaloids can fight cancer.
The researchers show that hemanthamine (HAE) inhibits protein production by acting on these ribosomes. The extract seems to block the production of ribosomes in the so-called nucleolus.
The authors of the study explain in their paper: “Their biological activities are not restricted to anticancer effects but include potential anticholinesterase, antimalarial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory effects. Also, the authors conclude that they provide a rationale for designing molecules with enhanced potencies and reduced toxicities.