Fat cells may play key role in battle against breast cancer

New research led by York University Professor Michael Connor highlights how fat cells could help determine the most effective way to fight breast cancer; including using exercise to combat the disease.   Previously, adipose tissue (body fat) was thought of as a storage form of energy. However, fat cells are now understood to be active cells that produce more than 400 adipokines (hormones) which eventually

HPV vaccination reduces cervical abnormalities in young women, study finds

TORONTO – Young women immunized against human papilloma virus were significantly less likely to have potentially cancerous cervical abnormalities compared to those who didn’t receive the HPV vaccine, a study of more than 10,000 subjects has found.   In a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Alberta researchers found that young women who were immunized as girls against the sexually transmitted virus

Study finds first evidence that PD-1 antibody could help men with metastatic prostate cancer

Restoring tumor-specific immunity is a treatment strategy that works well in melanoma and lung cancer patients. Now a new study out of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is reviving hope that the approach also may help men with life-threatening prostate cancer.   It is a surprising turnaround because prior results in men with aggressive, advanced-stage prostate cancer showed no evidence of anti-tumor activity with immune

Skin cancer risk for freckly redheads equivalent to 21 years in sun: study

Having genes that give you red hair, pale skin and freckles increases your risk of developing skin cancer as much as an extra 21 years’ exposure to the sun, researchers said on Tuesday. Their study found gene variants that produce red hair and freckly, fair skin were linked to a higher number of mutations that lead to skin cancers. The researchers said even people with

Ontario doctors challenge ruling that would identify top OHIP billers

The Ontario Medical Association is seeking to overturn a landmark decision by the province’s privacy commissioner to release the names of top-billing doctors.   In addition, a group of about 40 doctors and one physician acting alone who are on the list have made separate applications for a judicial review of an order from the privacy commissioner to release to the Toronto Star the identities

Nova Scotia doctors vote in favour of new contracts with province

Nova Scotia’s doctors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of two new contracts, Doctors Nova Scotia confirmed Wednesday.   Overall, physicians will see a two-year freeze on fees followed by a 1 per cent and 1.5 per cent increase in the last two years of the agreement. The agreement is retroactive to April 2015 and ends in March 2019.   While doctors won’t see an increase