A 2020 space mission wants to use zero gravity to disable some of the hardest cancers to fight.
- An Australian research mission, launched in 2020 by Elon Musk's SpaceX, will study effects of zero gravity on four cancers.
- Other missions with similar objectives are set to launch in 2022 aboard the new China Space Station.
- In earlier experiments, scientists found that microgravity can kill cancer cells.
Embracing signs of age might be the road to a longer life after all.
- New research found that hair dyes and chemical straighteners might significantly increase the risk of breast cancer.
- According to the study, black women who used permanent dyes at least every 5-8 weeks raised their risk of developing cancer by 60 percent.
- This isn't the first time beauty products have been found to contain cancerous chemicals.
Your microbiome begins in your mouth. Why don't we look there more often?
- Eighty percent of patients who've had heart attacks have gum disease, says Dr. Shahrzad Fattahi.
- Oral health is also implicated in forms of cancer, dementia, canker sores, and more.
- Fattahi says the future of medicine must also focus on saliva, as a whole new field of salivary diagnostics is emerging.
The possibility of an easy, non-invasive detection method arises.
- A blood test that spots breast cancer five years ahead of clinical signs could give new meaning to "early detection."
- Auto-antibodies for tumor antigens predict the presence of the disease.
- Researchers say the blood test could be clinic-ready in 4-5 years.
The team seems to have found a way to extend animal lifespan without genetic modification.
- Using specially cultivated embryonic stem cells, scientists generated mice whose cells had extra-long telomeres.
- Telomeres are stretches of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that help protect the genetic information inside.
- Lengthening telomeres in embryonic stem cells could pave the way toward slowing aging without genetic modification.