ECNS: Chinese hospital publishes brain tumor database

ECNS: Chinese hospital publishes brain tumor database. “China’s leading neurosurgery hospital has published a database of 2,000 gene samples from Chinese patients with glioma, a type of brain tumor. It provides massive amounts of data to enhance research and explore the precise treatment of the fatal brain disease.”

University of California Davis: Using Facts to Promote Cancer Prevention on Social Media Is More Effective Than Personal Stories

University of California Davis: Using Facts to Promote Cancer Prevention on Social Media Is More Effective Than Personal Stories. “Researchers looked at thousands of Twitter messages to identify the effects of the type of sender (individuals or organizations) and content type (basic information and facts or personal stories). They found that people shared informational tweets about cervical cancer prevention significantly more than personal-experience tweets. Furthermore, people shared information from organization senders, regardless of the content, rather than individual senders.”

BBC: Can a cancer registry keep firefighters safe?

BBC: Can a cancer registry keep firefighters safe?. “A new US cancer database – the Firefighter Cancer Registry which was fully funded by Congress in June – aims to track the careers and health histories of thousands of firefighters in order to better understand the link between emergency work and disease, writes Victoria Oldridge.”

The Hindu: Oncologists warn against misleading ‘miracle’ treatments on social media

The Hindu: Oncologists warn against misleading ‘miracle’ treatments on social media. “Indian oncologists are increasingly battling unscientific miracle treatments for cancer shared widely on social media. On Thursday, Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), the country’s premier cancer institute, issued a rebuttal on a strange cancer remedy attributed to them in a widely circulated WhatsApp message, which stated that hot coconut water can destroy cancer cells of all types.”

EurekAlert: What do parents of children with cancer search for online?

EurekAlert: What do parents of children with cancer search for online?. “When a child has cancer, what kind of information do parents seek out? Analyzing their online searches to obtain health-related information offers one window into their concerns, and provides insight into how healthcare providers may offer family education and support. Oncology researchers who investigated parents’ online Google searches found that, among other things, parents frequently focus on ways to best support their child and on logistical issues, such as directions to medical centers and appropriate pharmacies.”

The Register: We know you all want to shove AI where the sun doesn’t shine. And that’s exactly where it’s going – detecting prostate cancer

The Register: We know you all want to shove AI where the sun doesn’t shine. And that’s exactly where it’s going – detecting prostate cancer . “A team of radiologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, built a convolutional neural network to analyse MRI scans of male nether regions and detect signs of the cancer. These types scans are a lot less invasive method than doctors delicately delving in to collect tissue for biopsies.”

Nature: Cancer geneticists tackle troubling ethnic bias in studies

Nature: Cancer geneticists tackle troubling ethnic bias in studies. “… most studies and genetic databases are populated mainly by data from people of European descent. This knowledge gap exacerbates disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes around the world. In the United States, for example, African American men are about twice as likely as white men to die of prostate cancer. But researchers who study these inequities say they are encouraged by renewed interest in closing the data gap from their colleagues and funders, including the US government.”