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Proton beam therapy offers potential to treat childhood brain cancer with fewer severe side effects than conventional radiotherapy

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Proton beam therapy — a more precise form of radiotherapy — to treat the childhood brain cancer medulloblastoma appears to be as safe as conventional radiotherapy with similar survival rates, according to new research. Importantly, the findings suggest that proton radiotherapy may not be as toxic to the rest of a child’s body as conventional […]

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Proteins most associated with aging revealed in study

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When people turn about 80 years of age, approximately half of the body’s proteins are damaged by oxidation. Oxidation occurs because of random chemical degradations that are associated with converting food to energy in the presence of oxygen. Certain proteins known to be associated with aging and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer […]

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Geophysicist questions stability of Antarctic ice sheet

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There is a growing debate over the fate of the world’s largest ice sheet, whose sudden melting is sending shockwaves throughout the geophysics community. Researchers contend that by studying other periods of global warming–namely, the Mid-Pliocene Warm Period (MPWP), which occurred approximately 3 million years ago, scientists can better understand the potential impact of today’s […]