En route to answering this question, a new study shows that some components of snake venom can be used for defensive purposes also.
A network of compassionate volunteers caring for their terminally ill neighbours is allowing more people in Kerala to end their days at peace and at home.
“The river was beautiful many years ago. Now, the waters are murky and sludgy. The companies have caused destruction. The river is gone and with that our lives are gone.”
The chances of surviving breast cancer are improving everyday due to advanced research and new treatment techniques.
Many families in China have turned to the increasingly popular, unregulated market of online pharmacies, agents and peer groups for cancer drugs.
The results of a new study suggest that the Tasmanian devils are rapidly evolving to beat the cancer, which has killed off 80% of the animals in the last two decades.
The so-called lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease have been rising in Africa, but the research on them has not kept pace.
Mayurika Lahiri, a cancer biologist researching the early changes that happen when cancer develops, is also the face behind the daycare revolution at IISER Pune.
Cancer is not the modern disease many believe it to be. New fossil evidence from two South African caves suggests that its origins lie deep in prehistory.
The river is toxic in West Bengal, where it collects almost half its total waste from towns and factories along its banks.
When doctors in rural Italy began to see a surge in cancer cases, they were baffled. Then they made the link with industrial waste being dumped by local crime syndicates.
The Genomic Data Commons will centralise, standardise and make accessible data from some of the largest cancer genomics datasets in the world. The information will be made available at no charge to any cancer researcher.
Aflatoxins, moulds that can affect plant crops and raise the risk of liver damage, cancer and blindness, as well as stunting foetuses and infants, are spreading to more areas as a result of climate change.
Biologists have long debated whether giraffes extended their necks first and then evolved the heart adaptations to counter the difficulties posed by the long necks.
A UN-WHO report stresses the economic costs of non-communicable diseases in India, the challenges posed by increasing urbanisation, and the urgent need to ensure universal health coverage.
This body map brings together the evidence on proven cancer causes.
Although homeopathy has been widely drubbed as possessing zero curative potential, it continues to have an existence ranging from undemonstrative to unrestrained in many countries.
Only a few of these long-lived giants appear to develop cancer. However, animals at the other end of the body-size and age spectrum such as mice and rats are highly prone to cancer.
Palliative, or hospice, care is difficult, if not impossible to find and a conspiracy of lies surrounds the deathbed: doctors are afraid to stop treatment for fear of the family’s anger and families hide the truth from their loved one for fear of what it will do to him.
An interview with author Amit Vaidya who talks about taking the road less travelled to discover his own path of healing