Are you likely to have a scientist as an MP?

In the run up to the UK election, I thought it was worth posting this link from the Times, Are you likely to have a scientist as an MP? Short answer. No.  Only one candidate standing in this years election is an  active research scientist and perhaps not surpringly, they are in Cambridge.  In [...]

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Relay for Life - Huntly 2010

Relay for Life Huntly, is taking place on the 3rd-4th July 2010.  The event raises money for Cancer Research UK and last year’s was great fun.  We will have a large information marquee, with information on local cancer support charities.  If you would like a stall at the event, please contact me, the more [...]

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Fashion in Science

Fashions come and go in science as they do in any other industry. New experiments are “trendy” and “hot” and are soon replaced by the next big thing. If you don’t work in science, it’s easy to think that science should be rational and above such petty concerns, but the life science industry is [...]

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Cancer Research - Highlights and Opportunities

I’d like to draw your attention to a video on YouTube about cancer research. It is produced by the American Association of Cancer Research and it is in part, an advert for the American Association of Cancer Research and (the US) National Cancer Institute. Most of the statistics relate to research in America, however, [...]

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How do you explain fatigue to other people?

I have written about cancer fatigue before. Fatigue can affect people with any type of cancer and at any stage of treatment, having said that there is actually very little research and practical support available. Fatigue is tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest and it can be very hard to explain this to [...]

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Kidney Cancer News and Resources

A few things have caught my interest this week, including this research on kidney cancer. A very early study has shown that two proteins in your urine (called aquaporin-1 and adipophilin) may act as markers of kidney cancer. This study only looked at 42 people with kidney cancer, so it will need to be [...]

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60 Years of the NHS

There has been an interesting report published this week called “60 years of the NHS – Ordinary People Tell the Story” you will need Adobe Reader to open it. If you don’t want to read the whole report, there is a nice summary on the Wellcome Trust website (they part funded the study).

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Is there any point in eating fruit and veg?

This week, there have been many news reports saying “Five-a-day has little impact on cancer” and “Five fruit and veg a day won’t keep cancer away”. This is a result of new research, published by in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, you can read the study in all it’s glory here “Fruit [...]

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Beautiful Minds - New TV Series BBC 4

The BBC are running a series of programs as part of their “World of Wonder“, focusing on science.  There is a new, three part series starting on BBC4 tonight called “Beautiful Minds“.  The (short) series focuses on three UK scientists and shows how their scientific discoveries  changed how we think about science.  The first [...]

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Sponsors wanted for Aberdeen Race Night

UCAN, the local charity that supports people with urological cancers (kidney, bladder prostate and testicular) are looking for sponsors for a race night to be held in Aberdeen Northern Hotel on Friday the 16th of April 2010. The event is being organised by the Rotary Club of St Machar and they are looking for [...]

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Breast Cancer and Exposure to Chemicals at Work

There have been several news reports about how exposure to certain chemicals at work, before you are 36, increases your chances of getting breast cancer when you are older.  There is a video summary of this research at Insider Medicine, called “Work exposure to certain chemicals increases breast cancer risk“  You can also read [...]

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The Human Genome - Still more to learn...

There is a nice feature in Wired magazine about “The Genome Revolution”, it is ten years since all the genes in a human were first mapped.  The article is called “10 years on ‘the genome revolution is only just beginning‘”.  There are a few quotes in the article that particularly struck me

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