Monday, 3 June 2019

New breast cancer drug found to boost survival rates by 30%

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A new form of drug drastically improves survival rates of younger women with the most common type of breast cancer, researchers said on Saturday (Jun 1), citing the results of an international clinical trial.

The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, showed that the addition of cell-cycle inhibitor ribociclib increased survival rates to 70% after three and a half years.

The drug works by inhibiting the activity of cancer-cell promoting enzymes.

The treatment is less toxic than traditional chemotherapy because it more selectively targets cancerous cells, blocking their ability to multiply.

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Almost one in three men have 'weak bones and are at risk of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is typically thought of as a concern for post-menopausal women.

But according to a small new study, a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged men are at risk of developing the condition.

Scientists say that nearly one in three men between ages 35 and 50 have osteopenia, a condition that causes weak bones and is a precursor to osteoporosis.

The team, from the University of Mississippi, says the findings show that doctors need to be scanning and monitoring adults from a younger age as well as for more education and awareness in children of their risk.


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Exceptional people: Two Singaporean students picked as finalists for annual Google Science Fair in the United States

Source: todayonline

Two Singaporean students have made it to the global finals of the Google Science Fair for their project which seeks to find a possible source of renewable energy from food waste — such as sugarcane pulp sourced at hawker centres here.

Chosen from a shortlist of 100 regional entries, Emma Tan and Jenevieve Ho, both students at the National Junior College, will be among 20 teams of students to fly to Google’s international headquarters in Mountain View, California in the United States this July to present their project to a panel of judges.

Running since 2011, the annual online competition allows students from around the world between the ages of 13 to 18 to submit proposals which offer innovative solutions to real world problems in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Winners of the grand finals will receive a total of US$50,000 in scholarship funding to further their education.


Exceptional people: Two Singapore teens to attend Apple's developer conference 2019

Source: ST 1 June, 2019