Health Alert: Hot spots linked to colorectal cancer

(CBS) - A new study from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center discovered three new genetic "hotspots" linked to colorectal cancer. Researchers say the new findings could help in identifying new targets for treating the disease. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, and rates are high in places like the U.S.

 


 

 (CBS) - A drug that lowers cholesterol could help fight malaria. Research from the University of Utah shows adding the drug lovastatin to traditional treatment for cerebral malaria may decrease inflammation in the brain and protect against cognitive impairment. The findings were in mice and more research is needed.

 


 

 (CBS) - How children are diagnosed with appendicitis could depend on where they are treated. A new study in the journal Pediatrics found kids suspected of having appendicitis were more likely to receive CT scans at a general hospital, while kids who went to a private facility, St. Louis Children's Hospital were more likely to get an ultrasound scan. Experts are looking at ways to reduce the use of ct scans because studies suggest radiation from scans can increase cancer risk.


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