Neuro-Oncology News

Nov 06, 2017
Depressed with a chronic disease? Consider alternative therapies
Scientists find that commonly prescribed antidepressants aren't effective in people battling both depression and a chronic medical disease, raising a critical question of whether doctors should enact widespread changes in how they treat millions of depressed Americans.
Sep 13, 2017
Systems analysis points to links between Toxoplasma infection and common brain diseases
Infection with Toxoplasma gondii may alter, and in some cases amplify, several brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases as well as some cancers.
Jul 05, 2017
New brain cancer drug targets revealed
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and The Cleveland Clinic find that targeting the stress response may be better at slowing tumor growth than targeting cell proliferation in glioblastoma, which opens up a new avenue for therapeutic development. The study is published in Nature.
Jun 26, 2017
Study describes changes to structural brain networks after radiotherapy for brain tumors
Researchers compared the thickness of brain cortex in patients with brain tumors before and after radiation therapy and found significant dose-dependent changes in the structural properties of cortical neural networks, at both the local and global level. These alterations may have a role in the delayed cognitive impairment experienced by many patients after brain radiotherapy.
May 24, 2017
‘Sticky’ particles promise more precise drug delivery for brain cancer
A Yale research team has found that by tinkering with the surface properties of drug-loaded nanoparticles, they can potentially direct these particles to specific cells in the brain. Their findings are published in Nature Communications.
Apr 14, 2017
Glioblastoma patients may benefit from a vaccine-chemotherapy combination
A study led by Duke Unversity researchers, published in Clinical Cancer Research, finds that a vaccine targeting cytomegalovirus antigen pp65, combined with high-dose chemotherapy (temozolomide), improved both progression-free survival and overall survival for a small group of glioblastoma patients.
Feb 28, 2017
Study finds no evidence of common herpes type virus in aggressive brain cancer tissue
In a rigorous study of tumor tissue collected from 125 patients with aggressive brain cancers, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have found no evidence of cytomegalovirus infection and conclude that a link between the 2 diseases, as claimed by earlier reports, likely does not exist.
Feb 27, 2017
Molecule stops fatal pediatric brain tumor
Northwestern Medicine scientists have found a molecule that stops the growth of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma inmice. The study, using a mouse model, is published today in Nature Medicine.
Jan 11, 2017
Tumor-seeking salmonella treats brain tumors
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have recruited Salmonella typhimurium in the fight against glioblastoma. Tests in rat models with extreme cases of the disease showed a remarkable 20% survival rate over 100 days -- roughly equivalent to 10 human years -- with the tumors going into complete remission.
Nov 17, 2016
Study reveals new information about how glioblastoma multiforme spreads
A study by MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers has established that the gene WNT5A is a key factor in glioma stem cells transitioning to GdECs. This opens up the possibility for a new therapeutic strategy for patients with glioblastoma.
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