Primark store in Belfast evacuated as fire breaks out
Primark store in Belfast evacuated as fire breaks outThe fire broke out on the fifth floor of the building on Castle street at around 11am. Firefighters are currently battling the blaze and 11 fire brigade appliances are at the scene.
© Provided by Journal.ie File photo RESEARCHERS AT QUEEN’S University Belfast have discovered a groundbreaking new treatment for bowel cancer.
The process can target and kill bowel cancer cells, and may improve survival rates for patients globally. © Getty
The research, published in the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal, is deemed the first of its kind with the discovery of a novel treatment strategy for patients who originally present with an extremely poor survival outcome.
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© Getty The study compared two groups of bowel cancer patients one year post-diagnosis. Members of the first group were considered to be doing “well” while members of the second group had a poorer outcome.
Man 'stabbed in the neck' in Belfast
Man 'stabbed in the neck' in BelfastHe was taken to hospital from St Jude's Parade off the Ormeau Road at around 1.20am.
Dr Nicholas Forsythe, lead researcher at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University, explained that the research focused on an aggressive subgroup of colon cancers known as BRAF mutants. © Getty
“These cancers are not only extremely aggressive, but they do not respond well to conventional cancer treatments. Unfortunately this means patients diagnosed with a BRAF mutant cancer have a very poor prognosis.
Gallery: Cancer myths debunked [GES]
Lately it seems that every thing we do or eat causes cancer - or cures it. Everyone in the cancer community has an opinion, and it can be difficult to sift the fact from the fiction. To mark World Cancer Day on February 4, here are 14 cancer myths debunked.
Stop using underarm products
A report published in CBS News stated that a 2002 study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found there to be no link between the use of deodorants or antiperspirants and cancer.
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A family watching a second child fight cancer have reminded everyone that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.Nicola Skehan and her partner James Doran lost their five-year-old son Sean to neuroblastoma in February 2016.
No more BBQ
While charred meat contains substances found to cause mutation in rodents, the levels necessary to cause cancer in humans would require outrageously high amount of BBQ that no one would normally eat. To cut down the risk, the National Cancer Institute advises you don't char your food, or if you do, cut those bits off.
Don't dye your hair
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on May 25, 2014, hair dye has no marked effect on the risk of cancer occurrence.
Drink loads of red wine
According to the National Cancer Institute, certain substances found in red wine, such as resveratrol, have anti-cancer properties, but clinical trials have not found resveratrol effective in preventing or treating cancer.
‘I was pregnant and fighting cancer I didn’t need additional stress of hospital fees’
The Irish Cancer Society has called for inpatient charges to be scrapped for people suffering with the disease. As the situation stands cancer sufferers who don’t have a medical card or private insurance can be charged €80 for each inpatient visit, or up to a maximum €800 in a calendar year. This includes ‘day cases’ […]As the situation stands cancer sufferers who don’t have a medical card or private insurance can be charged €80 for each inpatient visit, or up to a maximum €800 in a calendar year.
Throw away your bra
The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society have categorically refuted the claim that wearing a bra could increase your risk of cancer.
Cut out acidic foods
The logic behind this popular myth is that cancer cells exist in an acidic environment, so by starving the cancer cells of acidity their growth can be curbed. There is no evidence that restricting what you eat can change the pH balance of the entire body and even if it did, that it would have such an effect on cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Get rid of your mobile phone
Doctors at the Danish Cancer Society monitored 420,000 mobile phone users in Denmark from 1982 to 1995 and found no cancer link. There have been several follow-up studies since then, and none have found any evidence of a connection between mobile phone use and cancer.
Never drink from a plastic water bottle
There has been some concern about chemicals entering the water in a plastic bottle when exposed to heat, like in a hot car. According to Cancer Research UK, there is no evidence that this happens. Although harmful chemicals can be released when plastic is burned, it is unclear if these are even present in the plastic used in water bottles.
Banish all sugar from your diet
The only problem with sugar is that it causes weight gain, which in turn puts you at a higher risk for certain cancers but sugar itself does not directly affect cancer. According to Comprehensive Cancer Center Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program, Michigan Medicine, increased risk of cancer is not seen with sugar intake. Cancer risk may be related to how your body responds to sugar.
Manhunt is launched after child killer who strangled and raped his niece fails to return to jail while on day release - as police say he was last seen on 'three-wheel mobility scooter'
John Clifford, 56, was out on day release from Burren House on the Crumlin Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a satellite of Maghaberry Prison. Officials confirmed that the convicted murderer didn’t return to custody on Sunday evening after an appointment.Download the all-new Microsoft News app – available now on iOS and AndroidClifford was originally jailed in 1989 for murdering his niece Sue Ellen, reported Belfast Telegraph.He raped and strangled the eight-year-old before deserting her on a railway line in 1988.Clifford was freed in 2005 but breached the terms of his probation and was jailed once more in 2007.
Eat blueberries every day
"Superfoods" like blueberries, green tea, garlic, etc. are great for your health but they do not have a major impact on cancer occurrence, according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK.
Multivitamins were found to have no effect on cardiovascular disease or cancer risk. If multivitamins are beneficial, the effect is too small to detect, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine Journal 2013.
Microwaves are bad
Microwaves use high levels of radiofrequency radiations to heat up the food, but they do not make the food radioactive. When used according to instructions, there is no evidence that they pose a health risk, according to American Cancer Society.
Our research has identified a cellular process that can be exploited in order to kill these cancer cells. Essentially, we can take advantage of the aggressive biology of these cancers and use it against them.
The researchers said the next step of this work is to explore novel drugs which could ultimately change the survival outcome for patients.
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