Tag - gastrointestinal cancer

Medical Minute discusses a protein that organizes cells

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses “Scrib,” a fascinating protein that typically helps keep cells organized and on task. However, it becomes a tumor...

Scrib protein identified as a natural suppressor of liver cancer

A protein that typically helps keep cells organized and on task becomes a tumor suppressor in the face of liver cancer, scientists say. The protein Scrib, which is emerging as both a tumor suppressor and oncogene depending on the cancer type, appears in liver cancer to migrate out of the protective...

Expert on stomach cancer speaks at Graduate Research Day

During Graduate Research Day 2017, keynote speaker Dr. Juanita Merchant, a researcher at the University of Michigan, shared how she is looking at the pathways by which chronic infection from the bacteria helicobacter pylori causes changes in the walls of the stomach that can lead to damage that can...

In Their Own Words: Sarah Sharman

Sarah Sharman, 27 years old, Biochemistry & Cancer Biology Graduate Program, 4th Year PhD Student Research: Viagra for colon cancer prevention “Basically, we figured out that these two drugs, Linzess and Viagra, help in preventing colon cancer. We’ve shown that we can get a 50 percent reduction...

10 ways women can stay healthy

Today’s woman has a life jammed with work, family and social events. Oftentimes, women get so busy taking care of others that they fail to care for themselves, and this can be dangerous. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, May 8-14, Augusta University Family Medicine physician Dr. Janis...

New target identified for reducing cancer metastasis

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A protein that is constantly expressed by cancer cells and quiescent in healthy ones appears to be a solid target for reducing cancer’s ability to spread, scientists report. The WASF3 protein enables cancer cell invasion, and by interrupting its relationship with another protein that...

Deadly brain inflammation tied to not enough YAP

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Inside the brain, a protein called YAP, best known for its ability to help right-size our developing hearts and livers, appears to have the different but equally important task of helping control inflammation. Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University have...

New procedure helps terminal liver cancer patients live longer

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A cutting-edge procedure at Georgia Regents Medical Center is helping terminal liver cancer patients live longer. “For people who are out of other options, including chemotherapy and surgery, transarterial radioembolization can offer hope by adding as much as three to four years to...

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