Monthly Research Roundup: E-Cigarettes, Apps, and MoreNov 29, 2013
Every day American Cancer Society researchers and scientists across the world are working to find cancer cures – and better ways to treat and prevent the disease. Below are some of the interesting stories our researchers think you should know about from November.
- Emerging tobacco products lure youth: In the United States, students are using e-cigarettes, hookahs, and other non-conventional tobacco products more now than in the past, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- The future for lung cancer drugs: Researchers are looking into new ways of treating lung cancer. They are hopeful about the promise of targeted therapies, which block the changes in cancer cells that help them grow. And, they are excited about immune therapies, which use the body’s immune system to attack cancer.
- App fail: Researchers from the American Cancer Society and George Washington University analyzed the most popular smoking cessation apps for the iPhone and Android and found that most failed to incorporate proven quit-smoking practices.
- Miniature method for researching pancreatic cancer: American Cancer Society-funded researcher, Ken Olive, Ph.D., is using a “Mouse Hospital” model – complete with mouse-sized MRI and ultrasound machines – to look for a way to get pancreatic cancer cells to die off.
- Short on screenings: About 1 in 3 American adults who should be getting a colon-cancer screening are failing to do so, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).