Have you heard the one about the wise men, the first Christmas presents and cancer?

research Dec 23, 2018

Christmas has snuck up on me this year rather more quickly than I was prepared for! I’ve had my head buried in course-creation (and I’m very nearly there with all the recording – on track to finish by December 31st!!) and I’m only just now beginning to turn my attention to 2019 and all that it holds for Essential Cancer Education, but I’ll tell you more about that next week.

This week, however, I want to reflect on something that only really occurred to me recently as I was writing the content for the lesson on complementary and alternative medicine for the program. And that’s the idea that perhaps the wise men knew more than we realise about the power of the gifts they brought to the new-born king.

We all know the story of the wise men – or Magi – who travelled from the east to visit the new-born baby Jesus, the Son of God, in Bethlehem. Incidentally, there is no mention of how many Magi there were, but tradition assumes there were...

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October research round-up

research Nov 01, 2018

One of the things I love about my job as a university lecturer is being able to indulge my curiosity and geek out on the latest advances in the field of cancer research.

At the beginning of October, I set up a new alert on my PubMed account for “cancer” and “cancer and exercise”. Over the course of this one month alone there have been 8,342 new articles published! That’s a staggering number of papers, and obviously I’ve not read all of them (!), but I did have a skim through the first few hundred titles each week and picked out a handful that caught my eye.

I thought I’d give you a little summary here, but caveat that with the fact that this is completely biased according to what find interesting, and is not necessarily the best of the new research to have come out!

You can download the audio here:

Ibuprofen and a mouse model of post-partum breast cancer

In the first week of October, I was drawn to an article that...

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