US Researchers Develop Blood Tests That Can Monitor 8 Types of Cancer

The 4th of February was commemorated as World Cancer Day, an annual momentum to raise awareness about cancer and promote prevention, detection and treatment. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland are developing blood tests that can monitor eight types of cancer.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and most people do not realize that they suffer from this disease until symptoms develop. This can change through a blood test called CancerSEEK.

Nickolas Papadopoulos, an oncologist and pathologist at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland, says, "This test is designed for people who do not show symptoms of cancer. Basically this is the purpose of this test. But the other difference is: one, it's a multi-analytical test that detects DNA and proteins, and it's unique in blood tests because it can detect some types of tumors. ''

Dr. Nickolas Papadopoulos said the test can screen 18 common cancers, and be able to tell where the cancer is located. He and his team at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center Kimmel examined DNA and cancer-related proteins, in the blood of more than a thousand cancer patients. The blood test was positive in about 70% of the patients, and resulted in only seven false-positive results in the control group of 812 healthy people.

Large-scale trials were required, but Papadopoulos said their work could save money and save lives .

'' Caring for patients with advanced cancer is very expensive. The drugs are very expensive. And we believe that the examination test to find out the cancer in people who still feel healthy, has no symptoms whatsoever and hopes that the cancer is still at a very early stage; can be easier to treat and cheaper to care, as well as saving lives than by simply extending their lives, '' Papadopoulos said.

Researchers hope CancerSEEK will eventually become part of routine health checks, as a way of knowing cancer early. [em/ii]

Flood of Paris in NASA Satellite Monitor

Unusual heavy rains flooded the eastern side of France during January 2018. Data from NASA satellites reveal which regions in France are showered with the highest rainfall.

Reporting from the NASA website on Monday (29/1/2018), the French National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for a number of areas in France.

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High-intensity rainfall causes flooding in the region along the Seine River. Similar floods occurred in 2016 where water levels in the Seine reached 6 meters.

The GPM core satellite which is a joint NASA partnership with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) measures the extent of rainfall in France.

Rainfall analysis in Paris between 17-25 January 2018 was conducted at the NASA Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA. As a result, rainfall was observed evenly in some parts of France. However, the highest rainfall is found in eastern France, along the Seine River.

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NASA reports the average French coastal region gets 6 inches of rain (about 152 mm). The highest rainfall recorded 180 mm for the past week.

Some areas of France with the highest rainfall include Nord-pas-de-calais, Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne, Burgundy, Center, and Franche-Comte. The region in eastern-central Switzerland also experiences rainfall of the same height.

The surface height of the Seine River is called to its peak on Saturday (27/1). The height of the river can reach 4-5 meters higher than normal.

(rna / ita)

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