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  1. This Robot Can Help Kids Through Chemo, Vaccinations & Other Scary Medical Procedures

    Robots are helping us do a lot these days but as an adult who had far too many needle experiences in her childhood, I'm certainly wishing this one was invented sooner. Say hello to MEDi.

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  2. Researchers Find Fasting For Three Days Is Like Hitting Reboot On Your Immune System

    The Crimson Binome and his crew swoop in and take away all your white blood cells, probably.

    Despite how unhealthy and desperately miserable fasting (or even juice cleansing) sounds to most of us, scientists at the University of Southern California have discovered that it can do way more good for your body than a regular bad crash diet. By fasting for just three days, the USC team discovered that you can reboot your entire immune system.

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  3. Whoops: SELF Magazine Criticizes Cancer Survivor Running Marathon In Tutus She Sells For Charity

    Marathon runner Monika Allen was overjoyed to find out SELF magazine wanted to use an image of her from a recent race. After all, it would help get attention for her sale of tutus, the proceeds of which go to Girls on the Run, a charity aimed at promoting exercise and confidence for young girls. But then the magazine was published and she realized the clipping featuring her likeness wasn't a positive mention at all.

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  4. The Bay Area Adds To Batkid-Mania With Their Very Own Wonder Girl

    We Can Be Heroes

    You remember the fun San Francisco (and everyone else) had with Batkid, right? Well the Bay area town of Vallejo recently celebrated another young individual by turning them into a superhero for a day. Everyone, say hello to Monika Romo, aka Wonder Girl. 

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  5. Milk Really Does A Body Good, Contains a Cancer-Killing Peptide

    We couldn't find a picture of a cow punching cancer in the face, so this will have to do.

    Looks like your mother and those moustache ads were right - milk really is good for you, but not just in the way they claimed. Researchers in Taiwan have discovered a peptide fragment derived from cow's milk which really hates human stomach cancer cells; hates them so much, in fact, it just goes right ahead and kills them. Best use of milk ever.

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  6. Hospital Rebrands Chemotherapy as Superhero Serum

    Consider the Following

    While there are plenty of heroes out there who got there powers from being dosed with radiation (usually under less than controlled conditions), this isn't a campaign that convinces kids that chemotherapy will give them superpowers. What it is, is one that might make them feel less scared about a pretty scary situation. After all, not everybody is old enough to appreciate xkcd's epic reframing of cancer treatment.

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  7. Scientists Turn Mammalian Cells Into Biological “Cell Phones”

    Researchers in Switzerland have applied the principles behind cellular communication to mammalian cells. By reprogramming the cells with a specialized series of genes and proteins that allow for two-way communication, researchers have crafted cells that can talk to one another, sending messages via chemical signals rather than electronic transmission. The hope is that this two-way communication system can be harnessed to fight cancer, overriding orders sent by tumors with preprogrammed messages sent from other cells.

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  8. Newly Discovered CYCLOPS Gene Points To Vulnerability in Cancer Cells

    A long-theorized but only recently discovered class of genes may point to an inherent weakness in tumor cells. Even better news? The soft spot in cancer's defenses is present in cells from a wide variety of cancers, meaning that treatments derived from it could be a tool in fighting cancers across the board, not just targeting one or two types. Researchers from MIT, Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report on these so-called CYCLOPS genes (the acronym officially stands for Copy number alterations Yielding Cancer Liabilities Owing to Partial losS, but we suspect the name stuck mostly because it just sounds cool) this week in the journal Cell.

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  9. Terminally Illin’: A Graphic Novel About a 20-Something Battling Cancer

    Keep the Change Ya Filthy Animal

    A cancer diagnosis at any time is unfair and bad news, especially when you're a young adult in the prime of your life, ready to take on anything. Kaylin Andres was one such person, and after surviving her own battle with cancer, she's fictionalized the experience in the form of a comic book, Terminally Illin'. Along with collaborator Jon Solo, she's running a Kickstarter campaign to create a digital version of the comic and spread the word. After the jump, more details and pictures from the project.

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  10. Single Drug Shows Promise In Fighting All Cancers

    It generally pays to be careful when proclaiming that a new treatment "may put an end to cancer." That being said, recent research shows that drugs that utilize the cancer-fighting technique of CD47-blocking will result in the shrinkage of primary tumors and could serve as a single treatment for all cancers. CD47-blocking has been testing as a treatment for lymphomas and leukemias, but new research has shown that it has vastly greater potential than originally thought. As a kicker, CD47-blocking doesn't even kill cancer itself; it gets your body to do it.

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