Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno passed away after a battle with mouth cancer, according to a statement by the hospital. She was 78. Bueno was a former top-ranked player who spent most of her career on the court before the professional era. She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966.

Yuvraj awarded the icon of the year award

Indian star cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been awarded the ‘most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare”. The award was given by the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival for his exemplary contribution in the field of social welfare. Yuvraj opened his foundation ‘YouWeCan’ that focuses on creating cancer awareness.

Centre allows private poppy cultivation

The Centre has taken the first step towards privatisation of poppy cultivation and extraction of opium. Opium is the source of alkaloids such as morphine, codeine and the baine, used in anti-addiction therapies and medicines that treat extreme pain, such as in cancer patients. Opium production in India is highly controlled & farmers sell their produce to the government.

New organ found in human body

Scientists have identified a new organ ?interstitium? in the human body, which could help in understanding the spread of cancer within the body. ?Interstitium? is a series of fluid-filled compartments, found beneath the skin, as well as lining of gut, lungs, blood vessels and muscles. These compartments join together to form a network supported by a mesh of strong, flexible proteins.

AYUSH Drug QOL-2C for Cancer Patients

Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has undertaken the development of a coded drug AYUSH QOL-2C for cancer patients. The clinical studies were conducted at St. John‘s Medical College, Bengaluru and AIIMS, New Delhi in breast cancer patients. The study was also conducted at Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur in lung cancer patients.

Senior editor Ranjan Roy passed away

Senior journalist Ranjan Roy passed away after battling cancer for several years. Roy was the chief of the Times News Network (TNN) and a member of the paper‘s national editorial board. An alumnus of Delhi‘s St. Stephen‘s College and Princeton University, US, Roy started his journalistic career in the Press Trust of India in New Delhi as a trainee in 1982.

John Sulston human genome pioneer passed away

British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75. Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer research. He was known as a passionate believer in pushing the boundaries of science and in making data on the human genome available to all.

SA never lost ODI after wearing pink jersey

10 : The South African cricket team has never lost an ODI while wearing pink jersey.The team has appeared in five ODIs while dressed in pink to create awareness for breast cancer.Interestingly, South Africa have scored over 340 runs in three Pink ODIs, with their highest total being 439/2.

World Cancer Day Observed

The World Cancer Day is observed on 4 feb, across the world, including India with an aim to raise awareness among people about the disease.For 2016 to 2018, the theme for observing World Cancer Day is ‘We Can. I can.’People are expected to, individually and collectively, understand and work towards lessening the impact and harmful effects of the condition globally.

Cancer vaccine with 97% success rate made

A Stanford University study has secured approval to conduct human tests for a cancer vaccine that had a 97% success rate in tests on mice.’The vaccine had cured 87 of the 90 mice and the rest were cured after a second treatment.The experiment used two immune-stimulating agents to boost cancer-fighting T-cells, which gets suppressed in cancer patients.