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Lean, Mean, Cancer-Fighting Machine


The link between cancer risk and obesity is a question many researchers are starting to study — at the 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago a few weeks ago, there was a session dedicated to the growing evidence of a link between weight and cancer risk. Now, a new study published by researchers in the US and the UK in the Annals of Oncology suggests that men with lean bodies at age 18 have a 35 percent less chance of dying from cancer as they get older than men who are obese at 18, reports Bloomberg's Nicole Ostrow. The study showed that obesity at 18 is a better indicator of cancer risk for lung, skin, esophageal, and kidney cancer than obesity at middle age, Ostrow says. The study wasn't designed to show how obesity triggers cancer, only that it does, she adds, but the authors speculate that hormones created in overweight or obese bodies play a role.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more