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Some Ginger a Day Keeps the Cancer Away?

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A new study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research suggests that a daily dose of ginger can help lower a person's risk of developing colorectal cancer, reports MyHealthNewsDaily's Joseph Castro. The researchers found that the ginger reduces colon inflammation — study participants who took the supplement had a 28 percent decrease in colorectal inflammation than those who didn't, Castro says. Previous studies have shown that people with high levels of rectal inflammation are at a higher risk for developing cancer. Though the results are promising, the researchers caution that this was a small study with 30 participants and further research is needed to figure out how much ginger a person would need to take to reduce their cancer risk, and if the ginger acts the same way as COX-2 inhibitors do to reduce inflammation, and whether it then shares that drug class' downside of increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Castro says.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.