In a recent interview with Brown University's Eli Adashi on Medscape One on One, National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus marked the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, which started the so-called "war on cancer." But Varmus says the metaphor is outdated and doesn't convey what cancer researchers and clinicians are doing today. Cancer is not a single disease, but rather is a "constellation of diseases," Varmus tells Adashi.

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.