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Understanding the night shift-cancer connection

New Fred Hutch study sheds more light on how shift work damages our health — and points toward a potential workaround

June 26, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

For the past few years, Fred Hutch’s Dr. Parveen Bhatti has been trying to figure out why working at night is so bad for our health. His latest study confirms that the body repairs DNA damage more efficiently if you sleep during the night than it does if you sleep during the day — and offers insights as to why.

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The science of empowerment

Health disparities workshops build bridges to better serve marginalized communities

March 13, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Through an innovative grant-training program, Fred Hutch’s Health Disparities Research Center aims to even the playing field for traditional "health have-nots."

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High blood levels of vitamin D linked to reduced estrogen – and potentially lower breast cancer risk

Study found the hormone-lowering effect to be independent of weight loss

Feb. 25, 2016 | By Kristen Woodward / Fred Hutch News Service

A Fred Hutch study involving postmenopausal, overweight and obese women who took 2,000 IUs of vitamin D daily for a year found that those whose vitamin D blood levels increased the most had the greatest reductions in blood estrogens, which are a known risk factor for breast cancer.

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New breast cancer vaccine ‘promising but not ready for prime time’

Vaccine potentially could be used in the majority of breast cancer patients

Dec. 3, 2014 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

They may be baby steps, but researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis took a few more of them this week with the publication of a study looking at a potential new breast cancer vaccine. Fred Hutch researchers weigh in and discuss their own breast cancer vaccine-related work.

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‘I have the chance to fight back’: Choosing a preventive double mastectomy

How one BRCA1-positive woman decided to have both breasts removed to lower her risk of breast cancer

Oct. 22, 2014 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Two years ago, Justine Avery Sands decided to have her breasts removed in a surgery known as prophylactic, or preventive, double mastectomy – a choice prompted by her family’s history of breast cancer.

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Predicting the path of resistance

New study reveals why certain ovarian cancers develop resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy drugs

Feb. 11, 2008 | By Kristen Woodward

A new mechanism, at the Hutchinson Center unlike any previously identified, may help explain why some recurrent ovarian tumors become resistant to treatment with commonly used platinum-based chemotherapy drugs such as cisplatin and carboplatin.

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