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When scientific hypotheses don’t pan out

Research studies are often built around an educated guess. What happens when those guesses are wrong?

Feb. 16, 2018 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Researchers are always prepared for the possibility of a disproven hypothesis. But what happens when a beloved idea or dogma is shattered is less technical, less predictable. More human.

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Aspirin and its cousins linked to longer survival after colorectal cancer

Large study of preventive drugs for colorectal cancer survivors finds link to decreased mortality — but only for those with certain tumor genetics

June 15, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Aspirin and other NSAIDs are linked to decreased mortality in colorectal cancer survivors, a new study finds -- but just for those with the most common tumor subtype.

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A legacy of learning

Former Fred Hutch IT expert, whose own education was cut short, leaves funds used to establish an endowment to help young scientists continue theirs

May 11, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch epidemiologist Dr. Chu Chen shares the story of her little brother, Yeuliang Chen, a brilliant economist-in-training whose education was cut short by a stroke. Thirteen years after his death, his legacy and love of learning live on.

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Being pregnant — and diagnosed with cancer

Inaugural retreat explores painful issues, unanswered questions surrounding cancer, fertility and pregnancy

April 22, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Emily Cousins was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, when she was nine months pregnant. On Thursday, 13 years after that wrenching period of her life, Cousins joined a group of cancer researchers, fertility specialists, survivors and patient advocates to discuss the unique issues at the intersection of cancer and reproduction at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s inaugural cancer and pregnancy retreat.

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Progress in ‘precision prevention’ for colorectal cancer

New risk prediction model — not yet ready for clinical use — incorporates genetic, lifestyle and environmental risk factors

April 18, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

In work presented Monday at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in New Orleans, researchers from Fred Hutch, the University of Michigan and other institutes debuted their latest progress in precision prevention — an in-the-works method to predict risk of colorectal cancer that integrates genetic, lifestyle and environmental risk factors.

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Tracking the rise and fall of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Study pins numbers on outbreak’s devastation, interventions that worked

March 28, 2016 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

After a painstaking process collecting and analyzing information sent from nearly every chiefdom in Sierra Leone ― districts comparable to U.S. counties ― a team of biostatisticians including Fred Hutch’s Dr. Betz Halloran and Dr. Yang Yang of the University of Florida has published a new study that shows how the Ebola virus tore a swath through that country like an invading army.

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