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Cancer found in 700-year-old Panamanian remains

Evidence of bone cancer has been found in 700-year-old human remains found in Panama. On a shelf in Panama City, a human skeleton was bundled into a bag within a cardboard box for 46 years. Or part of a skeleton, anyway. The bones had been looked at once in 1991 and

Cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old early human toe bone

The oldest known example of cancer, dating back 1.7 million years, has been found in a fossil of a toe bone from an early human ancestor. The discovery by British and South African scientists contradicts theories that cancer is a modern disease, predominantly caused by lifestyle factors. Up until now, the oldest

Colon-cancer gene found in 18th-century mummy

Analysis of a Hungarian mummy from the 18th century has found that he had a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer. he modern plagues of obesity, physical inactivity and processed food have been definitively established as modern causes of colon cancer. Researchers have also associated a mutation of the Adenomatous polyposis coli

Congenital syphilis found in 14th century remains

Researchers in Vienna have identified congenital syphilis in human remains found in the cathedral square of St. Pölten, Austria. In 1495, a "new" disease spread throughout Europe: syphilis. Christopher Columbus was said to have brought this sexually transmitted disease back from his voyage to America. At least, that has been the accepted

Leukemia found in Neolithic skeleton

An examination of a 7,000-year-old skeleton of a woman has revealed that she died from leukemia. Together with her colleagues, the researcher found indications of leukemia on the skeleton of a woman, who was between 30 and 40 years of age at the time of death. “We examined several bones of

Egyptian mummy shows signs of heart disease

Analysis of the 3,500-year-old mummified remains of an Egyptian "Cheif of Stables" has revealed signs of heart disease. Detailing the findings at the conference, Bianucci reported that Nebiri was middle aged — 45 to 60 years old — when he died and that he was affected by a severe periodontal disease

Remains of Cholera victims found in Dublin

The remains of people who died during the Great Cholera Epidemic of 1832 have been found during construction in Dublin. She said records from the 1870s showed the railway yard of the Midlands Great Western Railway at Broadstone was being extended. The company got permission to acquire 3 acres of land

Tuberculosis found in Hungarian mummies

Strains of TB have been discovered in 18th-century Hungarian mummies found in a 200-year-old crypt. Professor Pallen said: “Microbiological analyses of samples from contemporary TB patients usually report a single strain of tuberculosis per patient. By contrast, five of the eight bodies in our study yielded more than one type of