Light-activated “photoimmunotherapy” kills brain cancer, reduces relapse

Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London have developed a new light-activated “photoimmunotherapy” that could help treat brain cancer. The key is a compound that glows under light to guide surgeons to the tumor, while near-infrared ligh… Continue reading Light-activated “photoimmunotherapy” kills brain cancer, reduces relapse

Immunotherapy booster produces 10,000 times more cancer-fighting cells

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that adding a booster protein can significantly improve the outcome of cancer immunotherapy. Tests in mice showed the protein produced 10,000 times more immune cells, with all mice surviving … Continue reading Immunotherapy booster produces 10,000 times more cancer-fighting cells

Microgel beads offer safer path for cell transplants to treat diabetes

One of the ways scientists hope to lighten the burden of living with type 1 diabetes is through transplantations of cells that produce insulin, shoring up supplies of the vital hormone and safely regulating blood-sugar levels into the future. Rejection… Continue reading Microgel beads offer safer path for cell transplants to treat diabetes

Newly discovered link between diabetes risk and herpesvirus infection

Two common herpesviruses have been associated with the onset of prediabetes in a new study led by researchers in Germany. The findings build on a growing body of evidence connecting viral infections to the development of chronic disease.Continue Readin… Continue reading Newly discovered link between diabetes risk and herpesvirus infection

Surprise findings suggest anti-inflammatories increase chronic pain risk

A new study led by researchers at McGill University challenges current notions of how acute pain is treated. The findings suggest treating some forms of acute pain with anti-inflammatory drugs may actually increase the risk of that pain developing into… Continue reading Surprise findings suggest anti-inflammatories increase chronic pain risk

Experts divided over who should get a 4th COVID vaccine dose

Two newly published studies indicate a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose can substantially boost a person’s immunity and reduce the risk of infection compared to triple-dosed individuals. Most fourth-dose programs around the world are currently limited to t… Continue reading Experts divided over who should get a 4th COVID vaccine dose

Stem cells could help prevent diabetes onset from cancer immunotherapy

Type 1 diabetes can be a rare but serious side effect of a cancer treatment that use what are known as immune checkpoint inhibitors. In a new study in mice, researchers in Japan have shown that administering stem cell therapy could help prevent this.Co… Continue reading Stem cells could help prevent diabetes onset from cancer immunotherapy

Antigens and immunotherapy break through pancreatic cancer’s barriers

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease, resistant to many treatments. Now, scientists have identified how the tumors protect themselves so effectively – and more importantly, uncovered a way to potentially bust through those d… Continue reading Antigens and immunotherapy break through pancreatic cancer’s barriers

Case study reports 20-day gap between two different COVID infections

Researchers in Spain are reporting on the case of a young healthcare worker testing positive to COVID-19 twice in 20 days. Genomic sequencing revealed the first infection was the Delta variant and the second was Omicron making this the shortest officia… Continue reading Case study reports 20-day gap between two different COVID infections

mRNA vaccination found to reduce COVID-19 infectious viral load

New research published in Nature Medicine has found COVID-19 vaccination can reduce a person’s infectious viral load. The study compared the infectiousness of different SARS-CoV-2 variants between vaccinated and unvaccinated subjects.Continue ReadingCa… Continue reading mRNA vaccination found to reduce COVID-19 infectious viral load