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POLIOVIRUS THERAPY FOR RECURRENT GLIOBLASTOMA HAS 3 YEAR SURVIVAL RATE OF 21%

A new study reports a genetically modified poliovirus therapy has been shown to improve long term survival rates in recurrent glioblastoma brain cancer patients. Researchers say the therapy had a three year survival rate for 21 percent of participants in a phase 1 clinical trial, compared to just 4% of patients who received more standard treatments.  READ MORE…
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VIRAL CONNECTION TO ALZHEIMER’S: HERPES VIRUS IMPLICATED IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Researchers provide evidence that certain species of human herpesvirus contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The study reports high levels of human herpesvirus 6A and 7 were found in brain samples showing signs of Alzheimer’s neuropathology. The findings offer hints of the viral mechanisms that could trigger or exacerbate AD. READ MORE…
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CHICKENPOX VIRUS FATAL IN NEWLY DISCOVERED IMMUNODEFICIENCY

Researchers at Aarhus University have identified a mutation in an immune system sensor that can result in chicken pox infection becoming fatal. According to the study, immune cells in those with extreme reaction to VZV neither detected the virus nor activated the immune system. The findings shed light on why some people are more susceptible to infections than others.  READ MORE…

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