MedMinute: Is the common cold the key to beating bladder cancer?

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A strain of the common cold may be the key to beating bladder cancer. Researchers in England exposed 15 patients to a strain of the coxsackie virus. They found the virus inflames tumors causing the immune system to react and kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. In one patient, the virus completely removed all trace of the disease.

A new study suggested a small chemical change could make the difference in preventing some of the major risk factors of diabetes and heart disease. Researchers at the University Of Utah found deactivating a certain enzyme in mice prevented the onset of insulin resistance and fatty liver. It also reversed pre-diabetes in obese mice. Researchers said the findings could lead to new treatment for metabolic disease.

New research found a strong association between the rapid expansion of the prison and jail population over the last 30 years and drug-related deaths in the United States. Researchers from Oxford said the link persists even after taking into account the role of opioid prescription rates.

Sources:

  1. Clinical Cancer Research
  2. Science
  3. The Lancet Public Heath

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