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Tiktok - Herpes might be a cure for cancer according to groundbreaking research -
Herpes might be a cure for cancer according to groundbreaking research
cancer - and it comes in an unsuspecting form.New preliminary research published this week suggests that a genetically modified version of the herpes virus could be used to treat difficult tumours.One patient who had an advanced form of the disease even experienced a total remission after receiving the treatment, so far lasting for 15 months, it was revealed in the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress (ESMO). READ MORE: TikToker, 21, gunned down after mysterious late-night phone caller said 'go outside' Lead author of the research and professor of Biological Cancer Therapies at The Institute of Cancer Research, Kevin Harrington, said: "Our study shows that a genetically engineered, cancer-killing virus can deliver a one-two punch against tumours - directly destroying cancer cells from within while also calling in the immune system against them."The viral treatment developed by Replimune is known as RP2 and is genetically engineered from the herpes simplex 1 strain, responsible for most cases of oral herpes and some cases of genital herpes in humans.RP2 works in two ways - firstly, the virus can reportedly selectively infect and kill certain cancer cells when directly injected into a tumour.It also blocks a protein produced by cancerous cells, known as CTLA-4, and forces them to produce a different molecule called GM-CSF, which weakens the cancer’s ability to fight the immune system.In an initial trial conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, nine patients who hadn't responded to other treatments were given RP2 on its own to test its effectiveness.It was also given to 30 patients in combination with another treatment.Three of the nine patients on RP2 alone
Daily Star - UK Government on high alert over 'mystery pneumonia strain' that killed two in Argentina - - Britain - Argentina
UK Government on high alert over 'mystery pneumonia strain' that killed two in Argentina
“pneumonia of unknown origin” was discovered in Argentina and has already killed two people.The unknown virus also infected another three people, who were already in a hospital in Northwest region of Argentina called Tucuman when the two people died, and three others have since contracted the virus, taking the total to six people currently hospitalised.READ MORE: Mystery pneumonia kills two and infects six as officials left baffled by outbreakShockingly, the two people who died, plus five of those in hospital with it, are actually all health care workers.The first cases were reported on August 18, but scientists have already ruled out it being related to Covid, influenza and hantavirus - the exact symptoms are, as yet, unknown to the public.And it is now being monitored by the UK.Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, Dr Katherine Russell, Head of Emerging Infections and Zoonoses at UKHSA, said: “We are aware of an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in Argentina.“We continue to monitor the situation closely as further information becomes available through the investigations by Argentina’s health authorities.”The epidemic intelligence team at the European Centre for Disease Control has admitted to tracking the cases since Tuesday (August 30), and the World Health Organisation is also keeping an eye on it.However, having been investigated by officials in Argentina, they are already baffled by it.Luis Medina Ruiz, Tucumán’s Minister of Health said: “What these patients have in common is the severe respiratory condition with bilateral pneumonia and compromise in x-ray images very similar to Covid, but that is ruled out, as has cold, influenza of both types A + and B +, Hantavirus and 25 other germs.“We have that
New Covid warning as scientist reveals 'strange' nighttime symptom of latest variant - - Britain - London - Dublin
New Covid warning as scientist reveals 'strange' nighttime symptom of latest variant
Coronavirus could have a new strange symptom that only occurs at night.While most of Britain moves on from the deadly pandemic, scientists are busy investigating the symptoms of Omicron's BA.5 variant.Thought to be highly contagious, but not as deadly as previous variants and strains, a new study has warned of a tell-tale sign that you might have it.READ MORE: Fish and chip shops face 'extinction' as cost of living situation 'worse than pandemic'According to Professor Luke O'Neil form Trinity College Dublin, night sweats are caused by the new strain.He said: “One extra symptom from BA.5 I saw this morning is night sweats.“The disease is slightly different because the virus has changed.“There is some immunity to it – obviously with the T-cells and so on – and that mix of your immune system and the virus being slightly different might give rise to a slightly different disease, strangely enough night sweats being a feature.“But very importantly, if you are vaccinated and you’re boosted, it doesn’t progress into severe disease is the message to keep reminding peopleNight sweats haven't actually been added to the official NHS list of symptoms yet, as the UK topped 205,000 deaths earlier this month.One slight positive of the new strain, is that you are around 20 to 50% less likely to get long Covid compared to other strains, according to the Zoe Covid study group.Having identified 56,003 cases of Covid positive cases between December 20, 2021 and March 9, 2022, and compared them to around 41,000 cases of Delate, it was discovered that the chances of suffering from Long Covid is lower.Dr Claire Steves from King’s College London said: “The Omicron variant appears substantially less likely to cause Long-COVID than previous
Hilary Duff - Hilary Duff reveals her youngest daughter, Mae, age one, has hand, foot and mouth disease -
Hilary Duff reveals her youngest daughter, Mae, age one, has hand, foot and mouth disease
Hilary Duff has been dealing with a problem so many working parents contend with - having to go to work while leaving a sick child at home. The actress, 34, has revealed that her youngest daughter, Mae, 16 months, has hand, foot and mouth disease, a highly contagious virus presents as sores in the mouth and rashes on the hands and feet.In a Wednesday post on her Instagram stories, the How I Met Your Father star, wrote,  'None of my other kids have ever had hand, foot, mouth, so I've never seen it before and that looks awful,' she shared, then added, 'and I haven't been able to be with her all day because I'm at work.' Working parents: Hilary Duff, 34, sent a shout out to working parents on her Instagram stories after revealing she had to go to work on season two of How I Met Your Father while leaving a sick child at home Wednesday 'I love my job so much,' she continued, 'but this is just a little shoutout to working parents who have to leave their kids in times that don't feel natural, and it kind of goes against everything in your body to not be with them in times like that.' The Younger alum then sent out comfort to others in her position, 'You're doing a good job, just like I know I'm doing a good job in working hard for my family.''But poor little baby! All of this feels so weird, to not be with her.' Poor baby!: The Younger star's daughter Mae, 16 months, has been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. Seen here before the diagnosis.
Thief caught scooping coins out of monkey enclosure pond 'could now have deadly herpes' - - China
Thief caught scooping coins out of monkey enclosure pond 'could now have deadly herpes'
READ MORE: New species of rattlesnake discovered with bite so potent it leaves people disabled However, the majority of macaques around the world carry the herpes B virus - including the monkeys at City Park, as a sign next to the enclosure advises.Mayor Albert Van Zetten said: "Unfortunately, this action has potentially exposed the intruder to the herpes B virus, which is carried by the City Park monkeys."The virus is not considered a risk to the monkeys and exhibits symptoms similar to that of cold sores in humans."For humans who contract the illness, however, consequences can be more concerning - and can even lead to death.Van Zetten advised that symptoms include "blistering, pain, numbness near the infection point, flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle aches, headache, and fatigue, respiratory distress, encephalitis [inflammation of the brain's active tissues] and neurological dysfunction".More than thirty deaths have been caused as a result of contracting the virus - although so far there has only been one confirmed case of human-to-human transmission.The Mayor also claimed the robber caused damage to an electric fence of the enclosure and stole "coins out of the surrounding moat".Van Zetten confirmed that Tasmania Police and the Tasmanian Department of Health had been notified of the break-in and were aware of the potential risks posed."We ask that anyone with information regarding the break-in contact Tasmania Police immediately," he continued."But importantly, [the] council urges the intruder to seek medical attention as a matter of some urgency."READ NEXT: Potentially deadly flu-like virus discovered in China – passed to humans from shrews Terrifying note warning 'bomb on this plane' saw emergency
Humanity 'not ready' for potentially 'serious' Covid variant, warn concerned scientists - - California - county Berkeley
Humanity 'not ready' for potentially 'serious' Covid variant, warn concerned scientists
Scientists are warning over a potential new Covid variant that they believe could be a "serious problem" due to us not being prepared.Although the virus seems to be here to stay, vaccines and milder variants mean hospitalisation and death rates have plummeted and many countries have dropped most or all restrictions that kept the virus at bay.But scientists keeping an eye on the disease expect there to be more variants in future, and some will almost certainly be more dangerous than the likes of Omicron and its BA.5 subvariant. READ MORE: Long Covid causes erectile dysfunction and hair loss, new research shows John Swartzberg, a professor emeritus of infectious diseases and vaccinology at the University of California-Berkeley's School of Public Health, said: "The virus always figured out a way to survive. I see nothing that suggests it’s not going to continue to do that."Researchers believe more Covid waves are inevitable as different genetic mutations of the virus battle it out in a bid for dominance.Which one comes out on top will determine the course of the next wave.The best-case scenario is if a milder mutation of the virus wins out next time, giving boffins time to prepare for a worse form of the virus that will eventually follow.Worst case is that a stronger mutation of Covid comes sooner and we're left unprepared to deal with it.So far two possible new variants have been identified.
Penile cancer: Urologist warns common STI symptom could signal the disease - - Manchester
Penile cancer: Urologist warns common STI symptom could signal the disease
around penis cancer, as the disease is often mistaken by GPs and sexual-health nurses for a sexually transmitted infection (STI).Penis cancer affects around 700 men every year, and can be cured if the disease is caught early, with little impact on sex life.Shocking figures show that half of all cases are diagnosed too late, when it’s impossible to save the organ.Meanwhile, a fifth of patients die from the disease.It’s common for doctors to misdiagnose penile cancer, identifying the initial symptoms, including small lesions or red patches, as an STI.Arie Parnham, consultant urological surgeon at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, told the Daily Mail: “This is a relatively rare cancer, so most GPs will see it only two or three times in their career.“What's more, there are loads of relatively harmless diseases that lead to red patches on the penis which aren't cancer, so doctors really have to know what to look for.”Want the Daily Star's sexiest stories news straight to your inbox? Sign up to our daily Hot Topics newsletter HEREThe surgeon, among many in his field, are calling for better education surrounding penile cancer.Marc Lucky, consultant urologist and surgeon at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, added: “This disease is killing men every year, but we never talk about it.“The NHS needs to do more to ensure these patients are diagnosed and treated early.”Around half of all cases are linked to the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that can trigger a range of other cancers, including cervical cancer.Around eight in 10 people will be infected by the virus at some point in their life.HPV lives harmlessly in thin, flat cells called epithelial cells -

A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea.