A cancer-fighting version of herpes shows promise in early human trials

An illustration of a herpes simplex virus. Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists may be able to turn a longtime bacterial enemy into a cancer-fighting ally, new research suggests this week. In preliminary data from a phase I trial, a genetically modified version of the herpes virus has shown promise in treating difficult-to-eradicate tumors, with one patient … Read more

Vaccine boosters and breakthrough infections provide significant immunity to COVID-19

Vaccine boosters and post-vaccination breakthrough infections both confer significant and potentially pandemic-breaking immunity against COVID-19, according to new laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Withis the latest in a series of OHSU discoveries using blood samples to characterize the immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. … Read more

AI-guided tools pinpoint immune cell driver and protective genetic factor for esophageal cancer

Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is a type of cancer affecting the mucus-secreting glands of the lower esophagus -; the tube connecting the throat to the stomach. It is the most common form of esophageal cancer and often preceded by Barrett’s metaplasia (BE), a deleterious change in cells lining the esophagus. Although the cause of EAC remains … Read more

Vaccine boosters and breakthrough infections provide significant immunity to COVID-19

Vaccine boosters and post-vaccination breakthrough infections both confer significant and potentially pandemic-breaking immunity against COVID-19, according to new laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Withis the latest in a series of OHSU discoveries using blood samples to characterize the immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. … Read more

Human gene variant in ADHD, autism reveals gender dependence of neuronal signaling mechanisms

The prevalence, age of onset and clinical symptoms of virtually all neuropsychiatric disorders differ between men and women. Among the disorders with a pronounced gender bias are Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where the ratio of males to females diagnosed is approximately 4 to 1. Whether this skewed ratio is due to … Read more

Can you get your flu shot and COVID booster in the same arm?

Photo: unique (Shutterstock) When the COVID shots first came out, the CDC wanted to be cautious. After all, it was a new vaccine, so they recommended waiting two weeks before or after getting another vaccine, including a smoke spray. That guidance has changed. YYou can now get your flu and COVID shot at the same … Read more

Barkly Mayor Jeffrey McLaughlin resigns as he faces drug charges

The mayor of a remote Northern Territory region is stepping down as he faces drug charges this week. Jeffrey McLaughlin was arrested and charged in Tennant Creek on Monday He said he would resign to avoid “undermining” the council’s work Deputy Mayor Dianne Stokes is stepping in for the time being Barkly Mayor Jeffrey McLaughlin … Read more

Welcome to the world’s weirdest pot party, thrown by the local police

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md.—It was a potluck with a twist. The police were the hosts. “Have fun,” Montgomery County Police Lt. John O’Brien urged the 10 marijuana enthusiasts who had brought joints, blunts, edibles, vape pens and at least one bong to the public safety training academy in this suburban Maryland county.

Smartphones can detect blood oxygen saturation levels down to 70%, study shows

First, pause and take a deep breath. When we breathe in, our lungs fill with oxygen, which is distributed to our red blood cells for transport throughout our bodies. Our bodies need a lot of oxygen to function, and healthy people have at least 95% oxygen saturation at all times. Conditions such as asthma or … Read more

An improved COVID-19 vaccine shows promise against Omicron in experimental models

In a recent study published in the journal Science translational medicineresearchers in the United States developed a bivalent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine on the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) platform. This mRNA-lipid nanoparticle (LNP) vaccine encoded a full-length nucleocapsid protein (N) of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) progenitor strain Wuhan-Hu1. They evaluated its … Read more