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

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

Spironolactone may help treat alcohol use disorders: study

Picture: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A common heart and blood pressure drug could see a second act as a treatment for alcohol abuse, new government-led research suggests this week. The study found evidence in both rodents and humans that the drug spironolactone can reduce people’s cravings for and consumption of alcohol. Spironolactone has been in the medicine … Read more

Lupus patients went into remission after CAR T-cell therapy

Joint pain is a common lupus symptom, but the chronic condition can affect almost every organ in the body. Picture: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Researchers in Germany may have demonstrated a new way to treat and possibly even cure the chronic condition lupus. In a examination on Thursday, the team describes how patients receiving a type of … Read more

Painless tattoos may be on the way thanks to microneedles

Besides the design you chose, another part of proudly displaying a tattoo is reminding others of all the pain you endured to get it. But that may not always be the case, as researchers from The Georgia Institute of Technology has found a way to borrow a new medical technology to create self-inflicted tattoos that … Read more

Throw away this HelloFresh Ground Beef, CDC says

Photo: Alex Bayev (Shutterstock) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating a multi-state E.coli outbreak it has sickened at least seven people – six of whom have been hospitalised. The link between the cases of the foodborne illness appears to be contaminated ground beef from HelloFresh meal kits. What to know … Read more

A virus that can cause polio-like paralysis in children has returned

Picture: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A virus that can rarely cause a polio-like paralysis in children has re-emerged in the US after mostly disappearing during the covid-19 pandemic. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it has detected an increase in cases associated with enterovirus D-68. Based on recent past outbreaks, officials expect a … Read more

According to science, how many steps do you really need to take each day?

Photo: Sweet Smokovski (Shutterstock) The more you walk, the lower your risk of all-cause mortality and cancer, according to a new study, where the benefits level off when you reach 10,000 steps per day. So clearly, that’s the number of steps to aim for – or is it? Studies comparing health outcomes to number of … Read more

Poor dental health associated with greater dementia risk: Meta-analysis

Picture: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A healthy mouth may just help keep the brain healthy, new research suggests this week. The study, a broad review of the existing evidence, found that poor dental health was associated with a later higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This increased risk was particularly evident for those missing some or … Read more

Everything you need to know about the 2022-2023 flu shot

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) It’s flu shot season, and again the flu vaccine is important to get. As mask use is declining, there will likely be more of them every common respiratory virus around. So you might as well protect yourself against those who have safe, effective vaccines readily available. This year, when the … Read more