Here's What '60 Minutes' Didn't Tell You About The 'Miracle' Glioblastoma Treatment
The polio-based cancer therapy pioneered by Duke University researchers and featured on "60 Minutes" is promising, but there are caveats.
Background/Aim: Polio is predominantly an enteric viral infection that was progressively eradicated in the United States after the introduction of polio vaccine in the early 1950s. U.S. colorectal cancer rates have dropped steadily for individuals born between 1890 and 1950, but have been increasing for every generation born since 1950. Moreover, the lowest worldwide age adjusted rates of colorectal cancer in 2012 were in sub-Saharan Africa, Gambia and Mozambique, where polio has not been eradicated. In the current study, poliomyelitis incidence in US states before the introduction of polio vaccine was analyzed. Materials ...
There’s a very big difference between simple and easy—especially when it comes to global health. It’s simple to eradicate polio—just get all children are vaccinated. It’s simple to reduce nighttime malaria infections—make sure everyone in malaria-endemic areas sleeps under a bed net. But none of that is easy. The tension between simple and easy is at play when it comes to eradicating poverty in the developing world too, as the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation makes clear in its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report. In a conversation with TIME, Bill Gates points to two recent waves of ...
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Some 21% of patients with advanced brain cancer treated with a modified polio vaccine were alive after three years, compared with 4% of patients with similar tumors who received standard therapies, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information
An ancient scourge -- the polio virus -- may be an unexpected friend to people battling one of the deadliest brain cancers, new research shows.
Doctors using the polio virus to treat aggressive brain tumors called glioblastomas report promising results. Sen. John McCain has this type of cancer, and so did Sen. Ted Kennedy. Of 61 patients treated in one study, 21 percent were still alive at the three-year mark. That's compared with just four percent of patients who received standard cancer treatment. Dr. David Agus, director of USC Norris Westside Cancer Center, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the treatment. He also weighs in on a study that showed flight attendants had a higher cancer prevalence than the general population.
Survival was better than expected for patients in a small study at Duke University who were given genetically modified poliovirus, which helped their bodies attack the cancer, doctors report.
There's a surprising upside to the virus that causes crippling polio disease, new research indicates.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some 21 percent of patients with advanced brain cancer treated with a modified polio vaccine were alive after three years, compared with 4 percent of patients with similar tumors who received standard therapies, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
The idea that viruses may be co-opted to do good rather than harm isn’t entirely new; researchers have been attempting to harness the power of viruses and bacteria for more than a century. Vaccines are the shining example of using bad bugs to do good in priming the immune system to fight disease. But disease-causing viruses aren’t always easy to corral, and attempts to use them to activate the immune system against things other than fellow bacteria and viruses — including cancer, for example — have not been so successful. There is only one approved virus-based treatment for cancer, which uses herpes...