University of Cincinnati research unveils possible new combo therapy for head and neck cancer

IMAGE: Christina Wicker, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Vinita Takiar, MD, Ph.D., led this research, published in Cancer Letters, which she says will hopefully extend the lives of… view more  Credit: Colleen Kelley/University of Cincinnati Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide, and while effective treatments exist, sadly, the […]

Creating a safe CAR T-Cell therapy to fight solid tumors in children — ScienceDaily

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy — CAR T — has revolutionized leukemia treatment. Unfortunately, the therapy has not been effective for treating solid tumors including childhood cancers such as neuroblastoma. Preclinical studies using certain CAR T against neuroblastoma revealed toxic effects. Now, a group of scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have developed a modified […]

Gene therapy strategy found effective in mouse model of hereditary disease TSC

BOSTON – Patients with tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in multiple organs of the body, have limited treatment options. A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has now shown that gene therapy can effectively treat mice that express one of the mutated genes that […]

Response to infection therapy better understood thanks to a new technique

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites. The treatment of bacterial and fungal infections relies particularly on antimicrobial drugs, while the focus in treating viral infections is the alleviation of symptoms. Initial therapy for infection is often empiric and guided by clinical presentation. Its efficacy on the pathogen is, however, only […]

Scientists at Tel Aviv University develop new gene therapy for deafness

IMAGE: Professor Karen Avraham and Shahar Taiber of Tel Aviv University. view more  Credit: Tel Aviv University A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU) presents an innovative treatment for deafness, based on the delivery of genetic material into the cells of the inner ear. The genetic material “replaces” the genetic defect and enables the cells […]

Physicians don’t always recognize patients’ radiation therapy side effects

IMAGE: Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil. view more  Credit: University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Physicians did not recognize side effects from radiation therapy in more than half of breast cancer patients who reported a significant symptom, a new study finds. The study compared reports from 9,941 patients from practices across the state […]

Mimicking the effect of exercise with gene therapy

IMAGE: The picture shows heart cells formed by stem cells. The cell nucleus appears blue and stem cells are green. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have identified… view more  Credit: Photo: NTNU It sounds too good to be true – and it is. But Jose Bianco Moreira and the CERG research group […]