Bacteria May Shrink Cancerous Tumors

A new study shows that bacterial therapy has promising effects in targeting cancer cells.

Researchers at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have found that bacterial therapy has manageable toxicity levels and can help shrink some resilient cancer tumors. In the new study, the researchers used the bacterial strain Clostridium novyi-NT because of its ability to thrive in a hypoxic (oxygen-free) environment, which is the type of environment found in cancerous lesions. This allows C. novyi-NT to attack cancer cells without affecting healthy ones. The study co-author Dr. Filip Janku reports to Medical News Today, “By exploiting the inherent differences between healthy and cancerous tissue, C. novyi-NT represents a very precise anti-cancer therapeutic that can specifically attack a patient’s cancer.” This is crucial because in the past implementing bacterial therapies was not feasible due to adverse side effects.

In this clinical trial, researchers worked with 24 participants recruited in 2013-2017 who all had solid cancer tumors that were resistant to therapy. The researchers administered injections of C. noyvi-NT directly into the cancerous tumors and then measured whether or not the tumors shrunk in response to the bacterial therapy treatment. Dr. Janku states, “Even after a single injection of this bacterial therapy, we see biological and, in some patients, clinically meaningful activity.” The results found that 46 percent of the total number of participants showed spore germination and displayed signs of tumor cell disintegration. Despite the absence of clinical signs of germination in some patients, there was an improved tumor-specific immune response. Dr. Janku states, “From these preliminary results, it appears that C. novyi-NT is able to activate the immune response besides causing tumor destruction.” This suggests that bacterial therapies may one day be used to boost the effects of immunotherapy in cancer treatment. The researchers were extremely encouraged by the results of this trial and hopefully, there will continue to be progressive advances in treating cancer.

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Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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