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Boosting Cancer Treatment

Tetanus Booster May Boost Brain Tumor Treatment

March 25, 2015 
 
A cancer vaccine would be as beneficial as it is problematic to develop. Vaccines work by training the immune system to recognize and destroy a foreign invader. The trouble with tumors is they are made of human cells gone haywire, and the immune system often has a difficult time telling the difference between a cancer cell and a healthy cell.
 

Switching Heart Cells

A heart attack does serious damage to the cells that drive the heart. Cells that would normally create new blood vessels and heal the heart often become useless scar-forming cells. UNC School of Medicine's Eric Ubil discovered a way to reverse this process, turning scar cells into blood-vessel builders and healing the heart in mice. Listen in as UNC-TV's Daniel Lane and Eric Ubil discuss this research, its significance and the next steps toward practical application for patients.

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