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the lat­est in med­i­cal re­search to help you stay healthy

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

Thérèse Henkin pro­vides a re­view of re­cent dis­cov­er­ies and new de­vel­op­ments.

Can­cer dis­cov­ery

In the war against can­cer, med­i­cal ex­perts have dis­cov­ered that bac­te­ria that cause food poi­son­ing could be an ef­fec­tive weapon. The lat­est de­vel­op­ment in a field of can­cer treat­ment called “bac­te­rio­ther­apy” has found that a ge­net­i­cally-al­tered form of sal­mo­nella will at­tack tu­mour cells but leave healthy cells alone. In ex­per­i­ments on mice, a mod­i­fied ver­sion of sal­mo­nella re­duced the size of tu­mours and also helped guide the re­cip­i­ent’s im­mune sys­tem to bet­ter at­tack can­cer cells.

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