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Herpes In Stem Cells Can Treat Brain Tumors

According to a recent animal study, stem cells infected with herpes can kill brain tumors, giving way to the possibility of using virotherapy. This is based on a research conducted by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists working for the Massachusetts General Hospital.

During the research, the researchers put the herpes-loaded stem cells in gel form and applied them to tumors in mice suffering from gliobastoma multiforme, improving their rate of survival. The tumor was among the most common brain tumor occurring among human adults.

The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and conducted by study leader Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who is an HSCI Principal Faculty member.

Past studies have shown that oncolytic herpes simplex viruses can treat brain cancer as the virus attacks the brain cells, dividing them. However, this is not effective on humans because the virus could not stay in one place before they are done attacking all


Walking Could Improve the Condition of Kidney Patients

Kidney patients may reduce their chance of death and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant if they take regular walks, according to a new study.

The study was conducted by Taiwanese researchers from the China Medical University Hospital and published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is the condition wherein you gradually lose control of your kidney function. As it worsens, the kidney may fail to remove excess water and waste from your body. As the waste accumulates, this may cause anemia, high blood pressure, poor nutritional health, and nerve damage, among other health problems.

The final stage of the condition being kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease. This is when the patient would need dialysis or a kidney transplant to prolong life.

Kidney patients usually do not have enough energy and experience fatigue, which can limit their physical ability. H


How Exercise Can Benefit Pregnant Mom and Baby

It is quite a common misconception that pregnant women should not move a lot, no intense walking, running, or jumping. However, Linda May, an exercise physiologist for expectant women, said that staying active while pregnant can actually be beneficial. Some exercise can actually help reduce risk of high blood pressure caused by pregnancy and gestational diabetes compared to women who do not exercise.

May and her fellow researchers also found out that exercising with a baby on board will also benefit the fetus inside of her for the long haul.

Years ago, pregnancy was considered as a time for the expectant mom to rest for their safety and that of their baby. It was only in 1985 when the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists established some conservative exercise guidelines, including limiting strenuous activities to at most 15 minutes.

Now, studies have shown that exercise is now beneficial for the health of a pregnant mom and her baby. Res


Preventing Diabetes with the Right Meal Size

Putting your meals of the day into two large meals instead of six smaller ones will give you the same amount of calories while controlling your blood sugar levels and weight among patients with type 2 diabetes.

This is according to a recent study in the Czech Republic, which was published in Diabetologia, the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

The research consisted of 54 patients, 25 women and 29 men. They were under medication for diabetes. Many of them were between 30 and 70 years old. They were distributed into two groups of 27 members each. Each group had to follow one of the two diets with limited caloric content for 12 weeks. After such period has passed, the group switched to the second diet and con