News round-up for 13-17 March by DDW Digital Content Editor Diana Spencer.
In the news this week we have covered a number of early-stage studies that could lead to potentially huge breakthroughs in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, Long Covid, bacterial diseases, bone cancer, and autoimmune conditions.
The top stories:
mRNA vaccine 100% effective against deadly bacteria
For the first time, researchers have developed an mRNA vaccine that is 100% effective against a type of bacteria that is lethal to humans, paving the way for effective vaccination against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
New discovery could help prevent secondary breast cancer
Scientists have discovered why breast cancer cells that have spread to the lungs may ‘wake up’ following years of sleep – forming incurable secondary tumours.
Bone cancer drug increases survival rates by 50%
Researchers at the University of East Anglia have developed a new drug that works against all of the main types of primary bone cancer.
Artificial sweetener dampened T cell response in mice
Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute have found that high consumption of a common artificial sweetener, sucralose, lowers activation of T cells in mice.
Malfunctioning monocytes could be drug target in Long Covid
Researchers have shown for the first time that malfunctioning behaviour of a type of immune cell is linked to specific symptoms of Long Covid.