A New Use for Polio Vaccine?

A New Use for Polio Vaccine?

A New Use for Polio Vaccine?

The polio virus, once widely feared for its power to cripple and kill, may be the key to treating deadly brain tumors. A report at the May 2001 meeting of the American Society for Microbiology described how the virus targets and destroys the tumor cells of malignant gliomas, which are among the most common and lethal of brain cancers.

An inactivated form of the virus, something similar to a vaccine, has been used to treat brain tumors in animals – all of the tumors shrank away completely within days, with no polio-like side effects. The US National Cancer Institute is working on a polio-based drug for humans, with human testing expected within a few years.

Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

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