The Zika Virus, which can cause devastating neurological damage in developing fetuses, also targets and kills brain cancer stem cells, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine.
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The current standard of care for brain tumors includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, but recurrence is common and associated with a poor prognosis for the patient.
Children with cerebral palsy frequently undergo invasive surgeries — lengthening tendons, rotating bones, transferring muscles to new locations — in hopes of improving their physical ability to walk or move.
The human brain has a remarkable defense system that filters bacteria and chemicals. For brain tumor patients, the barrier works almost too well by blocking most chemotherapy drugs.