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Activating T cells in tumors eliminated even distant metastases in mice, Stanford researchers found. Lymphoma patients are being recruited to test the technique in a clinical trial.
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An 11-year-old boy who was dying from severe epilepsy has not had any seizures for 300 days since being prescribed a medical marijuana product. Billy Caldwell, whose intractable epilepsy means he cannot get help through medication or diet, began treatment with cannabis oil in the US, where medical marijuana is legal, in 2016.  His prescription was transferred to his local GP, Brendan O’Hare, in Northern Ireland, and Billy became the first person to receive a prescription for medical marijuana in the UK.
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More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.
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A massive international response is underway
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Dozens of Syrian refugees in Calgary rang in the New Year by donating their blood.
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A paraplegic teenage girl in northern France was found in a pool of blood after being attacked in her bed by rats which bit and scratched her hundreds of times.
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The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to fight or prevent Alzheimer's disease.
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Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada have shown that healthy who received blood from a mouse with Alzheimer's did develop plaques of beta-amyloid protein.
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