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In an incredible breakthrough for cancer research, a female scientist from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) has reportedly found a complete cure for human papillomavirus (HPV).

The apparent cure would help to prevent the spread of cervical cancer among women. Dr Eva Ramon Gallegos, a Mexican scientist, claims to have eliminated the virus in 29 patients infected with HPV.

The report states that a team of researchers, led by Dr. Gallegos, treated the 29 women with non-invasive photodynamic therapy (PDT), which involves using a drug called a photosensitizer and a particular type of light to treat different areas of the body.

Dr. Gallegos had been studying the effects of photodynamic therapy for an amazing 20 YEARS to help tackle tumours such as breast and melanoma cancer, and specialised in the study of photodynamic therapy.

She treated 420 patients in Oaxaca and Veracruz, as well as 29 women in Mexico, with the technique. The repercussions from the treatment were promising; photodynamic therapy was able to eradicate the virus in all patients.

The virus was eradicated in 100 percent of those tested who carried HPV without premalignant lesions of cervical cancer using photodynamic therapy. The treatment was 64.3 percent successful in women with both HPV and lesions.

The therapy has no side effects, which is amazing as it doesn't do any damage at all to the body to have the treatment.

Dr. Gallegos said; “Unlike other treatments, it only eliminates damaged cells and does not affect healthy structures. Therefore, it has great potential to decrease the death rate from cervical cancer,” Radio Guama report.

HPV is a widespread virus from all over the world, with more than 100 variants. 14 of these variants can cause cervical cancer, a disease which is fast becoming a leading cause for death among female cancer patients.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Feature image: National Polytechnic Institute

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PSOC) is a condition that affects one in five women on child-bearing age. 

Polycystic ovaries are ovaries containing a large number of harmless cysts that are no bigger than 8mm each. 

Those who suffer with the condition may also experience a various symptoms including irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, and difficulty getting pregnant. 

For years, scientists struggled to determine a an exact cause of PCOS, but a new study published in Nature Medicine has shone a light on the issue. 

A team led by Paolo Giacobini at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research discovered discovered that levels of Müllerian hormone (AMH) were 30 per cent higher in pregnant women with PCOS than those without.

With a cause now more-or-less established, researchers are able to explore a whole range of opportunities with the hopes of finding a cure. 

Robert Normal, from the University of Adelaide, Australia, said: “It’s a radical new way of thinking about polycystic ovary syndrome and opens up a whole range of opportunities for further investigation.”

 

 

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We are one step closer to finding a cure for the common cold and we have Irish researchers to thank.

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin are part of an international team which may have tapped into the cure for one of the most common viruses worldwide.

Published in the scientific journal, Nature Communications, the study looks at how viruses cause disease in humans.

Professor John O'Leary, the Chair of Pathology at Trinity College, revealed the team had discovered that an ancient cell-process in plants and mammals can have the same effect on viruses in humans.

"It's been around for a long time probably in excess 1.5 billion years," he said 

"This is an extremely old conserved biologically process which is found in plants and we are aware that it also enhances viral disease in life.

"The identification of the protein but also precisely where it is in the cell is hugely important."

Here's hoping those seasonal sniffles will soon be a thing of the past.

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It's officially summer season, and summer season means summer pints and summer G&Ts. Ooops.

It's safe to say when the sun hits we can get a little carried away, and end up with a hangover that goes on for daaaays.

Some of us turn to a greasy fry-up or a crazy smoothie to keep the demons in our heads and bellies at bay – But, over in Asia, they have a very different approach and we totally love it.

Ice cream. Yep, ICE CREAM. 

Grapefruit flavoured ice cream bars have been introduced in South Korea and claim to totally reverse the symptoms of a hangover.

The wonderful ice cream bars, known as Gyeondyo-bar (or the hang-in-there bar) contain an ingredient from raisin tree extract, which has been known to cure hangovers in Korea since the 17th century.

It may be a while until they hit our shores, but imagine the relief of eating an ice cream AND curing your hangover all at once? Yes, please… 

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Hiccups are probably one of the most annoying things in the world. And when you get them, it seems like they will just NOT go away. 

But the next time you get a bout of involuntary respiratory spasms, try to cease them with a bottle of bitters and a lemon. 

Bartenders swear by this trick because they always have a bottle of bitters on hand. And how does it work, you ask?

Slice a lemon into a wedge and douse several drops of bitters on top. Then either chew or eat it for a minute or so. 

If the taste is too sour for you, you can sprinkle a little sugar on top too. And that's it ladies – no more hiccups!

The cure has apparently been around for a good while, but never really took off because of other theories – holding your breathe and drinking water backwards, we're looking at you. 

And hey, you can then make a tasty drink out of what's left!

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You may have an upset stomach for a number of reasons. Whatever the reason, try these home remedies to help get rid of that sick feeling. You will be surprised how effective they are and how you have most of them in your kitchen cupboard already.

Burnt toast
It may not sound too appealing for everybody, but the char takes in the toxins that are causing you to feel sick.

Ginger
Ginger is a well known cure for upset stomachs and in fact, it is true. It neutralises stomach acid which is causing the sick feeling. It is available in many forms, but we especially love it as a hot drink.

Peppermint
The menthol in peppermint leaves is very helpful for when you are feeling sick. Try sucking on a sweet or making yourself a peppermint tea.

Fresh lemon
The smell of citrus in lemons can calm your stomach. Cut it in half and position it close enough that you can smell it. 

Frozen fruit
Sucking on frozen fruit may not sound particularly effective, but it is. The sharp flavour of a lemon or lime can cure your stomach and help you take your mind off it.

 

 

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The Juice People, based in Covent Garden in London, have invented a juice that, according to them, is the answer to your hay fever woes. They claim that the juice, which is made of pineapple, lemon, apple and ginger, is so full of vitamin C in order to “enhance its pollen-levelling effects and minimise the immune system’s response”.

Adrianna Stoyanova, The Juice People’s in house nutritionist, says that sufferers should drink the juice every morning, and have another throughout the day if they need it. According to her:

“The juice works as a fabulous alternative to conventional Hayfever remedies,

“The ingredients have natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties that help to supress and relieve the symptoms of hay fever as well as aiding your body in the fight against the pollen.

“The pineapple, apple and lemon produce a serious kick of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that you should be taking more of throughout the summer if you suffer from hayfever.

“As an all-natural remedy this fights with your body rather than against it and also helps to boost energy and aid nutrition.”

You can make the juice yourself by blending one thumb size piece of ginger, half an unwaxed lemon (including zest and skin), a 4cm wedge of pineapple and one apple.

Well, you may as well try – it can’t do any harm!

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