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Modified herpes virus key to new cancer treatment

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Scientists in London have overseen an international trial of a new treatment that could be available as a game-changing new treatment for skin cancer within 12 months.

It uses a genetically-modified cold sore virus, which has been developed to make it harmless for patients but deadly to cancer cells. The virus multiplies inside the cancer cells, until it destroys them by exploding out of them.

Results from a Phase III trial involving patients with aggressive, inoperable forms of the disease showed the therapy can eradicate tumours and halt their growth.

The trial was led by Professor Kevin Harrington at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Rat droppings in fake beauty goods

Police are warning people about using counterfeit beauty products after substances such as rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were found in seized goods.

Make-up, perfume and sun cream are among the phony items being highlighted by the City of London Police.

If you have been affected by the sale of fake cosmetics please get in touch using the email address contactus@itvlondon.com.

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Broccoli could hold the key to treating osteoarthritis

An ingredient in broccoli could help with osteoarthritis Credit: PA

Research conducted at the Royal Veterinary College in London has suggested that an artificial version of an ingredient in broccoli could be used as a treatment for osteoarthritis.

The compound sulforophane is known to block the inflammation and damage to cartilage associated with the condition. However, in its natural form it is too unstable to turn into a medicine.

Instead the UK drug company Evgen Pharma has developed a stable synthetic version of the chemical which could potentially be used in pill form. A single dose of it would be equivalent to eating two and a half kilograms of broccoli.

In tests on mice affected by osteoarthritis, the drug, known as Sulforadex, significantly improved bone architecture, balance and movement.

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