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University Of Michigan Researchers Find Potential Way To Fight Brain Tumors

University of Michigan Health System
University of Michigan Health System

Medical science may be one step closer to preventing the formation of malignant brain tumors. A University of Michigan study has found suppressing the production of certain proteins can help the body's immune system eradicate cancerous cells. 

If left untreated these proteins prevent the body from detecting a problem until it is too late. 

The study's co-author Dr. Maria Castro says the Gliomas family of brain tumors are incredibly dangerous, "It doesn't respect socio-economic boundaries, and or ages, and or races, and it's the most aggressive type of brain cancer for which there is no cure.

More than 24,000 people in the US are diagnosed with brain cancer each year.

The study's co-author Dr. Pedro Lowenstein says now that they understand how these cells and proteins work, they can begin developing ways to harness the discovery.

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Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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