Monday, July 22, 2013

How Cytomegalovirus May Tie Into Brain Tumor Research

By Rob Sutter

Brain tumor research usually entails looking at the condition itself without going much further, doesn't it? It is, from my perspective, an endeavor that is actually pretty concentrated and there doesn't seem to be much evidence indicating that there are strong links to other conditions. Of course, that's why there are reports which exist and I think that one piqued my interest for this reason. One possible condition may just be the one that is able to elevate the instance of this cancer in the body.

There was a written piece on Science Daily which made a correlation to this type of condition along with cytomegalovirus. I'm sure that there are many who don't understand what this condition entails but it is one that is prevalent in Americans. Keep in mind that it does not cause cancer but rather impacts tumor growth in general. Due to its nature of being able to silent the P53 and NF1 genes, cancer cells do not die before they become malignant, which plays into the condition occurring, as you may imagine.

A medical journal talked about the condition in greater detail, which can help in terms of brain tumor research. According to "Cancer Research," about 50 to 80 percent of Americans are infected with CMV by the age of 40. One of the ways that this virus is transmitted is through contact via saliva. While the symptoms may arise sooner, it seems like it will remain dormant until a particular period of time; while not directly related, it seems like these findings can be important for organizations like V.A.B.C.

There are symptoms which can tied into cytomegalovirus, though it seems like the prevalence of them varies depending on the onset. Those who are contracted with the condition before birth barely show any signs that they have it. Teenagers, on the other hand, may exhibit signs of their own, some of the most common being fatigue and muscle aches. These are just some of the smaller ones, as the ones which seem to impact individuals on a biological basis include enlarged spleens as well as livers.

I believe that brain tumor research can be helped, whether or not this particular story comes into play. If it does, though, then I have to believe that therapies will be made better and I can only hope that it's the case. CMV, like the cancer it is supposedly linked to, does not have any solid cure to speak of. However, I'm confident that it will change in due time and that the work done for a number of years will pay off in great amounts.

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