Learn how tobacco plants, typically known as a cause of cancer, may also help to fight the disease in this medical report.
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Allison Chow: For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Allison Chow from Queen's University. From Chicago - According to research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, tobacco plants, typically known as a cause of cancer, may also help to fight the disease. Researchers infected tobacco plants with a virus that included a specific antibody from patients' cancer cells which, when extracted from the plant a week later, resulted in a personalized cancer vaccine. In a study of 16 patients with follicular B-cell lymphoma, 70% developed an immune response with no side effects. From Belfast - According to research published in Neurology, taking the epilepsy drug Topamax in early pregnancy may increase the risk for birth defects. In a study of 178 live births, 31 pregnancies resulted in an abnormality of some kind, with 16 of these being a major congenital malformation. Despite these concerns, the researchers state that maintaining epilepsy treatment during pregnancy is important as seizures may harm the fetus. And finally, from Toronto - According to research in Biological Psychiatry, deep brain stimulation is showing promise for the treatment of depression. Deep brain stimulation involves sending electrical impulses through implanted electrodes in the brain. In a study of 20 patients, the treatment was shown to provide relief in 60% of those suffering from depression after one year of study. For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Allison Chow from Queen's University.