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New study examines if common cold virus could cure cancer

The cure for bladder cancer could be as simple as catching a cold, according to a small study published Thursday. Researchers at the University of Surrey in England found that a certain strain of the cold virus — coxsackievirus, or CVA21 — is capable of destroying cancer cells in the bladder, The Telegraph reported. Fifteen patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer were injected with CVA21 through a catheter one week before surgery to remove tumors. Post-surgery tissue analysis showed that the virus not only targeted and killed cancer cells — but reproduced itself, making it even more powerful. “The virus gets inside cancer cells and kills them by triggering an immune protein and that leads to signalling of other immun ...