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Vaccine that Could Cure and Even Prevent Brain Cancer Developed by Scientists

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In Boston, a potentially-revolutionary treatment for deadly brain cancer is showing promising early signs in mice both for the eradication and prevention of tumors and individual cancer cells.

A vaccine in the true sense of the word, the method involves repurposing living cancer cells to destroy the tumors which spawned them.

Cancer cells have very particular characteristics, one of which potentially makes them even better cancer-killers than immune molecules. That characteristic is their ability to travel long distances through the body returning to the tumor they came from.

By using a similar technique to CRISPR called CRISP-CAS9, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston were able to change proteins within the living cancer cells to prime tumors and other cells for destruction. The priming got the immune system involved, which then resulted in the mice in immunological memory just like vaccines for viruses.

In experiments, it worked on mice carrying cells derived from humans, mimicking what will happen in patients, which had the deadliest form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

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Monkeypox vaccine clinic to be held in Watertown Friday, next Thursday

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WATERTOWN — The Jefferson County Public Health Service will be hosting two JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine clinics today and next week.

The JYNNEOS vaccine is a two-dose vaccine for the prevention of monkeypox in those 18 and older that are to be given at least four weeks apart. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose.

The clinics will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today and from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who may want to get vaccinated include those who were a close contact of someone with monkeypox, those with a sexual partner from the previous two weeks who has been diagnosed with monkeypox, a man who has had sex with other men, a transgender or non-binary person who in the last two weeks has had sex with multiple partners; those who have had sex at a commercial sex venue; and those who have had sex at an event, or in an area where monkeypox transmission is occurring.

People who may be exposed, according to the CDC, are men who have sex with other men, a transgender or non-binary person who has a new diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease such as acute HIV, chancroid, chlamydia or gonorrhea, as well as people whose sexual partner identifies with any of the scenarios, or a person who anticipates experiencing any of the scenarios.

People who were exposed to monkeypox should get vaccinated within four days — doing so may prevent getting the disease or could potentially make it less severe, the CDC says.

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Watertown residents respond to lift of state’s mask-or-vax rule

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WATERTOWN — Whether they are pro-mask or not, people seem ready to leave the decision to require masks be worn in public up to individuals and not the state.

A half-dozen people interviewed at random in Watertown on Wednesday, shortly after Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul announced that the requirement to enter a business with a mask or proof of COVID-19 vaccination would be lifted on Thursday, said they’ve always understood why wearing masks is important.

They all said they have taken COVID-19 seriously and have taken precautions like masking and getting vaccinated. Still, most felt the requirement was a driver of tension, and that it’s time to leave it up to the bar owner, hardware store or gas station — and they would respect what the sign on the door says with or without a state requirement.

“If you feel comfortable wearing one then wear it,” said Ron DaLuke, a Watertown resident. “I’ll wear mine if I remember it. As far as it being enforced, that’s a pretty tough deal to say ‘You have to wear this.’”

He said he understands that wearing a mask protects others, but now is not the right time to get combative with those who don’t wear masks.

“Are you going to walk into the store and because a person there isn’t wearing a mask, are you going to go over there and punch them?” he said. “No, you wear your mask, keep your distance and just go about your business.”

Amanda Fuller, a lifelong Watertown resident, is sick of the masks, but she has a child whose immune system is compromised.

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