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Cancers could be ‘softened up’ pre chemotherapy, child mental health budgets cut or frozen and stem cell injection kills pain in mice

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

Researchers at the University of Manchester suggest that it could be possible to ‘soften up’ cancers before hitting them with chemotherapy drugs, reports the BBC.

A study revealed that tumours can become resistant to commonly used drugs but the researchers indicate that drugs already in development may be able to counter this resistance to make chemotherapy more effective.

A 5 News investigation has revealed that nearly half of CCGs have frozen or cut their children’s mental health service budgets.

Of the CCGs who responded to a 5 News Freedom of Information request, 46% said they have cut or frozen their projected budget for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for this financial year.

Finally, A new study by Duke University has discovered that a bone marrow stem cell injection could kill pain for more than a month, according to a report in the Daily Mail. The study found the stem cell therapy relieved neuropathic pain in mice caused by nerve damage.

Professor Ru-Rong Ji of the Duke School of Medicine said: ‘This analgesic effect was amazing. Normally, if you give an analgesic, you see pain relief for a few hours, at most a few days. But with bone marrow stem cells, after a single injection we saw pain relief over four to five weeks.’

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