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Researchers use cold sores virus to fight cancer, calls for magic mushrooms to tackle mental health problems, and new hope for diabetes

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

Researchers have said that a genetically-engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows ‘real promise’ for treating skin cancer, reports the BBC.

The modified herpes virus is harmless to normal cells but when injected into tumours it replicates and releases substances to help fight the cancer.

Trial results published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology show the therapy could lengthen survival by years, however this is only for some melanoma patients.

Elsewhere, the Telegraph reports that magic mushrooms should be legally reclassified so it can be used to treat mental health problems, according to a leading psychiatrist.

Honorary lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, James Rucker, said legal restrictions should be lifted on psychedelic drugs, which could provide an effective treatment for anxiety and addictions.

Eating a high-fibre diet packed with cereals and vegetables is the simplest way to beat diabetes, according to new research reported in the Express.


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