Cavan scientist discovers way for body to fight cancer

A scientist from County Cavan has come up with a new way to help tackle cancer.

Shane Cronin's research shows that by activating the immune system with the happiness hormone Serotonin the body can fight the disease more effectively.

The scientist, who works at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), has published his groundbreaking paper on the novel way of activating the immune system in the journal, Nature.

Mr Cronin, from Ballyjamesduff, explained that activating the immune system means the body can defend itself against cancer cells and invading pathogens.

He said: "What we actually showed in the paper is that by increasing and turning up the amount of BH4, the t-cells were more aggressive and able to fight cancer much more aggressively.

"So this has very important clinical implications because the way we can turn BH4 down, we actually developed a brand new novel drug to do this, and also by turning it up, there's a drug already out there being used for completely different purposes."


Related Articles

Update: Hospital opens helpline for patients worried about BRACA genetic test results

Heartbreaking words of BBC presenter’s 3-year-old son following her death

Cancer support group withdraws service just months after opening

Bride who pledged to make happy memories with kids following cancer diagnosis passes away

More in this Section

Public should be excluded from serious sex trials in NI, judge says

Coveney praises ‘steely’ Theresa May for securing ‘good deal for Britain’

Stardust protest to take place in Dublin

Mairia Cahill has ‘no expectations’ in meeting with Mary Lou McDonald


Breaking Stories

Are ceramides the key to younger looking skin? An expert explains

9 top authors reveal the titles on their Christmas wish lists

Watching violence on screens makes children more emotionally distressed

Greece is open for winter business and this is why you should go

More From The Irish Examiner