Monday, September 26, 2005

Immune boost' to fight cancer

Scientists say they have found a way to boost the body's immune system which could also help stave off cancer.

The Mayo Clinic team were inspired by what they observed among healthcare workers accidentally exposed to HIV and who then received anti-viral treatment.

These workers remained healthy and free of HIV. The therapy dramatically increased the number of immune cells the body made to fight the infection.

The drugs could help people fight off cancer in a similar way, they believe. ------------------