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Human Papillomavirus (HPV), asthma, and Alzheimer’s disease are serious infections that plague people worldwide. Fortunately, researchers are trying to examine medications and vaccines to cure them.

Scientists have been working for years to develop cures for the illnesses, and it is paying off. For instance, researchers have developed a vaccine for HPV. HPV is one of the biggest causes of cervical cancer; thus, preventing it could have a high impact. In the U.K alone, cervical cancer kills about 850 women annually.

HPV vaccine reduces the risk of cervical cancer

Researchers from King’s College, London, discovered that the HPV vaccine reduces cervical cancer numbers by up to 90%. Healthcare workers started to give teenage girls the vaccine in 2008 and teenage boys in 2019.

A study published in The Lancet followed women who got the HPV vaccine. Researchers realized that it reduced pre-cancer cases by 17,200 and 450 patients for women in their 20s.

According to the CEO of Cancer Research U.K, Michelle Mitchell, it is exciting to see the first study results on HPV vaccines. Mitchell hopes that more people will use the vaccine to protect women from cervical cancer.

More than 5 million people in the U.K alone have asthma. People with asthma can often have attacks that are hindering. Luckily for them, the National Health Service (NHS) has approved life-changing medication to reduce the severity and frequency of such attacks.

Trial to treat and immunize against Alzheimer’s disease are underway

Meanwhile, researchers in Germany and the U.K are developing an antibody-based therapy that could help them create a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease. Experts have identified beta-amyloid plaques in the brain as the cause for the condition. Therefore, the study focused on triggering an immune response against the proteins.

Another study in Norway has found that people with Alzheimer’s can get blood transfusions from runners to reduce their symptoms. Researchers hope to use the chemicals released during running to slow the disease’s progression.

Scientists believe that these chemicals can rejuvenate and protect the brain. In an experiment, they concluded that people who exercise have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The results have led to a trial where doctors transfuse runners’ blood every month to participants with early signs of Alzheimer’s.