"The Illness That Never Ends"

If things are going too well for you, if you're too happy, this piece on viral infections will help bring you right down.

Murray could only conclude one thing: the effects of the West Nile virus were lasting for a really long time in otherwise healthy individuals. The root cause remained a mystery. She didn’t know whether the symptoms were the result of the body’s immune response gone haywire or whether some people still harbored remnants of the initial infection that triggered ongoing symptoms.

"How The Cures For Cancer Snuck Up On Us"

Immunotherapy sounds very encouraging.

Her doctors told her that the median survival for people in her situation was 12 years. That means, roughly, that half of people diagnosed will die before 12 years, and half will die after. “It changes your thoughts on life,” she says. “You think, all right, do one thing that frightens you every day. So I look in the mirror each morning.” She laughs.

Now, Davis has been cancer-free for four years, after being treated with an experimental drug called obinutuzumab in a trial at Southampton University’s immunotherapy department.