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Doctors are treating cancer with polio — and it’s working: 60 Minutes

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Doctors at Duke University are experimenting with injecting a modified version of the polio virus into cancerous tumors and are finding that it helps destroy the tumors, reports 60 Minutes.

The brainchild of Dr. Matthias Gromeier, a molecular biologist at Duke Medical Center, the idea that cancerous cells could be destroyed using the virus was once dismissed, but now is getting serious attention based upon early results.

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“I got a range of responses, from crazy to you’re lying…most people just thought it was too dangerous,” said Gromeier, after he proposed his idea.

According to Dr. Henry Friedman, a neuro-oncologist and deputy director of the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, “I thought he was nuts.”

“I really thought he was using a weapon that produced paralysis,” said Friedman who has been researching a cure for glioblastoma for more than 30 years. “This, to me, is the most promising therapy I have seen in my career, period.”

Gromeir explained that human cancers develop protective measures to make them invisible to the immune system, but he said the polio treatment removes that shield and allows the immune system to attack.

Researchers believe that the re-engineered polio virus starts killing the tumor, but then the body’s own immune system does the real killing.

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Today, after research, animal trials, and early successful human clinical trials, researchers are taking Gromeier’s idea very seriously.

One patient — retired cardiologist Dr. Fritz Andersen, who has undergone the treatment — is a believer, saying, “I feel it’s a cure and I live my life that way.”

Watch the video below from 60 Minutes:

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Mike Pompeo’s meltdown during interview over Ukraine questions was ‘not the first time’: report

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo screamed at NPR “All Things Considered” co-host Mary Louise Kelly for asking questions about Ukraine during an interview.

Pompeo has been implicated in the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress scandal for which Trump is being impeached.

The Trump administration cabinet official reportedly "cursed at her, dropping f-bombs, made her point to Ukraine on an unmarked map (she did)," according to NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

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Republican Martha McSally absolutely destroyed by GOP consultant for her defense of Trump

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Interim-Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) was shut down on Twitter on Friday by a top Republican as she tried to defend President Donald Trump on Twitter.

House impeachment managers have argued that America cannot wait until the 2020 election to pass judgment on Trump, as the first article of impeachment was passed because the House of Representatives concluded he was attempting to cheat in the election.

"The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box. For we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) charged on Friday.

McSally said Schiff was wrong and judgment on Trump should be decided by the voters, even if Trump was caught cheating.

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Mike Pompeo screamed at reporter she couldn’t find Ukraine on a map — she did and the interview was shut down

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went off on an NPR reporter during an interview, according to a transcript of the full interview and the report from Kelly on air.

"All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly has reported on national security and foreign policy for decades. Ahead of her interview with Pompeo, she cleared with the State Department that they could discuss Ukraine and Iran as part of their interview. It was approved. Yet, when the moment came, Pompeo lost his cool.

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