Exclusive: CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky Unveils Agency Initiative to Address Racism in Health
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that health is a commodity bestowed readily on some and denied to so many others. Within months of the COVID-19 virus reaching U.S. shores, it became clear that the disease hit certain groups harder, contributing to more severe illness and higher hospitalization and death rates among Black, Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and those of lower socioeconomic status. The reason for that skewed impact doesn’t have so much to do with biology or genetics as it does a myriad of other factors, such as where people live, how clean the air they breathe ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

What are the risk factors for experiencing side effects from childhood cancer treatments?
(Wiley) Steroids are essential for treating children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow, but they can cause severe side effects such as psychological reactions and sleep problems. An analysis published in Psycho-Oncology of all relevant studies published to date indicates that there's insufficient high-quality research investigating the risk factors for these side effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inside Ibogaine, One of the Most Promising and Perilous Psychedelics for Addiction
Amber Capone had become afraid of her husband. The “laid-back, bigger than life and cooler than cool” man she’d married had become isolated, disconnected and despondent during his 13 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL. Typically, he was gone 300 days of the year, but when he was home, Amber and their two children walked on eggshells around him. “Everyone was just playing nice until he left again,” Amber says. In 2013, Marcus retired from the military. But life as a civilian only made his depression, anger, headaches, anxiety, alcoholism, impulsivity and violent dreams worse. Sometimes he’d get up...
Source: TIME: Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized Drugs feature Magazine Mental Health Source Type: news

Adding in Stem Cell Therapy Helps Beat a Common Childhood Leukemia
Title: Adding in Stem Cell Therapy Helps Beat a Common Childhood LeukemiaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/2/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/2/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - April 2, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Low-calorie diet and mild exercise improve survival for young people with leukemia
In some cancers, including leukemia in children and adolescents, obesity can negatively affect survival outcomes. Obese young people with leukemia are 50% more likely to relapse after treatment than their lean counterparts.Now,a study led by researchers at UCLA and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has shown that a combination of modest dietary changes and exercise can dramatically improve survival outcomes for those with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer.The researchers found that patients who reduced their calorie intake by 10% or more and adopted a moderate exercise program imm...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 1, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Stem cell transplants prevent relapses of most common childhood cancer
(University of Virginia Health System) Children and young adults who receive CAR T-cell therapy for the most common childhood cancer - acute lymphoblastic leukemia - suffer remarkably fewer relapses and are far more likely to survive when the treatment is paired with a subsequent stem cell transplant, a new study finds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 1, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Low-calorie diet and mild exercise improve survival for young people with leukemia
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) A study led by researchers at UCLA and CHLA has shown that a combination of modest dietary changes and exercise can dramatically improve survival outcomes for those with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 1, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

COVID-19 Impacting Caregivers of Children With Cancer
MONDAY, March 15, 2021 -- Caregivers of childhood cancer survivors are experiencing changes to medical care, financial disruptions, and emotional distress due to COVID-19, according to a study published in the April issue of Pediatric Blood&... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 15, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Placenta is a dumping ground for genetic defects
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The first study of the genomic architecture of the human placenta confirms that the normal structure of the placenta is different to any other human organ and resembles that of a tumour, harbouring many of the same genetic mutations found in childhood cancers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 10, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Funding the future of cancer research
(Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy) From improving immunotherapy response in childhood cancer patients, to better understanding how cancer's spread to the liver affects the body's immune system, to helping T cells stay energized to fight cancer, The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI)'s 2021 class of early career researchers award recipients are pursuing ideas that have the potential to change the face of oncology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 3, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health: First global study of pandemic's impact on childhood cancer care reveals worldwide effects
(The Lancet) The COVID-19 pandemic has had major impacts on childhood cancer care worldwide, according to a survey of more than 300 clinicians from 200 hospitals worldwide published in The Lancet Child& Adolescent Health journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 3, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Origin of childhood cancer malignant rhabdoid tumour discovered
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The first proof of the origin of malignant rhabdoid tumour (MRT), a rare childhood cancer, has been discovered by researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Princess M á xima Center for Pediatric Oncology in the Netherlands, and their collaborators. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 3, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Socioeconomic status plays a major role in cognitive outcomes
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) Childhood cancer and its treatment can result in cognitive struggles. St. Jude scientists are studying the risk factors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 1, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Pediatric onco-nephrology: Time to spread the word
(Le Bonheur Children's Hospital) The need for pediatric nephrologists to develop a special expertise in the onco-nephrology field is increasingly important as childhood cancer rates have been on the rise and new therapy protocols are advancing, according to a Pediatric Nephrology article published by Le Bonheur Nephrologist Arwa Nada, MD. Nada also serves as a consulting nephrologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 1, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Nigeria: Collaborating for a Cancer-Free World for Children and Adolescents in Nigeria
[Nigeria Health Watch] On the 15th of February every year, the world observes the International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD). It is a global collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, as well as the survivors and their families. A cancer diagnosis is upsetting at any age, but especially when the patient is a child. The ICCD helps foster an increased appreciation and deeper understanding of issues and challenges impacting children and a (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

St. Jude sees donations skyrocket with SpaceX partnership
Though not technically a moonshot, fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital hit record levels after the Inspiration4 space flight announcement and a high-profile commercial during the Super Bowl. On Feb. 1, St. Jude and ALSAC, its fundraising and awareness organization, announced the first all-civilian space mission would have ties to the hospital’s curing childhood cancer mission. Jared Isaacman, the commander of the Inspiration4 mission, tabbed St. Jude as the charitable partner… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Researchers identify gene implicated in neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer
(Mayo Clinic) A new study by Mayo Clinic researchers has identified that a chromosome instability gene, USP24, is frequently missing in pediatric patients with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. The finding provides important insight into the development of this disease. The study is published in Cancer Research, the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 17, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Namibia: Cancer Association Remains Steadfast in Mission to Fight Cancer and Its Consequences
[Namibia Economist] The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) joined global partners in a campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, on World Childhood Cancer Day on 15 February. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Researchers identify gene implicated in neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? A new study by Mayo Clinic researchers has identified that a chromosome instability gene,?USP24,?is frequently missing in pediatric patients with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. The finding provides important insight into the development of this disease. The study is published in Cancer Research, the journal of the American Association for [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - February 15, 2021 Category: Research Source Type: news

Researchers identify potential revolutionary new drug treatment for fatal childhood cancer
(Children's Cancer Institute Australia) Research paper published reveals potential revolutionary drug combination that could become an effective treatment for DIPG. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Stirring up conflicts in tumour cells
(University of W ü rzburg) With two commercially available inhibitors, the cell cycle of the cancer cells in the childhood tumour neuroblastoma can be disrupted at a key point causing tumour cell death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 11, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Targeting more childhood cancers, Peninsula biotech raises $130M
The company plans to double its size this year while shrinking tumors in the most common form of pediatric brain cancer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 10, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Emil Freireich, Groundbreaking Cancer Researcher, Dies at 93
He helped devise a successful chemotherapy regimen for childhood leukemia, which had long been a death sentence. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Sandomir Tags: Frei, Emil III (1924-2013) Deaths (Obituaries) Leukemia National Cancer Institute National Institutes of Health University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center Blood Donation Freireich, Emil Source Type: news

Pioneering Cancer Researcher Emil Freireich Dies at 93
The oncologist developed lifesaving childhood leukemia treatments and revolutionized chemotherapy. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 5, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

New drug targets for childhood cancer neuroblastoma identified
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The largest single cell study to date of the childhood cancer, neuroblastoma, has discovered that all neuroblastomas arise from a single type of embryonic cell called sympathoblasts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 5, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Induced Abortion Rates Not Up for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Likelihood of first pregnancy was reduced for childhood cancer survivors compared with population controls (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - January 25, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

Study: Women who survive cancer as kids nearly 30% less likely to have children
Women who suffered from cancer in childhood are 28% less likely to become pregnant as adults than other women, according to a study published Monday by the journal CANCER. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Induced Abortion Rates Not Up for Childhood Cancer Survivors
MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2021 -- Childhood cancer survivors (CCSs) have a reduced likelihood for first pregnancy but are not more likely to have induced abortions, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in Cancer. Johanna M. Melin, M.D., Ph.D., from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Childhood cancer survivors are not more likely to terminate their pregnancies
(Wiley) Study finds they have a reduced likelihood of becoming pregnant, however. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Living Legacy in Pediatric Cancer Research
Even as he was dying, he worked to raise awareness of pediatric cancer. Now scientists are using his cells to help others. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Gubar Tags: Children and Childhood Tumors Cancer Research Cancer (Journal) Purdue University Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes in unprecedented times: Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo was nominated for Health Care Heroes for his work in launching the Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer, a collaboration between St. Jude Global and the International Society of Paediatric Oncology. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Susan Ellis Source Type: news

Celia Milstein obituary
My friend Celia Milstein, who has died aged 92, was among those who contributed to the invention of monoclonal antibodies, which led to the Nobel prize for medicine of 1984, won by her husband,C ésar Milstein, with Georges Kohler and Niels Jerne. Monoclonal antibodies are used in both treatment and diagnosis of diseases, including cancers, and are being trialled against Covid-19.Celia was born and grew up in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, to Efrain Prilleltensky, an accountant, and his wife, Ana (nee Davidson), both immigrants from the Ukraine who spoke Yiddish. She recalled her childhood as full of beauty.Continue ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Lawrence Tags: Immunology Medicine Biochemistry and molecular biology Education Medical research Science Source Type: news

Link Between Major Birth Defects and Increased Risk for Cancer Link Between Major Birth Defects and Increased Risk for Cancer
The link with childhood cancer is already well established, but a new review shows that it persists into adulthood, although the risk decreases with time.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - December 15, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Although Childhood Cancer Survival Rates Have Improved, Survivors Face Disability-Related Challenges Throughout Adulthood
Survivors of childhood cancer have an increased risk of experiencing disabling conditions, both from the cancer itself and from the effects of treatment, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - December 9, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Birth Defects Tied to Higher Cancer Risk
Major birth defects are associated with an increased risk for cancer in childhood. New research suggests the risk persists into adulthood. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Birth Defects Genetics and Heredity Cancer BMJ (Journal) Source Type: news

Genetic variants linked to heart health in African American childhood cancer survivors
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have identified genetic variants in African American childhood cancer survivors that have implications for up-front care and long-term surveillance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

IU researchers publish first article dedicated to Hoosier youth's donated tumor
(Indiana University School of Medicine) Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have published their work about a specific type of childhood cancer in the peer-reviewed, international oncology journal, Cancers. This research involves a combination therapy that significantly slows tumor growth in models, which includes a model established from cells taken from tumors donated by Tyler Trent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mothers ’ stress may lead to preterm births, faster aging in children
This study is among the first to point out that, yes, it does matter.“It may even be more influential than prenatal health because some of what is put in motion before conception may be hard to stop during pregnancy,” she added. “For example, a mother with dysregulated immune function due to stress may be at risk when she becomes pregnant. The abundance of stre ss for low-income parents is potent and potentially high risk for them and their children.”These findings, Dunkel Schetter said, support the case for devoting more resources to programs for preconception health and well-being.Both studies wer...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 30, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

New immunotherapy shows promise against rare childhood cancer
(University College London) A novel CAR T-cell therapy developed by researchers at UCL and designed to target cancerous tumours, has shown promising early results in children with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What are Potential Problems Associated with Helicobacter pylori?
Discussion Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a microaerophilis, spiral bacterium that is a prevalent human pathogen. How this infection affects individuals is different in adults and children. Overall seroprevalence rate in children world-wide was estimated to be ~33%, but this seroprevalence rate is decreasing in the developed world for both adults and children. It is acquired in childhood and can persist through colonization throughout life if untreated. Fortunately, it often is asymptomatic and generally does not cause serious disease in children. Some serotyping data shows that within families children acquire it more...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 23, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Sara Federico, M.D., receives NCI award for leadership in developing clinical trials
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) Sara Federico, MD, received the NCI award for substantial impact in the field of childhood solid tumors through the development and conduct of clinical trials (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 18, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Breakthrough in childhood brain cancer will save lives
(Newcastle University) A scientific breakthrough has enabled experts to predict relapse in a common childhood cancer and means doctors can tailor treatment for each individual child and improve prognosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 17, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Anti-depressant repurposed to treat childhood cancer
(Karolinska Institutet) A new study has found that a commonly prescribed anti-depressant may halt growth of a type of cancer known as childhood sarcoma, at least in mice and laboratory cell experiments. The findings, from researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas, ignite hope of novel treatment strategies against this disease. The study is published in the journal Cancer Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Patient Treated With Experimental Therapy For Deadly Childhood Brain Cancer
The trial being run at Seattle Children's Hospital hopes to test the therapy on at least 12 patients with DIPG (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Victoria Forster, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science business pharma & Source Type: news

Trials Underway Using Experimental CAR T-Cell Therapy For Deadly Childhood Brain Cancer
The trials being run at hospitals in Stanford and Seattle will evaluate the CAR T-cells in small numbers of patients to assess the feasibility and safety of the treatment. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Victoria Forster, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science Editors' Pick editors-pick business pharma & Source Type: news

Childhood cancer therapies cost effective in sub-Saharan Africa
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - November 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Highly effective tumor detection strategy for common childhood brain tumors
(Texas A&M University) A team of scientists at Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital have developed a way to more accurately both detect and monitor a common type of pediatric brain cancer, setting the stage for giving clinicians a real-time view into how the cancer responds to treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 21, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Tumor DNA in spinal fluid could help doctors better monitor childhood brain cancer
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Researchers have demonstrated that a new liquid biopsy approach overcomes traditional barriers to quickly and efficiently diagnose and monitor high-grade pediatric gliomas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 21, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Three new trans-Atlantic research teams to study hard-to-treat childhood cancers
(Stand Up To Cancer) While incredible progress has been made in advancing pediatric cancer research, critical unmet needs still exist. The Stand Up To Cancer-Cancer Research UK Pediatric Cancer New Discoveries Challenge has awarded three new teams of scientists in both the UK and the US with up to $1 million over two years to improve therapies for cancers that impact children and young people and are particularly difficult to treat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 19, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Malawi: Bwaila Lions Tips Parents On Childhood Cancer
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -- Bwaila Lions Club has appealed to parents to be keen on identifying signs of childhood cancer among their children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 12, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news