PHOTOS: How this $1M donation at Levine Children's Hospital aids treatment of rare cancer
Levine Children's Hospital now has a specialized treatment suite for an aggressive form of childhood cancer, thanks to a $1 million donation from the Isabella Santos Foundation. The suite is equipped for MIBG treatment, which uses radiation to target high-risk neuroblastoma, a tumor typically found in the adrenal glands. The suite is divided into a lead-lined room for the child and a separate room for the parents to prevent unneeded radiation exposure. An audio-video syst em allows communication… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 29, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

New service transforms childhood cancer treatment
(Newcastle University) Children with cancer are to benefit nationally from a service which for the first time will allow doctors to personalize their treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 27, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Taking aim at a childhood cancer
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Source: ScienceNOW - November 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ferrarelli, L. K. Tags: twis Source Type: news

Beaverton lab identifies drug that turns off key gene in deadly childhood muscle cancer
The Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute is studying how a breast cancer drug candidate could impact children with an aggressive tumor in the soft muscle. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Beaverton lab identifies drug that turns off key gene in deadly childhood muscle cancer
The Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute is studying how a breast cancer drug candidate could impact children with an aggressive tumor in the soft muscle. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Scientists develop potential new treatment for common soft-tissue childhood cancer
(Trinity College Dublin) CRISPR 'genetic screens' and new approaches to drug design have provided a potential new therapy, which blocks the progression of synovial sarcoma tumors in pre-clinical trials. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Hope for non-toxic treatment for child cancer
Drug combination promising in treating neuroblastoma Related items fromOnMedica One in 10 children in phase I cancer trials respond to drugs Child cancer drug approved for NHS use Children need access to cancer drug ‘goldmine’ Higher heart risk for survivors of childhood cancer Make greater effort to protect children from methadone (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drug combination makes cancer disappear in mice with neuroblastoma
(ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation) Researchers investigating new treatments for neuroblastoma -- one of the most common childhood cancers -- have found that a combination of two drugs made tumors disappear in mice, making it more effective than any other drugs tested in these animals. The research is presented at the 30th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Dublin, Ireland. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 14, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Adolescent obesity linked to higher pancreatic cancer risk in adulthood
People who are obese as adolescents have up to a four-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer later in life Related items fromOnMedica Childhood obesity plan Local authorities urged to develop innovative plans against childhood obesity Pancreatic cancer is four separate diseases Diabetes can be warning sign for pancreatic cancer Public urged to know what pancreatic cancer symptoms to look out for (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A systematic review summarizing the state of evidence on bullying in childhood cancer patients/survivors - Collins DE, Ellis SJ, Janin MM, Wakefield CE, Bussey K, Cohn RJ, Lah S, Fardell JE.
BACKGROUND: One in four school-aged children is bullied. However, the risk may be greater for childhood cancer patients/survivors (diagnosed ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Surprising Research on Cannabis
Much of what we think we know about cannabis may soon change as a result of new research that uncovers some surprising facts. Indeed, the topic, which can be emotionally charged, is the focus of intense scientific study. Is cannabis good for you? Is it addictive? What long-term harms can use cause? The answers to these questions are multi-layered and not always clear-cut, which is why cannabis research continues with even more urgency. FACTS ON CANNABIS ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCE Current estimates are that one in 10 cannabis users will develop cannabis addiction or dependence. The potency of the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ...
Source: Psych Central - November 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Habits Healthy Living Memory and Perception Miscellaneous Drugs Neuroscience Substance Abuse Source Type: news

Childhood Cancer Survivors Benefit From HPV Vaccine Childhood Cancer Survivors Benefit From HPV Vaccine
When healthcare providers recommend the HPV vaccine to survivors of childhood cancer, the patients take the advice to heart and are more likely to get vaccinated, according to new research.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Alex Huang, M.D., Ph.D., awarded $1.35 million to conduct lifesaving childhood cancer research
(Case Western Reserve University) Leading cancer researcher, Alex Huang M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded a three-year, $1.35 million grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the Osteosarcoma Collaborative to develop new ways to treat osteosarcoma, a rare cancer that begins in the bone. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers examine health behaviors after childhood cancer diagnosis
(Wiley) In a Psycho-Oncology study of childhood cancer survivors, several health behaviors fell short of expectations for exercise and diet during early survivorship, and they remained sub-optimal upon reaching five years post-diagnosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 7, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Tiny molecule has big effect in childhood brain tumor studies
(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) A very small molecule under study at UT Health San Antonio is able to kill a childhood brain cancer, and the lead researcher said it may be possible to reduce by 90 percent the amount of chemotherapy and radiation required to kill such tumors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 7, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Study findings show promise in preventing heart disease in cancer survivors
(Washington State University) A new study by Washington State University researchers suggests that a protein called CDK2 plays a critical role in heart damage caused by doxorubicin, a commonly used chemotherapy drug. Published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, their finding could be used as the basis for future development of treatment strategies and drugs to reduce heart disease risk in cancer survivors, especially those treated in childhood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 6, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Screening Cancer Survivors for Androgen Deficiency Screening Cancer Survivors for Androgen Deficiency
Therapies used in the treatment of childhood or testicular cancer may cause the development of endocrinopathies. Should androgen deficiency screening be considered in these survivors?Clinical Endocrinology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Low-fat diet increases cancer survival rate in mice, study finds
Something as simple as a change in diet can potentially help to increase the cancer survival rate of obese children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer, according to a new study by UCLA scientists.The research team, led by Dr. Steven Mittelman, chief of pediatric endocrinology at  UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital and member of the  UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, administered the chemotherapy drug vincristine to obese and non-obese mice with leukemia. Researchers discovered that if they switched the obese mice from a high-fat to a low-fat diet immediately befor...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 1, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Breakthrough in childhood brain cancer
(Newcastle University) Scientists led by Newcastle University have been able to identify the group of children needing more intensive, aggressive chemotherapy treatment for the most common form of brain cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers identify patients facing greatest risk of cancer's return
St. Jude researchers believe gene variations could help identify pediatric cancer survivors who are especially likely to face a breast cancer diagnosis later in life. The findings of a new St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study determined that childhood cancer survivors with a specific combination of genetic variations are at a much higher risk of breast cancer compared to other survivors of pediatric cancers. Researchers found the combined effect of th e 170 common gene variations is comparable… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 31, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Caitlin Mullen Source Type: news

Genetic Risk Score IDs Breast CA Risk in Female Child CA Survivors
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- A polygenic risk score (PRS) can identify subsequent breast cancer risk among childhood survivors of cancer, according to a study published online Oct. 26 in Clinical Cancer Research. Zhaoming Wang, Ph.D., from St. Jude... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Low-fat diet increases cancer survival rate in mice, study finds
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Something as simple as a change in diet can potentially help to increase the cancer survival rate of obese children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer, according to a new study by UCLA scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 31, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Erectile Dysfunction Common in Childhood Cancer Survivors
Hispanic, other race/ethnicity; age at time of study; low testosterone levels were risk factors for ED (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - October 31, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pediatrics, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news

Erectile Dysfunction Common in Childhood Cancer Survivors
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- The prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) is 29 percent among male childhood cancer survivors (CCS), according to a research letter published online Oct. 4 in JAMA Oncology. Laura van Iersel, M.D., from St. Jude... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Childhood Abuse, Complex Trauma and Epigenetics
Epigenetics refers to the study of a natural phenomenon and to the phenomenon itself. Epigenetics is the study of the mechanisms that turn on and off the expression of our genes without altering the DNA sequence. Epigenetics is also used to refer to the changes in expression of our genes. Factors such as age, nutritional habits, psychological stress, physical activity, working habits and substance abuse can trigger changes in gene expression (Alegría-Torres, 2011). These changes in gene expression, epigenetics, happen all the time in the natural world. For example, two identical twins, born with the exact same DNA s...
Source: Psych Central - October 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Abuse Children and Teens Genetics Neuroscience PTSD Trauma Child Abuse child neglect Childhood Trauma epigenetics gene expression Transgenerational trauma Source Type: news

Scientists And Parents Band Together To Research Cures For Rare Childhood Cancer
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Source: NPR Health and Science - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Esther Landhuis Source Type: news

Small risks may have big impact on breast cancer odds of childhood cancer survivors
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists found that the combined effect of common genetic variations can dramatically increase risk of breast cancer for female pediatric cancer survivors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 26, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Genetic profiling may inform breast cancer risk in young childhood cancer survivors
(American Association for Cancer Research) A combined evaluation of common variants with small effects and rare predisposing mutations among young female childhood cancer survivors may further stratify this high-risk population for subsequent breast cancer risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 26, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

‘Weed the People’ Explores Medical Marijuana for Kids With Cancer
Marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, is growing more mainstream. Medical marijuana is now legalized in a majority of states, and 62% of Americans support legalizing it outright — but in the political realm, the plant has long been controversial. Now, a new documentary called Weed the People, which opens in some theaters in October, explores the potential of medical marijuana for childhood cancers and the regulatory hurdles facing people who want to use cannabis. The film, which was executive produced by former talk-show host Ricki Lake, follows five families using cannabis oils to treat pediatric cancers. Some...
Source: TIME: Health - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime Source Type: news

These Are the States with the Highest and Lowest Youth Obesity Rates
More than a quarter of Mississippi children ages 10 to 17 are obese, giving the state the nation’s highest rate of youth obesity, according to new data. Nationwide, nearly 16% of kids ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to a report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based on data from the 2016-2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). But rates varied significantly from state to state, ranging from Mississippi’s 26.1% to Utah’s 8.7%. The NSCH was redesigned in 2016, so it’s difficult to compare the current data with past iterations of the survey. The 2016-20...
Source: TIME: Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Obesity onetime Source Type: news

New Stem Cell Research Aims To Stop Boys Losing Fertility After Childhood Cancer Treatment
Young boys are often left infertile after childhood cancer treatment, with no way of preserving their sperm. Now, new research might allow them to father children. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Victoria Forster, Contributor Source Type: news

Grown stem cells may help men infertile from childhood cancer treatment
Researchers have figured out how to grow human stem cells to help children treated for cancer who become infertile later in life. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Future fertility: Giving hope to men who received childhood cancer treatment
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Researchers have discovered a way to grow human stem cells destined to become mature sperm in an effort to provide fertility options later in life to males who are diagnosed with cancer and undergo chemotherapy and radiation as children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Barriers to early clinical trial access for adolescents and young adults still exist
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Young cancer patients at the crossroads of childhood and adulthood seem to be stuck in a treatment impasse. A study to be presented at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich, has highlighted the existence of barriers to the inclusion of 12 to 25-year-olds in both adult and paediatric early phase clinical trials, suggesting a need for more tailored approaches to give this patient population better access to therapeutic innovation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: read the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter! This quarter, Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger wrote about her experiences at the 17th annual Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, and LGBT health information needs in her article, “LGBT Health Information Resources.” Member Highlights: Stony Brook University, Southampton, NY – learn about how the Applied Health Informatics Program at Stony Brook used NNLM MAR funding to conduct a Wellness Fair for seniors, and later...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - October 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Erectile Dysfunction Common in Childhood Cancer Survivors Erectile Dysfunction Common in Childhood Cancer Survivors
Of a sample of 1021 male survivors of childhood cancer, 29% reported having erectile dysfunction.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Childhood trauma, depression linked to higher risk of longer-term fatigue in breast cancer survivors
This study highlights the variability in people ’s experience of fatigue after treatment, which ultimately will allow for more personalized treatments for cancer survivors. In addition to psychosocial predictors, cancer treatments were also associated with fatigue trajectories. “Now that we know some of the risk factors for fatigue, and understand who are most at risk, we can really try to target those women and take more preventative measures to help them earlier in the course of their cancer experience,” said Ganz, who is also a distinguished professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Zero Hunger: our actions today are our future tomorrow
This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16   José Graziano da Silva is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsThe post Zero Hunger: our actions today are our future tomorrow appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations World Food Day 2018 Source Type: news

History of childhood abuse and risk for cervical cancer among women in low-income areas - Hindin P, Btoush R, Carmody DP.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine pathways through which childhood abuse increases the risk of cervical cancer, including smoking, stress, risky sexual behavior, and not having a Papanicolaou (Pap) test. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Nigeria:WHO Kicks Off Global Initiative to Treat Children With Cancer
[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday said it has kicked off a new Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer - with the aim of reaching at least a 60 per cent survival rate for children with cancer by 2030, thereby saving an additional one million lives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:To Fight Childhood Cancer, Foundation Advocates Early Detection
[This Day] To fight cancer in children, Founder, Dorcas Cancer Foundation, Dr. Joseph Adedayo, said early detection is key to its successful treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Bill Gates Talks to TIME About a Coming ‘Third Wave’ of Development in Africa
There’s a very big difference between simple and easy—especially when it comes to global health. It’s simple to eradicate polio—just get all children are vaccinated. It’s simple to reduce nighttime malaria infections—make sure everyone in malaria-endemic areas sleeps under a bed net. But none of that is easy. The tension between simple and easy is at play when it comes to eradicating poverty in the developing world too, as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation makes clear in its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report. In a conversation with TIME, Bill Gates points to two recent waves of...
Source: TIME: Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime public health Source Type: news

VTE Risk Persists Lifelong for Childhood Cancer Survivors
(MedPage Today) -- Consider interventions for modifiable comorbidities, with prophylaxis for high-risk survivors (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - September 21, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Terminally-ill teen marries childhood sweetheart in Florida hospital
Cancer-stricken Nina Marino,19, tied the knot with Joey Williams, 21, on September 3 in the ICU of St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Florida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TGen participates in launch of NIH-supported Kids First Data Resource Portal
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) TGen and the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) are participating in the launch of the Kids First Data Resource Portal, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The portal is designed to accelerate ways to better diagnosis, monitor and treat diverse types of pediatric diseases, including childhood cancers, by giving scientists and physicians an easy way to access large-scale genomic and clinical datasets. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Saving kids and dogs from shared cancers
Ulrike Szalay is the Founder and Executive Director of Canines-N-Kids FoundationDid you know? Dogs and children spontaneously develop a number of similar cancers. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of disease-related childhood mortality in the U.S. and affectsnearly half of all pet dogs too. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - September 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Guest Contributor Tags: cancer Source Type: news

WATCH: How Aflac is raising awareness for childhood cancer
"GMA" sponsor Aflac is giving children with cancer the chance to help communicate their feelings during grueling hospital visits with its "My Special Aflac Duck." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Personal Health: The Risks to Children From Adults Who Smoke
Even if smokers don ’ t light up in the presence of children, residue on objects can cause harm. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Smoking and Tobacco Children and Childhood Hazardous and Toxic Substances Asthma Babies and Infants Lung Cancer Parenting Bronchitis Source Type: news

Adult Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors May Struggle to Live Independently Adult Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors May Struggle to Live Independently
Adults who had brain cancer as children may have a harder time living independently and having rich professional and personal lives than people who didn't have these tumors in childhood, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news