Breakthrough in Understanding Common Childhood Cancer

Scientists studying one of the most common forms of childhood cancer have made an important breakthrough in understanding how the disease progresses. Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer of the nervous system that mainly affects babies and young children. It often begins in the adrenal gland but in around half of cases the condition […]

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Prevalent Form of Childhood Leukaemia May Be Preventable

Early exposure to common microbes could stop leukemia from manifesting in children An analysis of more than 30 years of research has revealed the underlying cause of the most common form of leukemia in children. Research compiled in Nature Reviews Cancer on May 21, 2018 suggests that acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) occurs by a two-step […]

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Leukaemia Drug May Help Treating Childhood Brain Cancer

Researchers describe a new use of leukaemia drug, nilotinib, to treat a subtype of medulloblastoma, a deadly paediatric brain cancer. According to a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego, medication used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia could be more effective at stopping […]

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Foodie Friday: Is Oats Healthy?
oatmeal-is-good plates of oatmeal made in various ways

According to a survey done in 2008 by Decision Analyst, out of a list of 70 different foods, Americans believe that oatmeal is one of the top four foods most beneficial to your health. Another survey of members of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that 97% of the nutritionists thought that oatmeal is healthy. […]

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Long-Term Cardiomyopathy Risk in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Recently, an analysis of long-term cardiomyopathy risk in 28,000 childhood cancer survivors in the US and Europe was done. Researchers compared 4 chemotherapy drugs with development of cardiomyopathy (diseases of the heart muscle). They found exposure to different anthracyclines results in different long-term cardiovascular risk. Heart disease is a leading cause of early death from non-cancer causes […]

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Presence in Times of Pain

The one thing that we can all agree on is that Cancer is very painful at the best of times. Pain is very difficult to cope with both for the person fighting this dreadful disease and for anyone else in their presence in times of pain. Very often we do not know what to do […]

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Childhood Cancer in Africa – Part 1

A review was done on Childhood Cancer in Africa and published in Paediatric Blood & Cancer in April 2014, to describe the current status of childhood cancer treatment in Africa, as documented in publications, dedicated websites and information collected through surveys. It was hoped that the overview would influence health-care policies to facilitate access to […]

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Could Elephant Genes Hold the Key to Curing Cancer?

In a study by scientists from the University of Utah and Arizona State University in conjunction with Utah’s Hogle Zoo and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, scientists said elephant genes may provide a crucial clue in the fight against human cancer. The paradox […]

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