Children’s Medical Center Researchers Tie Gene To Pediatric Cancer, Hope To Spur New Treatments

Dallas researchers have pinpointed a gene that fuels the development of several pediatric cancers, a finding that could serve as an impetus for pharmaceutical companies to develop new cancer treatments that help without using chemotherapy. A team at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwesternpublished a white paper in the journal Cancer Cell on Monday tying an overactive gene that typically regulates puberty timing, glucose, and metabolism in children with the development of cancers like neuroblastoma and hepatoblastoma, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of pediatric liver tumors. The gene, named Lin28b, has...
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’46 Mommas’ Go Bald to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

Indiana mom Allison Smith, who shaved in honor of her son Jackson, a brain tumor survivor. Photo by Connor Sumner.  When Maisy Yeager’s son, Zarek, was just 8 years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia. “It’s horrible, hearing the words ‘Your kid has cancer,’” Yaeger, a pharmaceutical biochemist from Massachusetts, told Yahoo Health. “It’s unimaginable, the dread of loss you feel.” Luckily, Zarek is now cancer-free, making it through years of draining surgeries and steroid treatments that turned the family’s world upside down. But countless other children —...
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Little Girl Has Big Birthday Wish

Middletown, N.J.  – Each summer the Middletown Arts Center (MAC) provides a creative atmosphere for hundreds of campers of all ages from across Middletown and surrounding communities. This summer four-year old Natalie Grace Gorsegner of Middletown attended camp at the MAC to prepare for school, following a two-year battle with cancer. Her courageous and philanthropic spirit has inspired an entire community to work towards raising $150,000 for childhood cancer research and awareness by her birthday on September 28, 2014. Natalie Grace Gorsegner was diagnosed on August 16, 2012 with high-risk Acute...
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