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Gene Linked to Pediatric Kidney Cancer Suggests New Strategies for Kidney Regeneration

April 14, 2014
(News release) Nearly one-third of cases of Wilms tumor, a pediatric cancer of the kidney, are linked to a gene called Lin28, according to research from Boston Children's Hospital published in the journal Genes& Development. Mice engineered to express Lin28 in their kidneys developed Wilms tumor, which regressed when Lin28 was withdrawn, indicating that strategies aimed at blocking or deactivating the gene hold therapeutic promise for children with Wilms. Studies in the mouse model further suggest that controlled expression of Lin28 can promote kidney development and therefore may hold clues to regeneration of damaged kidneys in adults.

Physician Advocates for Palliative Care Bill on Beacon Hill

April 11, 2014
Christina Ullrich, MD, a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician, went to Beacon Hill to advocate for a palliative care bill, report “ the Charlton Villager, Southbridge Evening News, Sturbridge Villager and Webster Times report.

Scientists Find Potential Drug Targets in Deadly Pediatric Brain Tumors

April 06, 2014
(News release) Researchers studying a rare, always fatal brain tumor in children have found several molecular alterations that drive the cancer, according to a new study in Nature Genetics from scientists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and McGill University. The findings identify potential new targets for drug treatments.

High School Athlete Shows Strength On-field and Off

April 04, 2014
Kyle Arieta, a high school football player who returned to the field after being treated for a brain tumor, had a special tour of Gillette Stadium and met his favorite Patriot, the Taunton Gazette and ESPN Boston report.

Nurse Lauded for Efforts with Patients

March 24, 2014
Amy Federico McVeigh has been working as a nurse for 24 years and nurse practitioner for 15. She’s been at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s for seven years, and the Mill Foundation for Kids recently recognized her with an “Above and Beyond” award, the Portsmouth Herald reports.

Medical Education to Fight Global Cancer

March 21, 2014
A group of physicians from Egypt joined colleagues from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for a medical education course to help them prepare for their roles as trainers in a new fellowship program in pediatric oncology launching in May in Cairo, reports Compass, a Harvard Medical School blog.

NH Boy Adopted from Ethiopia Finds Bone Marrow Match with African Siblings

March 10, 2014
When 12-year-old Behaylu Barry, who was adopted from Ethiopia at age 6, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, he and his family reached out to his siblings in Africa to find a match for a bone marrow transplant. They found two.

Children with Low-grade Glioma Enjoy Long-term Survival, But Less for Those Who Received Radiation

March 09, 2014
A new study finds that adult survivors of pediatric low-grade glioma have a low incidence of glioma-related death, even 20 years after diagnosis, Oncology Times reports, but children treated with radiation had a reduced overall survival and greater risk of disease death than those not receiving radiotherapy.

Attleboro Police Make Room for a Middleborough Boy with Cancer

March 06, 2014
Six-year-old Dylan Berio’s dream came true when the Attleboro Police Department inducted him, WickedLocal reports. The Middleborough boy has been battling a brain tumor since he was 3.

Sick Vt. Kids Highlight Need for Bone Marrow Donors

March 05, 2014
WCAX-TV highlights the need for bone marrow donors after meeting two Vermont children recovering from bone marrow transplants at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s.
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