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Martial arts instructors volunteer with kids fighting cancer

March 02, 2017
Karate and its ability to calm is proving to be a powerful combination to help children cope with cancer, WCVB-TV reports, in a story that features a young stem cell transplant patient.

One boy’s cure raises hopes and questions about gene therapy for sickle cell disease

March 01, 2017
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s researchers, who are developing a gene therapy trial for sickle cell disease, commented in Stat and other outlets on a case report from a different trial.

The Lifesaving Care Act

February 27, 2017
A young woman, whose treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s for Hodgkin’s lymphoma included a stem cell transplant, tells Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen how the Affordable Care Act helped her.

From moving mountains to climbing mountains, Fulton native seeks to redefine ‘possible’

February 20, 2017
A young upstate New York man, blind since leukemia spread to his eyes, is preparing to climb Mount Kilamanjaro, Oswego County (NY) Today reports.

Stem-cell-derived cells flag possible new treatment for Diamond-Blackfan anemia

February 08, 2017
Researchers were able, for the first time, to use patients’ own cells to create cells similar to those in bone marrow, and then use them to identify potential treatments for a blood disorder. The team derived the so-called blood progenitor cells from two patients with Diamond-Blackfan anemia. After converting some patient skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), researchers got the iPS cells to make blood progenitor cells.

‘It’s not an even playing field’

January 30, 2017
An emerging area of research explores the impact of poverty and financial hardship on care and outcomes for children with cancer, WBUR reports.

In overhauling Obamacare the details matter

January 27, 2017
As lawmakers consider overhauling the Affordable Care Act, a pediatric palliative care physician writes an op-ed column for Tribune News Service urging them to preserve the law’s access to palliative care for seriously ill and dying children.

Travel dreams fulfilled for 9-year-old with terminal cancer

January 20, 2017
The family of a 9-year-old with the devastating diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is filling her life with travel and other positive experiences.

Precision medicine advances pediatric brain tumor diagnosis and treatment

January 19, 2017
Precision medicine – in which diagnosis and treatments are keyed to the genetic susceptibilities of individual cancers – has advanced to the point where it can now impact the care of a majority of children with brain tumors, a new study by investigators at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center suggests.

Gene therapy trial gives Coopersville toddler second chance at life

December 07, 2016
A West Michigan toddler born with “bubble boy” disease is active and healthy, thanks to newborn screening and gene therapy, Fox 17 TV in Grand Rapids reports.
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