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‘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.

A new gene therapy transplantation technique could improve treatment of neurodegenerative disease

December 06, 2017
Alessandra Biffi, MD, led a study that shows the efficacy of a new gene therapy transplantation technique that could have future applications for treating neurodegenerative diseases.

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's again named a top national pediatric cancer program

June 27, 2017
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center the nation's #2 pediatric cancer program in its new 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals report.

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's responds to FDA approval of CAR-T cell therapy

August 30, 2017
The FDA's approval of CAR-T therapy for refractory pediatric and young adult ALL underscores the potential of CAR T-cell therapies, a form of cancer immunotherapy, to treat a wide range of cancers, researchers say.

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.

Gene Therapy 2.0

March 15, 2017
Levi Looks, diagnosed through newborn screening with “bubble boy” disease, is a healthy toddler thanks to gene therapy, resurgent now after early setbacks, MIT Technology Review reports.

Gene therapy halts progression of cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy in clinical trial

October 04, 2017
The devastating neurodegenerative disease typically affects young boys and causes death within 10 years

How a child made scientists think of cytokines as knobs instead of switches

March 09, 2017
An unusual case of a rare anemia is opening scientists up to a new way of thinking about how to adapt and employ cytokines, messenger molecules of the blood and immune system, as tools for treatment and to illustrate the promise of precision medicine, Harvard Gazette reports.

How dogs may help fight bone cancer

March 12, 2017
In the growing field of comparative oncology, veterinarians are teaming up with oncologists to study the similarities in human and canine cancer to boost cure rates for people and pets alike, CBS Sunday Morning 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.
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