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Maternal obesity linked to childhood cancer, reveals study

Using Pennsylvania birth records, the researchers found a correlation between pre-pregnancy body-mass index (BMI) in mothers and subsequent cancer diagnosis in their offspring, even after correcting for known risk factors, such as newborn size and maternal age. The final version of the paper published online today in the American Journal of Epidemiology. “Right now, we […]

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Children with birth defects may be at increased risk for childhood cancer, new study finds

Researchers analysed data from more than 10 million children born in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina between 1992 and 2013. Compared to children without a birth defect, those with genetic defects were almost 12 times more likely to develop cancer by age 18. Those whose birth defect had no known genetic cause, also known […]

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New zebrafish model identifies drugs that kill paediatric cancer cells

In their paper published online in Cell, the investigators describe using their immunodeficient zebrafish model to visualise drug responses at single-cell resolution in live animals. They also identify a promising new treatment for ‘rhabdomyosarcoma,’ a muscle cancer that primarily develops in children. “We have created the first immune-compromised zebrafish model that can robustly engraft and […]

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02-year-old girl with world’s rarest blood type, prompts global search for donors

Zainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world. She’s been battling cancer, and to survive, she’s likely to need blood transfusions from seven to 10 donors who haven’t all been found. That’s because they are as rare as she is. Only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same […]

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WHO sets out to increase childhood cancer survival rate by 60% by 2030

The aims of the Initiative are two-fold: to increase prioritization of childhood cancer through awareness raising at global and national levels and to expand the capacity of countries to deliver best practice in childhood cancer care. Concretely, WHO will support governments to assess current capacities in cancer diagnosis and treatment including the availability of medicines […]

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