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Gene Mutations Tied To Brain Tumors
Published on Friday, October 19, 2012 by Researchers discovered key mutations that may be responsible for medulloblastoma, the most common form of cancerous brain tumor in children, according to a new study, published in the journal Nature. The findings provide doctors and researchers with biomarkers that could be used to detect and treat the disease earlier, researchers said. Medulloblastomas occur in th...
FDA Approves Kid Brain Tumor Drug
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved Afinitor Disperz (everolimus tablets for oral suspension), a new pediatric dosage form of the anti-cancer drug Afinitor (everolimus) used to treat a rare brain tumor called subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA). Afinitor Disperz is the first approved pediatric-specific dosage form developed for the treatment of a pedi...
Dental X-Rays Raise Tumor Risk
Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Frequent dental X-rays, particularly in childhood, may be linked to an increased risk of the most common brain tumor in adulthood, say researchers who suggest minimizing the use of X-rays, especially among people without symptoms of tooth or gum problems. Dr. Elizabeth B. Claus, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and at Brigham and ...
Concern Remains Over Cellphones
Published on Friday, April 6, 2012 by Scientists are calling into question a study published last year that failed to find a link between cell phone use and brain tumors in children and teens. They say the study actually shows that cell phone use more than doubles the risk of brain tumors in children and adolescents. The concerns come from the Environmental Health Trust, a group whose stated mission is t...
Vaccine Therapy For Brain Cancer
Published on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by A vaccination may help boost the immune system of children with brain tumors, a small new study reports. The prognosis for many children with brain tumors, known as gliomas, is grim. Radiation is the only effective treatment, although there has been hope that a vaccine could boost the immune system's response. The study patients included 16 children with newly diagn...
Predicting Aggressive Brain Tumors
Published on Friday, March 30, 2012 by A chromosomal abnormality in children with a deadly form of brain cancer is linked with a poorer chance of survival, clinician scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered. The study led by experts at Nottingham's Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre as part of a European collaboration could potentially lead to a new diagnostic test to allow doctors ...