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2010-10-22 08:45:00

Researchers to discuss their stimulus-funded project at Boston conference BOSTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year, $3.9 million grant to Children's Hospital Boston researchers and their colleagues to develop a therapy to treat Fanconi anemia, a fatal genetic blood disease. The researchers will investigate new ways to create induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from a patient's skin or other tissue and transform them into...

2010-10-20 19:34:09

Research findings could change current practice Researchers from Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) have found that as many as 50 percent of young girls treated for germ-cell ovarian tumors might safely be spared chemotherapy using a "watch and wait" strategy to determine if the follow-up treatment is needed. In contrast to the current practice of administering chemotherapy to all patients following removal of these rare tumors, researchers said the study demonstrated...

2010-10-18 09:40:00

QUINCY, Mass., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Stop & Shop today announced it received the 2010 Sidney Farber Medical Research Award, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's highest accolade, for its 20-year partnership, that has raised more than $50 million for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, through Stop & Shop's annual Triple Winner Game. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101018/NY83593-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101018/NY83593-a ) (Photo:...

2010-10-01 10:27:00

BOSTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Two local institutions serving children's medical needs are about to benefit from Hess Corporation's home run program with the Boston Red Sox. Children's Hospital Boston's Trauma Program and the Jimmy Fund through the Red Sox Foundation each will receive a $55,000 check from Hess Retail Territory Manager Terri Bean at an on-field presentation at the Red Sox game on October 1. Hess Corporation promised to alternate $500 donations to the two institutions...

2010-09-25 02:04:49

In the quest to arrest the growth and spread of tumors, there have been many attempts to get cancer genes to ignore their internal instruction manual. In a new study, a team led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists has created the first molecule able to prevent cancer genes from "hearing" those instructions, stifling the cancer process at its root. The study, published online by the journal Nature, demonstrates that proteins issuing stop and start commands to a cancer gene "“...

2010-09-15 19:08:42

A new focus on the immune system's ability to both unleash and restrain its attack on disease has led Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists to identify cells in mice that prevent the immune system from attacking the animals' own cells, protecting them from autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and lupus. The discovery, reported online on Sept. 16 by the journal Nature, may give scientists an effective way of operating the immune system's internal "control panel,"...

2010-09-15 17:36:20

Study finds caregivers at higher risk for mental illness when patients with advanced cancer die in hospital/ICU BOSTON"”Cancer patients who die in the hospital or an intensive care unit have worse quality of life at the end-of-life, compared to patients who die at home with hospice services, and their caregivers are at higher risk for developing psychiatric illnesses during bereavement, according to a study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. One striking finding of the...

2010-09-08 08:00:00

Harness The Power of C -- Connect Against Childhood Cancer with an Advocacy Toolkit PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Cancer Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia kicks off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with a specialized toolkit to harness The Power of C -- Connecting Against Childhood Cancer. The Cancer Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia invites families whose lives have been touched by childhood cancer to advocate, fundraise and share your...

2010-09-07 19:15:36

Patients with colon cancer who used multivitamins during and after being treated with post-surgical chemotherapy did not reduce the risk of the cancer returning or their dying from it, according to researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In a study of patients with stage III colon cancer "“ characterized as cancer in the large bowel area with some cancer cells in a few nearby lymph nodes -- the researchers found that while multivitamin use had no beneficial effect on patients'...

2010-08-26 12:08:00

BOSTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a sponsor of this year's WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, AT&T* is pleased to announce that text pledges were six times larger than expected this year. AT&T matched text pledges for a three-hour window during the fundraiser last week. During this match period, thousands of texts were received and as a result, AT&T will provide the Jimmy Fund with $20,000 to support adult and pediatric cancer research and treatment at Dana Farber...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.