Tips for helping families deal with childhood cancer

Tips for helping families deal with childhood #cancer:

  • Recently, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, one of these parents, Gabriella Medrano-Contreras, shared the wisdom she developed as her family coped with her daughter Giselle’s treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • One piece of Mendrano-Contreras’ advice, “consider the child’s nutritional needs,” spurred her to take action for kids with cancer, as the blog piece explains: – – Gabriella’s passion to help her daughter eat healthfully was in part motivated by her awareness of the propensity for ALL survivors to develop chronic health…
  • This led to the creation of a Nutrition and Wellness Guide developed by Stanford Children’s Health in partnership with Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services and Superheroes Against Childhood Cancer.
  • The cover of the nutrition and wellness guide features a great photo of Giselle, along with a caption that will be heartening for other families who are just starting cancer treatment: “Giselle, former cancer patient and current healthy kid,” it says.
  • Previously: Study highlights childhood cancer survivors’ increased risk of future health problems, A look at the dramatic improvement in pediatric cancer survival rates and From leukemia survivor to top junior golfer – – Photo courtesy of Gabriella Medrano-Contreras

When I write about childhood cancer, I’m often explaining the expert knowledge of Stanford physician-scientists who are studying how a specific tumor spreads,
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The Case for Shunning the White House

  • While I have great respect for the partners participating in this program, many of whom support the work of Girls Who Code, I do not believe this initiative — nor any partnership with this White House — can reverse the harm this administration has already done in attempting to legitimize…
  • It’s no accident that two days before Ms. Trump boasted about the new program’s modest funding for increasing diversity in computer science, the White House unleashed yet another attack on diversity in America, in the form of a revised travel ban — this one more expansive and punitive than the…
  • During the last eight months, business, religious and nonprofit leaders who initially gave the White House the benefit of the doubt — who suppressed their moral outrage and joined advisory councils with the idea that it was important to have a seat at the table — have resigned and renounced…
  • In those moments, we would be wise to remember the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who, in “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” lamented that “the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the…
  • As long as extremists and open bigots inhabit the White House, there is no common ground nor common purpose to be found.

As long as bigotry dominates the Trump administration, there’s no common ground to be found with my nonprofit — even if money is on the table.
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Rat lungworm: Infant hospitalized for rare brain parasite in Hawaii

An infant was hospitalized for rare brain parasite in Hawaii

  • An infant was hospitalized for rat lungworm disease on Wednesday, probably after consuming a slug or snail on the Big Island of Hawaii, according to a statement from the Hawaii Department of Health.
  • “This is an extremely unfortunate incident, with the infant currently hospitalized and receiving care,” Aaron Ueno, the Hawaii island district health officer, said in the statement, adding that the department cannot provide specific information about this case.
  • Rat lungworm cannot be transmitted between individuals, but anyone can acquire the disease by consuming raw or undercooked slugs, snails, freshwater shrimp, land crabs or frogs infected with the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, state officials noted.
  • Pieces of snails and slugs may accidentally be “chopped up in vegetables, vegetable juices, or salads; or foods contaminated by the slime of infected snails or slugs,” according to the CDC – – Homeowners should eliminate slugs, snails and rats from around home gardens, a statement from Hawaii Gov. David…
  • Janice Okubu, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, noted this year that Hawaii typically reports only one to nine cases of rat lungworm each year.

An infant was hospitalized for rat lungworm disease on Wednesday, likely after consuming a slug or snail on Hawaii Island, according to a statement from the Hawaii Department of Health.
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A Former High School Football Player Remembers When His School Integrated : NPR

  • William Lynn Weaver was one of the first black football players on the team at his Knoxville, Tenn., high school when it integrated in 1964.
  • Dr. William Lynn Weaver at his StoryCorps interview in Fayetteville, N.C. – – – – Courtesy of StoryCorps – – – hide caption – – – – – toggle caption – – – – – Courtesy of StoryCorps – – – – – – – Dr. William Lynn Weaver at…
  • “At football games, when you came out on the field, the crowd would be hollering and the ‘Dixie’ would be playing and they’d hold the paper flag up and the team would burst out through the Confederate flag,” he tells StoryCorps in Fayetteville, N.C. “The black players made a decision…
  • Weaver got back to the high school, and then his father walked through the locker room door and said, ” ‘Are you ready to go?’
  • After hearing a StoryCorps interview that aired on NPR last month, the current principal reached out, and Weaver says he will return to the school in early 2018 to talk to the students about his experiences with integrating the school.

William Weaver, who helped integrate his Southern high school, recounts painful memories of football games he played with teammates he says may now wish they would have said something supportive.
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DNA 'chemical surgery' removes embryo disease  #r4today

  • “Chemical surgery” has been performed on human embryos to remove disease for the first time, Chinese researchers have told the BBC.
  • The technology called “base editing” involves directly manipulating a single letter in the genetic code, which is important because thousands of diseases are caused by an error in one letter of the genetic code out of the billions that make up human DNA.
  • Sir Paul Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute and professor Jeremy Farrar, director of biomedical research charity Wellcome Trust discuss what the new technology brings and China’s place within the medical field.

‘Chemical surgery’ corrected disease in human embryos a world first, says a team in China
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Many Teen Moms In Labor Can’t Choose An Epidural In Some States : Shots

  • The young woman was in active labor and an agent couldn’t make it to the hospital until 9 a.m. – – Sweeney remembers how hard to was to tell her patient the news.
  • Ohio is one of 13 states that has no explicit policy allowing a minor to consent to prenatal and pregnancy-related care.
  • Dr. Michael Cackovic, an obstetrician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, says every couple of months he sees a teenage mom who, under Ohio law, is unable to receive elective treatment, like an epidural.
  • “The priority for a lot of these young people is to just get the basic health care and services they need,” Thu-Thao Rhodes says, “not spending unnecessary, and often unavailable, time and resources navigating complicated healthcare and legal systems.”
  • Two Ohio lawmakers, Reps. Nickie Antonio and Kristin Boggs, are currently working to fix this oversight with a state bill, HB 302, that’s progressing through the Ohio House and would allow pregnant minors to consent to health care from the prenatal stage through delivery.

Ohio is one of 13 states without a policy allowing a minor to consent, on her own, to pregnancy-linked health care. That means teens who go into labor are sometimes denied epidurals.
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