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Two new types of childhood blood cancer detected

Lund - Two new types of blood cancer have been detected, by virtue of advances in genetic testing. The discovery may signal the greater use of personalized medicine, applicable to different patients.

Criss Angel discusses son's leukemia battle with Fox 5 Vegas

Las Vegas - Esteemed magician and illusionist Criss Angel has opened up about his toddler son's battle with leukemia with Fox 5 Las Vegas.

Remarkable cancer treatment announced

Medical scientists have reported on a remarkable cancer treatment. Terminally ill patients, suffering with blood cancer, have become symptom-free following treatment with modified cells.

Criss Angel announces charity event for cancer, inspired by son

International magician Criss Angel announced that a charity event is going to take place for his one-year-old son, Johnny Christopher, who is battling leukemia.

Childhood cancers linked to in-home pesticide use

A review of 16 studies done since 1990 suggests there is a link between in-home pesticide use and the incidence of some childhood cancers.

Deadly form of leukemia in soft-shell clams is contagious

For decades, a leukemia-like cancer has ravaged soft-shell clam populations along the east coast of North America. While thought to be caused by a virus, researchers found the cancer cells are actually contagious and surprisingly, easily spread.

Old cancer drug could fight other forms of cancer

A cancer drug that has been used for several decades to treat leukemia may have other uses — fighting other forms of cancer, according to a new study.

True survivor Ray Johnston talks country music Special

Digital Journal chats to the very positive-minded leader of the Ray Johnston Band about his recently released new album, the excellent No Bad Days.

Still hope: Treatment funding sought for Delta boy with leukemia

A young man in Tsawwassen near Vancouver is sick with leukemia and conventional treatment options have not helped. His family hopes to take him to Seattle for experimental treatment that has shown results but need funding to get him there.

Ontario family says chemo for aboriginal child ‘uncalled for’

Ontario - An Ontario family of an aboriginal child who is the center of attention about whether she should be isolated from her family and given chemotherapy treatment states the box was "uncalled for" and that they would not ever hurt a child's well-being.

Gene within a gene contributes to aggressive leukemia

A small gene that is embedded in a larger gene plays a role in promoting acute myeloid leukemia, according to a new study. The research also identified a drug that inhibits expression of the smaller gene.

Link between Down syndrome and leukemia found

A link between people with Down syndrome and people at a heightened risk of developing leukemia during childhood has been uncovered through a new study harnessing advanced medical testing.

Artificial bone marrow could treat leukemia

In a medical breakthrough, scientists have used stem cells to artificially grow bone marrow for use in transplants designed to combat leukemia.

Gene therapy a big win against leukemia and blood disorders

Seattle - Leukemia has been a recognized illness since the 1800's but successful treatments are much more recent. The latest treatment being hailed as a success, in the treatment of leukemia and other blood disorders, is gene therapy.

College track star ends career to donate bone marrow

Durham - A University of New Hampshire senior is ending his collegiate track and field career in order to make a life-saving bone marrow donation to a stranger suffering from an aggressive cancer.

Mykayla Comstock, 7, with leukemia treated with medical marijuana

Mykayla Comstock, 7, is one of 52 children in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Her mother administers a daily dosage equivalent to smoking up to 10 joints of the drug in 24 hours to treat symptoms of leukemia and chemotherapy for leukemia.

TSA agents humiliate woman dying of leukemia

Seattle - According to the dying woman who was taking what was probably her last trip, she was forced to remove bandages holding her feeding tubes so a screener could search for weapons. Her request for a pat-down in private was denied.

Indianapolis Colts head coach diagnosed with leukemia

Indianapolis - In a somber and sometimes emotional news conference, Indianapolis Colts' owner Jim Isary announced that first year head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia.

Op-Ed: Natural Medicine when Doctors Fail!

Clean water, clean food, and clean air are not as easy to come by as they once were. When one or more of these items are taken away from the human body, health problems will occur. Doctors fail to acknowledge the natural cures that cost next to nothing.

Obama acts over scarce supplies of childrens’ cancer drug

Washington - Following reports, including in Digital Journal, on the shortage of life-saving drugs such as those required to combat cancer, the FDA, under orders from President Obama, have outlined a plan to increase supplies.

Shortage of children’s cancer drug raises concerns in U.S.

Washington - The U.S. Senate and medical groups have raised concerns about a national shortage of a scarce cancer drug for children. The scarcity relates to the volume of medicine being prepared by pharmaceutical companies.

Toronto officer Tony Coscarella with leukemia looking for donors Special

Toronto - Tony Coscarella has been a police officer for the past 20 years. He has spent his life helping the residents of Toronto every day but now he needs help from the community.

Emmy nominee Jill Clayburgh dies of leukemia at 66

Actress Jill Clayburgh died Friday night at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut surrounded by her family. Clayburgh had battled chronic lymphocytic leukemia for two decades. She was 66 years old.

VA to Allow Retro Agent Orange Claims for 86,000 Vietnam Vets

The VA has opened the door for retroactive disability compensation for about 86,000 Vietnam war veterans, their surviving spouses or their estates by expanding the number of diseases presumed caused by herbicide exposure during the Vietnam war

Pregnant mom can transmit cancer to unborn baby

British scientists have discovered that pregnant women can transmit some forms of cancer - including a serious type of leukemia and skin cancer - to their unborn babies.

Study discovers link between virus and prostate cancer

Following numerous links between viral infections and cancer development, research teams from the University of Utah and Columbia University have connected prostate cancer with a virus.

Household pesticides linked to childhood leukemia

Other studies have found a correlation between household pesticide use and leukemia. In this study, scientists analyzed the urine of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and found a higher concentration of pesticides compared with healthy controls.

New drug cocktail brings hope to leukemia cancer patients

Using an asthma medication already available on the market, scientists were able to treat chronic myeloid leukemia by targeting a gene involved with the inflammatory response.

Wedding bells rang this weekend for terminally ill 9-year-old

With only a few weeks left of her life, 9-year-old Jayla Cooper fulfilled a dream as friends and family watched on in bittersweet delight.

Grape Seed Extract Kills Laboratory Leukemia Cells

An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky.
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