Posts Tagged ‘ childhood cancer ’

Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

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Fewer Kids Dying From Leukemia
Kids with one type of leukemia are living longer than they used to, most likely thanks to new drug combinations that mean fewer patients are relapsing after a first round of treatment.

Keep Kids Away From the Medicine Cabinet
The report, which contains poisoning data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Poison Control Centers, reveals that while overall U.S. poisoning deaths among kids plunged by half from 1979 to 2006 – the percentage of those deaths from medications – both prescription and over-the-counter products – has nearly doubled, jumping from 36% to 64%.

Gunman Reportedly Filmed Lethal Shooting Spree at French Jewish School
French authorities offered new details on Tuesday of an assault that has stunned the nation, saying the lone gunman seemed to be filming his actions as he shot his victims to death.

9-Year-Old Gets Jury Duty Summons: What’s That?
His dad says he’d have one weakness as a juror: ‘If someone offered him an Xbox game, he would do as he’s asked; but besides that, he’s a very impartial kid.’

After Daughter’s Drinking Death, Mother Tells Teens: Look Out for Each Other
When Molly Ammon had too much to drink at a spring break party, her friends put her to bed to sleep it off. She never woke up. Now, her devastated mom is warning other teens of the dangers of binge drinking, hoping to save another child’s life.

Neveah Reynolds, 4, Saves Sister, Kazmirah, 2, From Drowning In Pond
Neveah Reynolds, a 4-year-old from LaFollate, Tennessee is hailed as a hero after saving her 2-year-old sister, Kazmirah, from drowning in a pond.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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Childhood Leukemia Survival Rates Reach 90 Percent
Children with the most common type of leukemia now have a dramatically better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Study: Thousands Face Drinking-Water Cancer Risk
About 260,000 people in California may be drinking polluted water that could cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems, according to a study released Tuesday.

Vitamin D Means Fewer Fractures for Girls
Higher amounts of vitamin D in the diet are associated with a lower risk for bone fractures in teenage girls, a new study has found.

A Different Way to Remove the Placenta May Save Mothers’ Lives, a Study Finds
Delivery without pulling on the umbilical cord may be a simpler way to keep some women from bleeding to death in childbirth, a new study has found.

14-Year-Old’s Suicide Puts Spotlight on Online Bullying Dangers
The recent suicide of a 14-year-old middle school student has once again put the spotlight on a new “epidemic”—online bullying.

Calif. Baby Jayden Sigler Tips Scales at 14 Pounds
Doctors told Cynthia Sigler she’d give birth to a big baby boy. But the Southern California woman didn’t know just how big they were talking. Sigler, of Vista, Calif., gave birth Thursday to her son Jayden who weighed in at 13 pounds, 14 ounces.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Shipments From Abroad to Help Ease Shortage of Two Cancer Drugs
Dire shortages of two critical cancer drugs — shortfalls that have threatened the lives and care of thousands of patients — should be resolved within weeks, federal drug officials said.

Moms with Migraines Twice as Likely to Have Baby with Colic
When babies with colic cry – sometimes for weeks at a time – Mom and Dad might get headaches. But according to a new study, a mother’s headache may be causing her baby’s colic in the first place.

Exercise in Pregnancy Safe for Baby, Study Finds
Exercising at moderate or — for very active women — even high intensity during pregnancy won’t hurt your baby’s health, a new study finds.

Movies Influence Teen Alcohol Consumption More than Parents, Study Finds
Major exposure to scenes of alcohol consumption in movies is a bigger risk for teen drinking than having parents who drink or if booze is easily available at home, says a new study.

Authorities Say Children Tied to Bed in Texas Home
The eight children confined in a small, dark bedroom with a piece of plywood over the window included two 2-year-olds tied to a bed and a 5-year-old girl “in a restraint on a filthy mattress,” the child welfare worker who discovered them said in a court document.

Parents Sentenced Over Kids’ Drowning During Camping Trip
The parents of two Ohio youngsters who drowned during a family camping trip have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for not better protecting their children from harm, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

FDA: Shortage of Kids’ Cancer Drug Can Be Averted
The Food and Drug Administration has managed to avert a “crisis” for children with cancer by preventing a looming shortage of a lifesaving drug, officials announced Tuesday.

1 in 4 Children Malnourished, Global Report Says
Five children around the world die every minute because of chronic malnutrition, according to a report released Wednesday that also said that almost half a billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next 15 years.

Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Preterm Births
In some women, morning sickness might be an indicator of more serious later-pregnancy complications, including preterm delivery, a new study says.

Obese Children Outgrowing Kids’ Clothing and Furniture
As children are getting bigger, their clothing, their furniture and other objects that support their weight must also expand.

Anti-Obesity Campaigns May Be Harmful to Some Healthy Children, Scientists Warn
Doctors have started treating a new type of eating disorder and warn aggressive anti-obesity campaigns may be harmful to some healthy children.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Supply of a Cancer Drug May Run Out Within Weeks
A crucial medicine to treat childhood leukemia is in such short supply that hospitals across the country may exhaust their stores within the next two weeks, leaving hundreds and perhaps thousands of children at risk of dying from a largely curable disease, federal officials and cancer doctors say.

Children Never Sleep as Much as Experts Suggest, Study Shows
How much sleep should a child get every night? According to the latest review of a century’s worth of sleep recommendations, that answer has changed over the years. But the study found one thing’s for sure: Kids aren’t getting as much shut-eye as experts recommend, but neither did their great grandparents.

Midwives Make Home Births Safer for Babies
Babies born at home are at increased risk for health problems immediately after birth compared with babies born in hospitals, according to a new study. However, a certified midwife may make a difference in the health of babies born at home, the study found.

Dad Punishes Facebook Post with 8 Bullets to Daughter’s Laptop
A video purporting to be the work of an angry father teaching his daughter a lesson by shooting bullets through her laptop is the viral video of day. The father, who identifies himself as Tommy Jordan, says his daughter broke ground rules when using Facebook, and posted disrespectful remarks about him there.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Share First Photos of Baby Blue Ivy!
On Friday, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z released pictures of their daughter, Blue Ivy, on her own Tumblr page.

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How to Make Life Normal For a Child With Cancer

Monday, September 26th, 2011

As we’ve mentioned over the past few weeks, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve told you about moms who’ve shaved their heads to show their support for kids undergoing treatment and we’ve introduced you to a survivor who’s now herself a grandmother.

Now we’re sharing thoughts from Reiko Meier, a mom in Illinois whose daughter, Zoe, has been fighting cancer for nearly nine years. (There they are in the photo.) We asked Reiko to tell us what she’d want other parents to know–particularly those whose children are in the earlier stages of diagnosis and treatment. This is her advice:

I’ve been blessed to walk down an extremely bumpy path with my 11-year-old daughter Zoe.  She was diagnosed at 2 ½-years old with a brain tumor.  Four surgeries, chemotherapy, and six weeks of proton treatments later, we fight on.  Not only do we fight to eradicate her tumor, we fight to give her as happy and normal a childhood as possible.

The most important advice I give other parents is to keep your child socially connected.  It’s crucial, even during treatment or recovery.  If that means setting up a playdate where the children are on opposite sides of the room so that your recovering child doesn’t catch a bug, so be it.  Put in a movie or have them independently do an activity they can talk about. It is the camaraderie and laughs that make it good for the soul!

It’s also been uplifting for Zoe to play with animals.  Just being around our pets makes her happy.  Kids who have spent so much time being cared for derive pleasure and confidence by caring for a pet.  

Although it can be difficult, have an ongoing activity your child can return to. It fosters both a sense of self and belonging.  Zoe started taking dance when she was 4. Although at times we had to skip it, sometimes even for months, she always knew she had something she could return to and be part of.

Talk to the people caring for your child about your needs. They can be a huge spirit-lifting resource.  When Zoe was receiving her proton treatments at ProCure, their bubbly nurses played with her and connected with her in a way we could not. Treating the child’s spirit as well as the body is becoming much more common in medicine and it makes treatments much less scary.  

In addition to Reiko’s tips, we got an interesting one from of Zoe’s doctors, John Chang, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist. For kids undergoing cancer treatment, it’s crucial to challenge them mentally, he says. “One of the most common long-term side effects in children is short-term memory loss,” explains Dr. Chang. “By challenging your child to play memory games, taking extra time to teach them new subjects even if they are out of school for a period of time, and constantly challenging them mentally, you can help them strengthen their cognitive function.”

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Surviving Childhood Cancer

Monday, September 12th, 2011

This summer I met an incredibly inspiring woman named Alesia Shute (that’s her in the photo). When she was 7, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Throughout the rest of her childhood and early adulthood, she endured six major surgeries and several minor ones, spending months in the hospital. Today she is a happily married mother and grandmother and the head of The Alesia Shute Foundation, which has a mission of improving the lives of families facing childhood disease. She says she has dedicated her life to giving back  “because I am here, because I beat the odds, and because I can.” Alesia also wrote a book about her life called Everything’s Okay: My Journey Surviving Childhood Cancer, and, timed with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a comic-book version has just been published, ideal for tweens and teens. Alesia donates a portion of her proceeds from her books to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was treated.

I asked her what she’d tell parents whose children are facing a diagnosis. She quickly said, “Do your homework”—but added that even if you don’t like what you find, never lose hope. “I’m almost glad the Internet wasn’t around when I was going through this, because my parents would have given up. The odds were so against me, they wouldn’t have pushed for me to get the next surgery.”

Approximately 12,400 children each year are diagnosed with cancer. Their families are thrown into a world they want no part of and yet they have to quickly learn to navigate it. A book like Alesia’s can give parents and older kids a preview of what they may endure—and more importantly, a whole lot of hope.

Everything’s Okay book: $17.95; comic: $14.95.

Photo: Donna Conner.

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Moms Shave Their Heads for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, September 9th, 2011

46 Mommas

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and, for the second year in a row, 46 moms will bring attention to the cause by shaving their heads. “46 Mommas,” a group of mothers who have all been personally affected by childhood cancer, will lose their locks on September 21 in Washington, D.C. The number 46 is significant because every weekday an average of 46 families are told that their child has cancer.

The moms are partnering with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise funds — a long-term goal of raising one million dollars — for childhood cancer research. They hope the second annual “Shave for the Brave” event will raise awareness, increase funds, and inspire others to help find a cure.

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