‘Kinder treatments in pipeline’ for child brain cancer

Sep 18, 2017 0

Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common malignant child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments.  Medulloblastoma affects about 70 to 80 children a year in the UK and requires intensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. That can leave children with life-altering injuries. But the breakthrough means targeted treatments could be developed and some of the side-effects avoided. The finding, reported in Lancet Oncology, has been welcomed by families affected by the condition, which is responsible for a fifth of all child brain cancers. ...

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Nigeria: 33 Million Children for Measles Vaccination Campaign

Sep 15, 2017 0

Health workers are to vaccinate at least 33 million children aged between nine months and five years against measles in a campaign starting this October, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced. Parents and caregivers are advised to take children to government health facilities and vaccination posts sites where health workers can administer the vaccine. ...

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 US: childhood vaccine may go into a single jab- Researchers

Sep 15, 2017 0

A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers.  Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times.  The approach has been shown to work in mouse studies, described in the journal Science.  The researchers say the technology could help patients around the world.  Childhood immunisations come with tears and screams. And there are a lot of them. ...

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 Novel method may prevent hearing loss in kids by 50%

Sep 14, 2017 0

Researchers have developed a new magnetic delivery method that may prevent by 50 per cent the hearing loss caused as a result of treatment by a widely used chemotherapy drug. Cisplatin is commonly used to treat childhood cancers but can lead to permanent or severe high-frequency hearing loss in nine out of 10 children following treatment.  Steroids can reduce cisplatin-induced hearing loss but they may also reduce the effectiveness of cisplatin’s ability to kill cancer cells. ...

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Smartphones are addictive, can be injurious to kids’ mental health: Experts

Sep 14, 2017 0

Although invented with the aim of making life easier and convenient, the increasing use of smartphones and the internet by school going children and teenagers is slowly exposing them to less important and more addictive things like cyber bullying and online pornography, mental health experts have warned. Reports suggest that an increasing number of teenagers are being trapped into the deadly Internet game Blue Whale Challenge. A Google Trends report of the past 12 months shows a sharp spike in the number of searches related to the Blue Whale Challenge in India. “Smartphones are addictive in nature and the Internet can be misused for games such as Blue Whale Challenge, pornography, etc,” Deepti Kukreja, Consultant Psychiatrist, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai, told IANS. The recent death of the 17-year-old teenager, Satvik Pandey, who killed himself by jumping in front of a running train in Damoh in Madhya Pradesh, has been linked to the Blue Whale Challenge. According to some friends of Pandey, he was “quite absorbed in the Blue Whale... ...

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India: Rape- Uncle did not father child’s baby – DNA test

Sep 13, 2017 0

Police in India have reopened the case of a 10-year-old girl after forensic tests revealed that her baby’s DNA samples did not match those of her uncle who is charged with raping her. After the Supreme Court denied her permission to abort, she gave birth to a baby girl last month.  The 10-year-old was not aware of her pregnancy. She was told her bulge was because she had a stone in her stomach. She alleges she was raped several times in the past seven months by the uncle. The accused, which is in his 40s, was arrested and is being tried in a special court dealing with crimes against children. ...

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Nigeria: Foundation Offsets N17.5 Million Medical Bill for Wounded Chibok Boy

Sep 12, 2017 0

Dickens Sanomi Foundation has offered $48,000 (N17.5million) for the treatment of a wounded Chibok boy, Ali Ahmadu in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Ali had a spinal cord injury when he was overrun by Boko Haram terrorists’ motorcycles when they ransacked Chibok community, in Borno state barely a few days after abducting the Chibok girls in April 2014. ...

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