What Patients, Families And Doctors Need To Know About ChemoBrain

While surviving cancer should be an occasion for rejoicing, many people who have undergone the standard or high-dose chemotherapy to defeat the disease unfortunately suffer from a physical and mental ailment known as “chemobrain.” This cognitively dysfunctional symptom ranges from fatigue and memory loss to serious learning impairment due to possible brain damage. In CHEMOBRAIN: […]

Global HER2 Positive Breast Cancer Trial Opens In NJ

The American Cancer Society estimates 183,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the United States last year with more than 40,000 deaths. In New Jersey alone there were 6,300 new cases and 1,400 deaths. It is those statistics on which researchers at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) hope to have impact […]

Using Challenging Concepts To Learn Promotes Understanding Of New Materia

It’s a question that confronts parents and teachers everywhere- what is the best method of teaching kids new skills? Is it better for children to learn gradually, starting with easy examples and slowly progressing to more challenging problems? Or is it more effective to just dive-in head first with difficult problems, and then move on […]

Pseudoephedrine Use Common Among Young Children

Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have found that exposure to pseudoephedrine, a decongestant found in many cough-and-cold and allergy medications, has been common among U.S. children, especially those under the age of two years who are at the highest risk for toxicity and for whom safe dosing recommendations are lacking. These findings appear […]

Asthma Risk Higher In Children Born By C-Section

Babies born via cesarean section are more likely to be asthmatic in comparison to babies delivered naturally, according to an article released on December 2, 2008 in Thorax, one of the BMJ Specialist journals. In the past decades, asthma rates have increased dramatically, paralleling an increase in cesarean section births. The proportion of these procedures […]

Male Birth Defect May Be Linked To Genetic Mutations

Cryptorchidism, the congenital birth defect in which one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum, has been associated with certain genetic mutations, including a syndrome which is also a common cause of infertility, according to a study released on November 19, 2008 in JAMA. As the most common congenital birth defect in male […]

One In Five African Doctors Work Outside Africa

Latest figures show that roughly 135 000 African-born physicians and professional nurses practice overseas in developed countries. This finding, published in the online open access journal Human Resources for Health, suggests that approximately one-fifth of doctors and 10% of nurses born in any of the 27 African states are currently working in a developed nation. […]

The Teen Benefits Of Not Having Sex Decline With Age

The percentage of teens who report solely positive benefits from not having sex declines precipitously with age, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco. The finding suggests that adults should give teens guidance in coping with both the negative outcomes of engaging in sexual behaviors, and the negative […]

Childhood Eczema Still On The Increase In Developing Countries

Experts are warning policy makers that allergic disease might replace infectious disease as a major cause of ill health in cities undergoing rapid demographic changes in developing countries. New research tracking the number of cases of childhood eczema across the globe has revealed big changes in the prevalence of the condition over the last five […]

Columbia Center For Children’s Environmental Health Is 1 Of Only 3 Institutions To Receive Funds Through New NIH DISCOVER Progra

The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, has received a $10.4 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study environmental contributors to childhood asthma. The grant was awarded via a new NIEHS initiative called Disease Investigation through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in […]