cancer http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Survey Shows Numerous Cancers, Other Diseases, Near North St. Louis County Creek http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/survey-shows-numerous-cancers-other-diseases-near-north-st-louis-county-creek <p>New data are adding to concerns that <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/north-county-residents-seek-answers-coldwater-creek-contamination">exposure to radioactive waste in Coldwater Creek</a> could be causing cancers and other health problems.</p><p>Nuclear waste generated by the Mallinckrodt Company was <a href="http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/CentersofExpertise/FormerlyUtilizedSitesRemedialActionProgram.aspx">dumped in North St. Louis County</a> after World War II, contaminating the creek and surrounding areas.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:41:22 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 33045 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Survey Shows Numerous Cancers, Other Diseases, Near North St. Louis County Creek Wash U Maps Genomes Of Two Major Cancers, Could Impact Treatment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-maps-genomes-two-major-cancers-could-impact-treatment <p></p><p>In separate studies both published today, researchers at Washington University mapped the genomes of two types of cancer: endometrial cancer, and acute myeloid leukemia.</p><p>Both studies are part of <a href="http://www.genome.gov/17516564">The Cancer Genome Atlas</a> project, an effort funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the genetic basis of 20 major human cancers.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 17:02:18 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25957 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash U Maps Genomes Of Two Major Cancers, Could Impact Treatment Rates Of Radiation-Related Cancers Not Higher Near Coldwater Creek, Study Says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rates-radiation-related-cancers-not-higher-near-coldwater-creek-study-says <p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:05:17 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 10388 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rates Of Radiation-Related Cancers Not Higher Near Coldwater Creek, Study Says St. Louis To Participate In National Cancer Study http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-participate-national-cancer-study <p>The American Cancer Society is launching <a href="http://www.cancer.org/research/researchprogramsfunding/epidemiology-cancerpreventionstudies/cancerpreventionstudy-3/index">a nationwide study</a> to try to better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to causing cancer.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:52:05 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 9443 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis To Participate In National Cancer Study University Of Missouri Researcher To Receive National Medal of Science http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/university-missouri-researcher-receive-national-medal-science <p>A University of Missouri researcher is one of only a dozen recipients of this year’s National Medal of Science, announced by President Barack Obama Thursday.</p><p>Frederick Hawthorne is the director of the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at MU, and will be receiving the nation’s highest honor for scientists.The University says the Institute “was created largely to facilitate Hawthorne’s research” with the chemical element Boron. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:44:35 +0000 KBIA 7797 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org University Of Missouri Researcher To Receive National Medal of Science New study suggests the key to treating cancer may lie in its genetics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-study-suggests-key-treating-cancer-may-lie-its-genetics <p>New genetic research on lung cancer may help open the door to more targeted cancer treatments.</p><p><a href="http://cancergenome.nih.gov/">A national consortium of scientists</a> has mapped and analyzed genetic mutations in <a href="http://cancergenome.nih.gov/cancersselected/lungsquamouscell">squamous cell carcinoma</a>, a common type of lung cancer.</p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 17:00:01 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New study suggests the key to treating cancer may lie in its genetics New SLU initiative aims to combat cancer in African Americans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-slu-initiative-aims-combat-cancer-african-americans <p>Saint Louis University is launching a new initiative to try to fight cancer in minorities.</p><p>The SLU Center for Cancer Prevention, Research and Outreach <a href="http://www.slu.edu/914-cancer-center-forum">will work with community organizations</a> to improve cancer outcomes for African Americans living in North St. Louis City and County.</p><p>The initiative will initially focus on breast and prostate cancer.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 22:38:12 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4540 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New SLU initiative aims to combat cancer in African Americans Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unwinding-helix-using-genetics-treat-childhood-cancer <p><a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childhoodleukemia.html">Pediatric leukemia</a> is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.</p><p>With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.</p><p>But for those with what&rsquo;s known as &ldquo;high risk&rdquo; leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.</p><p>Washington University pediatric oncologist <a href="http://druleylab.wustl.edu/">Dr. Todd Druley</a> has been trying to use genetics to understand why some leukemia is so hard to treat. He spoke with St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Véronique LaCapra.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:43:02 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4117 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer How could dialing 2-1-1 help fight cancer? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-could-dialing-2-1-1-help-fight-cancer <p><a href="http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_health_care_for_the_poor_and_underserved/v023/23.2.purnell.html#back">A new study out of Washington University</a> has found that <a href="http://www.211helps.org/">the 2-1-1 phone information system</a> could be an effective tool to fight cancer in low-income and minority communities.</p><p><a href="http://www.fcc.gov/guides/dial-211-essential-community-services">Across the U.S., people can call 2-1-1</a> to get help with housing, food, and other social service needs.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:37:45 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3869 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How could dialing 2-1-1 help fight cancer? Preventing cancer: a conversation with Siteman Cancer Center's Graham Colditz http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/preventing-cancer-conversation-siteman-cancer-centers-graham-colditz <p>More than half of cancer cases in the United States could be prevented.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to a new article published this week in the journal <a href="http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/127/127rv4.short?rss=1">Science Translational Medicine</a> by researchers at the <a href="http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/">Siteman Cancer Center</a> and Washington University.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Véronique LaCapra spoke with lead author <a href="http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/DocProfile.aspx?Type=Research&amp;memid=2029">Dr. Graham Colditz</a> about what we know about cancer &mdash; and why more isn&rsquo;t being done to prevent it.</p><p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:25:11 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3375 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Preventing cancer: a conversation with Siteman Cancer Center's Graham Colditz