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Chromosomal Rearrangement Is the Key to Progress Against Aggressive Infant Leukemia

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The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project reports that a highly aggressive form of leukemia in infants has surprisingly few mutations beyond the chromosomal rearrangement that affects the MLL gene. The findings suggest that targeting the alteration is likely the key to improved survival. The research appeared online ahead of print this week in the scientific journal Nature Genetics.

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Fast Food Commercials to Kids 'Deceptive' by Industry Self-Regulation Standards

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Fast food ads aimed at kids fail to de-emphasize toy premiums, and fail to emphasize healthy menu items, investigators at Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center have found.

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Sun Damage Causes Genetic Changes That Predispose Children and Adolescents to Melanoma

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The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project found that melanoma in some adolescent and adult patients involves many of the same genetic alterations and would likely respond to the same therapy. The research appears in the March issue of the Journal of Investigational Dermatology.

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Time to “Just Say No” to Behavior-Calming Drugs for Alzheimer Patients? Experts Say Yes

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Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.

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Study Shows Teacher Candidates Lack a Clear Understanding of edTPA

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The edTPA process in 2014 posed challenges for many teacher candidates in New York and Washington—the first two states to require successful edTPA completion for teacher certification. According to a recent study, led by University of Rochester Professors Kevin Meuwissen and Jeffrey Choppin, candidates in both states, particularly in New York, felt unprepared during the first year of edTPA implementation.

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U.S. Spends More on Cancer Care, Saves Fewer Lives than Western Europe

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Such findings have raised questions about the additional value of U.S. cancer care derived from the additional spending, in comparison to the situation in other high-income countries.

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Water in Smog May Reveal Pollution Sources

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The chemical signature of water vapor emitted by combustion sources such as vehicles and furnaces has been found in the smoggy winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City. The discovery may give researchers a new tool to track down the sources of pollutants and climate-changing carbon dioxide gas.