Videos reduce need for anesthesia in kids undergoing radiotherapy

Child watches a movie while
undergoing radiotherapy
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Children with cancer may not require general anesthesia prior to radiotherapy if they can watch videos during their treatment, according to research presented at the ESTRO 36 conference (abstract OC-0546). Allowing children to watch videos during radiotherapy reduced but did not completely... [Read Article]

Fertility treatments linked to risk of pediatric cancers

In vitro fertilization
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Children born to mothers who underwent fertility treatments have an increased risk of developing pediatric neoplasms, according to research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study showed an increased risk of malignancies and benign tumors among children conceived after fertility treatments. ... [Read Article]

Parental smoking linked to genetic changes in kids with ALL

Woman smoking
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Smoking by either parent helps promote genetic deletions in children that are associated with the development and progression of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to a study published in Cancer Research. The strongest associations in this study were found in children whose parents smoked while the... [Read Article]