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Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 09:09

Community Briefs - July 11, 2017 - Saipan News, Headlines, Events ...
Saipan Tribune
All people facing cancer, their family members, and caregivers are invited to the next Commonwealth Cancer Association support meeting on Thursday, July 13, ...

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Community Briefs - July 11, 2017 - Saipan News, Headlines, Events ... - Saipan Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 09:03

Community Briefs - July 11, 2017 - Saipan News, Headlines, Events ...
Saipan Tribune
All people facing cancer, their family members, and caregivers are invited to the next Commonwealth Cancer Association support meeting on Thursday, July 13, ...

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Hepatitis B vaccine to be added to childhood immunisation schedule - OnMedica

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 00:18

OnMedica

Hepatitis B vaccine to be added to childhood immunisation schedule
OnMedica
It is hoped that offering the hexavalent vaccine will drive down viral infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. ... In regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, most of Asia and the Pacific Islands, 10% or more have chronic hepatitis B infections ...

Pacific campaigners welcome UN nuclear weapons ban treaty - Loop PNG

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 16:01

Loop PNG

Pacific campaigners welcome UN nuclear weapons ban treaty
Loop PNG
Over 50 years from 1946, some 300 nuclear test explosions were conducted in the Pacific. Pacific islanders continue to experience legacies of cancer and chronic disease as a result of the radioactive fallout that blanketed their homes and the vast ...
a/conf.229/2017/L.3/Rev.1 - E - undocs.undocs.
UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weaponsUN News Centre

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS - July 10, 2017 - Saipan News, Headlines ... - Saipan Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 09:08

COMMUNITY BRIEFS - July 10, 2017 - Saipan News, Headlines ...
Saipan Tribune
All people facing cancer, their family members, and caregivers are invited to the next Commonwealth Cancer Association support meeting on Thursday, July 13, ...

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Hepatitis B jab to be added to immunisations of babies born in UK ... - The Guardian

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 04:24

The Guardian

Hepatitis B jab to be added to immunisations of babies born in UK ...
The Guardian
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended in 1992 that babies should be immunised against the virus. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

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Top Asian News 7:59 am GMT - Yahoo News UK

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 20:59

Top Asian News 7:59 am GMT
Yahoo News UK
BEIJING (AP) — Two American and German specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said Sunday that the cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate is still able to travel abroad for treatment, apparently contradicting statements by Chinese experts who maintain ...

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Weekly scorecard - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 18:04

Weekly scorecard
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Audrey Lupton: Indianapolis teen, diagnosed with cancer six months ago, dies Thursday at 17. On Monday, she achieved her bucket list goal of being accepted into college when admission letters were ... The official story is that Earhart and navigator ...

Converging on cancer at the nanoscale

MIT Cancer Research RSS - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 08:00

This summer, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine, established through a generous gift from Kathy and Curt Marble ’63.

Bringing together leading Koch Institute faculty members and their teams, the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine focuses on grand challenges in cancer detection, treatment, and monitoring that can benefit from the emerging biology and physics of the nanoscale.

These challenges include detecting cancer earlier than existing methods allow, harnessing the immune system to fight cancer even as it evolves, using therapeutic insights from cancer biology to design therapies for previously undruggable targets, combining existing drugs for synergistic action, and creating tools for more accurate diagnosis and better surgical intervention.

Koch Institute member Sangeeta N. Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, serves as the inaugural director for the center.

”A major goal for research at the Marble Center is to leverage the collaborative culture at the Koch Institute to use nanotechnology to improve cancer diagnosis and care in patients around the world,” Bhatia says.

Transforming nanomedicine

The Marble Center joins MIT’s broader efforts at the forefront of discovery and innovation to solve the urgent global challenge that is cancer. The concept of “convergence” — the blending of the life and physical sciences with engineering — is a hallmark of MIT, the founding principle of the Koch Institute, and at the heart of the Marble Center’s mission.

“The center galvanizes the MIT cancer research community in efforts to use nanomedicine as a translational platform for cancer care,” says Tyler Jacks, director of the Koch Institute and a David H. Koch Professor of Biology. “It’s transformative by applying these emerging technologies to push the boundaries of cancer detection, treatment, and monitoring — and translational by promoting their development and application in the clinic.”

The center’s faculty — six prominent MIT professors and Koch Institute members — are committed to fighting cancer with nanomedicine through research, education, and collaboration. They are:

Sangeeta Bhatia (director), the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;

Daniel G. Anderson, the Samuel A. Goldblith Professor of Applied Biology in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science;

Angela M. Belcher, the James Mason Crafts Professor in the departments of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering;

Paula T. Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering;

Darrell J. Irvine, professor in the departments of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering; and

Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor.

Extending their collaboration within the walls of the Institute, Marble Center members benefit greatly from the support of the Peterson (1957) Nanotechnology Materials Core Facility in the Koch Institute’s Robert A. Swanson (1969) Biotechnology Center. The Peterson Facility’s array of technological resources and expertise is unmatched in the United States, and gives members of the center, and of the Koch Institute, a distinct advantage in the development and application of nanoscale materials and technologies.

Looking ahead

The Marble Center has wasted no time getting up to speed in its first year, and has provided support for innovative research projects including theranostic nanoparticles that can both detect and treat cancers, real-time imaging of interactions between cancer and immune cells to better understand response to cancer immunotherapies, and delivery technologies for several powerful RNA-based therapeutics able to engage specific cancer targets with precision. 

As part of its efforts to help foster a multifaceted science and engineering research force, the center has provided fellowship support for trainees — as well as valuable opportunities for mentorship, scientific exchange, and professional development.

Promoting broader engagement, the Marble Center serves as a bridge to a wide network of nanomedicine resources, connecting its members to MIT.nano, other nanotechnology researchers, and clinical collaborators across Boston and beyond. The center has also convened a scientific advisory board, whose members hail from leading academic and clinical centers around the country, and will help shape the center’s future programs and continued expansion.

As the Marble Center begins another year of collaborations and innovation, there is a new milestone in sight for 2018. Nanomedicine has been selected as the central theme for the Koch Institute’s 17th Annual Cancer Research Symposium. Scheduled for June 15, 2018, the event will bring together national leaders in the field, providing an ideal forum for Marble Center members to share the discoveries and advancements made during its sophomore year.

“Having next year’s KI Annual Symposium dedicated to nanomedicine will be a wonderful way to further expose the cancer research community to the power of doing science at the nanoscale,” Bhatia says. “The interdisciplinary approach has the power to accelerate new ideas at this exciting interface of nanotechnology and medicine.”

To learn more about the people and projects of the Koch Institute Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine, visit nanomedicine.mit.edu.

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A healing heart - Maui News

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 05:47

Maui News

A healing heart
Maui News
The weekend retreat, which is sponsored by the Pacific Cancer Foundation and funded by the Joseph Padua Trust, is designed to help cancer survivors with any given cancer diagnosis transform their lives into a new and better level of health and wellness ...

Language and cultural differences bar women from cancer screening - Stuff.co.nz

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 16:38

Stuff.co.nz

Language and cultural differences bar women from cancer screening
Stuff.co.nz
Language and cultural differences bar women from cancer screening ... Reading material was translated into several languages and registered nurses, fluent in Samoan, Tokelauan, and Cook Island, were on hand to conduct the tests. ​"A tivaevae brings ...

Dawn Picken: Great leaders make great countries - New Zealand Herald

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:01

Dawn Picken: Great leaders make great countries
New Zealand Herald
Asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, cancer ... they probably ate something they shouldn't have. ... Send snorkels to people living on sinking Pacific Islands. ... The world's most awesome autocrats swim with peers who flaunt narcissistic personality ...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS – July 7, 2017 - Saipan Tribune

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:07

COMMUNITY BRIEFS – July 7, 2017
Saipan Tribune
All people facing cancer, their family members, and caregivers are invited to the next Commonwealth Cancer Association support meeting on Thursday, July 13, starting at 5:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Saipan's Chamolinian Room. ... Tiare Peterkin, a ...

Can coral get cancer? Research examines Bikini Atoll, where US dropped 23 atomic bombs - USA TODAY

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 08:21

USA TODAY

Can coral get cancer? Research examines Bikini Atoll, where US dropped 23 atomic bombs
USA TODAY
It's been more than 60 years since the U.S. dropped 23 atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll, a small ring of sand and sea teeming with corals in the Pacific Ocean. Now, scientists are trying to figure out why long-term ... Yet somehow, the fast-growing coral ...

The Tragedy of Debbie Daley - Pacific Standard

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 02:25

Pacific Standard

The Tragedy of Debbie Daley
Pacific Standard
A year beforehand, after her arrest in suburban Richmond for distributing prescription pain pills, Debbie was diagnosed with Stage 2 rectal cancer. Her ensuing radiation ... A Pacific Standard review of court filings, as well as interviews with Debbie ...

Organizations sign pledge for Guam Cancer Care - Pacific News Center

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 19:58

Organizations sign pledge for Guam Cancer Care
Pacific News Center
For the past few years, over 70 companies, organizations, and groups have pledged to join the fight against cancer. Guam – Live, Fight, Survive has been the rally cry of the Guam Cancer Care, an organization committed to combating and preventing cancer.

United marks Guam-Manila anniversary - Pacific Daily News

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 16:32

United marks Guam-Manila anniversary
Pacific Daily News
United Airlines held its 12th annual plane pull in support of the American Cancer Society and Guam Cancer Care in Tiyan on June 24, 2017. ... And, according to United, it's the only carrier on Guam that offers a medical transport program from Guam to ...

Tributes flow for Samoan pioneer of the arts - Radio New Zealand

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:25

Radio New Zealand

Tributes flow for Samoan pioneer of the arts
Radio New Zealand
Seiuli had worked hard to set up the Samoa Arts Council when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last year. His last projects included work ... In his youth he studied in New Zealand before heading back to the region to start a Bachelor degree in ...

Mideast: Water Use Innovations 'Crucial' to Face Climate Change - Inter Press Service

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 06:11

Inter Press Service

Mideast: Water Use Innovations 'Crucial' to Face Climate Change
Inter Press Service
Meantime, new United Nations global action programme launched on 4 July at FAO seeks to address pressing challenges related to food security, nutrition and the impacts of climate change facing the world's Small Island Developing States (SIDS ...

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Coming Home: Finding a family in hard times - Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber (subscription)

Pacific Islands Cancer News (Google) - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 04:39

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber (subscription)

Coming Home: Finding a family in hard times
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber (subscription)
Islander Mary Sage first realized her love for Vashon about 30 years ago when she and her late husband would ride their bicycles from their home in West Seattle to the island every weekend. They would stay at a bed and breakfast on ... Pittsburgh was ...

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