Features

Read feature articles from St. Jude and ALSAC. To read more topic-specific news releases, see Medicine and Science News or Fundraising and Donor News.

 
07/28/2014
Unhealthy lifestyle dramatically boosts health risks for childhood cancer survivors

Adult survivors of childhood cancer who don’t get enough exercise and eat an unhealthy diet more than double their chances of developing metabolic syndrome.

 
 
06/19/2014
Attaching an “on” switch for protein regulation

Just as accessories like boots and gloves help humans adapt to their environment, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a mechanism that serves as an “on” switch for the machinery that helps proteins accessorize.

 
 
06/05/2014
New leads on hushing the “voices” of schizophrenia

A missing gene and the resulting slow connection between brain structures may leave individuals vulnerable to the “voices” that are a common symptom of schizophrenia.

 
 
05/30/2014
A Mother’s Perspective about Melanoma

My 11-year-old daughter, Alyssa, is a cancer survivor. As we approach the two-year mark from when we first heard the words, “Your child has melanoma,” I think about how those four words have forever changed our family. We are different. Alyssa is different.

 
 
05/20/2014
Molecule acts as umpire to make tough life-or-death calls

Cells may be small, but they are home to plenty of mystery and drama. Take the enzyme known as RIPK1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have just determined that after birth, RIPK1 functions like an umpire in cells, making the tough calls necessary to balance competing signals that determine if cells live or die.

 
 
05/14/2014
Broken DNA is bad for the brain

DNA may be the cornerstone of life, but the molecule breaks all the time. To read DNA’s code or make more DNA, cells routinely nick and unwind the famous double helix using specialized enzymes. Free radicals and other stresses can also break DNA.

 
 
04/24/2014
Winning the Race Against Frailty

What are the risks? How can we counteract them?

 
 
04/21/2014
High-risk Leukemia: Blocking the Shuffle

St. Jude scientists develop a new treatment strategy that offers hope to children and adults with a form of high-risk leukemia.

 
 
04/06/2014
For brain tumor patients, age matters

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have more evidence that age matters when it comes to the devastating brain tumors called high-grade gliomas (HGGs).

 
 
04/04/2014
Teen patients enjoy thrilling prom at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

For a few hours last night, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital teen patients forgot about doctors’ appointments and instead danced, laughed and reveled at prom.

 
 
03/27/2014
Can adult cancer drugs beat a childhood brain tumor?

Children with an aggressive form of the most common childhood brain tumor, medulloblastoma, face a tough prognosis. Effective treatments are limited, and long-term survival is poor. But new hope may be offered by a discovery from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital involving a pair of drugs used to treat adult cancers.

 
 
03/17/2014
Childhood cancer survivors face mounting health risks in midlife

The latest results from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study reinforce the importance of lifelong health care for adult survivors of childhood cancer. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators led the study.

 
 
03/13/2014
From Patient to Practitioner

Inspired by their St. Jude caregivers, seven former patients help others by pursuing careers in health care.

 
 
03/13/2014
The Sound of Science

St. Jude researchers find clues to preventing hearing loss and other side effects of chemotherapy.

 
 
02/20/2014
Grateful Hearts

“Our family owes everything to St. Jude. There is no doubt that if it weren’t for St. Jude, we would have buried our kids by now. No doubt.”

 
 
02/19/2014
Brain tumor culprit caught

A hunt through billions of pieces of genetic information uncovers new clues on treatments for childhood ependymoma.

 
 
02/10/2014
Predicting the outcome when flu strikes

We depend on the disease-fighting immune system to protect us from flu infections or to help us recover if we catch the virus. Now there is evidence the immune system can also help to predict which flu patients will develop severe symptoms and wind up in the hospital.

 
 
02/09/2014
Happily ever after

When the doctors said that Christopher was cancer-free, his mother and her fiancé decided to get married at St. Jude, surrounded by their new family.

 
 
02/07/2014
A Gummy in My Tummy

Chemo can make foods taste yucky. St. Jude staff have created special gummies that are delicious, fun and (don’t tell the kids) nutritious.

 
 
02/05/2014
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Erasing the Survival Gap

National statistics show that African-American and Hispanic children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are less likely than white children to survive their disease. But at St. Jude, patients of all races and ethnic backgrounds have the same high rates of survival.

 
 
02/05/2014
New twist discovered in Lou Gehrig’s disease

ALS remains incurable, but new insight into its causes gives reason to hope. A research team led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital revealed that mutations causing ALS have an unexpected toxic effect in human nerve cells.

 
 
01/31/2014
The dream of Danny Thomas

On February 4, 1962, the dream of one young entertainer with a heart for hopeless causes became a reality with the opening of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 
 
01/27/2014
St. Jude creates promising new antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global concern, especially in bacteria that cause serious diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB). TB kills 1.3 million people a year, and extremely drug-resistant TB has been reported in dozens of countries.

 
 
01/21/2014
Celebrating 25 years of support from country music

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989, after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group Alabama, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas.

 
 
01/21/2014
Study highlights resilience of young cancer patients

Despite having life-threatening illnesses, children and teens with cancer were no more likely than their healthy peers to report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 
 
01/16/2014
World Cancer Day 2014, State of the Science at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Accomplishments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since last World Cancer Day are giving us new insights into the origins and possible treatment of the many and varied cancer subtypes and include published discoveries in genomics, pharmacogenomics, immunology and long-term survivorship.

 
 
01/02/2014
The Teen Scene

Hospital staff help teens embrace and enhance their talents.

 
 
01/02/2014
The Treasure Seekers

Scientists unearth genes driving a childhood brain tumor.

 
 
01/02/2014
The Voices of HIV

Patients with HIV ensure their voices are heard.

 
 
12/16/2013
Waking up the body’s defense system

Blood contains a large number of T cells, which act like soldiers that defend against infections and other invaders. When T cells detect a threat, they “wake up” and start multiplying into an army to destroy it. How T cells are triggered to multiply has been largely a mystery.

 
 
12/09/2013
Stressing cancer out

Even cancer cells can feel stress. In fact, it can kill them. According to new research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, drugs that enhance a process called oxidative stress may offer a new way to combat an aggressive soft tissue tumor called rhabdomyosarcoma.

 
 
12/06/2013
Helping Hands, Open Hearts

One St. Jude program offers caregivers and patients a break.

 
 
12/03/2013
New clues for fighting Alzheimer’s disease

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have made a surprising connection between a rare disorder that strikes young people and Alzheimer’s disease, a disease that usually affects older people.

 
 
12/02/2013
Old flu virus still threatens

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists warn the flu virus that caused a pandemic in the 1950s remains a threat today. The risk is greatest for those under age 50; this group lacks immunity to the virus.