2013 Features

Read feature articles from St. Jude and ALSAC for 2013. To read more topic-specific news releases, see Medicine and Science News or Fundraising and Donor News.

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.

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.

Helping Hands, Open Hearts

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

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.

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.

Childhood cancer survivors may face early aging

Feeling exhausted? Having trouble getting off the couch? Many people might voice these complaints after a tough day at work. But for childhood cancer survivors, these symptoms may be signs of something more serious: premature aging.

A new look at an old drug: Improving AML survival

The quest to improve cure rates for children with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) got a boost recently from a St. Jude study that took a new look at an old drug.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

To mark National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15—Oct. 15), St. Jude spotlights the contributions of our Hispanic and Latin American doctors, scientists and staff, whose determination and focus are critical in advancing our global mission.

Can childhood cancer survivors lower heart risks?

Treatments that are excellent at fighting cancer can sometimes be hard on the heart. The good news is that survivors may be able to lower their risk of heart problems by taking specific action.

State of the Science at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, science is the not-so-secret weapon in our battle to find cures and save children. This year, we took aim at some enormous challenges that required bold thinking on the best ways to understand, treat and defeat cancer and other deadly diseases.

Risky Business

Scientists have long known that Hispanic children are at higher risk of developing ALL than white or African-American kids.

James Hoffman, Pharm.D., named American Society of Health-System Pharmacists fellow

James M. Hoffman, Pharm.D., medication outcomes and safety officer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been named a fellow by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for excellence in pharmacy practice.

Blame it on the Chemo

Not even cancer can keep this sassy, high-fashion optimist from smiling, singing and encouraging her fellow patients.

Coping Plans for Easier Scans

This program helps kids with sickle cell disease avoid anesthesia during MRI scans.

Downing nominated for TIME magazine's top honor

James Downing nominated for Time magazine's top honor

St. Jude and World Cancer Day

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital joins Switzerland-based Union for International Cancer Control and others across the globe Monday, February 4 to acknowledge World Cancer Day.

Beam of Hope

St. Jude builds the world’s only proton therapy center dedicated solely to the treatment of children.

What’s Up, Doc?

MJ Holloway is not going to let a brain tumor interfere with his career aspirations.

A Tale of Two Vaccines

Two common childhood infections kill hundreds of thousands of children each year. St. Jude is creating vaccines to combat both croup and RSV.

Prescribing Gets Personal

Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are mining the genetic code to better match patients and medications now and in the future.

After the Confetti Falls

St. Jude research doesn’t stop when treatment ends. Studies conducted by our faculty and staff are uncovering new details about the long-term issues facing childhood cancer survivors.