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Connections with colleagues: A St. Jude pediatric psychologist has renewed appreciation for an overlooked benefit of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Posted by Elyse Heidelberg, PsyD | Jul 5, 2021

A pediatric psychologist expresses gratitude for interdisciplinary collaboration, which elevates patient care and provider well-being.

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Compassion

Compassionate connections: Providing end-of-life care to patients and families during COVID-19

Posted by Anna Jones, PhD | Jul 1, 2021

A St. Jude psychologist who provided supportive end-of-life care during the pandemic shares recommendations for making compassionate connections with patients and families.

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Voices from the front line: Maintaining connections to help the helpers

Posted by Niki Jurbergs, PhD | Jun 29, 2021

Niki Jurbergs, PhD, the director of the St. Jude Psychology Clinic, and other psychosocial staff used their skills to conduct an array of COVID-19 employee-support programs, thereby boosting the well-being of helpers and helping to ensure that patients and families continue to receive excellent care.

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Melanoma clinic goes virtual for pandemic

Posted by Alberto Pappo, MD | May 3, 2021

Creating the St. Jude Melanoma Clinic not only provides enhanced multidisciplinary evaluation and care, but also opportunities for families to share their experience, attend educational sessions and enroll on a registry and tissue bank for research.

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FLU

A 3D print of influenza virus shows the yellow surface covered with proteins called hemagglutinin (colored blue) and neuraminidase (colored red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. Image provided by the National Institutes of Health.

Immune markers offer clues to antibody production in response to flu

Posted by Mary Powers | Apr 7, 2021

Scientists are learning more about antibody production in response to flu, including how they develop from helper T cells and monocytes.

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Changing the trajectory of flu for the sickest patients

Changing the trajectory of flu for the sickest patients

Posted by David Boyd, PhD | Nov 4, 2020

Research reveals that supportive tissue in the lungs helps coordinate the immune response to flu by regulating access to the tissue and inflammation in the lungs.

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Can common nasal bacteria be targeted to slow flu transmission? Maybe.

Can common nasal bacteria be targeted to slow flu transmission? Maybe.

Posted by Mary Powers | Oct 19, 2020

This new study shows that flu transmission and infection could be slowed or prevented by this simple technique.

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The truth about pandemics: 5 questions about COVID-19 and flu

The truth about pandemics: 5 questions about COVID-19 and flu

Posted by Elizabeth Jane Walker | Sep 30, 2020

Where does coronavirus come from? What should we expect this flu season? Infectious disease experts talk about COVID-19 and flu.

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St. Jude biostatisticians create a novel clinical trial design software

Posted by Katy Hobgood | Jul 27, 2021

Description: St. Jude biostatisticians have developed a new method for designing phase 2 clinical trials with a small sample size. The approach uses a mathematical model called Bayesian probability . The researchers created free software to implement the process.

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For the growing number of childhood cancer survivors, five-year survival is just the beginning

Posted by AnnaLynn Williams, PhD | May 11, 2021

As cancer survivorship changes, new benchmarks must be set to redefine survivorship research and treatment success.

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A 3D print of influenza virus shows the yellow surface covered with proteins called hemagglutinin (colored blue) and neuraminidase (colored red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. Image provided by the National Institutes of Health.

Immune markers offer clues to antibody production in response to flu

Posted by Mary Powers | Apr 7, 2021

Scientists are learning more about antibody production in response to flu, including how they develop from helper T cells and monocytes.

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Different types of pediatric cancer treatments are ototoxic, or damaging to the ears. As cancer treatments become more effective and survival rates increase, we’re getting a better picture of how various treatments affect patients later on.

What we’ve found out about hearing loss and cognitive function in children

Posted by Johnnie Bass, AuD, PhD | Mar 25, 2021

This study, to our knowledge, is the first to objectively measure hearing and neurocognitive function in a large cohort of long-term survivors of childhood cancer stratified by treatment exposures.

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When work takes a toll: St. Jude research adds to our understanding of physician burnout.

Posted by Lindsay Blazin & Jonathan Burlison | Jul 12, 2021

St. Jude researchers looked at burnout and perceived work demands among St. Jude physicians and found that emotional exhaustion and time demands are key factors in a problem that affects both provider and patient.

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Identifying risks and restrictions: Rehabilitation and cancer survivorship

Posted by St. Jude Communications Department | Jun 2, 2021

Kristin Lyons, director of Rehabilitation Services, and Jessica Sparrow, Lead Occupational Therapist, worked as part of a team of oncology rehabilitation providers from pediatric institutions across the country to co-author a recent Seminars in Oncology Nursing article, which provides a comprehensive overview of rehabilitation screening, assessment, and intervention for children with cancer.

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Getting to the bottom of a medulloblastoma mystery

Posted by Erin Podolak | May 26, 2021

Posterior fossa syndrome develops in some children following surgery for the brain tumor medulloblastoma. St. Jude research offers fresh insight into the mysterious syndrome and advice on how to avoid it.

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NCCN publishes guidelines for standardized treatment of Wilms tumor

Posted by Katy Hobgood | May 19, 2021

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently published treatment guidelines for children diagnosed with nephroblastoma. Two St. Jude physicians collaborated on the project.

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Bringing Chemistry to Medicine: Transcription therapy symposium is set for July 22 and 23

Posted by Mike O’Kelly | Jul 16, 2021

St. Jude will host the virtual Bringing Chemistry to Medicine Symposium July 22–23. The inaugural event in 2020 prompted a researcher in India to become a visiting scientist at St. Jude. Register for the event.

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Illustration depicting all the different things that occur during rehabilitation through an arch with symbols representing different rehabilitation ideas. A path goes between many things going on, such as jumping rope, reading and children playing.

Identifying risks and restrictions: Rehabilitation and cancer survivorship

Posted by St. Jude Communications Department | Jun 2, 2021

Kristin Lyons, director of Rehabilitation Services, and Jessica Sparrow, Lead Occupational Therapist, worked as part of a team of oncology rehabilitation providers from pediatric institutions across the country to co-author a recent Seminars in Oncology Nursing article, which provides a comprehensive overview of rehabilitation screening, assessment, and intervention for children with cancer.

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Five things to know about COVID vaccines

Posted by Paul Thomas, PhD | Apr 5, 2021

No matter what kind of COVID vaccine someone receives, your immune system is primed to fight the virus. Here are 5 things you need to know.

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The path to cancer prevention Includes HPV vaccination

The path to cancer prevention includes HPV vaccination

Posted by Heather Brandt, PhD | Mar 4, 2021

There’s a global push to increase HPV vaccination rates, and if successful, there are these future benefits everyone can enjoy.

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Martine Roussel, PhD, stands for a portrait with her lab blurred out in the background.

Roussel’s early discovery shaped a career of cancer research

Posted by St. Jude Communications Department | Jun 7, 2021

Martine Roussel, PhD, faculty member and endowed chair in molecular oncogenesis, shares how early work on oncogenes led to her lab’s discovery of new oncogenes.

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We can – we will – accelerate progress globally

Posted by James R. Downing, MD | Apr 27, 2021

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching the largest strategic investment in its nearly 60-year history, committing $11.5 billion during the next six years to accelerate research and treatment globally for children with catastrophic diseases.

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Adolescents and young adults approach a cancer diagnosis differently than young children or older adults. That means clinicians, partners and parents have to change the way they interact with them.

Three things for parents and clinicians to know about adolescents and young adults with cancer

Posted by Sarah Daniels | Apr 10, 2021

AYA diagnosed with cancer are just like any other teen or twenty-something. They have vocational aspirations, are working to develop a strong sense of self, have struggles with their body image and want to distinguish themselves from their caregivers. But these processes can become that much more difficult to navigate when an AYA must also learn to cope with a cancer diagnosis.

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Ten physicians share how they were inspired to pursue a medical career.

Celebrating Doctors’ Day: St. Jude physicians reflect on their career origins

Posted by Mike O’Kelly | Mar 30, 2021

National Doctors’ Day was first observed in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Almond, wife of Charles Almond, MD, decided to set aside a day to honor doctors and their contributions. Ten St. Jude physicians share their stories of how they were inspired to pursue a medical career.

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