Zinc supplementation improves bone density in patients with thalassemia: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial

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BACKGROUND: Patients with thalassemia major (Thal) frequently have low plasma zinc, which has been associated with low bone mass. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to determine the effect of zinc supplementation on bone mass in patients with Thal. DESIGN: Forty-two subjects (21 females aged 10-30 y) with Thal and low bone mass were randomly assigned to receive 25 mg Zn/d or placebo. Bone mineral content (BMC) and areal bone mineral density (aBMD) were assessed by using dual-energy X-ray...
Authors: Ellen B. Fung, Janet L. Kwiatkowski, James N. Huang, Ginny Gildengorin, Janet C. King, Elliott P. Vichinsky

Beating cancer via video game

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Steven Gonzalez, a patient at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, sees video games as a healing power rather than simply entertainment. When he began leukemia treatment as a young teenager, he felt separated from his peers and the normalcy of life. For Gonzalez, video games provided him a link to the world he knew before. To help other young cancer patients not feel so isolated, he created a cancer-fighting video game. He also joined patient committees at MD Anderson Children's Cancer...

Targeted Lymphoma Drug Works After Others Fail

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MD Anderson's Dr. Michelle Fanale, Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Alexandra Medina and research nurse Rinata Simien talk about newly approved drug brentuximab vedotin.