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    1. Seizure Drug May Extend Lives of Brain Cancer Patients

      Aug. 31, 2011 -- As many as half of all people with a common and potentially lethal type of brain cancer known as a glioblastoma will have a seizure at some point during their illness. Doctors often prescribe a drug to help control these seizures. But until now little was known about which drug, if

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    2. Study: Cell Phones Don't Raise Brain Cancer Risk in Kids

      July 27, 2011 -- Children and teens who use cell phones are not at increased risk of getting brain cancer, according to a new Swiss study. "We did not find that young mobile phone users have an increased risk for brain tumors when regularly using mobile phones," says study researcher Martin Roosli,

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    3. FDA Approves New Device for Brain Tumor Treatment

      April 18, 2011 -- The FDA has approved a new noninvasive portable device for the treatment of a deadly type of brain tumor. The device uses electrical fields to slow and possibly reverse tumor growth. The device, manufactured by Novocure, is called the NovoTTF-100A System and is meant for adults wit

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    4. FDA Panel Backs Device to Treat Brain Tumors

      March 17, 2011 -- An expert panel has advised the FDA to approve a new kind of device to treat recurrent glioblastoma, an aggressive and highly fatal kind of brain tumor. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory panels, though it commonly does. The NovoTTF-100A System (N

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    5. Genetic Defect at Work in Deadly Brain Tumors

      Dec. 22, 2010 -- Scientists say they’ve discovered a genetic defect that may contribute to the development of as many as one in four cases of glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive type of brain tumor. The defect, a deletion in a gene known as NFKBIA, prevents cells from making enough of a pro

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    6. Many Patients with Incurable Brain Tumors Seek Complementary Therapies

      Dec. 14, 2010 -- Many people diagnosed with incurable brain tumors turn to complementary therapies to slow the growth of their cancer or relieve side effects like fatigue and depression, new research shows. The study, published in the Dec. 14 issue of the journal Neurology, included completed questi

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    7. Coffee, Tea Linked to Lower Brain Cancer Risk

      Oct. 22, 2010 -- Drinking about a half cup or more of coffee or tea per day is associated with a 34% reduction in the risk for glioma, a type of brain tumor, researchers report. Researchers led by Dominique Michaud, DSc, an investigator at Brown University, and colleagues analyzed data from the Euro

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    8. Vaccine May Help Treat Brain Cancer

      Oct. 4, 2010 -- A new vaccine for a deadly brain cancer known as glioblastoma doubled the survival time of patients, researchers from Duke University report. Unlike other vaccines given to prevent disease, ''this vaccine is given when patients get the cancer," says researcher John Sampson, MD, PhD,

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    9. Vastly Better Odds for Kids With Deadly Cancer

      Sept. 29, 2010 -- An aggressive new treatment offers new hope to kids with high-risk neuroblastoma, while kids at somewhat lower risk benefit from less intense therapy. The findings come from two breakthrough studies that already are changing treatment for children with this deadly cancer. The first

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    10. Jean Smart Takes a Leading Role in Battling Brain Cancer

      Jean Smart is used to changing roles. The blond beauty first made audiences laugh as Charlene Stillfield on CBS's Designing Women sitcom, won two Emmy Awards as Lana Gardner on NBC's Frasier, and took home a third for her role on ABC's comedic hit Samantha Who? in 2007. She also made a splash as the

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