Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk
    November 16, 2004
    Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk

    The various studies looking at the effects of breastfeeding on childhood leukemia have had inconclusive and inconsistent results. Experts, led by Marilyn Kwan at the School of Public Health, Universit…

    Childhood Obesity and Cancer
    October 26, 2004
    Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    Dr. Greene's take on childhood obesity and cancer... The heavier kids are during the toddler, preschool, and school years, the greatest the chance they have of developing cancer as young adults, accor…

    The Toughest Conversation of All
    September 17, 2004
    The Toughest Conversation of All

    Together, more than 400 brave parents have given us an invaluable treasure: they have shared with us the painful, intimate wisdom they learned going though a devastating personal journey. Learning tha…

    The How and When of Skin Protection
    August 18, 2004
    The How and When of Skin Protection

    How and when sun damage occurs to children's skin may surprise you. Many parents know that in the United States alone more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed in adults each year, resulting from…

    Drugs for Children who Need Them
    February 23, 2004
    Drugs for Children who Need Them

    Pediatricians who treat cancer are poised to petition the World Health Organization to add leukemia medicines for children to the WHO essential drugs list, according to a February 16, 2004 report to t…

    Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend
    October 10, 2003
    Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend

    In a Herculean effort to draw attention to breast cancer, a group of women climbers, including several breast cancer survivors, reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer.  Through their climb…

    Acrylamide is in the news today!
    July 2, 2003
    Acrylamide is in the news today!

    Dr. Greene has been concerned about acrylamide since 2002 when The World Health Organization convened an emergency expert panel in to evaluate the potential health threats of acrylamide, a known toxic…

    The Appendix -- Does it Guard Against Cancer?
    June 5, 2003
    The Appendix — Does it Guard Against Cancer?

    Many people think that the appendix serves no useful function in the body. Many people have even had theirs taken out during an unrelated abdominal operation just to “prevent” appendicitis later. …

    Cancer - Environmentally Linked?
    March 4, 2002
    Cancer – Environmentally Linked?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: What a tough time for the family! Most tumors in kids come from a combination of genetic susceptibility and some kind of environmental insult. Not all susceptible kids get cancer,…

    Let's Give Nicotine to Kids!?
    October 3, 2001
    Let’s Give Nicotine to Kids!?

    Because nicotine is both dangerous and addictive, physicians have been reluctant to use it in young children to help them quit smoking. It has not been studied in children younger than 16 -- leading t…

    Summer Sun -- Summer Fun or Long-term Foe?
    June 29, 2001
    Summer Sun — Summer Fun or Long-term Foe?

    Dr. Greene's take on how to think about the summer sun... One of my college roommates met a tragic early death from malignant melanoma. He was a sports enthusiast who frequently spent hours unprotecte…

    A New Use for Polio Vaccine?
    May 23, 2001
    A New Use for Polio Vaccine?

    Dr. Greene presents some promising news about the polio vaccine... The polio virus, once widely feared for its power to cripple and kill, may be the key to treating deadly brain tumors. A report at th…

    First-of-its-kind Cancer Drug Gets FDA Approval
    May 15, 2001
    First-of-its-kind Cancer Drug Gets FDA Approval

    Gleevec, a promising new type of cancer drug created by Novartis, has been approved by the FDA in record-breaking time. The FDA's orphan drug program provides incentives to develop drugs to treat rare…

    Secondhand Smoke Robs Vitamin C from Children
    March 13, 2001
    Secondhand Smoke Robs Vitamin C from Children

    Children exposed to the most cigarette smoke have the lowest levels of vitamin C in their blood - regardless of how much fruit and vegetables they eat or the vitamins they take - according to a study …

    Cancer in the Family
    August 30, 2000
    Cancer in the Family

    Women still reeling from the diagnosis of breast cancer need support and guidance regarding discussing this weighty matter with their children. A study in the August 19th/26th, 2000 issue of the Briti…

    Cancer - Compassion for Dying Children
    February 10, 2000
    Cancer – Compassion for Dying Children

    Tremendous strides have been made in treating children with cancer. I remember the time when most children with cancer died from their illness -- now most live. But we must not ignore those who are st…

    Dilemma in Treating Cancer During Pregnancy
    December 3, 1999
    Dilemma in Treating Cancer During Pregnancy

    How tragic to be expecting a child - one of life's great joys - and to discover that you have breast cancer. This nightmare happens during about one in 3,500 pregnancies. We know that chemotherapy wor…

    Lower Your Baby's Risk of Leukemia
    October 21, 1999
    Lower Your Baby’s Risk of Leukemia

    Discovering that your child has cancer is one of a parent’s worst nightmares. A study in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute looked at risks of leukemia, the most …

    Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes
    May 14, 1999
    Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes

    Dr. Greene's Anwser: Bidis are all the rage among teens. It is estimated that 3% of high school students and 2% of middle school students smoke them regularly. Dessert and smoking literally rolled int…

    January 21, 1999
    Hemihypertrophy and Cancer

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Hemihypertrophy, also called hemihyperplasia, is a greater-than-normal asymmetry between the right and left sides of the body. It can occur as an independent condition (isolated …