Medical research

New drug combination shows promise as powerful treatment for AML

Scientists have identified two drugs that are potent against acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when combined, but only weakly effective when used alone. The researchers were able to significantly enhance cancer cell death by jointly ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Privileged white U.S. citizens have better health outcomes

(HealthDay)—Privileged White U.S. citizens have better health outcomes than average U.S. citizens for several health outcomes, but health outcomes are not always better than those in other developed countries, according ...

Oncology & Cancer

Global trial reveals life saving drug for acute myeloid leukemia

A landmark paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the results from a global trial across 148 sites in 23 countries, showing a 30 percent improvement in survival in patients with acute myeloid ...

Oncology & Cancer

Patient race linked to poorer survival in acute myeloid leukemia

Self-reported patient race is the most important factor associated with poorer survival in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, ...

Oncology & Cancer

Molecular mechanisms reveal how to make the most of methotrexate

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have identified factors that influence how children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) respond to methotrexate. High-dose methotrexate is a part of modern curative therapy ...

Oncology & Cancer

'BAH-code' reader senses gene-silencing tag in cells

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a new and evolutionarily conserved pathway responsible for "closing down" gene activity in the mammalian cell. The finding is ...

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Leukemia (American English) or leukaemia (British English) (from the Greek leukos λεύκος - white, and haima αίμα - blood) is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called "blasts". Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, heart, and lymphoid system, which are all known as hematological neoplasms. Leukemia can also cause multiple organ failure.

In 2000, approximately 256,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukemia, and 209,000 died from it.[citation needed]

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