Everyday HealthClinical Challenges: Pediatric ALL in Children With Obesity

Pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) is the most common malignancy seen in children and adolescents and young adults (AYAs). This article highlights two recent studies that provide novel evidence of the association between obesity and increased risk of high-risk B-ALL and the effectiveness of a non-pharmacologic intervention for reducing minimal residual disease (MRD) risk.

American Academy of PediatricsAAP: Clearance for Sports After COVID-19 Should Include Cardiac Screening

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations in “COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Return to Sports”, a positive cardiac screen or other concerning findings from a recovered COVID-19 youth patient should prompt an electrocardiogram (EKG) and potential referral to a pediatric cardiologist. The updated guidance has a focus on cardiac evaluation.

Wyanoke GroupFour Institutions Join Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium

The NCI sponsors and funds the consortium, a multidisciplinary cooperative research organization devoted to the study of correlative tumor biology and new therapies for children with primary central nervous system tumors. New members are chosen through a competitive process based on several characteristics, including clinical trial infrastructure and expertise in basic and translational science.