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Children are our future, but cancer is impacting far too many of them



Children are our future and that’s why investing in childhood cancer is critical to improving treatments and research

Cancer does not discriminate. It is a major cause of death in children worldwide. While there has been tremendous progress in fighting childhood cancer, significant investment is required to improve access to treatments and diversify research.

Lance Kawaguchi, who heads Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is passionate about raising awareness and funds to beat childhood cancer.

“It’s critically important that we invest more in childhood cancer…I want to make sure that we can have enough funds to support not just certain types of cancer… But also the ones that have less volume.”

Lance kawaguchi, ceo, cure brain cancer

Why invest in Childhood Cancer?

Childhood cancer is a major cause of death in children worldwide, impacting children aged 0-14.

The most common cancers diagnosed in children is leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), brain and nervous system cancers.

Significant investment is required to improve access to treatments and diversify research.

Often, certain types of cancers remain underfunded and under-researched. However, just because they’re less common, shouldn’t mean they’re less important.

Brain Stem brain tumours like DIPG, primarily affects children, with most diagnoses occurring between 5 and 7 years of age.

It makes up approximately 10-15% of all brain tumours in children. Unfortunately, fewer than 10% of children survive.

Simon Gray lost his son Tom when he was seven years old, and is on a mission to prevent other parents from going through the same grief.

We need to raise more funds for this kind of cancer… We don’t want another parent to have to sit in a room with a bunch of doctors and be told ‘just go create some memories, there’s no if buts or maybe, he’s just going to die’

Simon Gray, cancer advocate

Need For More Specific Paediatric Cancer Treatments

There is a need to develop cancer treatments specifically for children and invest more in enabling this to happen effectively.

A relative lack of cancer research in children limits how to treat them. As a result, some children with cancer are dealt adult treatments, which are often ineffective.

Childhood cancer treatments very rarely reach FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) or EMA (European Medicines Agency) approval.

Therefore, it’s critical that more money is invested into treatment and research for childhood cancer.

Katie Banovich’s 6-year-old son Greyson is a cancer survivor. Greyson has emerged as an inspiration to all those who hear his story. His courage and resilience are a testament that no one should ever give up hope when confronted with adversity.

Katie believes it is through our collective efforts that we will continue to make strides in the fight against childhood cancers.

“Get involved, everyone can help. Awareness of the problem leads to motivation to solve it. And motivation leads to action.”

Katie banovich, cancer advocate

Any family can be impacted by childhood cancer, it does not discriminate. For some they have a positive outcome, but for many they are forced to live out a nightmare.

It’s crucial that we make the fight against childhood cancer a global fight.

In our experience, the key flaws have been a lack of options for treating paediatric brain cancers.

Our daughter Olivia was diagnosed at 18 months… It’s very high risk giving children radiation at such a young age.
.. We had limited options.

Andrew macphillamy, cancer advocate

Centres of Excellence fighting childhood cancer

1. Australia – Children’s Cancer Institute

The Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI) in Australia is celebrating thirty years of working with like-minded individuals and organisations to fund innovative research projects, world-class clinical care, and quality family support programs. To date, the foundation has raised over A$60.5 million. This capital was spent on a range of programs that align with the CCIs goals of improving the lives of children affected by cancer.

2. Qatar – Sidra Medicine

Sidra Medicine, located in the innovative Education City in Qatar is a benchmark for family healthcare in the Middle East. This 400-bed medical centre caters solely to women and children, offering state-of-the-art health care in a collaborative, research-driven environment. Sidra Medicine aims to establish itself as a global leader in the research of cancer and precision medicine. In September 2022, the institute published a study highlighting the successful use of precision medicine to guide the treatment of some paediatric cancers.

3. US – National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death resulting from illness in children aged four to fourteen in the United States. Sadly, only 4% of the billions of dollars spent on cancer research annually go to funding research for paediatric cancers. The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) formed an innovative collaboration called the Sunshine Project. The primary goal of this project is to fast-track a more targeted and less toxic cure for paediatric cancer by bringing together the nation’s foremost researchers and medical professionals. Since 2005, the Sunshine Project has funded several clinical trials and translational studies in excess of US$ 33 million.

4. The European Society for Paediatric Oncology

The European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE) was established to ensure optimal care and outcomes for children and adolescents with cancer in Europe. The society is active across many areas including research, care, training and education, and EU advocacy. They are driven to facilitate collaborative research across the European continent as well as the promotion of novel treatment modalities in use in clinical trials. Seated in Brussels, SIOPE is ideally situated to promote and advocate better policies for children with cancer to EU policy makers.

Report contributed by Holly Stearnes, Lance Kawaguchi and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Greenwashed shopping: behind organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free products



Shopping for health products proves challenging

Studies continue to find that contaminants are being found in a wide range of products, including food, consumer goods, and even personal care products. For example, a study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology found that microplastics (plastic particles smaller than 5mm) were present in 93% of bottled water tested.

Other research has found that toxic chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are commonly found in food packaging and personal care products. These findings highlight the challenges of finding truly environmentally-friendly products and the need for more stringent regulations and oversight to ensure that these contaminants are not present in consumer goods.

The ROOT Brands founder and CEO The Clayton Thomas unpacks how we need to get down to the root causes of our problems to make lasting change.

The Green Edition is presented by The ROOT Brands.

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Global food security requires Phosphorus production to play key role



Food demand set to rise as a result of population growth, urbanization, and rising incomes.

As Australia begins the production of one of the few known high-grade phosphate rock deposits which is expected to help improve food security.

Centrex Limited (CXM) CEO, Robert Mencel outlines the importance of Phosphorus as an essential nutrient for plant growth and how it is used to improve crop yields.

By developing this deposit, Australia looks to increase its domestic production of the critical resource and reduce dependence on imports in the years ahead.

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Micro fulfilment centers enhancing the retail sector



Nimble fulfilment options become increasingly popular for retail industry leads

In an ever-competitive market streamlining the supply chain and getting products to customers faster should be top priority for any retailer.

Micro Fulfilment centers present a great opportunity to do so. These small-scale warehouses are generally located closer to consumers, often within city limits, and are designed to handle online orders for same-day or next-day delivery.

One company that is embracing this concept is Vicinity Centres, an Australian retail property group that owns and manages shopping centers across the country.

They are using their existing shopping centers as locations for micro fulfillment centers, which allows them to make the most of their existing infrastructure while also providing a new service to retailers.

This clever idea is beneficial for traditional retail customers as well. With the use of micro fulfilment centers, retailers are able to offer a wider range of products, as well as faster delivery times. This means that customers can enjoy a more convenient shopping experience, with the ability to order products online and have them delivered to their door quickly. Additionally, these centers are also able to handle online returns, which helps to reduce the amount of time customers spend on the return process.

Overall, micro fulfilment centers are changing the way we look at shopping centers, delivery services and the retail experience on the whole.

By embracing this new concept, retailers are getting products to customers faster while also providing a new service to the traditional retail customer.

The future of retail is moving towards this model with Vicinity Centres committed to utilising the idea to share unique experiences that enhance the point of sale and delivery experience into the future.

Ben Watson explains the potential and future of the space ahead of the Unified Summit 2023 which will unpack the best of Technology, Supply Chain and Retail at Federation Square in Melbourne on February 21st 2023.

Supply Chain Insights is sponsored by Manhattan Associates learn more here.

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