Articles by Nedra Lindsey


CMV vaccine could protect newborns, immune-suppressed patients

February 27, 2013 | by
City of Hope researchers are developing a vaccine to stop CMV. It could help protect cancer and transplant patients from the virus. (Photo credit: Thinkstock)
Despite its rather daunting name, cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is harmless in most cases. But, for people whose immune systems are weakened, such as cancer patients and transplant patients, the virus can flare up and cause life-threatening complications. City of Hope researchers are developing a vaccine to stop CMV. It could help protect cancer and transplant patients from the virus. (Photo credit: Thinkstock) For pregnant women who have not developed immunity to CMV, the virus can present a severe threat to their unborn children. “These women are at high risk of transmitting the virus to the…

Why does Michelle Gearhart-Pash embrace cancer?

September 11, 2012 | by
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If there is anyone whose spirit embodies the word indomitable, it is Michelle Gearhart-Pash. She has battled six separate occurrences of breast cancer and bested the disease every time. Michelle Pash Rather than retreat to her own life and avoid all talk about cancer, Gearhart-Pash has become a shoulder to lean on, a person to talk to and an advocate for others as the chair of City of Hope’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. That’s a group of patients and caregivers who give feedback and recommendations on City of Hope patient-care services. “I don’t have…