Recovering beyond Disease Social strains and lack encouraged to include socially isolated children, including the brain tumor survivor, in their everyday interactions. The instruction focused on topics such as noticing and tolerating differences and initiating and responding to interactions with potential new friends. The authors say while results show the intervention was feasible to carry out in a public school setting there is a need for a larger randomized trial to determine its effectiveness. I The work appeared in the July 2016 edition of the ‘Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics’ (doi: 10.1097/ DBP. 0000000000000 315) and was funded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and grants from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (K07CA174728 & P30CA072720) to Dr. Devine. The content does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. of social competence are common in children recovering from malignant brain tumors, but there are few interventions available to support these youngsters. With that, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey behavioral scientist Katie Devine, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson medical School and colleagues from across the U.S. and canada, examined a peer-mediated intervention at the schools of brain tumor survivors to see how the public school setting might help these children with the social aspects of recovery. The intervention initially designed for children with autism spectrum disorders was adapted to children recovering from brain tumors. A dozen brain tumor survivors in first through eighth grades and 217 of their classmates were enrolled. Peer leaders were selected for small group instruction and teen tanning trends Indoor tanning exposes users to damaging ultraviolet rays, which can lead to skin cancer. According to the centers for Disease control and Prevention, this practice is particularly dangerous for those who begin indoor tanning in their teens or early adulthood, as it puts them at a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers. in October 2013, commercial indoor tanning was banned in New Jersey for those under 17 years of age. investigators from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health examined whether there was a difference in indoor tanning use by New Jersey high school students after the state restriction was enacted. The team reviewed data from the 2012 and 2014 New Jersey youth Tobacco Surveys, which captured responses on tobacco, tanning and other lifestyle factors from a combined 5,700 high school students. Researchers found no significant decline in indoor tanning rates among children under age 17 following the 2013 ban on such use by this age group. Lead author and Rutgers cancer institute behavioral scientist Elliot J. Coups, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson medical School, says the finding “underscores a need for monitoring of Reaching for the Moon adherence to the restrictions in tanning facilities as well as continued surveillance of indoor tanning rates among teens.” I The work appeared in the July 20, 2016 edition of the ‘Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology’ (http:// dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad. 2016.03. 040). The 2012 and 2014 New Jersey Youth Tobacco Surveys were funded by a contract from the New Jersey Department of Health to the Center for Tobacco Studies at Rutgers School of Public Health. Autumn 2016 I Earlier this summer, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey partnered with Cancer support Community of Central New Jersey to host the state’s only regional Cancer Moonshot summit. After viewing a live stream of Vice President Joseph biden’s remarks, a panel of experts – including Rutgers Cancer institute’s Chief Medical officer Deborah Toppmeyer, MD – addressed topics such as access to treatments and clinical trials as well as identifying areas of potential research collaboration. I Cancer Connection I 5