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400 financial execs and over 50 kids and their siblings play in the “Expect Miracles East Coast Charity Classic”

During the Expect Miracles East Coast Charity Classic, a Kids Golf Clinic sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services brought more than 400 of the area’s top executives together with over 50 kids and their siblings between the ages of 5 to 18 who are courageously battling cancer or are in remission.

By RON WINSLOW - The Wall Street Journal

Researchers said they have identified a combination of four genes that appear to play a critical role in determining whether prostate cancer in its early stages will go on to become an aggressive, lethal disease.

The information could enable doctors and patients to make better decisions after the diagnosis of prostate cancer, a disease that is commonly overtreated today, researchers said.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson - The Boston Globe

Cancer patients and doctors often don’t know much about what they are up against: a tumor that will spread through the body, or one that probably will remain dormant. Now, Boston scientists have identified four genetic markers that predict whether prostate cancer is the aggressive type.

The work, led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is part of a much larger effort to address a major problem in cancer treatment. Although screening tests can identify tumors early, doctors have limited insight into whether they need to hit the disease right away with aggressive treatment or should watch and wait.

By Beagan Wilcox Volz

'Tis the season for an avalanche of holiday e-cards in fund industry employees’ in-boxes.

While some holdouts still send paper cards, firms in the fund industry seem to overwhelmingly prefer the e-card when it comes to wishing their clients and business associates happy holidays. Some firms — Fidelity and American Century among them — also tied e-cards to charitable giving in 2010.

Tired of all the bad news coming out of the mutual fund industry? Every day, it seems, if it's not market timing, it's improper gift giving.

So here's something heartwarming.

The Mutual Funds Against Cancer golf tournament, held on June 2 at the Pinehills Golf Club at Plymouth, raised $210,000 for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Of that, $45,000 came from a silent auction, which included two autographed Red Sox World Series jerseys, sold for $3,000 each, and a pair of tickets to see the Rolling Stones at Fenway for $1,700.

EDWARD MASON, finance and government reporter, can be reached at emason@bizjournals.com.

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