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Newly ID’d role of major Alzheimer’s gene suggests possible therapeutic target

Nearly a quarter century ago, a genetic variant known as ApoE4 was identified as a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease —...

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Medical history can point to earlier Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

Before symptoms become pronounced, there is no reliable way to identify who is on track to develop Parkinson’s disease, a...

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Human skin cells transformed directly into motor neurons

Scientists working to develop new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases have been stymied by the inability to grow human motor neurons...

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Does improving cardiovascular health reduce risk of dementia?

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are recruiting volunteers for a national study that is exploring...

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Potential new therapy relieves chronic itch

The roots of chronic itching have long remained a mystery. Meanwhile, those with the condition suffer from an unrelenting and...

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Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

A harmful virus that can cause devastating brain damage in babies could offer up a surprising new treatment for adult...

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PERSONALIZED 3D BRAIN MAPS TO GUIDE NEUROSURGERIES

Neurosurgeries are often performed with the aid of 3D maps of patients’ brains. But such maps typically show anatomical landmarks...

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Drug trial shows promise for deadly neurological disorder

Results of a small clinical trial show promise for treating a rare neurodegenerative condition that typically kills those afflicted before...

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Test uses nanotechnology to quickly diagnose Zika virus

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly detects the presence of Zika virus in blood.

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Natural compound coupled with specific gut microbes may prevent severe flu

A new study shows that a particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections in mice, likely by breaking down...

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Aggressive UTI bacteria hijack copper, feed off it

A new study from the School of Medicine demonstrates how E. coli collect trace amounts of copper in the urine...

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Drug trial shows promise for deadly neurological disorder

A small clinical trial shows that a drug called cyclodextrin slows progression of the rare, deadly disorder Niemann-Pick type C,...

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Type of sugar may treat atherosclerosis, mouse study shows

A new study shows that a type of natural sugar called trehalose triggers an important cellular housekeeping process in immune...

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Rare gene mutations inspire new heart drugs

What if you carried a genetic mutation that left you nearly impervious to heart disease? What if scientists could bottle...

New York Times

Rupa Patel, MD, MPH seeks to prevent HIV infections worldwide

In 1978, during the infancy of the AIDS epidemic, reports about isolated cases of gay men suffering from a rare...

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Cancer drug may help patients with severe asthma

A new study co-authored by Mario Castro, MD, suggests a targeted cancer drug called imatinib (Gleevec) may help some patients...

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New imaging technique aims to ensure surgeons completely remove cancer

A new imaging technique based on light and sound produces images doctors can use to distinguish cancerous breast tissue (below...

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Millman receives career development award from diabetes foundation

Jeffrey R. Millman, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research at Washington University...

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What you should know about the rising problem of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic-resistant infection is a rising issue in American society and thousands of people die each year when they develop infections...

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Study: accomplished female scientists often overlooked

Conference organizers invite male speakers over equally qualified women

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Rogue breast tumor proteins point to potential drug therapies

Such treatment options are missed by genomic sequencing.

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Genetic errors associated with heart health may guide drug development

Natural genetic changes can put some people at high risk of certain conditions, such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or...

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Study reveals ways to improve outcomes, reduce costs for common heart procedure

Changes in coronary angioplasty could save $300 million annually.

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Online database aims to collect, organize research on cancer mutations

Researchers have developed an online “knowledgebase” intended for the gathering and organization of this information so that clinicians have improved...

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Drug combination effective against chikungunya arthritis in mice

Combining a drug for rheumatoid arthritis with one that targets the chikungunya virus can eliminate the signs of chikungunya arthritis...

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Odom John focused on developing new diagnostic tests, treatments to fight malaria

Audrey R. Odom John, MD, PhD, a globally recognized malaria expert at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis,...

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Resisting Zika

Undeterred, researchers are tackling a global crisis from multiple directions.  Read the full story in Washington University’s Outlook Magazine »

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Study unveils new way to starve tumors to death

Blocking cancer cells’ metabolism may make treatments more effective and less toxic, according to senior author Brian A. Van Tine,...

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In highly lethal type of leukemia, cancer gene predicts treatment response

Patients with the most lethal form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – based on genetic profiles of their cancers –...

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New topical immunotherapy effective against early skin cancer

A combination of two topical drugs that have been in use for years triggers a robust immune response against precancerous...

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Researchers launch first clinical trial for wolfram syndrome

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are launching a new clinical trial to assess the safety of a drug...

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Antibody protects developing fetus from zika virus, mouse study shows

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have identified a human...

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Cause of inflammation in diabetes identified

Inflammation is one of the main reasons why people with diabetes experience heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems and other, related complications....

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Zika infection reduces fertility, lowers testosterone in male mice

Human studies needed to determine if men similarly affected.Read the full story on the School of Medicine’s site »

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Zika infection reduces fertility, lowers testosterone in male mice

A new study in mice suggests that Zika infection also may have worrisome consequences for men that interfere with their...

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For some COPD patients, portable oxygen treatment provides no benefit

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often receive portable oxygen therapy to help raise oxygen levels and allow them...

Possible strategy identified for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and other disorders

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is an inherited disorder that leads to a gradual loss of motor neurons and, eventually, paralysis. The condition...

Type 1 diabetes often comes with other autoimmune diseases

People with type 1 diabetes often develop other autoimmune disorders, such as thyroid and gastrointestinal diseases, and a recent study...

$8 million grant aids effort to eliminate elephantiasis

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has received a two-year, $8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda...

$2 million awarded to help prevent antibiotic resistance

Four research teams at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been collectively awarded nearly $2 million for...

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New immunotherapy for leukemia shows promise in small clinical trial

A new type of immunotherapy shows promise against cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that recur after treatment or that...

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High-protein diet curbs metabolic benefits of weight loss

Insulin sensitivity unimproved in obese women who lose weight but consume excess protein

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$10 million gift creates Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has received a $10 million gift to support research that harnesses the...

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To curb antibiotic use, researchers study an unlikely prescriber: Dentists

Research underway at Washington University seeks to reduce antibiotic use by focusing on a prescriber who doesn’t get too much...

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Antibodies identified that thwart Zika virus infection

Scientists have identified antibodies capable of protecting against Zika virus infection, a significant step toward developing a vaccine, better diagnostic...

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Immune-based therapy in mice shows promise against pancreatic cancer

Clinical trial will test safety of new strategy in patients with advanced pancreatic tumors

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$5.1 million aimed at preventing superbugs, infections in health-care settings

Funding is part of $26 million awarded by the CDC to five academic medical centers as part of a patient-safety...

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