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Global wildlife surveillance could provide early warning for next pandemic

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably originated in wild bats that live in caves around Wuhan, China, and may have...

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Specific bacteria help explain stunted growth in malnourished children

Many children treated for childhood malnutrition in developing countries never fully recover. They suffer from stunted growth, immune system dysfunction...

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2 immunotherapies merged into single, more effective treatment

Some of the most promising advances in cancer treatment have centered on immunotherapies that rev up a patient’s immune system...

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Gut bacteria protect against mosquito-borne viral illness

Chikungunya virus, once confined to the Eastern Hemisphere, has infected millions of people in the Americas since 2013, when mosquitoes...

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COVID-19 vaccine trials to be conducted at Washington University, Saint Louis University

As U.S. scientists ramp up a national effort to evaluate COVID-19 vaccine candidates at clinical trial sites across the country,...

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Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus

Airborne and potentially deadly, the virus that causes COVID-19 can only be studied safely under high-level biosafety conditions. Scientists handling...

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Global wildlife surveillance could provide early warning for next pandemic

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably originated in wild bats that live in caves around Wuhan, China, and may have...

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Effort to screen potential COVID-19 antiviral drugs underway

Six months into the pandemic, people diagnosed with mild cases of COVID-19 still are told to isolate themselves and wait...

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Stroke survival rates worse in rural areas, study says

A major U.S. study reveals large gaps between urban and rural patients in quality of care received after a stroke...

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COVID-19 antibody tests evaluated as diagnostic test in low-resource settings

With Brazil leading the world in newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, Latin America has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic....

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Oral antibiotics work, shorten hospital stays for IV drug users with infections

People who inject illicit drugs can develop potentially deadly infections of the heart, blood, joints and soft tissues. Typically, such...

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Patients with COVID-19 donate specimens to advance research efforts

In the weeks before the St. Louis region saw its first patients with COVID-19, physician-scientists at Washington University School of...

COVID-19 mouse model will speed search for drugs, vaccines

The global effort to quickly develop drugs and vaccines for COVID-19 has been hampered by limited numbers of laboratory mice...

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$5 million supports research into neglected tropical diseases

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received two grants from the National Institutes of Health...

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COVID-19 study looks at genetics of healthy people who develop severe illness

To help unravel the mysteries of COVID-19, scientists are sequencing the DNA of young, healthy adults and children who develop...

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Global study to test malaria drug to protect health workers from COVID-19

With $9 million in philanthropic support, an international group of physicians and scientists is establishing a research network to evaluate...

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High participation in social distancing would decrease coronavirus impact in rural Missouri

High levels of social distancing would lower the COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death rates over the next six months across...

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Diabetes reversed in mice with genetically edited stem cells derived from patients

Using induced pluripotent stem cells produced from the skin of a patient with a rare, genetic form of insulin-dependent diabetes...

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Research in most university labs moved from bench to internet

When Washington University Vice Chancellor for Research Jennifer K. Lodge first sounded the alarm about the disruptive impact COVID-19 likely would have...

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COVID-19 survivors needed to donate blood plasma

Infectious diseases physicians at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an expanded access program to give...

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Study to evaluate antidepressant as potential COVID-19 treatment

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are launching a clinical trial in patients who have tested...

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Clinical trial launches to evaluate antimalarial drugs for COVID-19 treatment

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is launching a clinical trial for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at Barnes-Jewish...

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First cell treatment to fight the coronavirus awaits FDA approval for clinical trial

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Possible COVID-19 treatment: transfusion of antibodies from recovered patients’ blood

With no drugs or vaccines yet approved for COVID-19 and the number of U.S. cases increasing by the thousands every...

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Immunotherapy using ‘young cells’ offers promising option against cancer

Immunotherapy that involves treating cancer with the body’s own immune cells, or those of a matched donor, shows promise in...

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Breast milk may help prevent sepsis in preemies

A component of breast milk may help protect premature babies from developing sepsis, a fast-moving, life-threatening condition triggered by infection....

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School of Medicine physicians, researchers tackle coronavirus

Soon after a novel coronavirus first appeared in China in late 2019, researchers, doctors and staff at Washington University School...

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Immune cells play surprising role in heart, mouse study suggests

New research in mice suggests that certain immune cells may help guide fetal development of the heart and play a...

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Radiation therapy for colon cancer works better when specific protein blocked

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis appear to have discovered a way to make radiation therapy...

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Revving up immune system may help treat eczema

The aggravating skin condition eczema is most commonly treated by suppressing the immune system, but not all patients get relief....

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Diabetes in mice cured rapidly using human stem cell strategy

Researchers have converted human stem cells into insulin-producing cells and demonstrated in mice infused with such cells that blood sugar...

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Fight against endometrial cancer boosted with new molecular road map

A new study that reveals the dozens of molecular changes that bring about endometrial cancer offers insight into how physicians...

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Immune responses to tuberculosis mapped across 3 species

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most vexing public health problems. About 1.5 million people died from this bacterial...

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High-protein diets boost artery-clogging plaque, mouse study shows

High-protein diets may help people lose weight and build muscle, but a new study in mice suggests they have a...

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Personal toll – Mother’s death sets twin scientists on journey to find precision cancer therapies

Their mother’s death when they were teenagers set identical twins Obi and Malachi Griffith on a shared path to find...

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Gut microbes alter characteristics of norovirus infection

The highly contagious norovirus causes diarrhea and vomiting and is notorious for spreading rapidly through densely populated spaces, such as...

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Heart pump devices associated with serious complications in some patients shortly after heart stent procedure

In critically ill patients who require a heart pump to support blood circulation as part of stent procedures, specific heart...

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New clues found to help protect heart from damage after heart attack

Studying mice, scientists have shown that boosting the activity of specific immune cells in the heart after a heart attack...

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Washington People: Benjamin D. Humphreys – Physician-scientist a leading innovator in kidney research

Benjamin D. Humphreys’ hobbies include experimenting with international cuisine in his kitchen, harvesting heirloom tomatoes in his backyard, and growing...

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Uncommon weight-loss surgery best for reducing diabetes risk

As obesity rates climb, so do the number of people receiving weight-loss surgery. One of the most frequently performed weight-loss...

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Food for thought – Understanding obesity by examining nutrition and metabolism

At nearly 250 pounds, Linda DeCosta had tried everything — and failed — to lose weight: prescription drugs, exercise programs,...

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For hospitalized patients with fungal infections, specialists save lives

Bloodstream infections caused by the fungus Candida are among the most common and deadly infections in hospitals, with 25,000 such cases seen...

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For gut microbes, not all types of fiber are created equal

Certain human gut microbes with links to health thrive when fed specific types of ingredients in dietary fibers, according to...

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Cause of rare, fatal disorder in young children pinpointed

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis appear to have solved a decades-long mystery regarding the precise...

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Radiation therapy effective against deadly heart rhythm

A single high dose of radiation aimed at the heart significantly reduces episodes of a potentially deadly rapid heart rhythm,...

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Halting spread of HIV in Midwest is aim of new network

The battle against HIV increasingly looks winnable, and Washington University in St. Louis is helping lead the charge. Rupa Patel, MD,...

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Zika diagnostic test granted market authorization by FDA

Zika virus can cause babies to be born with devastating brain damage. But the signs of Zika infection in adults...

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Arthritis-causing virus hides in body for months after infection

Since chikungunya virus emerged in the Americas in 2013, it has infected millions of people, causing fever, headache, rash, and...

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Children with mild asthma can use inhalers as needed

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis supports evidence that children with mild asthma can...

Gut makeup could make diarrhea less likely

Antibiotics are known to upset the balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract. In some cases, antibiotics can cause the...

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