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Decades of dedication lead to drug trial for rare, fatal illness

When Kim Morey was a young girl, a mysterious illness affected her family, striking relatives one by one at around...

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Scientists ID source of damaging inflammation after heart attack

Scientists have zeroed in on a culprit that spurs damaging inflammation in the heart following a heart attack. The guilty...

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Brain cancer vaccine effective in some patients

Most people with the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma die less than 18 months after diagnosis. But a multicenter clinical trial...

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15 Incredible Things That Happen to Your Body When You Lose Weight

Losing weight can seem like an overwhelming undertaking, but even dropping just a few pounds can have a big impact...

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Eczema drug effective against severe asthma

Two new studies of patients with difficult-to-control asthma show that the eczema drug dupilumab alleviates asthma symptoms and improves patients’...

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Blood type affects severity of diarrhea caused by E. coli

A new study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with “travelers’ diarrhea” and children in underdeveloped areas of the...

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Why chikungunya, other arthritis-causing viruses target joints

Chikungunya virus is a growing threat to the United States and other regions of the world as the mosquito that...

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The Belly Fat Battle

Visceral fat differs from subcutaneous fat in that it releases fatty acids and inflammatory substances directly into the liver rather...

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How a light touch can spur severe itching

For some people, particularly those who are elderly, even a light touch of the skin or contact with clothing can...

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Best Practices for Physician-Scientist Training Programs: Recommendations from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

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Experimental arthritis drug prevents stem cell transplant complication

An investigational drug in clinical trials for rheumatoid arthritis prevents a common, life-threatening side effect of stem cell transplants, new...

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Major milestone reached in effort to ID cancers’ genetic roots

Researchers nationwide have reached a major milestone in describing the genetic landscape of cancer. Scientists at Washington University School of...

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Drug compound shows promise against rheumatoid arthritis

Scientists have designed a new drug compound that dials down inflammation, suggesting possible future uses against autoimmune disorders such as...

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Antibiotic use increases risk of severe viral disease in mice

People infected with West Nile virus can show a wide range of disease. Some develop life-threatening brain infections. Others show...

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Infectious diseases docs may be lifesaving for patients with antibiotic-resistant infections

For patients with difficult-to-treat, drug-resistant infections, seeing an infectious diseases specialist can be a lifesaver. Such patients experienced significantly lower...

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The One Doctor You Need to See If You Get an Antibiotic-Resistant Infection

Patients who developed infections that were resistant to antibiotics were much more likely to survive if doctors specializing in infectious...

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Infectious Diseases Consultation Reduces 30-Day and 1-Year All-Cause Mortality for Multidrug-Resistant Organism Infections

Abstract Background Multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) infections are associated with high mortality and readmission rates. Infectious diseases (ID) consultation improves clinical...

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No progress seen in reducing antibiotics among outpatients

Despite public health campaigns aimed at reducing unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics, the drugs continue to be prescribed at startlingly high...

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Gut microbes influence severity of intestinal parasitic infections

A new study indicates that the kinds of microbes living in the gut influence the severity and recurrence of parasitic...

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CRISPR enhances cancer immunotherapy

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first cellular immunotherapies to treat cancer. These therapies involve collecting a...

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$5 million aids development of artificial red blood cells

Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. In the U.S., there are about...

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NCI director talks immunotherapy, cancer research on Med Campus

Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, the newly appointed director of the National Cancer Institute, visited the Medical Campus this week...

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Similarities found in cancer initiation in kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas

Recent research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrated that mature cells in the stomach sometimes revert...

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Study of smoking and genetics illuminates complexities of blood pressure

Analyzing the genetics and smoking habits of more than half a million people has shed new light on the complexities...

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Cancer weapon

While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment...

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Despite odds, fish species that bypasses sexual reproduction is thriving

The very rare animals that reproduce asexually — only about one in 1,000 of all living vertebrate species — are...

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ID’ing features of flu virus genome may help target surveillance for pandemic flu

The current influenza outbreak – the worst across the United States in nearly a decade – is worrisome but still...

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Light-triggered nanoparticles show promise against metastatic cancer

A new anti-cancer strategy wields light as a precision weapon. Unlike traditional light therapy — which is limited to the...

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Genetic lung disease’s molecular roots identified

Respiratory infections peak during the winter months, and most people recover within a few weeks. But for those with a...

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Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable

More than 10,000 people in the United States are living with memory loss and other persistent neurological problems that occur...

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Cancer Weapon: Zika virus kills glioblastoma stem cells in early research

Zika virus kills glioblastoma stem cells in early research BY TAMARA BHANDARI While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the...

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Study prompts new ideas on cancers’ origins

Rapidly dividing, yet aberrant stem cells are a major source of cancer. But a new study suggests that mature cells...

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Highlights from December

Our glioblastoma-Zika paper made it in the top 100 Altmetric list of most popular research of 2017. In collaboration with...

Study prompts new ideas on cancers’ origins

Rapidly dividing, yet aberrant stem cells are a major source of cancer. But a new study suggests that mature cells...

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Deadly heart rhythm halted by noninvasive radiation therapy

Radiation therapy often is used to treat cancer patients. Now, doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...

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WashU research spurs new WHO guidelines for disabling tropical disease

Research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue...

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Kidney disease increases risk of diabetes, study shows

Diabetes is known to increase a person’s risk of kidney disease. Now, a new study from Washington University School of...

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Aggressive testing provides no benefit to patients in ER with chest pain

Patients who go to the emergency room (ER) with chest pain often receive unnecessary tests to evaluate whether they are...

$6 million supports leukemia research

John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a $6 million outstanding...

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Key malaria parasite findings could lead to new treatments

Sebastian Nasamu, an MD/PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, battled successive bouts of malaria as...

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Gateway to care: Fighting social stigma and barriers, doctor 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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New gene-altering treatment offered for certain blood cancers

“This is the beginning of a new era of cancer therapy,” said Washington University oncologist Armin Ghobadi, MD, an assistant professor...

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Portable 3-D scanner assesses patients with elephantiasis

An estimated 120 million people worldwide are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic, mosquito-borne disease that can cause major swelling...

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Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys

Outdoor air pollution has long been linked to major health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma and chronic...

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Genetic testing helps set safe dose of common blood thinner

Warfarin is a blood thinner that is commonly prescribed to patients to prevent life-threatening blood clots. Despite its longtime use,...

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Scientists find way to convert bad body fat into good fat

There’s good fat and bad fat in our bodies. The good fat helps burn calories, while the bad fat hoards...

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Chemo-loaded nanoparticles target breast cancer that has spread to bone

Breast cancer that spreads often infiltrates bone, causing fractures and intense pain. In such cases, chemotherapy is ineffective because the...

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Antibody protects against both Zika and dengue, mouse study shows

Brazil and other areas hardest hit by the Zika virus – which can cause babies to be born with abnormally...

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Pet, pest allergens linked to reduced asthma risk

A new study of children living in inner-city areas and at high risk of developing asthma suggests that exposure to...

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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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