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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...

Outlook Magazine

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,...

Outlook Magazine

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...

The Record

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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Immune-boosting compound makes immunotherapy effective against pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is especially challenging to treat – only eight percent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis....

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Deadly tick-borne virus cured with experimental flu drug, in mice

Only a few cases of the newly discovered Bourbon virus have been reported, and two of them ended in death,...

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Heartburn drugs linked to fatal heart and kidney disease, stomach cancer

Extended use of popular drugs to treat heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux has been associated with an increased risk of...

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Unending trauma – With scarce resources, doctors address mental health needs of 1 million refugees

COX’S BAZAR DISTRICT, Bangladesh — From high atop barren hills and the crests of skinny, rutted roads, the views of...

Outlook Magazine

Biomarker predicts which pancreatic cysts may become cancerous

Cysts likely to become cancerous identified with 95% accuracy

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Snapshot of chikungunya could lead to drugs, vaccines for viral arthritis

KATHERINE BASORE Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have created a detailed 3-D structure of chikungunya...

The warrior within

MATT MILLER Robert D. Schreiber, PhD, right, consults with doctoral student Samuel O. Ameh. Their work exploring the immune system’s...

Outlook Magazine

Obese mouse mothers trigger heart problems in offspring

A diet high in fats and sugars is known for its unhealthy effects on the heart. Scientists now have found...

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Topical immunotherapy keeps skin cancer risk at bay

A combination of two topical creams already shown to clear precancerous skin lesions from sun-damaged skin also lowers the risk...

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$3.4 million aids effort to make a better flu vaccine

The influenza vaccine is only good for one flu season, partly because different strains of the virus circulate every year....

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Unnecessary testing for UTIs cut by nearly half

Tests to detect urinary tract infections (UTI) often are performed routinely in hospitals, even when patients don’t have symptoms. Such...

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New hope for stem cell approach to treating diabetes

Scientists working to develop more effective treatments for diabetes are turning to stem cells. Such cells can be transformed into...

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Medication for severe acne alters skin microbiome

Isotretinoin, a form of vitamin A, has been prescribed to treat acne for decades. It reduces oil production in the...

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Artificial intelligence and the future of medicine

Washington University researchers are working to develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems for health care, which have the potential to transform...

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Rates of chronic kidney disease, deaths outpace other diseases

Advances in treating cancer, heart disease and other major health conditions in recent decades have extended life spans for millions...

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Brain, muscle cells found lurking in kidney organoids grown in lab

Scientists hoping to develop better treatments for kidney disease have turned their attention to growing clusters of kidney cells in...

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Relapsed leukemia flies under immune system’s radar

Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), an aggressive cancer of the blood, often are treated with stem cell transplantation, in...

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Viruses in blood lead to digestive problems

While studying viruses best known for infecting the brain, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis stumbled...

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Genetic testing helps predict disease recurrence in myelodysplastic syndrome

A DNA-based analysis of blood cells soon after a stem cell transplant can predict likelihood of disease recurrence in patients...

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New clues found to understanding relapse in breast cancer

A large genomic analysis has linked certain DNA mutations to a high risk of relapse in estrogen receptor positive breast...

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Analysis of prostate tumors reveals clues to cancer’s aggressiveness

Using genetic sequencing, scientists have revealed the complete DNA makeup of more than 100 aggressive prostate tumors, pinpointing important genetic...

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Gene therapy method developed to target damaged kidney cells

Gene therapy has gained momentum in the past year, following the federal government’s approval of the first such treatments for...

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Air pollution contributes significantly to diabetes globally

New research links outdoor air pollution — even at levels deemed safe — to an increased risk of diabetes globally,...

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Chemotherapy-induced diarrhea traced to immune cells

Some 50 to 80 percent of cancer patients taking powerful chemotherapy drugs develop diarrhea, which can be severe and in...

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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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