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Fighting the spread of infectious diseases like malaria with better, faster, more nimble diagnostic tools

November 20, 2018 Audrey Odom John, MD, PhD, is on a mission. John, associate professor of pediatrics and of molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is fighting the spread of infectious diseases like malaria with better, faster, more nimble diagnostic tools. Malaria kills 445,000 people …

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AAAS names 11 Washington University faculty as fellows

November 27, 2018 Faculty join world’s largest general scientific society Eleven faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis — the most in a decade-and-a-half — are among 416 new fellows selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Samuel Achilefu; …

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Jennifer Silva, MD, is an innovator and entrepreneur with heart — literally

November 15, 2018 As a pediatric electrophysiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Silva treats children with abnormal heart rhythms. In partnership with her husband, Jonathan Silva, PhD, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, she has co-founded a startup …

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Common probiotic no help to young kids with stomach virus

Study examined children with diarrhea in nation’s emergency rooms by Kristina Sauerwein • November 21, 2018 Children with stomach viruses increasingly are given probiotics to ease symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. But a major U.S. study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that a commonly used probiotic is …

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Breast milk, formula nurture similarities, differences in gut microbes

Health consequences of differences uncertain by Tamara Bhandar October 29, 2018 Infant formula is designed to mimic human breast milk not only in nutrients but also by nurturing a similar set of microbes in the digestive tract. Such microbes are indispensable in keeping us healthy: They crowd out disease-causing bacteria, influence …

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Course teaches medical trainees how to provide care in developing countries

‘You have to think on your feet and out of the box’ by Kristina Sauerwei October 18, 2018 A starved supply closet and a lack of basic necessities such as electricity or running water pose significant health risks to patients at medical clinics in poverty-stricken parts of the world, sometimes even …

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New child maltreatment research center launched with $6.5 million NIH grant

By Neil Schoenherr October 15, 2018 Melissa Jonson-Reid, the Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work Research at the Brown School, and her team, including faculty from several disciplines across Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University, have received a five-year, $6,496,050 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) …

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Scoliosis linked to essential mineral

Children with severely curved spines may be unable to use manganese by Tamara Bhandari October 9, 2018 Nobody knows why some children’s backs start to curve to one side just as they hit puberty. Most children diagnosed with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, have no known risk factors. A new …

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Focused delivery for brain cancers

By Brandie Jefferson September 4, 2018 A person’s brainstem controls some of the body’s most important functions, including heart beat, respiration, blood pressure and swallowing. Tumor growth in this part of the brain is therefore twice as devastating. Not only can such a growth disrupt vital functions, but operating in …

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Gurnett named director of pediatric and developmental neurology

by Tamara Bhandari September 5, 2018 Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at the School of Medicine and neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “Dr. Christina Gurnett is …