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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 …

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Druley addresses childhood cancer at U.S. Capitol

Todd E. Druley, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics, of genetics and of developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, represented pediatric cancer researchers Sept. 13 at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Druley addressed the Pediatric Cancer Caucus, a …

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The Washington University Transgender Center helps families navigate the complex world of gender identity

By Gaia Remerowski One day, while Karen Stokes and her 5-year-old daughter were watching TV, a Victoria’s Secret commercial came on. Stokes was unprepared for the reaction. “My daughter said if she had breasts, she would want to cut them off,” Stokes explained. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s a drastic …

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Washington University joins network for solving rare medical mysteries

by Julia Evangelou Strait September 24, 2018 Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is joining a national research network aimed at diagnosing rare, previously undescribed diseases in patients whose conditions present as medical mysteries. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network is made up of 12 clinical sites and several research centers …

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First endowed deanship – Honoring the contributions of past, present and future medical school deans

Philanthropists George and Carol Bauer have committed $5 million to Washington University, establishing a named deanship for the School of Medicine. The deanship also recognizes the distinguished leadership of the school’s previous deans. Their collective accomplishments are credited with the school’s preeminent stature and with paving the way for future …

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Pediatric resident physician starts free summer lunch program

Summer is the hungriest time of year for many of the 13 million children who rely on school for food through the free or reduced-price meal program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “There is an unbreakable link between access to basic human needs and the health of an …

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Natural sugar defends against metabolic syndrome, in mice

New research, in mice, indicates that a natural sugar called trehalose blocks glucose from the liver and activates a gene that boosts insulin sensitivity, reducing the chance of developing diabetes. Activating the gene also triggers an increase in calories burned, reduces fat accumulation and weight gain, and lessens measures of …

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Mallinckrodt boosts rare-disease research at Washington University

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has joined with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in a collaborative research partnership aimed at pursuing new therapies for patients with complex medical conditions, especially rare diseases that may have few or no treatment options. The global pharmaceutical company, which has maintained a presence in St. Louis …

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Critical connections

New integrated center changes care model for women and babies BY KRISTINA SAUERWEIN A new center on the Washington University Medical Campus is transforming health care for women and babies in the region. The Women & Infants Center is housed within two 12-story inpatient towers recently built by BJC HealthCare: the Barnes-Jewish …