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2014-03-06 13:14:57

Three promising biomarkers being studied to detect Alzheimer's disease in its early stages appear to undergo a surprising shift as patients develop symptoms of dementia, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report. Scientists use the biomarkers to assess brain changes linked to the disease in research volunteers. The levels of markers of neuronal injury increase in the spinal fluid for a decade or more before the onset of dementia, but in a new twist, the...

2014-03-04 13:57:45

Reforms could provide first-ever coverage for mental illness and other problems that increase the risk of recidivism Under the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 4 million people who have spent time in jail will have better access to health coverage for conditions that might—if left untreated—result in higher health care costs and an increased risk of recidivism. That's the conclusion of an analysis by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health...

2014-02-05 20:26:50

ViewRay System Expands Treatment Options for Cancer Patients CLEVELAND, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The ViewRay(TM) system, the world's first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system, is being used to treat patients at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The ViewRay system provides a patented combination of simultaneous radiation therapy delivery and continuous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the...

2014-01-31 10:54:35

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered what appears to be a potent stimulator of new bone growth. The finding could lead to new treatments for osteoporosis and other diseases that occur when the body doesn't make enough bone. Osteoporosis affects 55 percent of Americans age 50 and older. Of that age group, one in three women and one in 12 men are believed to have osteoporosis, a condition responsible for millions of fractures each year, mostly...

Researchers Decoded Genome Of Blood-sucking Worm That Infects World's Poor
2014-01-20 08:38:49

Washington University School of Medicine Going barefoot in parts of Africa, Asia and South America contributes to hookworm infections, which afflict an estimated 700 million of the world's poor. The parasitic worm lives in the soil and enters the body through the feet. By feeding on victims' blood, the worms cause anemia and, in children, stunted growth and learning problems. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have decoded the genome of the...

2013-12-24 13:28:00

Working in mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report developing a gene delivery method long sought in the field of gene therapy: a deactivated virus carrying a gene of interest that can be injected into the bloodstream and make its way to the right cells. In this early proof-of-concept study, the scientists have shown that they can target tumor blood vessels in mice without affecting healthy tissues. "Most current gene therapies in humans involve...

2013-12-19 23:02:05

A 33-year-old man from Leasburg, Mo., is the first patient to receive a revolutionary form of highly accurate radiation treatment from the world’s first proton system of its kind. The treatment was administered today at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. St. Louis (PRWEB) December 19, 2013 A 33-year-old man from Leasburg, Mo., is the first patient to receive a revolutionary form of highly accurate...

2013-12-19 10:49:28

New study raises ethical and practical concerns for recruiters and health-care facilities Forty percent of foreign-educated nurses working in U.S. hospitals and other health care facilities say their wages, benefits or shift assignments are inferior compared to their American colleagues, according to a study published today by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). The findings, which appear in the January issue of the American...

Epidemic Of E. Coli Infections Traced To One Strain Of Bacteria
2013-12-17 11:54:36

George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Fast-evolving lethal clone spreads worldwide, according to new study published today In the past decade, a single strain of Escherichia coli, or E. coli, has become the main cause of bacterial infections in women and the elderly by invading the bladder and kidneys, according to a study published today in the American Society for Microbiology's open access journal mBio. Besides becoming more resistant to...

2013-12-05 23:55:17

Researchers find progress and barriers to recommendations on residency programs and academic progression Two new studies by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) examine how well hospitals and other health care facilities are doing when it comes to a call to reform the nursing profession. A 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report warned that the nursing profession must change or it would not be able to meet the growing demands...


Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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