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2010-03-17 09:25:44

UCLA study stresses need to train future pediatricians in program's principles For parents of children with multiple medical problems, keeping up with countless doctor's appointments, ongoing tests and a variety of medications can be overwhelming, especially for those in challenging socioeconomic situations. As a result, families often wind up using the emergency room, the country's most expensive form of care delivery, to get help for their kids. But a growing concept in health care reform...

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2010-03-14 11:01:25

Nanoparticles provide a targeted version of photothermal therapy for cancer In a lecture he delivered in 1906, the German physician Paul Ehrlich coined the term Zuberkugel, or "magic bullet," as shorthand for a highly targeted medical treatment. Magic bullets, also called silver bullets, because of the folkloric belief that only silver bullets can kill supernatural creatures, remain the goal of drug development efforts today. A team of scientists at Washington University in St. Louis is...

2010-03-11 09:15:00

Disney-themed lobby creates colorful, captivating welcome for pediatric patients, laboring moms ORLANDO, Fla., March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With help from a world-famous mouse, dozens of eager children and a shower of confetti, officials opened the doors to the welcoming, new lobby of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children and unveiled the first physical milestone of the hospital's innovative model of pediatric health. The entrance serves as a gateway to the...

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2010-02-26 10:40:00

Since at least the days of Socrates, humans have been advised to "know thyself." And through all the years, many, including many personality and social psychologists, have believed the individual is the best judge of his or her own personality. Now a psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis has shown that we are not the know-it-alls that we think we are. Simine Vazire, Ph.D., Washington University assistant professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences, has found that the...

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2010-02-25 14:47:35

A domestic ecological mystery Stories of environmental damage and their consequences always seem to take place far away and in another country, usually a tropical one with lush rainforests and poison dart frogs. In fact, similar stories starring familiar animals are unfolding all the time in our own backyards "” including gripping tales of diseases jumping from animal hosts to people when ecosystems are disrupted. This time we're not talking hemorrhagic fever and the rainforest. We're...

2010-02-22 10:29:00

Entire Staff Speaks Spanish at new Montefiore Medical Center Program NEW YORK, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Latinos in the Bronx and Westchester who have organ failure (kidney, pancreas or liver) now have the option of attending a Montefiore Medical Center specialty clinic on Thursdays, when the entire medical staff is fluent in Spanish. "We established this unique Latino day at the Montefiore-Einstein Abdominal Transplant Center to help our Spanish-speaking patients understand...

2010-02-16 14:05:00

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eisenhower Fellowships is pleased to announce the selection of Arch Coal's Robert Shanklin as a 2010 St. Louis Eisenhower Fellow. During his six-week fellowship to Australia and China, Shanklin will cultivate new technical and executive contacts in the energy industry as he builds a stronger technical and commercial knowledge base. As Vice President of Coal Technology at Arch Coal, Shanklin focuses on researching, developing and investing in...

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2010-02-07 11:02:20

In a study presented Saturday at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that show that there is an increased risk of intrauterine fetal death (IUFD), commonly known as stillbirth, in women who have fibroids. IUFD, or still birth, is rare and affects only six to seven out of every thousand births. The study, conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis,...

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2010-02-04 14:36:12

Molecular biology of drought tolerance comes into focus Recent work at Washington University in St. Louis sheds light on one of the most important events in earth-history, the conquest of land by plants 480 million years ago. No would-be colonizer could have survived on dry land without the ability to deal with dehydration, a major threat for organisms accustomed to soaking in water. Clues to how the first land plants managed to avoid drying out might be provided by bryophytes, a group that...

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2009-12-18 08:42:57

Scientists at Washington University have isolated a channel that shuttles the vital but vulnerable heme molecule across biological membranes In some ways a cell in your body or an organelle in that cell is like an ancient walled town. Life inside either depends critically on the intelligence of the gatekeepers. If too many barbarians sneak into town, the town may be put to the torch. And if the cellular gatekeepers can't control the flow of ions and molecules into and out of the cell, the...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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