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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...

2009-12-15 08:34:00

ATLANTA, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO recently went live with a perioperative solution from Surgical Information Systems (SIS), following a customized implementation that optimized the system according to the hospital's unique workflows. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080722/SISLOGO) The comprehensive SIS Solution implemented at BJH featured the AHA endorsed SIS Surgical Scheduling and a Rules-Based Charging system granted "Peer Reviewed"...

2009-12-09 01:18:33

An international group of anthropologists offers a new theory about the diffusion of maize to the Southwestern United States and the impact it had. Published the week of Dec. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study, co-authored by Gayle Fritz, Ph.D., professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues*, suggests that maize was passed from group to group of Southwestern hunter-gatherers. These people took advantage...

2009-12-08 05:50:00

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Park Service and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay today launched an international design competition to invigorate the park and city areas surrounding of one of the world's most iconic monuments, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. "The competition begins today," said Tom Bradley, Superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which includes the Gateway Arch. "This competition is a unique and important opportunity to integrate the...

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2009-12-07 11:25:00

Washington University physicists are closing in on the origin of cosmic rays A thin rain of charged particles continually bombards our atmosphere from outer space. The mysterious particles were first detected 100 years ago but until 10 years ago when a new type of telescope began to come online physicists weren't sure where the "cosmic rays" came from or how they were generated. They suspected the particles were accelerated by supernova shockwaves, but suspicions aren't proof. Imaging...

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2009-12-07 08:43:09

A mathematical model of a simple circuit in a chicken brain raises fundamental questions about our understanding of neural circuitry The Web site Neuroanthropology asks visitors to complete this quote, "One of the difficulties in understanding the brain is "¦". In addition to the typical facetious remarks, such as "so few of us seem to have one" and "the damn thing is smart enough to realize what you are doing, and contrary enough to change the way it reacts just to spite...

2009-12-05 14:28:43

New study shows research participants are wary of high-paying experiments The findings from a study published this month by the journal Social Science and Medicine have implications for informed consent in human subjects research and the debate over research participation incentives. Cynthia Cryder, assistant professor of Marketing at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, is the lead author of the study, "Informative Inducement: Study Payment as a Signal of Risk". Her...

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2009-11-01 14:58:52

A gold nanocage covered with a polymer is a smart drug delivery system In campy old movies, Lucretia Borgia swans around emptying powder from her ring into wine glasses carelessly left unattended. The poison ring is usually a confection of gold filigree holding a cabochon or faceted gemstone that can be broken to empty the ring's contents. It is invariably enormous "” so large it is rather odd nobody seems to notice it. Lucretia would have given her eyeteeth for the "smart capsule"...

2009-10-28 04:30:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greater Washington Urban League Celebrates 71 Years of Community Service WHO: Greater Washington Urban League, Inc. (GWUL); Maudine R. Cooper (President and CEO, GWUL), Celebrity Host Tommy Davidson (Comedian, TV & Screen Star) and guest appearances by other local celebrities. WHAT: The Greater Washington Urban League's, Third Annual Decades Party. Highlighting the evening is a...

2009-10-05 07:00:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omnicell, Inc., (Nasdaq: OMCL) a leading provider of system solutions to acute healthcare facilities, today announced that Barnes-Jewish Hospital, named as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll 2009-10, will be the first BJC HealthCare facility to implement the OptiFlex point-of-use supply systems for their hospital operating rooms. "We chose Omnicell's OptiFlex supply management...