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2013-02-13 20:21:44

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The GW Medical Faculty Associates has tapped Kenneth W. Marter to serve as Chief Financial Officer. For the past eight years, Ken served the MFA as Controller. During that time he led the Accounting and Finance departments, where he developed operational and capital budgets for more than 50 departments, tightened cash control policies, instituted an ACH-based receivables process, and directed development of new employee and benefit plans...

Emerging Cancer Drugs May Cause Bone Tumors To Spread
2013-02-13 16:49:20

Washington University in St. Louis Cancer drugs should kill tumors, not encourage their spread. But new evidence suggests that an otherwise promising class of drugs may actually increase the risk of tumors spreading to bone, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The drugs, IAP antagonists, block survival signals that many cancer cells rely on to stay alive. Working in mice, the investigators found that targeting the same protein that makes...

Research Confirms Massive Louisiana Mound Was Built By Archaic Native Americans In Less Than 90 Days
2013-01-31 09:35:07

Washington University in St. Louis Nominated early this year for recognition on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes such famous cultural sites as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and Stonehenge, the earthen works at Poverty Point, La., have been described as one of the world´s greatest feats of construction by an archaic civilization of hunters and gatherers. Now, new research in the current issue of the journal Geoarchaeology, offers compelling evidence that one of the...

Scientific Balloon Record Shattered By Super-TIGER
2013-01-23 09:53:00

Washington University in St. Louis Before he left for Antarctica in November, W. Robert Binns, principal investigator for Super-TIGER, said that he would be deliriously happy if the balloon carrying the cosmic-ray detector stayed up 30 days. It has now been up 45 days, floating serenely in the polar vortex registering hits by cosmic rays. Over the weekend it shattered the previous record of 42 days set by Cream I, another cosmic ray experiment that flew during the winter of 2004-2005....

Effect Of Invasive Plants On Species Richness Depends On Scale
2013-01-17 14:41:43

Washington University in St. Louis In Missouri forests, dense thickets of invasive honeysuckle decrease the light available to other plants, hog the attention of pollinators, and offer nutrient-stingy berries to migrating birds. They even release toxins to make it less likely native plants will germinate near them. Why, then, are recent popular science articles recommending a recalibration of the traditional no-tolerance attitude toward non-native species, suggesting that we´ve...

2012-11-29 12:28:53

ATLANTA, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing relationship with BJC HealthCare, Surgical Information Systems (SIS), a leader in perioperative information systems, will be providing its perioperative IT solution to two additional BJC facilities. Both Saint Louis Children's Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report named to its Honor Roll of America's Best Children's Hospitals, and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, which received three 2012 Excellence in Healthcare...

'BRIGHTS' Reveal Location Of Targeted Tissues
2012-11-21 10:41:38

Washington University in St. Louis Called BRIGHTs, the tiny probes described in the online issue of Advanced Materials on Nov. 15, bind to biomarkers of disease and, when swept by an infrared laser, light up to reveal their location. Tiny as they are, the probes are exquisitely engineered objects: gold nanoparticles covered with molecules called Raman reporters, in turn covered by a thin shell of gold that spontaneously forms a dodecahedron. The Raman reporters are molecules whose...

2012-11-15 12:31:00

Semester Online(TM) will be first of its kind featuring rigorous, innovative, live courses LANDOVER, Md., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a group of the nation's leading universities announced plans to launch a new, innovative program that transforms the model of online education. Consortium members include Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame,...

Bacterial Genes Make A Complex Logic Circuit
2012-10-13 11:27:12

The circuit is designed to act as the controller in synthetic bacteria that monitor and modify their environment By force of habit we tend to assume computers are made of silicon, but there is actually no necessary connection between the machine and the material. All that an engineer needs to do to make a computer is to find a way to build logic gates – the elementary building blocks of digital computers – in whatever material is handy. So logic gates could theoretically be...

2012-09-07 14:21:43

Boston Children's Hospital Study drives home importance of addressing unique needs in specific patient populations BOSTON, Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Although some studies have portrayed tight blood sugar control as a potential means of lowering infection rates in critically ill adults, a new study--led by principal investigator Michael Agus, MD, director of the Medicine Critical Care Program at Boston Children's Hospital--found no indication that the approach benefits...