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Gene Could Helps Scientists Understand Genetic Deafness
2012-01-04 14:17:59

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine report they have found new clues that may help scientists understand the genetic causes of deafness. The gene FGF20 has been associated with inherited deafness in otherwise healthy families.  The FGF20 gene codes for one member of a family of proteins known as fibroblast growth factors. Members of this family are known to play important and broad roles in embryonic development, tissue maintenance and wound healing. "When we...

2011-09-19 05:23:23

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — What makes us reach for a drink? Do people get influenced and pushed to start drinking by certain circumstances, or is there something else? According to the Washington University School of Medicine, drinking can be influenced by personal and societal factors, including economic fluctuations, political instability, and social norms. Apparently, these norms can even vary among countries and different time periods, leading to different “drinking...

2011-08-18 14:35:40

Anesthesiology researchers have shown that a device approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the risk that patients will recall their surgery does not lower the risk of the problem, known as intraoperative awareness, any more than a less expensive method. The new study, published Aug. 18 in The New England Journal of Medicine, involved more than 6,000 surgical patients at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of Chicago and the University of...

2011-06-01 11:06:00

ST. LOUIS, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Missouri Baptist Medical Center today opened a new Arrhythmia Center, within its regionally acclaimed Heart Center, to meet the needs of an increasing population of patients suffering from abnormal heart rhythms. An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat that can affect both the young and elderly, and may lead to stroke, heart failure, and sudden cardiac arrest. Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common arrhythmia and affects over 2.2 million...

2011-04-03 06:30:00

Scientists have sequenced the whole genome of tumors from 50 breast cancer patients and compared them to the matched DNA of the same patients' healthy cells, according to a study released by Washington University School of Medicine. The comparison will allow researchers to find any mutations that only occurred in the cancer cells. This is the single largest cancer genomics investigation ever conducted. The research was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 102nd...

2011-03-04 07:00:00

ARMONK, N.Y., March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that BJC Healthcare (BJC) and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) are using IBM business analytics software to quickly extract key data from more than 50 million documents in medical records, speeding up research to ultimately provide better care for patients worldwide. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) BJC Healthcare, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in...

2011-02-24 07:10:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 25th anniversary presentation of the MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) was held today honoring two noted researchers, Randy L. Buckner, Ph.D., professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience at Harvard University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and Marcus E. Raichle, M.D., professor of radiology and neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Both have been pioneers in...

2011-01-13 17:30:00

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 17th annual Academy of Science-St. Louis Awards dinner, honoring top scientists and engineers from the St. Louis region, will be held in St. Louis, Missouri April 13, 2011. The Peter H. Raven Lifetime Award recipient is Marcus E. Raichle, MD, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology, BioMedical Engineering and Psychology at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Raichle has an exceptional body of leading-edge...

2010-12-31 12:17:13

By Jim Dryden, Washington University in St. Louis Consistent exercise is associated with a lower risk of dying from colon cancer, according to a new study led by researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The study is among the first to show that physical activity can make the disease less deadly. The Washington University researchers worked with colleagues from the American Cancer Society and examined data...

2010-12-03 22:43:28

Personalized medicine centers on being able to predict the risk of disease or response to a drug based on a person's genetic makeup. But a study by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that, for most common diseases, genes alone only tell part of the story. That's because the environment interacts with DNA in ways that are difficult to predict, even in simple organisms like single-celled yeast, their research shows. "The effects of a person's genes...

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