African American Children with Autism Experience Long Delays in Diagnosis Diagnosing autism in children as early as possible is essential to improving their language, social and cognitive skills. But often the diagnosis is made relatively late — even after some children begin elementary school. In the United States, diagnostic delays
Imaging Agent Developed at Washington University Spotlights Inflammation Many of the most common diseases — cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and lung disease, and even COVID-19 — have been linked to chronic or excessive inflammation. Blood tests can indicate that some part of a person’s body is inflamed, but doctors don’t have
Trump Fetal Tissue Ethics Board Urges Rejection of Nearly All Research Proposals A new advisory board, created to review the ethics of proposed fetal tissue research grants, is urging the Trump administration to block government funding for nearly all of the applications — essentially seeking to ban support for most
Team Led by Manchester Scientists Discover a Way to Slow the Growth of Breast Cancer Stem Cells A team of British and American scientists have discovered a way to slow the growth of breast cancer stem cells in the lab. Read more...
Gene Therapy Could Offer an Inclusive Cure for Cystic Fibrosis When Katie Brady’s son was born, everything seemed normal. The hospital staff pricked his heel to get blood for a routine newborn screening test, and she and her husband waited for the result without much concern. The couple had three
Implanted Neural Stem Cell Grafts Show Functionality in Spinal Cord Injuries Using stem cells to restore lost functions due to spinal cord injury (SCI) has long been an ambition of scientists and doctors. Nearly 18,000 people in the United States suffer SCIs each year, with another 294,000 persons living with
Alzheimer’s Protein in Blood Indicates Early Brain Changes Two decades or more before symptoms arise, plaques of a sticky protein called amyloid begin forming in the brains of people later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that levels of a
New Center to Explore Brain, Immune System Connections As the brain reigns supreme over the human body, the immune system works 24/7 to defend the body from foreign invaders. For decades, however, the brain and the immune system were thought to operate independently of one another. But a growing body
Genome Sequences Could Be Key to COVID-19 The secret to surviving COVID-19 could be locked in our DNA. Researchers are analyzing genome sequences to find clues about why some people are more susceptible to the virus. Read more...