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$10 million DNA sequencing effort aims to shed light on lung diseases

Research is part of national project to understand genetic roots of heart, lung, blood, sleep disorders by Julia Evangelou Strait Washington University’s McDonnell Genome Institute has received $10 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to sequence the DNA of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, in an effort to identify the genetic

Type of sugar may treat atherosclerosis, mouse study shows

Trehalose triggers cellular housekeeping in artery-clogging plaque by Julia Evangelou Strait Researchers have long sought ways to harness the body’s immune system to treat disease, especially cancer. Now, scientists have found that the immune system may be triggered to treat atherosclerosis and possibly other metabolic conditions, including fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes. Studying

Drug believed to reduce postoperative pain and delirium does neither

MEDIA CONTACT Judy Martin Finch · martinju@wustl.edu · 314-286-0105 AUDIO https://medicine.wustl.edu/?p=43418&preview=1&_ppp=3d29f7be16 To blunt postoperative pain and reduce the need for opioid drugs following surgery, anesthesiologists often give patients low doses of the drug ketamine during operations. Recent research even suggests ketamine might alleviate postsurgical delirium and confusion in older adults. But a new study led

Shriners opens new lab to WashU scientists making breakthroughs in arthritis

By Michele Munz St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 20, 2017 A multimillion-dollar lab opened this week at Shriners Hospital for Children, signaling a powerful collaboration that allows leading scientists at Washington University School of Medicine to perform cutting edge research at the philanthropic hospital. Staffed with 30 scientists from the medical school, the lab is focused on

Fighting Cancer: New Microscopic Technique Could Help Detect, Diagnose Metastatic Melanomas

May 04, 2017 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – The fight against skin cancer just got a new weapon. For years, melanoma researchers have studied samples that were considered uniform in size and color, making them easier to examine by more conventional means. But melanomas don’t always come in the same shape and hue; often, melanomas

Biomarker Test for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Useful in Diagnosing Canine Neurodegenerative Disease

Mizzou researchers seek clinical trial participants for further treatment study May 03, 2017 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2009, Joan Coates, a veterinary neurologist, along with other researchers at the University of Missouri and the Broad Institute at MIT/Harvard, found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Stem cells edited to fight arthritis

Goal is vaccine that targets inflammation in joints by Jim Dryden•April 27, 2017 ELLA MARUSHCHENKO Using CRISPR technology, a team of researchers led by Farshid Guilak, PhD, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, rewired stem cells' genetic circuits to produce an anti-inflammatory arthritis drug when the cells encounter inflammation. The technique eventually

Antibody helps detect protein implicated in Alzheimer’s, other diseases

May lead to novel ways to diagnose, monitor brain injury by Tamara Bhandari•April 19, 2017 HUY MACH Researchers use mouse brains (above) to study ways to measure the brain protein tau, which plays a role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. A team led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Antibody helps detect protein implicated in Alzheimer’s, other diseases

May lead to novel ways to diagnose, monitor brain injury by Tamara Bhandari•April 19, 2017 HUY MACH Researchers use mouse brains (above) to study ways to measure the brain protein tau, which plays a role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. A team led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Could a Dog Vaccine Help Save Kids With Brain Cancer?

By: Laura Goldman, Care2.com, April 17, 2017 The statistics are grim: About 60 to 70 percent of children who have glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, do not survive more than two years. This fast-growing cancer is resistant to traditional treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. For dogs, cancer statistics are also grim. More than 6