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Sleep deprivation accelerates Alzheimer’s brain damage

Poor sleep has long been linked with Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers have understood little about how sleep disruptions drive the disease. Now, studying mice and people, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of the key Alzheimer’s protein tau. And, in follow-up studies in the

New hope for stem cell approach to treating diabetes

Scientists working to develop more effective treatments for diabetes are turning to stem cells. Such cells can be transformed into cells that produce insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar. But there’s a major challenge: the amount of insulin produced by theses cells is difficult to control. Now, by tweaking the recipe for coaxing human

January 18th, 2019|Categories: Around The State|Tags: |

SLU receives $1 million grant to develop education policy

Saint Louis University's dean of the School of Education has received a nearly $1 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to support the development of a new research center in the SLU School of Education. The $962,000 grant will help the research center conduct applied research and disseminate results to education stakeholders across the

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Around The State, General News|

Racial differences in Alzheimer’s disease unveiled

African-Americans may be twice as likely as Caucasian Americans to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but nobody knows why because studies investigating the underlying causes of illness have historically drawn from a nearly all-white pool of research participants. Consequently, little is known about how the neurodegenerative disease arises and progresses in people of non-Caucasian backgrounds. Now, a

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Around The State|