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Alzheimer’s one day may be predicted during eye exam

It may be possible in the future to screen patients for Alzheimer’s disease using an eye exam. Using technology similar to what is found in many eye doctors’ offices, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have detected evidence suggesting Alzheimer’s in older patients who had no symptoms of the disease. Their

Lasers help fight deadly brain tumors

People diagnosed with the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma face a grim prognosis. Half die within 14 months of diagnosis. Even if initial treatment with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy is successful, such brain tumors typically recur, leaving patients with few options. Now, a research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found

New approach to developing antidepressants

An estimated 13 percent of Americans take antidepressant drugs for depression, anxiety, chronic pain or sleep problems. For the 14 million Americans who have clinical depression, roughly one third don’t find relief with antidepressants. But now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Sage Therapeutics in Boston are trying a different

August 20th, 2018|Categories: Around The State, Depression|Tags: , , , |

St. Louis is among the world’s leading cities in cancer research

Some 1.75 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, the National Cancer Institute estimates, and more than 600,000 people will die. But St. Louisans facing cancer often have a fighting chance nowadays, thanks to cutting-edge research and treatment pioneered at local institutions and hospitals. New insights into cancer’s genetic

August 13th, 2018|Categories: Around The State, Cancer|Tags: , , |

Brain tumors occur often in kids with common genetic syndrome

The frequency of brain tumors has been underestimated in children with the common genetic syndrome neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), according to a new study. This disorder is characterized by birthmarks on the skin and benign nerve tumors that develop in or on the skin. Brain tumors also are known to occur in children and adults

A promising drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s was just unveiled

Alzheimer’s is one of the deadliest, costliest, and most emotionally draining diseases in this country. Yet we have no drugs to reverse the condition, and the last medicine that came on the market to treat Alzheimer’s symptoms was approved some 15 years ago. So it’s no surprise that Alzheimer’s researchers, patients, and investors were eagerly anticipating the results of

July 30th, 2018|Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Disease Specific|

A 3-D model of a human heart ventricle

Harvard University researchers have bioengineered a three-dimensional model of a human left heart ventricle that could be used to study diseases, test drugs and develop patient-specific treatments for heart conditions such as arrhythmia. The tissue is engineered with a nanofiber scaffold seeded with human heart cells. The scaffold acts like a 3D template, guiding the