Clinical Trial Testing Automatic Oxygen Control Device for Premature Infants The consequences are dire for the health of a premature baby — too much oxygen can cause blindness, and too little oxygen can cause brain damage and other negative health effects. Read more...
Time Until Dementia Symptoms Appear Can Be Estimated Via Brain Scan Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an approach to estimating when a person who is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but has no cognitive symptoms, will start showing signs of Alzheimer’s dementia. Read
Berkley-Patton Brings Health Care and Healthy Activity to Underserved Populations Jannette Berkley-Patton, a UMKC professor and director of the University’s Health Equity Institute, is actively working to improve the health of African Americans in Kansas City using a unique strategy centered around building trust within communities and fully engaging them
Why Do Short-lived Lung infections Lead to Long-lasting Lung Damage? The deadliest time in a viral respiratory illness sometimes is actually after the virus is cleared from the body. Destructive processes that are set in motion during an infection crest in the weeks after the virus is defeated, leading to
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated With Implanted Cells That Release Drug With a goal of developing rheumatoid arthritis therapies with minimal side effects, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have genetically engineered cells that, when implanted in mice, will deliver a biologic drug in response to inflammation. Read
Antibodies Block Specific Viruses That Cause Arthritis, Brain Infections Alphaviruses — mosquito-borne viruses that can trigger brain infections and arthritis — may have met their match. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified two antibodies that protect animals from disease caused by alphaviruses. The antibodies
A Fountain of Youth for Ageing Stem Cells in Bone Marrow As we age, our bones become thinner, we suffer fractures more often, and bone-diseases such as osteoporosis are more likely to occur. One responsible mechanism involves the impaired function of the bone-marrow stem cells, which are required for the
Trove of CRISPR-like Gene-cutting Enzymes Found in Microbes By exploring the evolutionary origins of an enzyme used in the CRISPR genome-editing system, researchers have unearthed more than one million other potential editors lurking in microbial genomes. Read more...
A Joint ‘Replacement’ Without Surgery? It’s on the Horizon A sports injury or trauma to cartilage around the knee, hip or shoulder joint can lead to osteoarthritis later in life—or, worse yet, the need for a new joint. So can the wear and tear that comes with age. One day,
Research Reveals How Subtle Changes in a microRNA May Lead to ALS When people think about the connection between genes and disease, they often envision something that works like a light switch: When the gene is normal, the person carrying it does not have the disease. If it gets mutated,