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

Using Genetic Sequencing to Manage Cancer in Children

September 14, 2015 At a Glance Genomic sequence analysis led to treatment changes and genetic counseling for some young patients with hard-to-treat and/or rare cancers. The findings show that the approach is feasible, but further work will be needed to determine if the practice improves clinical outcomes. More than 10,000 new cases of cancer are

Medical Terms Lead to Divide between Parents and Doctors

When discussing a child’s symptoms, labels such as ‘pink eye’ can dictate how medical decisions are made By Sheena Rice COLUMBIA, Mo. – Few things are more stressful than dealing with a sick child. From discussing treatment with a pediatrician to complying with day care policies, a parent must consider many factors when making a decision

New tech could find tiny RNA cancer beacons in blood

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:40am Nicole Casal Moore, Univ. of Michigan Univ. of Michigan researchers have developed a technique that allows them to efficiently identify snippets of genetic information called microRNAs in blood. The advance could one day lead to a way to scan for multiple types of cancer at once with a simple blood test.

How to wipe out polio and prevent its re-emergence

Jun 19, 2015 by Jim Erickson Polio from past to present. The background shows children in iron lungs and children walking with the aid of crutches. The foreground shows polio vaccine development, with Jonas Salk administering the inactivated polio vaccine and the use of Albert Sabin's oral polio vaccine. Image credit: John MegahanANN ARBOR—Public health officials

Regenerative medicine: Injectable stem cell incubator

5/29/2015 From: Kate McAlpine, Michigan Engineering Some tissue damage is too extensive for the body to heal well, such as a bad slipped disc or the muscle death that follows a heart attack, so researchers are looking for ways to bridge the gaps. The most promising avenue is stem cell therapy, but these cells take their cues

New study shows how babies’ lives were saved by 3D printing

Researchers report promising results from first-ever cases of severe tracheobronchomalacia treated by custom-designed airway splints at U-M April 29, 2015 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Kaiba was just a newborn when he turned blue because his little lungs weren’t getting the oxygen they needed. Garrett spent the first year of his life in hospital beds tethered

First stem cell study of bipolar disorder yields promising results

ScienceDaily, story by University of Michigan Health System ~ March 25, 2014 What makes a person bipolar, prone to manic highs and deep, depressed lows? Why does bipolar disorder run so strongly in families, even though no single gene is to blame? And why is it so hard to find new treatments for a condition

Dementia Cases Are on the Decline, Research Says

Researchers say those who do develop dementia do so closer to the time of death U.S. News & World Report - By Allie Bidwell, Education & Science Reporter November 27, 2013 A range of studies have shown dementia, an umbrella term for illnesses associated with loss of memory and mental ability, is declining in the

Epilepsy in a dish: Clues to disease’s origins, possible treatment

ScienceBlog, by Staff ~ July 25, 2013 A new stem cell-based approach to studying epilepsy has yielded a surprising discovery about what causes one form of the disease, and may help in the search for better medicines to treat all kinds of seizure disorders. The findings, reported by a team of scientists from the University