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E. coli

Blood Type Affects Severity of Diarrhea Caused by E. Coli

A new study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with “travelers’ diarrhea” and children in underdeveloped areas of the world causes more severe...
Chikungunya virus

Why Chikungunya, Other Arthritis-Causing Viruses Target Joints

Chikungunya virus is a growing threat to the United States and other regions of the world as the mosquito that carries the virus expands...
potential treatment

An ‘Unprecedented Look’ into the Protein Behind Hypertension, Epilepsy and Other...

The seemingly unrelated conditions of hypertension, epilepsy and overactive bladder may be linked by electrical activity in a protein long studied by a biomedical...
Tooth Sensorsvideo

Using Tooth Sensors to Detect Disease

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the School of Engineering & Applied Science is redefining...
chronic itching

New Clues Point to Relief for Chronic Itching

A common side effect of opioids is intense itching — a problem for some patients who need the drugs for pain relief and for...
stem cells

Back to the Beginning

Neck and back pain are debilitating and expensive: an estimated 80 percent of adults will suffer one or both at some point during their...
polymers

Making Rusty Polymers for Energy Storage

It’s called a nanoflower, but if you could brush your cheek against its microscopic petals, you would find them cool, hard and … rusty. Common...
nanotechnology

Simplifying Samples

Imagine a physician in a rural or remote area who needs to send a patient’s blood or urine sample to a hospital hundreds of...
gene therapies

Engineer Develops Enabling Technology for Emerging Gene Therapies

J. Mark Meacham, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science at Washington University in St. Louis, leads a team of researchers that has...
Pancreatic Tumors

Pancreatic Tumors May Require a One-Two-Three Punch

One of the many difficult things about pancreatic cancer is that tumors are resistant to most treatments because of their unique density and cell...
diabetes

Formula Made with Cow’s Milk Does Not Increase Diabetes Risk

A 15-year global study of children genetically predisposed to developing Type 1 diabetes found that drinking formula made with cow’s milk did not increase...
visceral leishmaniasis

Viruses Exacerbate Disease Caused by Leishmania Parasite

More than a million people in tropical countries contract the parasite Leishmaniaevery year through the bites of infected sand flies. Most people develop disfiguring...
blood clot

National Clinical Trial Finds Certain Treatments for Blood Clots Not Effective

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – blood clots, usually in the legs – is commonly treated with either a blood thinner or by combining the...
Cyanobacterial

Cyanobacterial Studies Examine Cellular Structure During Nitrogen Starvation

Using nondestructive neutron scattering techniques, scientists are examining how single-celled organisms called cyanobacteria produce oxygen and obtain energy through photosynthesis. Collaborators from Washington University in...
malaria

Key Malaria Parasite Findings Could Lead to New Treatments

Sebastian Nasamu, an MD/PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, battled successive bouts of malaria as a child growing up...
blood cancersvideo

New Gene-Altering Treatment Offered for Certain Blood Cancers

Amanda Cashen, MD, examines patient Marie Miceli at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Miceli...
Huntington’s disease

Imaging a Killer

Huntington’s disease is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disorder that is caused by mutations in one specific gene called huntingtin (Htt). In the 20-plus years...
fuel cells

Creating Longer-Lasting Fuel Cells

Fuel cells could someday generate electricity for nearly any device that’s battery-powered, including automobiles, laptops and cellphones. Typically using hydrogen as fuel and air...
antibody

Antibody Protects Against Both Zika and Dengue, Mouse Study Shows

Brazil and other areas hardest hit by the Zika virus – which can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads – are...
blood thinner

Genetic Testing Helps Set Safe Dose of Common Blood Thinner

Warfarin is a blood thinner that is commonly prescribed to patients to prevent life-threatening blood clots. Despite its longtime use, warfarin remains tricky to...