Category: Research

The Wash U. "brain drunk" study featured on "The Body Odd"

Congrats to our friends at Washington University School of Medicine for publication of their study in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, and the resulting post on one of my favorite blogs – “The Body Odd.”
Their study looked at what happens to brain cells  when you drink.  Previously, it was thought that drinking to the

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The smallest particles can help put up the biggest fight

If you remember the movie Innerspace, you’ll recall how Dennis Quaid’s character was miniaturized so that he could travel throughout the human body. For a movie made in 1987, it seemed pretty advanced. The scene I remember best was when he connected to funnyman Martin Short’s eye so that he could see – hilarious and

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Bad memories – would you erase them if you could?

There was a really interesting movie that came out in 2004 by the name of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The lead characters, played by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, had their bad memories of each other erased by a machine. I remember when I saw this movie, I started making a list of

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The worlds most modern zebrafish facility, just a few doors down

Our partners at Washington University School of Medicine are now home to the most modern zebrafish facility in the world.
So, why is a zebrafish so significant to medical science?
The zebrafish, which are a common type of minnow, help scientists observe growth and development due to the fact that the embryos are transparent and

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The scary truth about liposuction

Saddlebags. Pooch. Gut. Muffin top.
These are a few of the lovely terms we as a society use for unwanted collections of fat. And for many women, it’s a constant struggle to rid areas of their bodies of this unwanted fat.
If you poll five women you know, odds are at least one of them

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New Information in Efforts to Diagnose Alzheimer's

New Information in Efforts to Diagnose Alzheimer's

It’s a common story among those with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease — it often seems the signs began before diagnosis.
This week, the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health announced they would define Alzheimer’s in three stages in the hopes of detecting the disease early.
(Our

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A chance to be a medical hero

A chance to be a medical hero

Curing cancer, helping paralyzed patients walk again, ending heart disease – pretty lofty goals. But our partners at Washington University School of Medicine are trying to do all of these things and more.
Washington University has hundreds of medical research projects ranging from basic molecular research to clinical trials of new therapies. The work can be painstaking and progress

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Cavities can be contagious

For many people, going to the dentist can be a traumatic experience, but many practices offer services to help alleviate any stress, discomfort or fear you may have about getting your teeth checked.
When we’re in that exam room, much of what’s discussed is good dental hygiene – brushing technique, the importance of flossing, and

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Sperm grown from scratch in lab mice – are humans next?

Japanese researchers have successfully grown sperm from testicular tissue in lab mice.
The researches took a small amount of tissue from the testes of baby mice, and have created sperm which in turn produced healthy offspring.
This is quite amazing news, which begs about a million questions. The one that first jumped to my mind

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Congratulations to Washington University Medical School – #4 in Research

Congratulations to Washington University Medical School – #4 in Research

The U.S. News & World Report Best Medical School rankings were released today, and we’re proud to announce that the Washington University School of Medicine is the 4th best medical school in the nation when it comes to research.
The Washington University School of Medicine, founded in 1891, is one of the most robust research

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