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Dietary Supplements
6:23 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Study: Resveratrol Shows No Health Benefits In Healthy Older Women

Reveratrol is a compound in the skin of grapes. It's found in low amounts in red wine, and in higher doses in dietary supplements.
Robert Boston/Washington University

A popular supplement made from a component of red wine may not be beneficial after all – at least if you’re healthy to start with.

That’s according to a new study out of Washington University – the first to test the potential benefits of resveratrol in healthy people.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:53 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Innovative Psychiatric Research At Washington University In St. Louis

The campus of Washington University in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/kennedy22)

Clinical depression is called the world’s number one mental disorder and ranks only behind heart disease as the country’s most disabling condition.  It is also dangerous because it can all too often lead to suicide.  Andrew and Barbara Taylor and the Crawford Taylor Foundation have committed $20 million to Washington University to fund research on mental illness, with a sharp focus on depression.

Chimpanzee Research
6:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Life Of Chimp Research And 'Adventure' For Midwestern Scientific Duo

A chimpanzee sounds its call in the Goualougo Triangle - the site of an intensive conservation project which researchers Crickette Sanz and David Morgan founded.
(Courtesy Ian Nichols)

For more than a decade, Washington University anthropologist Crickette Sanz and Lincoln Park Zoo research conservationist David Morgan have lived and worked in a remote stretch of forest in Africa’s Congo Basin, studying chimpanzees and gorillas.

Together with local Congolese, they founded the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, whose mission is to study and protect great apes and their habitat.

Sanz and Morgan are giving a talk about their work tonight at the St. Louis Zoo — they spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.

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Alzheimer's Disease
5:35 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Study To Test Drugs Aimed At Preventing Alzheimer’s Dementia

The areas where the most Alzheimer’s plaques typically form are highlighted in red and yellow on these brain scans.
Tammie Benzinger, MD, PhD, Tyler Blazey/Washington University

Washington University will soon lead a clinical trial aimed at preventing people with Alzheimer’s disease from developing dementia.

The international trial will involve 160 patients in the U.S., Europe, and Australia who have a very rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s, which typically causes dementia before age 50.

Washington University neurologist and study lead Dr. Randall Bateman says this is one of the first clinical trials to try to treat Alzheimer’s patients before they have any symptoms.

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Public Health - Violence
4:27 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Wash U. To Host Conference On Violence And Public Health

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Washington University is hosting a conference tomorrow afternoon on public health challenges in the 21st century.

Melissa Jonson-Reid directs Wash U's Brown Center for Violence and Injury Prevention.

She says one challenge the conference will take on is the problem of violence in St. Louis, and the role local public health professionals can play in addressing it.

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Psychiatric Research
4:04 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Wash U. Gets $20M For Psychiatric Research

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine has received a $20 million donation to establish a new center for psychiatric research.

The Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research will focus on developing new and more effective therapies for psychiatric disorders. Researchers will start by studying neurosteroids, chemicals in the brain that help regulate thinking and emotion. Changes in levels of neurosteroids can be linked to mood disorders, chronic pain, epilepsy, or Alzheimer’s disease.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

New Research In Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease
US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Finding effective treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is elusive.  While most of what we hear about the disease is depressing, we may be on the threshold of some exciting discoveries concerning prevention.  Washington University’s School of Medicine is in the middle of this new research and this hour, host Don Marsh is joined by Dr. John Morris, Director of Washington University’s Alzheimer’s Research Center, to talk about clinical trials aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

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12:37 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

'Google Maps' for human genome unveiled - with a St. Louis connection

Lead in text: 
There's a local connection to this development - The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine says they "played an important role in this project by generating genome sequence data." Learn more via the link.
Scientists unveiled the results of a massive international project Wednesday that they say debunks the notion that most of our genetic code is made up of so-called junk DNA. The ENCODE project, which involved hundreds of researchers in dozens of labs, also produced what some scientists are saying is like Google Maps for the human genome.
Human Testing
6:51 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Opinion: exploring the ethics of human testing

"Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci. (Want to learn more about this famous image? Check out a link to an NPR piece with more background under our story below).
(via Wikimedia Commons/Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria dell' Accademia, Venice (1485-90)

People are sometimes used as test subjects in scientific research – from clinical trials, to studies on the toxicity of pesticides.

The federal government is currently revising the regulation designed to protect human research subjects from harm.

Washington University law professor Rebecca Dresser wrote an article published in the journal Science, talking about some changes she’d like to see made. She spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.

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Mars rover Curiosity
6:39 am
Sun August 5, 2012

‘Curiosity’ reaches Mars tonight: Wash U researcher helps rover traverse red planet

With a body that's more than 9 feet wide and 9 feet long, the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is much bigger than the older Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
(Image courtesy of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Not long after midnight central time tonight, the rover known as Curiosity will land on Mars.

It will take the rover seven minutes to get from the Mars atmosphere to the planet's surface. But because it takes about twice that long for signals to travel from Mars to Earth, scientists won't know anything about the landing until after it's already over.

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