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Monthly blood transfusions reduce the risk of stroke in children with sickle cell anemia, scientists report Aug. 20 in The New England Journal of Medicine.MORE

Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they are not injured in some way. If they are, their wounds don’t heal properly, a new study shows. The research has possible implications for treating diseases involving abnormal blood vessel growth, including in the skin and eye.


Musically talented members of the Washington University Medical Center community will be featured in a summer concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine.


An estimated 55 million to 105 million people in the United States suffer from foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in costs of $2-$4 billion annually. What if Twitter could be used to track those cases and more quickly identify the source of the problem? A new analysis by a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis' Brown School shows that new technology might better allow health departments to engage with the public to improve foodborne illness surveillance.

The Ebola virus, in the midst of its biggest outbreak on record, is a master at evading the body’s immune system. But researchers at the School of Medicine and elsewhere have learned one way the virus dodges the body’s antiviral defenses, providing important insight that could lead to new therapies.MORE

New research in mice suggests that a class of drugs approved to treat leukemia and epilepsy also may be effective against kidney stones.


Want to find out today’s specials at the medical school cafes? A website features daily menus for the Shell Café in the McDonnell Sciences Building, the Farrell Café in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, and Café Expresso at the Orthopaedic Center in Chesterfield.

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