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New understanding of stroke damage may aid recovery

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Stroke can lead to a wide range of problems such as depression and difficulty moving, speaking and paying attention. Scientists have thought these issues were caused by damage to cells in the brain’s outer layer that do much of the work involved in higher brain functions. But a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found evidence that stroke damage to “cables” buried inside the brain playsan important role in these impairments. MORE

Mental health soon after war-zone concussions predicts disability

Evaluating military personnel with blast-related mild traumatic brain injuries, researchers have found that early symptoms of post-traumatic stress, such as anxiety, emotional numbness, flashbacks and irritability, are the strongest predictors of later disability. The study was led by the School of Medicine.MORE
Stigma of mental illness in India linked to poverty
The stigma surrounding people with severe mental illness in India leads to increased poverty among them, especially women, according to new research led by Jean-Francois Trani, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.MORE

Study shows who benefits most from statins

New research suggests that widely used statin therapy provides the most benefit to patients with the highest genetic risk of heart attack. Using a relatively straightforward genetic analysis, the researchers, including Nathan O. Stitziel, MD, PhD, assessed heart attack risk independently of the traditional risk factors.

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Gordon awarded King Faisal International Prize in Medicine

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine.

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​NIH grant to support study of heart's inner mechanisms
​​Jianmin Cui, PhD, of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the molecular bases for the function of potassium channels vital for the heart, brain, inner ear and other tissues.MORE

New target identified in fight against Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis

Brain cells and Alzheimer's plaques
Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these and other neurological diseases.MORE
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