WUSTL in the news

People Magazine featured a story of a family with a history of Alzheimer’s disease. The sister of a patient of WUSM neurologist Beau Ances (pictured) laid out their family history. She also made the gut-wrenching decision to enroll in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Networks spearheaded by WUSM and get tested to find out if she carries one of the genes herself; and in an article titled “Google has Captured Your Mind,” Salon.com has excerpts of “Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in the Digital Age” by law professor Neil Richards, who teaches and writes about privacy, free speech, and the digital revolution.” These stories and more in today’s roundup.MORE
WUSM anesthesiologist Alex Evers (pictured) co-authored a study on the potential risks that anesthetics pose to the developing brain; Connie Diekmann, dir. of university nutrition, talked about the notable additions to the proposed new dietary guidelines, one being the mention of sustainability; and a CHE article on WUSTL’s efforts to become more economically diverse includes comments by art history professor Angela Miller, several students, and Provost Holden Thorp, who says, “We have an obligation to do what we can to address the persistent inequality that plagues America.”These stories and more in today’s roundup.MORE
In a NYT Op-Talk on the value of “learning styles,” the research of psychology professor Mark McDaniel (pictured) is featured, including the book he co-authored, “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning;” and WUSM genomic research led by Jeff Gordon shows that a particular type of malnutrition isn’t just caused by the absence of food, but also by the presence of the wrong microbes. These stories and more in today’s roundup.MORE
WUSM neuroscientist Jeffrey Zacks (pictured) explores how filmmaking tricks us into thinking what we see on the screen is real and how it commandeers these and other human traits to make the viewing experience so emotional; and the New Age Institute is a partnership between WUSTL and the National U. of Singapore. NAI director at WUSTL is social work professor Michael Sherraden, who explains that the institute’s focus “is also on social ideas that arise and are interrelated with the aging population, and creating appropriate social innovations to address them.” These stories and more in today’s roundup.MORE
In an editorial accompanying an article, WUSM surgery professor Graham Colditz (pictured) said the new findings showed that officials in the U.S. had substantially underestimated the effect smoking has on public health. He said smokers, particularly those who depend on Medicaid, had not been receiving enough help to quit; and WUSM geriatrician Stanley Birge writes that the fear of dementia is the driving force behind much of the excessive use of supplements by older adults. There is no evidence that vitamin supplements are effective in the prevention of dementia. However, a handful of walnuts daily and the Mediterranean diet have been shown to prevent or delay the decline in memory. These stories and more in today’s roundup.MORE
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