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Researchers Create First 3-D Mathematical Model of Uterine Contractions


Although researchers have been seeking the origins of preterm birth for many years, the causes are still relatively unknown. By studying the electrical activity that causes contractions, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and their...
31-May-2016 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

As More States Legalize Marijuana, Adolescents’ Problems with Pot Decline

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are...
24-May-2016 12:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

How Did Cardinals Get Those Bright Red Feathers?


Male birds with redder feathers win more mates. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and colleagues have discovered the gene for red plumage. The gene codes for an enzyme that converts a yellow molecule, which the...
17-May-2016 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Research Suggests New Contributor to Heart Disease

Medical professionals have long known that the buildup of plaque in arteries can cause them to narrow and harden, potentially leading to a whole host of health problems — including heart attack, heart disease and stroke. While high blood pressure...
18-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Squeezing Out Mountains, Mathematically, on Jupiter’s Moon Io


Mountains aren’t the first thing that hit you when you look at images of Jupiter’s innermost moon, Io. But once you absorb the fact that the moon is slathered in sulfurous lava erupted from 400 active volcanoes, you might turn your attention to...
17-May-2016 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Chemical Emitted by Trees Can Impact St. Louis’ Ozone Levels


It is well known that the dog days of summer in St. Louis are hot, humid and hazy. On the warmest of these days, the air arrives from the south, bringing with it high temperatures, moisture and natural forest emissions of chemicals, known as...
17-May-2016 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

How Light Is Detected Affects the Atom That Emits It

Flick a switch on a dark winter day and your office is flooded with bright light, one of many everyday miracles to which we are all usually oblivious.A physicist would probably describe what is happening in terms of the particle nature of light. An...
12-May-2016 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Brain Imaging Links Alzheimer’s Decline to Tau Protein


Using a new imaging agent that binds to tau protein and makes it visible in positron emission tomography (PET) scans, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that measures of tau are better markers of the...
11-May-2016 12:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Washu Expert: SCOTUS Should Not Have Punted on Zubik v. Burwell

16-May-2016 4:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Spokeo Decision Has Potential to Expand Privacy Laws

16-May-2016 4:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Google Payday Loan Ad Ban Highlights Need for Affordable Loans

13-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert Available on New HHS Regulation to Protect LGBT People From Discrimination in Healthcare

13-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Mississippi ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Unconstitutional

6-Apr-2016 3:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Garland More Palatable to Senate Republicans Than Potential Nominee of Next Administration

16-Mar-2016 5:05 PM EDT

United Nations' March 20 'Happiness Day' Has Serious Side


While cynics may scoff at the United Nations'; March 20 observance of International Happiness Day, a positive psychology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis says it's high time for happiness to be taken seriously. "Happier people...
16-Mar-2016 1:05 PM EDT

WashU Expert: Brokered convention would be disaster for Republicans

10-Mar-2016 2:05 PM EST

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