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Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more brain tissue and cortical-surface area by their due dates...
28-Apr-2016 4:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Nanoparticles Present Sustainable Way to Grow Food Crops

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Scientists are working diligently to prepare for the expected increase in global population — and therefore an increased need for food production— in the coming decades. A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a...
29-Apr-2016 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Nurturing During Preschool Years Boosts Child’s Brain Growth

Children whose mothers were nurturing during the preschool years, as opposed to later in childhood, have more robust growth in brain structures associated with learning, memory and stress response than children with less supportive moms, according...
25-Apr-2016 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Farming Amoebae Carry Around Detoxifying Food

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Humans aren’t the only farmers out there. Five years ago, the Queller-Strassmann lab at Rice University, now at Washington University in St. Louis, demonstrated that the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum — affectionately nicknamed...
21-Apr-2016 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Microscopic ‘Clocks’ Time Distance to Source of Galactic Cosmic Rays

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Most of the cosmic rays arriving at Earth  from our galaxy come from nearby clusters of massive stars, according to new observations from the Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS), an instrument aboard NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE)...
21-Apr-2016 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Problems Finding Your Way Around May Be Earliest Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Suggests

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Long before Alzheimer’s disease can be diagnosed clinically, increasing difficulties building cognitive maps of new surroundings may herald the eventual clinical onset of the disorder, finds new research from Washington University in St....
21-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Research Reveals Racial Disparities in Education Debt

Low-to-moderate income (LMI) black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their white counterparts, finds a new analysis by researchers in the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St....
21-Apr-2016 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Exposure to Routine Viruses Makes Mice Better Test Subjects

Vaccines and therapeutics developed using mice sometimes don’t work as expected in humans. New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis points to the near-sterile surroundings of laboratory mice as a key reason. When the...
19-Apr-2016 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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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

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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

WashU Expert: Congress Should Work with Obama to Close Gitmo

25-Feb-2016 1:05 PM EST

WashU Expert: Apple’s Refusal to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s Phone Should Be Applauded

17-Feb-2016 12:05 PM EST

WashU Expert: Supreme Court's Decision to Take Immigration Case Will Have Profound Consequences

19-Jan-2016 3:05 PM EST

WashU Expert: Supreme Court Decision Could Challenge Unions to Fight for Their Existence

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15-Jan-2016 10:05 AM EST

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