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Monthly Transfusions Reduce Strokes in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia


Monthly blood transfusions reduce the risk of stroke in young patients with sickle cell anemia, scientists report Aug. 20 in The New England Journal of Medicine.
20-Aug-2014 7:00 AM EDT

Proteins Critical to Wound Healing Identified


Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don’t become injured. If they do, their wounds don’t heal properly, a new study shows. The research, at Washington...
18-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

#Feeling Sick: Can Twitter Help Better Identify Foodborne Illness Cases?


An estimated 55 million to 105 million people in the United States suffer from foodborne illnesses each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), resulting in costs of $2-$4 billion annually. What if Twitter could be...
15-Aug-2014 2:35 PM EDT

Potential Drug Therapy for Kidney Stones Identified in Mouse Study


New research in mice suggests that a class of drugs approved to treat leukemia and epilepsy also may be effective against kidney stones.
14-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Can Large Introductory Science Courses Teach Students to Learn Effectively?


In the past 10 years an active-learning course, called “Active Physics,” has gradually displaced lecture-based introductory courses in physics at Washington University in St. Louis. But are active-learning techniques effective when they are...
12-Aug-2014 9:50 AM EDT

Want to Kill Creativity of Women in Teams? Fire Up the Competition

Women tend to outperform men when it comes to collaboration and creativity in small working groups, but force teams to go head to head in highly competitive environments and the benefits of a female approach are soon reversed, suggests new research...
11-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Preemies’ Gut Bacteria May Depend More on Gestational Age Than Environment


In infants born prematurely, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the population of bacteria in babies’ gastrointestinal tracts may depend more on their biological makeup and gestational age at birth...
7-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Expecting to Teach Enhances Learning, Recall


People learn better and recall more when given the impression that they will soon have to teach newly acquired material to someone else, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.
11-Aug-2014 5:00 AM EDT

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