Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable

More than 10,000 people in the United States are living with memory loss and other persistent neurological problems that occur after West Nile virus infects the brain. Now, a new study in mice suggests that such ongoing neurological deficits may be due to unresolved...

Viruses exacerbate disease caused by Leishmania parasite

More than a million people in tropical countries contract the parasite Leishmania every year through the bites of infected sand flies. Most people develop disfiguring – but not life-threatening – skin lesions at the sites of the bites. But if the parasite spreads to...

Formula made with cow’s milk does not increase diabetes risk

A 15-year global study of children genetically predisposed to developing Type 1 diabetes found that drinking formula made with cow’s milk did not increase such children’s risk for developing the disease. The findings provide a long-awaited answer to the question of...

Lack of sleep boosts levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Have you resolved to take better care of yourself in the new year? Here’s a relatively painless way to do it: Catch a few more zzz’s every night. A third of American adults don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic...

Stephen L. Johnson (December 26, 1960 – December 15, 2017)

It is with great sadness that the Department of Genetics informs you of the passing of Stephen L. Johnson, PhD, early Friday morning. As everyone knows Steve was a highly regarded scientist in our Genetics Department at Washington University School of Medicine. Steve...

Study prompts new ideas on cancers’ origins

https://biomedradio-media.wustl.edu/episodes/Mills%20met%20.mp3 Rapidly dividing, yet aberrant stem cells are a major source of cancer. But a new study suggests that mature cells also play a key role in initiating cancer — a finding that could upend the way scientists...

Department of Genetics wishes happy holidays to all

The Department of Genetics held its annual holiday party this afternoon. A standout event was the holiday baking contest. The top prize went to Kim Kruse from Dr. Jeff Milbrandt’s lab for her “Brain Food,” or red velvet cake with fondant. Prizes in...

Deadly heart rhythm halted by noninvasive radiation therapy

https://biomedradio-media.wustl.edu/episodes/VT%20radiation%20.mp3 Radiation therapy often is used to treat cancer patients. Now, doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that radiation therapy — aimed directly at the heart — can be...

A key to tackling childhood obesity: Involve families and follow up

When trying to help children lose weight, involving a parent in the treatment makes the entire family healthier, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. Investigators from the university’s Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness...