Ravichandran named BJC investigator

Kodi S. Ravichandran, PhD, a world leader in understanding innate immunity, has been named a BJC Investigator as well as director of the Division of Immunobiology in the Department of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His studies of how dead cells are cleared from the body have shed light on innate immunity — […]

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What is Sickle Cell Trait (SCT)?

Sickle cell trait is where a person carries a single mutated hemoglobin A beta subunit allele. Usually, two mutated copies of this gene are needed to cause sickle cell disease (SCD). Typically, people with SCT do not suffer from any symptoms in life, except in limited circumstances where there may be complications. Sickle Cell. Image Credit: SciePro/Shutterstock.com Sickle-Cell Disease (SCD) […]

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How Instagram Is Not Good For Your Mental Health

There have been numerous studies regarding the impact of social media on the mental health of its users, and most of them have concluded that it is negative. However, a recent survey has put Instagram at the very top of that list, naming it the most damaging social media platform in existence today as far as mental health is concerned. […]

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What is Gain-of-Function Research?

Gain-of-function research refers to the serial passaging of microorganisms to increase their transmissibility, virulence, immunogenicity, and host tropism by applying selective pressure to a culture. Image Credit: vchal/Shutterstock.com This is performed in a research context to understand the way in which a pathogen adapts to environmental pressures, allowing disease control measures to be better planned, and potential vaccines and therapies […]

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Synthetic data mimics real health-care data without patient-privacy concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to quickly understand how best to fight the virus, but it also presents challenges to initiating studies involving actual patients, such as obtaining consent when patients are critically ill or recruiting patients who may be reluctant to leave their homes. But what if some research could be conducted using synthetic datasets that mimic […]

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HIV, AIDS and Women's Health

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a species of retrovirus that specifically infects humans. Retroviruses invade host cells and alter the genome of that cell by inserting a copy of its RNA genome. Image Credit: AS photostudio/Shutterstock.com If left untreated, the HIV virus causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a progressive failure of the immune system, leading to death from infection or […]

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Appropriate Use of Antibiotics

Antibiotics can only treat illnesses caused by bacteria. However, there is a common misconception that they can also treat viral conditions, such as colds, bronchitis, and flu. This miseducation of the public, surrounding the use of antibiotics, in addition to improper prescribing from physicians, has lead to increased antibiotic resistance in the population, which threatens to reduce the efficacy of […]

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KHN Journalists Comment on Abortion Case, Wasted Covid Doses

KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a challenge in an abortion case from Mississippi on Newsy on Tuesday. Click here to watch Rovner on Newsy KHN freelancer Sara Reardon discussed allegations by a rail company that a clinic in Libby, Montana, is defrauding Medicare by overdiagnosing asbestos-related diseases on Montana Public Radio on May […]

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Podcast: What to make of CDC’s new masking guidelines

A new episode of our podcast, “Show Me the Science,” has been posted. At present, these podcast episodes are highlighting research and patient care on the Washington University Medical Campus as our scientists and clinicians confront the COVID-19 pandemic. After recently announcing that vaccinated people could safely take off their masks outdoors and gather in small groups with other vaccinated […]

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