Drug compound makes pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo

Pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to treat. By the time it is detected, the cancer often has reached an advanced stage, and patients usually do not survive longer than one year after diagnosis. An aggressive chemotherapy regimen is the first-line treatment, but the side effects can be severe, and many tumors stop responding to treatment. Now, researchers at Washington University […]

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Drug compound makes pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo

Pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to treat. By the time it is detected, the cancer often has reached an advanced stage, and patients usually do not survive longer than one year after diagnosis. An aggressive chemotherapy regimen is the first-line treatment, but the side effects can be severe, and many tumors stop responding to treatment. Now, researchers at Washington University […]

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Obituary: Colin Eugene Kluender, DBBS grad student, 26

Colin Eugene Kluender, a Washington University graduate student in his fourth year of the Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology Program in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, died unexpectedly Nov. 4, 2021, in his hometown, Milwaukee. He was 26. Kluender came to the university in 2018, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with bachelor’s degrees in […]

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Cancer moonshot grant funds research into reducing health disparities

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has received a $17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address disparities in cancer research, treatment and outcomes in underrepresented populations. The research, funded through the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Moonshot program, will focus on African American patients with colorectal cancer and multiple myeloma, as well as patients […]

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Anthropogenesis and COVID-19

The emergence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS–COV-2) virus in Wuhan, China, in 2019 and the subsequent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been linked to the anthropogenic biodiversity crisis and climate change. History of COVID-19. The disturbance or destruction of the natural environment through human activity has resulted in a loss of biodiversity. Consequent to these […]

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Transgender Terminology

We used to think that the gender people were given at birth was the one they would have their whole life. But many people grow up and identify as a different gender than what their doctors or parents guessed when they were young. That’s okay! What is gender identity? Gender identity is a person’s internal feelings of being a woman, […]

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What are Superbugs?

Modern medicine has helped us overcome many diseases which once killed millions of people worldwide each year. Over the course of the 20th century, stronger and more effective drugs and treatments have been developed which have helped us live healthier and longer lives. However, the pathogens we seek to fight also evolve to overcome our treatments. This article will discuss […]

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Immune system protein may defend against deadly intestinal disease in babies

The intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis is a leading cause of death among premature infants born in the U.S. and across the globe. Characterized by excessive inflammation that can cause tissue decay in the bowels, the disease provides a pathway for infectious and deadly bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Despite four decades of research, effective treatments remain elusive, and mortality rates […]

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Florida Mom Calls for Safer Packaging of Marijuana Edibles After Daughter Ate a THC Gummy

The parent changed clothes and put the gummy package in a dresser. When McCoy's daughter went to change, she came across the bag "and, like any 6-year-old would… she ate the candy," says McCoy. McCoy later learned that the gummy had 50 mg of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. For comparison, 10 mg of THC is the industry norm, […]

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