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Kidney Gene Implicated in Increased Heart Failure Risk


Scientists have identified the first DNA sequence variant common in the population that is not only associated with an increased risk of heart failure, but appears to play a role in causing it. The variant, a change in a single letter of the DNA...
14-Jan-2011 4:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

Longevity Unlikely to Have Aided Early Modern Humans

Life expectancy was probably the same for early modern and late archaic humans and did not factor in the extinction of Neanderthals, suggests a new study by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist.
10-Jan-2011 5:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

One Year After Haiti Earthquake, Brown School Public Health Expert Iannotti Continues Work on the Ground

On Jan. 12, 2010, Lora Iannotti, PhD, nutrition and public health expert at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, was in Leogane, a seaside town 18 miles west of Port au Prince, Haiti, working with local officials on improving the...
10-Jan-2011 2:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

Consistent Exercise Associated with Lower Risk of Colon Cancer Death

Consistent exercise is associated with a lower risk of dying from colon cancer, according to a new study led by Siteman Cancer Center researchers at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The study is among the first to show...
30-Dec-2010 4:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

Risk for Alcoholism Linked to Risk for Obesity

Addiction researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a risk for alcoholism also may put individuals at risk for obesity, and the association between a family history of alcoholism and obesity risk has become...
30-Dec-2010 4:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

Protein Helps Parasite Survive in Host Cells

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned why changes in a single gene, ROP18, contribute substantially to dangerous forms of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The answer has likely moved science closer to new...
29-Dec-2010 8:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Beer Industry’s David and Goliath Form Friendship at Olin Business School

What do beer industry giant Tsingtao and a St. Louis microbrewery have in common? Hops, barley and business school. Schlafly's brewmaster and Tsingtao's president are recent graduates of Olin Business School's Executive MBA program that provides a...
28-Dec-2010 12:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

Entrepreneurs Should Plan Exit Strategy Early


Plan your exit before you enter a new business market may sound like strange advice, but it comes from an expert in entrepreneurship with experience to prove it. Olin Business School professor Clifford Holekamp shares his expertise in the December...
28-Dec-2010 11:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Tweaking Twain OK as Long as Original Version Still Available, Professor Says


Changing words in Mark Twain’s classic book "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is fine as long as the original version still is easily available for readers, says Gerald L. Early, PhD. “We change texts all the time,” Early says. “For instance,...
7-Jan-2011 3:05 PM EST

Tax Renewals: Buying Time Or a ‘Permanently Temporary’ Fix?

Cheryl Block, JD, federal budget and tax expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, weighs in on tax cut extensions. “Finger pointing aside, both parties have been at the helm at various times since 2001,” Block says,...
14-Dec-2010 1:10 PM EST

Expert: Wikileaks Scandal Leads to Fear-Mongering Over Information Security

“The recent response of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the WikiLeaks document dump gives us a peek at the sometimes surreal standards for dealing with classified information and at the fear-mongering in which some...
13-Dec-2010 4:25 PM EST

Finding WikiLeaks Or Journalists Liable Could Prove Difficult, Law Professor Says

The WikiLeaks controversy raises a number of important legal issues about national security and freedom of the press under U.S. law, says Neil Richards, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. Journalists and government officials...
9-Dec-2010 12:00 PM EST

Election Results Not Driven by Health Reform

Despite its divisiveness, health reform legislation did not play a major role in the midterm elections. “We are still a 50-50 country more or less on health reform,” says Timothy D. McBride, PhD, professor and associate dean for public health at...
4-Nov-2010 2:40 PM EDT

Midterm Elections: from Hope to Grievances


Former Gore chief of staff Charles W. Burson, JD, senior professor of practice at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, says that the midterm elections reflect a dramatic turn from the wave of aspiration that defined our politics in 2008...
1-Nov-2010 4:15 PM EDT

Changes in the American Workforce Puts Role of National Labor Relations Act Into Question


The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Marion Crain, JD, the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law at Washington University In St. Louis, looks at the act’s history and says changes in the American...
26-Oct-2010 12:00 PM EDT

Social Security Expert Says Proposed Benefit Cuts Will Not Help Reduce the Deficit


Recent calls to cut Social Security benefits are grounded in misinformation and misunderstanding, says Merton C. Bernstein, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “Cutting the program will lead to undiminished deficits, more...
8-Oct-2010 4:05 PM EDT

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