Restoring Hope: How a Breakthrough Treatment Helped a Teenager Defeat Epilepsy (Links to an external site)

Nearly a decade ago, St. Louis Children’s Hospital was one of the first to use an innovative procedure to cure pediatric epilepsy. As we celebrate 30 years as a system, we’re looking back at the groundbreaking innovations that cleared the way for the extraordinary care our patients—and everyone—deserves. Sophia Griffin, like most teenagers, just wanted […]

Air monitor can detect COVID-19 virus variants in about 5 minutes (Links to an external site)

Clockwise from front left: Cirrito, Chakrabarty, Puthussery and Yuede stand alongside the SARS-CoV-2 wet cyclone aerosol sampler they developed. (Photo: Shubham Sharma)

Now that the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic has ended, scientists are looking at ways to surveil indoor environments in real time for viruses. By combining recent advances in aerosol sampling technology and an ultrasensitive biosensing technique, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a real-time monitor that can detect any of […]

ABC Science Collaborative, RADx-UP publish lessons learned about keeping children safe in school during COVID-19 pandemic (Links to an external site)

See what we learned about keeping schools safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ABC Science Collaborative and RADx-UP have published a special supplement to the research journal Pediatrics focused on lessons learned while navigating the K-12 school environment during the pandemic. The publication supplement, “Navigating a Pandemic in the K-12 Setting, Part 2: COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination,” represents a collaborative effort between Pediatrics, The ABC Science Collaborative, and the RADx-UP […]

When Gut Bacteria May Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease (Links to an external site)

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When it comes to a disease as complex as Alzheimer’s, scientists have found a number of factors that can contribute to your risk, from genes to circulatory issues, inflammation, and lifestyle behaviors. In a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis report on another possible factor: the types of bacteria living […]

Addressing Alzheimer’s disproportionate impact on people of color (Links to an external site)

Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry. Photo by Wiley Price.

The Alzheimer’s Association partnered with Washington University in St. Louis on Thursday, May 4 to explore answers to the question along with other health equity issues related to the disease. The event featured three researchers in St. Louis who aim to improve health equity in research, care, and support.  One of those researchers is Dr. Joyce […]

Living Well: Migraines (Links to an external site)

Rachel Darken, MD, PhD

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – The National Headache Foundation estimates nearly 12% of the population experience migraine headaches. But, many people do not know they suffer from this, therefore, it’s never treated. In today’s Living Well, News 4′s Taylor Holt talks to a doctor about how to know if you have them and how you […]

Donation makes 2023 Cerebral Palsy Family Day possible

Waldy Upchurch plays tennis.

The Department of Neurology’s Cerebral Palsy Center is hosting its inaugural Cerebral Palsy Family Day on June 24, 2023, at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. The event originated when a family previously seen in the Cerebral Palsy (CP) Center provided the center with a generous donation. The donor’s wishes were for caregivers of individuals with CP […]

Drug for rare form of ALS, based in part on WashU research, approved by FDA (Links to an external site)

A new drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a rare, inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Called tofersen, the drug — developed by Biogen Inc. and based in part on research conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis — slows the progression of the deadly, paralyzing disease.

A new drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a rare, inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a paralyzing neurological disease. Known as tofersen, the drug has been shown to slow progression of the deadly disease. International clinical trials of tofersen, developed by the global biotechnology company Biogen Inc., […]

Amber Malcolm honored with 2023 Excellence in Nursing award (Links to an external site)

Amber Malcolm

In high school, Malcolm wrote a paper on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), informed by her knowledge of a family member who had the disease. Now, as an acute care nurse practitioner, Malcolm works with ALS patients every day. She serves as a sub-investigator on ALS clinical research studies, works to plan individualized treatments, and approaches […]