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Science, Health and Technology
8:20 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Study: For Women, Free Birth Control Doesn't Lead To Risky Sex

IUDs and implants are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than short-term birth control options like the pill, patch, or vaginal ring (pictured).

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 9:48 pm

New research out of Washington University has found that giving women free birth control does not increase risky sexual behavior.

The analysis included 7,751 St. Louis-area women between the ages of 14 and 45.

It was part of an even larger effort called the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, whose goal is to promote the use of long-term contraceptive methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:27 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington University researcher explains the risk factors of childhood obesity

Credit InspiredHomeFitness / Flickr

Obesity has increased dramatically in the United States over the past several decades.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:16 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Washington University researchers analyze genomes of two major cancers

Brookings Hall, Washington University St. Louis
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In separate studies both published on Wednesday, researchers at Washington University helped lead the genomic analysis of two types of cancer.

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7:38 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Foreign students at Mo. colleges top 16,000

Jacob Fenston KBIA

The number of international students enrolled at Missouri colleges and universities has topped 16,000.

An annual report by the Institution of International Education says Missouri's public and private higher education facilities had 16,061 international students during the 2011-2012 academic year. That was up 6.3 percent from the previous year.

The state Department of Higher Education says most foreign students pay full tuition at Missouri institutions. The report estimates that international students spent about $418 million in Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer

Washington University’s Todd Druley uses a magnet to separate DNA-coated magnetic beads from a liquid reaction buffer, to isolate specific genes from patient DNA for sequencing analysis.
Scott Suppelsa

Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:39 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New research takes step toward catching Alzheimer's early

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 4:10 pm

A new study led by Washington University confirms that the brains of people with a very rare, early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease begin to change long before they first show signs of dementia.

The research brings us a step closer to early diagnosis of the more common type Alzheimer's that produces symptoms after age 60.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:32 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

We’re not alone: healthy humans have more microbes than cells

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture

The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that was studied as part of the Human Microbiome Project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Researchers have completed the first comprehensive census of the human “microbiome” — the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that live in and on our bodies.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:09 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Washington University study compares short- and long-term birth control methods

A new study out of Washington University suggests that women who use short-term birth-control methods like the pill are 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who use longer-term options like intrauterine devices or implants.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:39 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Preventing cancer: a conversation with Siteman Cancer Center's Graham Colditz

An x-ray image of a chest. Both sides of the lungs are visible with a growth on the left side of the lung, which could possibly be lung cancer.
National Cancer Institute

More than half of cancer cases in the United States could be prevented.

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3:43 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Washington University plans Loop project

Washington University in Saint Louis
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The already booming University City Loop is about to get a big infusion of money — an $80 million project by nearby Washington University.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:19 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Autistic children show signs of disease at six months old

New research shows that differences in the brain development of autistic children are already visible in infants as young as six months old.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:50 am
Tue January 10, 2012

McCaskill continues state-wide energy tour with Wash U visit

U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is conducting a state-wide tour focused on Missouri’s energy future. As St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra reports, McCaskill stopped yesterday at a Washington University solar energy research lab.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:31 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Research examines prostate cancer testing and treatment

Sarah Petra Wikimedia commons

There's more evidence that for most men, getting an annual PSA test doesn't help reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer. Experts say men diagnosed with prostate cancer need to weigh the risks and benefits of treatment.

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