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In very ill, probiotics don’t prevent ‘superbugs’ from colonizing intestinal tract

Compared with routine medical care, probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units showed no benefit in preventing the colonization of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (above) was no more effective than regular medical [...]

Diagnostic test developed for enterovirus D68

Respiratory virus caused severe illness, deaths in children Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a diagnostic test to quickly detect enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory virus that caused unusually severe illness in children last year. The outbreak caused infections at an unprecedented rate, with over 1,000 confirmed cases and [...]

Potential treatment target identified for rare form of diabetes, other disorders

Cell death can trigger numerous diseases, including a rare and severe form of diabetes known as Wolfram syndrome. The cascade of cell death occurs when molecules spill from one part of a cell into another where they don’t belong. Now, scientists working to find treatments for Wolfram syndrome have identified a gatekeeper that prevents those [...]

Eye’s motion detection sensors identified

Driving a car at 40 mph, you see a child dart into the street. You hit the brakes. Disaster averted. But how did your eyes detect that movement? It’s a question that has confounded scientists. Now, studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have an answer: A neural circuit in [...]

New insight into inflammatory bowel disease may lead to better treatments

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) afflicts 1.6 million people in the United States, causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding and other potentially debilitating symptoms. Marked by yellow tags, the tiny particles released by this bacterium may help initiate inflammatory bowel disease, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Credit: [...]