Washington University researchers spent eight months analyzing tweets about marijuana use and came to the conclusion that young people might be influenced by pictures of Spongebob Squarepants smoking weed. In the study, which was paid for by the National Institutes of Health and the National Instit ... More >>
If you have kids in a St. Louis-area day care, make sure to tell them to wash their hands -- otherwise, they might get a bad case of the Shigellas. The St. Louis County Department of Health says these cases are on the rise, and Shigellosis infections are sharply on the rise this year. While only 2 ... More >>
With the support of a National Institutes of Health grant, Saint Louis University is partnering with a controversial Chinese doctor who once infected AIDS patients with malaria as part of a widely criticized practice. The doctor in question is Xiaoping Chen of China's Guangzhou Institutes of Biomed ... More >>
Red wine has been firmly established as the wonder drug of our time. It prevents blindness, skin cancer, diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay! It fights radiation and food poisoning! It makes you thin and young and lovely and French! Whoops, not French, sorry, we got a little carried away there. ... More >>
There may be no vaccine for the plague of cruise ships -- for further details, see David Foster Wallace's classic essay, "Shipping Out" -- but not at least team of researchers that includes Tom Smith, a lead investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, may be on the way to building a va ... More >>
The glory days of Mad Men, when doctors prescribed regular cigarette smoking and judiciously-administered (daily) glasses of alcohol, are, sadly, long gone -- except for red wine, that miracle drink that keeps us young and healthy while also getting us drunk. Good Lord how we love it! For a long ti ... More >>
Washington UniversityImagine the brain as a gazillion-piece jigsaw puzzle, with unique meaning to each piece. Researchers at Washington University are working to analyze every single one of those pieces, and then figure out what makes them fit together with other pieces in unique patterns. In oth ... More >>
image viaOr you could just wear one of these.Ah, the holidays! Time of happiness and cheer and family togetherness. And who knows better how to ask the most awkward and embarrassing questions than your family? Fortunately, Dr. Elan Simckes of the Fertility Partnership, a low-cost fertility t ... More >>
Orangutan at Rest: How very stereotypical.That orangutan you see at the zoo doing nothing but sitting on its rump staring at you (no matter how hard you bang on its plexi-glass cage), is indeed as lazy as you thought. According to a new report penned by anthropology professor Herman Pontzer at Wa ... More >>
Simon & SchusterAdmit it. Even before you read Curtis Sittenfeld's novel American Wife, a fictionalization of the life of Laura Bush, you wanted to know what was going on inside the former first lady's head. Was she really a secret Democrat at heart? What was it that made George so gosh-darn ... More >>
File this one under I Gotta Get Me One of Those Government Grants: A new study by a Washington University professor, funded by the NIH and the CDC and published in the December issue of the journal Preventive Medicine, found, according to a Wash. U. press release, "people who eat out often at buffet ... More >>
Two local researchers believe they may have found a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.
Clinical drug trials offer good money, comfy dorms -- and sometimes even a free buzz. But beware: They're gonna suck your blood like Dracula.
Dr. William J. Catalona built an unrivaled repository of blood and tissue samples. Washington University wants to keep it. Now a judge will decide: Who owns the prostates?
Learn fun things about the humble mole rat, getting busted in East St. Louis and why our city wants to have the blues
Marty Rochester wages war against the dumbing-down of public education -- even in the best of schools
Lawrence Biondi radically remakes St. Louis University, leaving resentment in his wake
Fred Rottnek, doctor to the downtrodden, tried his luck playing the boardroom politics of one of the city's most prestigious charities, Grace Hill. He lost. So did the homeless of St. Louis.
In response to growing demand, the number of daycare facilities in Missouri is increasing each year. So are the problems.
The perfectly imperfect case for legalizing medical marijuana
Why Missouri Botanical Garden's Peter Raven, world-renowned environmentalist, courts Monsanto's favor, boosts its biotech and takes its money