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COVID-19 aggravates antibiotic misuse in India

Antibiotic sales soared during India’s first surge of COVID-19, suggesting that the drugs were inappropriately used to treat mild and moderate COVID-19 infections, according to research led by Washington University School of Medicine. Such overuse increases the risk for drug-resistant infections worldwide. During India’s first surge of COVID-19, antibiotic sales soared, suggesting the drugs were […]

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New type of microbiome-directed food boosts growth for malnourished children

A new study shows that a therapeutic food designed to repair the gut microbiomes of malnourished children is better than standard therapy in supporting their growth. The research, published online April 7, 2021, in The New England Journal of Medicine, was a collaboration between Washington University School of Medicine and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal […]

Addressing Covid-19 through AI, technology and big data

For a second year, the McDonnellAcademy and the Social Policy Institute partnered to provide seed grants for international research. The previous round supported three international social-policy focused projects. This year’s focus was on addressing the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology, and big data. Three new projects were selected to receive seed funding of […]

New partnership with Indian Institute of Science

Washington University in St. Louis recently signed off on a new partnership agreement with the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India. The agreement includes collaborative research opportunities and mentoring for students on both campuses. Washington University in St. Louis’ commitment to maintaining and strengthening global ties remains strong. That commitment was recently demonstrated during […]

Specific bacteria help explain stunted growth in malnourished children

 A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that specific bacteria living in the upper small intestines of malnourished children play a causal role in stunted growth and other damaging side effects of malnutrition. The knowledge could lead to better therapies for such children. The gut microbiome has a […]

An eye toward better air quality in India

Poor air quality is a chronic and persistent problem in India. Recently, air quality in New Delhi reached levels so dangerous that schools closed, flights were canceled and a public health emergency was declared.  But thanks to a partnership between the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and Indian Institute of […]

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Washington University in St. Louis Forum for India

Read the WashU Forum Executive Summary for India. Washington University in St. Louis Forums showcase top Washington University faculty members and engage local academic and business experts to consider and address global issues. View photos and program from the WashU Forum in India, and take a look at some of the highlights from WashU’s engagement […]

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Help for those who need it most: Fighting global childhood malnutrition

UNICEF estimates that some 16 million children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition. It is the largest contributor to child mortality in the world. To better serve in his capacity treating and studying global malnutrition, Washington University alum Zach Linneman completed the post-baccalaureate premedical program in University College at Washington University […]

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WashU faculty aid Rohingya refugee efforts

The flight of over 900,000 Muslim refugees from Rohingya to Bangladesh since August 2017 has resulted in the largest single refugee camp in the world. The Rohingya deal with constant violence as well as stressors related to living in the camps, including disease; lack of food, water and sanitation; and lack of essential services like […]

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