WashU alum opens first fistula hospital in Uganda

An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms near the vagina after prolonged obstructed labor. The condition can result in long-term health issues and, in some cases, death. When Seruyange first met L. Lewis Wall at Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, she revealed her dream of building a fistula hospital in her home […]

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Heading off a deadly superbug

Hypervirulent strains of the bacteria Klebsiella caused tens of thousands of infections in China, Taiwan and South Korea last year, and the bacteria are spreading around the world. About half of people infected with hypervirulent, drug-resistant Klebsiella die. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the biotech startup VaxNewMo have produced […]

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A new approach to fighting tuberculosis

According to the World Health Organization, about 1.5 million people died of TB in 2017, making it the most lethal infectious disease worldwide.  In the first days after the tuberculosis (TB) bacteria infect the body, a flurry of immune cells are activated to fight the infection. Now, researchers have identified a master cell that coordinates […]

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Exceptional healthcare across geography

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has formed a collaboration with China-based Huici Health Management Co. to assist with physician training and the design of a new medical center — including a 1,000-bed hospital — in Suzhou, eastern China. In turn, medical students, residents and fellows from the School of Medicine will have […]

Flu Vaccine

A longer-lasting, more efficient flu vaccine

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis have been awarded a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institute of Health to study influenza.  Influenza kills about 60,000 people every year in the United States. Today’s flu vaccines protect us from flu viruses […]

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports research to fight elephantiasis, river blindness

Over the past decade, research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has helped advance a global campaign led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to eliminate two neglected tropical diseases that have left tens of millions of people permanently disabled or disfigured. One of those diseases is lymphatic filariasis, which in severe cases […]

Personalized medicine: A path to improving global health

Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, diabetes and obesity affect millions of people, at all income levels, around the globe.  A partnership between healthcare enterprise Centene Corp. and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aims to accelerate research into treatment and prevention of these diseases. Over a 10-year period, Centene will fund up to $100 […]

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WashU doctors address mental health crisis among Rohingya refugees

More than 900,000 Rohingya refugees live in sprawling, overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, not far from the border with Myanmar. Their plight is the result of a violent campaign against them by Myanmar’s security forces that U.N. investigators say showed evidence of the gravest crimes under international law, including genocide. The refugees are victims of, and […]

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