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High tech glasses developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which could help reduce the number of surgeries need to eradicate the disease in many patients.
The glasses are so new they have yet to be named.
They're designed to make it easier for surgeons to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells, by making the cancer cells appear blue. Highlighting the diseased cells will help to ensure that no stray tumor cells are left behind during surgery.
The glasses were used during surgery for the first time Monday. Breast surgeon Dr. Julie Margenthaler performed the operation at BJC's Siteman Cancer Center. She says more development and testing will be done, but the potential benefits to patients is encouraging.
Both man and beast will benefit from a busy fundraising weekend in St. Louis.
Thousands turned out at Forest Park for the 19th annual JDRF Walk to cure diabetes. Officials estimate about 25,000 people took part in yesterday's walk which raised money for people living with type-one diabetes.
Soldier's memorial was the starting place for the fourth annual "Pedal the Cause" fundraiser. The cycling event raises money for cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. In the first three years, the event has raised more than four million dollars for cancer research.
And the Animal Protective Association of Missouri hosted its 23rd annual Canine Carnival Sunday at Tilles Park. Dogs and their owners participated in agility contests, a cheese ball toss, and a celebrity-judged "ugliest" dog contest. The Canine Carnival is the APA's biggest event of the year.
The university announced the estate gift from Cottrell and Kay Fox of Town and Country on Monday.
The university says the couple wanted to recognize their longtime family veterinarians, James Schuessler and Fred Bendick of St. Louis, who both graduated from the college.
The university says in a news release that the Foxes' gift will support an endowment in companion animal medicine. It also will fund research to develop treatments for people and animals with cancer and improve training for graduate students and veterinary oncology residents.
Cottrell Fox is a 1971 graduate of the university's journalism school.