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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Washington University research project is under scrutiny for its off-label use of a contraceptive device.
 
The research project provides free birth control devices to poor and uninsured women and teenagers in the St. Louis area for three years. The university says the study has led to fewer pregnancies and fewer abortions.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a 27-year-old woman is suing the university's medical school over what she calls an unethical research trial using a contraceptive device called Mirena.
 
The device is a small, T-shaped plastic frame that's inserted into the uterus and releases a hormone to prevent pregnancy.
   
The woman says using the device soon after she gave birth resulted in two heart surgeries and a chronic illness. The university denies the lawsuit's allegations.
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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.

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   A small patch of forest in St. Louis County could be a big part of understanding global climate change.  

   In November, the 60-acre plot at Washington University's Tyson Research Center near Eureka was named a Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the land between Lone Elk and West Tyson County Parks is now part of a network of 52 other forest plots scattered around the world being used to study climate change and biodiversity.  

   In part, the Smithsonian project is examining both how climate change affects forests and how forests affect climate change.  

   The Tyson plot is expected to provide a lot of information because scientists have been monitoring it since the 1980s and have collected data covering two of Missouri's worst droughts, 1988 and 2012.  The latter was the worst on record.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A rare St. Louis coin collection that sold for $23 million at a two-day New York City auction began when the collection's 102-year-old owner received an 1859 one-cent piece nine decades ago from his grandfather.

Retired St. Louis lawyer Eric P. Newman only paid about $7,500 for the 1,800 piece collection sold at auction. Auctioneer Jim Halperin says the items represent just one-third of Newman's total collection.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward supporting the nonprofit Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. The society operates the Newman Money Museum, which is part of the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Newman is a 1935 law graduate of the school.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - For many, golf is more than a game - it's a business opportunity. That's why Washington University in St. Louis is helping students take up a sport that can be a powerful tool for networking.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the university offers international students a course on how to play golf. How popular is the program that began last year? All 20 spots in this year's class were claimed within 12 minutes, and the wait list includes 60 students.

Students from India, China, Iran, Romania, South Korea and Mexico took time away from studying law, chemistry, business or engineering to take the golf class.

Instructor Mark Lewis, club pro at the Highlands Golf and Tennis Center in Forest Park, leads the class of mostly beginners.

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The victim of a sexual assault on the campus of Washington University has identified the alleged attacker.

The victim told police that in the early morning hours of Sunday, someone she knew attacked her on the school's intramural fields. Campus police say the victim was able to identify the attacker and he is not affiliated with the school.

No arrests have been made, but investigators are preparing to take their case to prosecutors. 

Published in Local News
Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:19

Washington University law school dean moving east

The dean of the School of Law at Washington University is moving east.

Kent D. Syverud has been selected as Syracuse's 12th chancellor and president. He'll succeed Nancy Cantor, who will become chancellor of Rutgers University's Newark, N.J., campus in January. Syverud will also start his new position in January.

The 56-year-old was formally the dean of Vanderbilt University Law School and was clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. 

 

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U.S. News and World Reports has published its annual ranking of the best colleges and universities in the country. Princeton is number one among universities and Williams ranks tops among colleges. The publication followed a new formula this year that put more emphasis on student graduation rates, a school's reputation among its peers, and faculty resources. Locally, Washington University was selected to the number-14 spot, the University of Illinois at number-41, Missouri at 97 and just out of the top-100 is Saint Louis University ranked at 101.

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It's a sobering fact for millions of young women heading back to school: The more alcohol they drink before motherhood, the greater their risk of developing breast cancer. In a study published online this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine say they have linked increased breast cancer risk to drinking. The study concluded that if a female averages a drink per day between early adolescence and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 11 percent. The researchers also found that for every bottle of beer, glass of wine or shot of liquor consumed daily, a young woman increases her risk of benign breast disease by 15 percent. Although such lesions are noncancerous, their presence increases breast cancer risk by as much as 500 percent.

 
Published in Local News
Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:46

Wash U move in day

Move in day for freshman at Washington University is slowing down.

1,600 incoming students started the day with a pep rally at 7:30 and the move in process started at 8:30. The same as previous years, traffic was an issue near campus, but the biggest slow downs are behind us.

School officials say the busiest time is around 10 AM.

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