A bi-weekly review of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine media appearances.
IN THE NEWS September 2014
As leaders in medicine, we are frequently featured in the media both locally and nationally. Here are highlights from the past two weeks:

Pharmacy-medical school partnership forms to identify new pain therapies
St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are establishing the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, which is looking for more effective ways clinicians can use prescription medications to improve health. Includes comments by Drs. Alex Evers and Evan Kharasch. Other outlets: St. Louis Business Journal,
Related WUSM news release

Inside the movement to save the mental health of America’s doctors
Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer commented in this article that highlights the rigors of medical internships. Ludmerer is the author of “Let Me Heal. (Subscription may be required.)

People Magazine
12-year-old cancer patient vows to ‘Shake-It-Off,’ Taylor Swift-style, in video inspired by her favorite singer
Lorelai Clubb, a cancer patient at SLCH, worked with her music therapist, child life specialist and nurses to create a music video using her own words to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

Today Show
Construction workers send ‘get well’ message to girl with cancer
Ironworkers on the Campus Renewal Project wrote “Get Well Soon” on a beam visible from the windows of SLCH. The gesture was noticed by many but was extremely meaningful to the family of cancer patient Vivian Keith.

Huffington Post
The power of kindness
In an article highlighting the power of kindness, Dr. Robert Cloninger explained that people are less happy and healthy if they are guided by selfishness.

ABC News
Toddler makes trip outside the hospital for third time
SLCH patient Ke’Aiden Proctor is now 2. He was born weighing only one pound, 11 ounces, and continues to struggle with lung development. In August, his nurses and child life specialist helped make it possible for him to go outside in the Olson Family Garden for the third time.

Huffington Post
5 low-fat foods that are making you fat
Research from WUSM is referenced in this story highlighting healthy fats and the problems associated with foods labeled ‘low fat.’
Related WUSM news release

As if surgery isn’t scary enough
In an article highlighting anesthesia effects on the brains of children, WUSM research is referenced.

New York Daily News
For Sept. 13, National Peanut Day, here are 13 fun facts about peanuts

According to a Harvard Medical School and WUSM study, girls who regularly ate peanut butter between the ages of 9 and 15 were less likely to have benign breast disease before age 30.

Related WUSM news release

Philippine Star
   (Mandaluyong City, Phillipines)
Opinion: Consider Chikungunya in new onset polyarthritis
In an editorial urging physicians to consider the possibility of the Chikungunya virus in patients with new symmetric polyarthritis, especially if they have just returned from an endemic region such as the Caribbean, WUSM research is referenced.

St. Louis Public Radio
Breaking it down: Renewed concerns over radiation at Bridgeton landfills
“St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh brought together several different parties to talk about ongoing community concerns over radioactive contamination at the Bridgeton and West Lake landfills. WUSM radiology professor Dr. Henry Royal was one of the participants.

Barnes-Jewish prepares for 12th year of administering free flu shots
Free flu shot clinics begin in October. Dr. Steven Lawrence encouraged everyone older than six months to get the vaccine.

St. Louis American
Nearly six years after Haiti’s deadly earthquake, St. Louisans continue to offer aid
In an article highlighting the continuing work of St. Louisians in Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff commented. Wolff’s Meds and Food for Kids provides much needed therapeutic food, created by Dr. Mark Manary, to help malnourished children gain weight and return to normal.

KSDK – NewsChannel5
MomDocs share tips for temper tantrums
In a recurring segment on ShowMe St. Louis, Drs. Kirstin Lee and Kathleen Berchelmann explained why toddlers throw tantrums and how parents can best manage them.

St. Louis Magazine
Looking after little hearts
BJH now offers a maternal cardiac management program for pregnant and postpartum women. Dr. Kathryn Lindley explained how women with pre-existing heart conditions still can have a healthy pregnancy with the help of this program.

St. LouisCool temperatures greet large crowds at Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Dr. Erik Musiek commented on how important funding is for Alzheimer’s research at the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Washington University students simulate the effects of aging
“When I’m 64” is an undergraduate class at WUSTL that allows freshman students to experience the effects of aging by wearing glasses that obscure vision, using a wheelchair, etc. The class is taught by faculty from the Danforth and Medical campuses. Occupational Therapist Dr. Susy Stark commented.

Man becomes cancer researcher following mother’s death
Steve Harris interviewed Siteman cancer researcher Dr. Bill Eades, who became a cancer researcher after his mother’s death. He is a team captain for Pedal the Cause, a fundraiser for cancer research.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Medical research roundup
WUSM grants are listed in this monthly feature.

Great Forest Park Balloon Race takes flight
Danesha Hibbler, a dialysis patient, represented SLCH in the hospital’s balloon in The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. She was selected from nominations submitted by hospital staff. Her child life specialist, Stacy Sedlack, accompanied Danesha on her adventure.

St. Louis Magazine
Local couple welcomes triplets
Jennifer and Nate Jacobsmeyer share tips on how to manage triplets. Dr. Allison Cahill delivered the babies last December at BJH.

KING-TV     (Seattle Wa.)
Asthma coaches help parents control symptoms

Dr. Jane Garbutt explained a study that provided asthma coaches to parents of children with asthma. The coaches were parents of children with asthma specially trained to help other parents learn the triggers, signs and symptoms of the disorder. Other outlet: KSAT-TV (San Antonio, TX)

WFMZ-TV   (Allentown Pa.)
The 6 Secret Causes of Back Pain
Dr. Linda Van Dillen said there are stressors that can set off back pain that have little to do with your back. Two simple words that Van Dillen says can help? “Stay active.” Even if your back hurts, she said, the more you move, the better it will be.

KSAT-TV   (San Antonio, Tx.)
Slowing ALS: Medicine’s next big thing?
Dr. Azad Bonni explained his research that suggests that a heart drug may slow the destruction of nerve cells in ALS patients.
Related WUSM news release

WFMZ-TV (Allentown, Pa.)
Mosquito Mayhem: The pain Of Chikungunya
Dr. Jonathan Miner explained that the Chikungunya virus is often misdiagnosed because symptoms mimic rheumatoid arthritis. He hopes that by studying the arthritis-like symptoms present with Chikungunya, he can gain insight into the immunological mechanisms that drive joint inflammation.
Related WUSM news release

WNDU-TV     (South Bend, In.)
New asthma drug makes breathing easier
Dr. Mario Castro explained that a new drug – Reslizumab – works to prevent asthma attacks from happening by targeting a molecule thought to cause asthma symptoms. Other outlets: KSAT-TV (San Antonio, Tx.)
Related WUSM news release

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Nicklaus: After Silicon Valley sojourn, Cofactor is poised for growth
Cofactor, a company founded by former staffers of Washington University’s McDonnell Genome Institute, was chosen for Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s oldest and most prestigious boot camp for start-up technology companies. The company does genetic sequencing for drug companies and other researchers.

The Health Site
Scientists design a new strategy to treat diabetes
Dr. Brian Finck found that shutting down a liver protein could reduce glucose production in the liver and lower blood sugar levels. He said this strategy could lead to more effective drugs for Type 2 diabetes. Finck added that conventional treatments for Type 2 diabetes focus on making the body more sensitive to insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar. Other outlet: Medical News Today

Precision Medicine framework outlines project’s opportunities
The National Institutes of Health is moving forward with plans to enroll a million volunteers for President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. But like any politically endorsed scientific or medical initiative, the promise of a medical revolution spurred by precision medicine may belie the long, messy process of tackling such a project, according to Dr. Michael White, a systems biologist at WUSM.

Belleville News-Democrat  
Stir Crazy: Moderate but mighty portions of peanut butter
Dr. Mark Manary’s Project Peanut Butter is profiled in this article.

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