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Bettina Mittendorfer (left) measures Mary Akin's height to calculate her body mass index, which is a ratio of height to body weight. Akin has been part of a study aimed at helping women lose weight and determining the effects of a high-protein diet on weight loss. The research team found that those who ate a high-protein diet to lose weight didn't get the metabolic benefits seen in women who lost weight on a lower-protein diet. (Photo: Robert Boston/School of Medicine)

High-protein diet curbs metabolic benefits of weight loss

Dieters sometimes consume extra protein to stave off hunger and prevent loss of muscle tissue that often comes with weight loss. But a School of Medicine study found that eating too much protein eliminates an important health benefit of weight loss: improvement in insulin sensitivity, which is critical to lowering diabetes risk.
From left to right: Ebby Offord as the mother, David Dwight as the Youth and Charles Glenn as the narrator in the PAD production of “Passing Strange.” (Photo: Carol Green/Washington University.)

Revelation, revolution and reinvention

South Central Los Angeles, 1976. The lawns are manicured, the palm trees sway, the savings bonds are tucked optimistically away. But the Youth is restless. In “Passing Strange,” the singer and playwright Stew offers a semi-autobiographical account of his journey to artistic self-discovery. The Performing Arts Department will present the Tony Award-winning rock musical Oct. 21-30 in Edison Theatre.

Beauty, danger and cake

Cakes typically evoke birthday parties and celebrations. But a recent project by Ebony G. Patterson — a 2006 alumna of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts — transformed the idea of the cake into something entirely more serious.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump take questions in a town hall debate at Washington University Sunday, Oct. 9. (Joe Angeles/Washington University)

‘A moment the nation was waiting for’

Washington University hosted what pundits and politicians alike called one of the most historic presidential debates in history. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump faced off Oct. 9 in the Field House, in front of a crowd of 1,000, including students, politicians and dignitaries.
young patient talks with doctor

Methadone provides pain relief for kids with sickle cell

Many children with sickle cell disease experience frequent and severe pain episodes, requiring emergency room visits or hospitalization. In search of more effective ways to treat such pain, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that adding a low dose of the drug methadone to standard treatment can limit pain experienced by children with the condition.

Ready for our close-up

This Sunday, Oct. 9, Washington University will host the second presidential debate. A supporting cast of more than 4,500 journalists, student volunteers, local police officers, vendors, student audience members, campaign staff and surrogates, and university employees also will play important roles in this historic event.