News highlights for July 28, 2010

CisionPoint news monitoring provides this small sampling of the university's daily news coverage. Click headline to read full text via Cision or link directly to the online article where available. For questions or comments about this service, or to add or delete a name from the mailing list, please contact Gerry Everding.

Outlet: GenomeWeb
CMS to reimburse for genetic testing in Iverson’s Warfarin PGx study; Genmark to provide platform
Publication Date: 07/28/2010

Extract: A five-year Genetics Informatics Trial of Warfarin, or GIFT, is being led by Brian Gage, an internist and health service researcher at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and involves 1,600 knee or hip replacement surgery patients. The study received $3.7 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and genotyping is reimbursed by CMS. Gage, the developer of, a website that calculates warfarin doses for healthcare providers using genetics and clinical factors, told PGx Reporter that both GIFT and Iverson’s study will use the website to calculate dosages. Link to Article

Outlet: KIMT-TV
KIMT News 3 at 10pm

Extract: If you want to remember to do something tomorrow, sleep on it tonight. Sleep memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that sleep enhances our prospective memory, which is our ability to remember to do something in the future-like take a medication or buy a birthday card. So the next time you want to tackle your to-do list, be sure to squeeze in some snooze time first. Read Full Text Link to Broadcast

Outlet: KETC-TV
Living St. Louis

Extract: Washington University’s close partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden is spotlighted, including comments from former Botanical Garden director Peter Raven and former Washington University chancellor William Danforth. It was Henry Shaw who in 1885 arranged that the garden’s directors would also occupy the chair of botany at Washington University, establishing a relationship that endures today.

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Outlet: ABA Journal
ABA Group: US News law school rankings ‘Not entirely benign,’ but we’re stuck with them
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Extract: In a July 15 report (PDF) circulated to members of the ABA Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, a special committee describes the controversial U.S. News & World Report annual law school rankings as ‘not entirely benign,’ pointing to a number of negative effects. WUSTL law school dean Kent Syverud and other members of the ABA’s Special Committee on the U.S. News & World Report Rankings conclude that the U.S. News rankings are likely to continue — for better or worse — and that there is relatively little that leaders in legal education can do to change that in the short term. Link to Article

Outlet: Daily Local News
Doctor, health care friends start child obesity program
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Extract: Programs that involve families (along with pediatricians, dietitians, physical therapists and exercise therapists) in efforts to tackle childhood obesity are popping up around the country. “The programs that have shown the most robust effect are programs that have a multi-pronged approach,” said Denise Wilfley, a specialist on childhood obesity who teaches psychiatry and medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “They work to change behaviors at multiple levels.” Wilfley said she’s hopeful Michelle Obama’s focus on childhood obesity, and the health care overhaul will direct more money to obesity prevention. Her childhood obesity program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; 500 families called to see if they could get one of the 120 spots.
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News in higher education

Outlet: National Public Radio

Title/Program: College students hide hunger, homelessness

Publication Date: 07/27/2010

Extract: For many college students and their families, rising tuition costs and a tough economy are presenting new challenges as college bills come in. This has led to a little-known but growing population of financially stressed students, who are facing hunger and sometimes even homelessness.

Outlet: USA Today

Title/Program: U.S. colleges aren’t doing enough to limit student access to alcohol, a new study contends

Publication Date: 07/27/2010

Extract: College administrators do recognize that student drinking is a major problem, but they focus on individual interventions and campus-based alcohol restrictions. They need to do more work with communities to develop policies to reduce excess drinking by students, such as monitoring of illegal sales of alcohol and limiting the number of retail alcohol outlets, according to study author .

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