News highlights for November 12, 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.

CNN International /
Aging workforce means dementia on the job could rise
Given the aging population and the weak economy – which is prompting older people who do have jobs to stay in them – the problem of Alzheimer’s Disease in the workplace is likely to get worse. The warning signs may differ depending on the profession, but one common denominator that affects executives, doctors and construction workers alike is an overall decline in job performance, according to John C. Morris, MD, the director of the Alzheimer’s disease research center at Washington University in St. Louis. Link to Article

The bottom-line diet: Eat less
Consumers flock to best-seller diets, hormone injections, gimmicks, but there are no easy shortcuts to weight loss, experts suggest. “It’s like the tortoise and the hare,” said Dr. Sam Klein, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “You need to be the tortoise here. Rapid, short-term weight loss is not the way to go. It’s the slow, steady approach. Small changes you stick to forever is key.” Link to Article

C&EN / Chemical & Engineering News
Opening the medicine cabinet: Pfizer’s deal with Washington University signals reduced secretiveness among drug firms
11/ 08/2010
This spring, Pfizer opened the door to its medicine cabinet and invited outside scientists to take a peek. It signed a five-year, $22.5 million agreement with Washington University in St. Louis allowing faculty to access data on hundreds of Pfizer compounds that had either failed in the clinic or were in ongoing studies. The idea was that sharing the information would generate novel ideas for old and new drug candidates alike. Link to Article

Her Campus
Psyching yourself out: Why so many girls are (& aren’t) getting mental health help on campus

Washington University senior Judith Ohikuare writes a column exploring why many female students fail to take advantage of campus mental health services. Dr. Kathy Brock, a licensed psychologist and WUSTL’s assistant director of Mental Health Services, offers advice on what college women who are thinking about visiting a therapist can do to get started. “I love working with students because they’re really insightful and are motivated to understand themselves,” says Brock. Link to Article

KJCT-TV (Grand Junction, CO)
KJCT NEWS 8 at 5
Dr. Jason Wellen, an assistant professor of surgery and director of kidney and pancreatic transplantation at Washington University School of Medicine discusses a combination transplant that he performed. Wellen transplanted not only a new kidney to replace a failing one, but also a pancreas from the same donor. “These patients most often never require an additional unit of insulin from the time they leave the operating room,” Wellen says. Link to Broadcast

WXXA-TV (Albany, NY)
Fox23 News at 10:30
Adam Brewer’s health began spiraling downward after a boat trip on the Missouri River. All his tests came back clean, but then doctors at Washington University School of Medicine asked him a simple question: had he ever eaten raw crawfish? Brewer was diagnosed with paragonimus, a disease caused by a half-inch-long worm that breeds in your stomach and brain. The disease, caused by ingesting raw crawfish,” can be devastating,” says WUSTL physician Michael Lane. Link to Broadcast Related news release

St. Louis Magazine
You can’t allergy-proof the world

More than half of all U.S. citizens test positive to one or more allergens. Its prevalence is increasing. So if you want at least your home to be a sanctuary, here are the most common inside allergens and tips for removing them from Dr. Phillip Korenblat, an allergist in private practice and professor of clinical medicine at Washington University, Cats are the cruelest animal, if you’re allergic. “If you have asthma, and you have a single exposure to a cat, your lungs can be irritable for 30 days,” Korenblat says. Link to Article

Fox 2 News (St. Louis, MO)
Two students attacked near Washington University campus
Two students are assaulted near Washington University in St. Louis overnight Thursday. One student was robbed near a student housing complex at Waterman and Rosedale. Less than an hour before, another student was robbed at Delmar and Rosedale. Students are certainly shaken up by this latest incident, the report suggests. Link to Article / Online Video See also Riverfront Times

Sauce Magazine Blog
Three reasons to go see Raghavan Iyer at Wash. U. this weekend

Three Reasons, a new online column that tells you exactly what you’ll find at various stops around St. Louis, suggests a visit to WUSTL’s Danforth University Center for a presentation by charismatic, puckish Indian chef and cookbook author Raghavan Iyer. The event is just one of the events scheduled this week to help Indian students and others celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Link to Article

KWMU / St. Louis Public Radio
Voting advocates question students’ removal from voters lists
A voter’s rights group is raising questions that could delay a recount in Missouri’s 24th Senate district. The Advancement Project has asked the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners to investigate why many Washington University students were removed from the voter lists before last week’s election. Link to Article See also Riverfront Times

News in higher education

Wall Street Journal
U.S.-India education: Which way to go?
The assumption, given all the statistics we know about India’s growth prospects, is that Yale, Harvard and every other Ivy League University would suddenly come clamoring to build a campus. If you speak to delegates from American universities, many of whom are in town this week as part of the giant U.S. delegation around the Obama visit, this is pie in the sky. In fact, it’s more like pie in space, it’s so unlikely to happen. Link to Article See also Wall Street Journal / Educating India Slideshow

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