News highlights for November 4, 2010

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman';} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} 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.  

BreakThrough Digest Medical News
Simple blood test may diagnose deadly Niemann-Pick type C disease

A fatal genetic disorder that frequently takes years to diagnose may soon be detectable with a simple blood test. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) report this week a simple blood test may diagnose deadly Niemann-Pick type C disease. Link to Article See also Red Orbit


NIH panel drafts consensus statement on nitric oxide for premature infants

A panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has drafted a statement on the use of inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy in premature infants with respiratory problems. “We examined the totality of data available about iNO in premature infants. Our first conclusion was that the current data do not support routine use of iNO in infants less than 34 weeks of gestation to try to prevent BPD or adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes,” says F. Sessions Cole, MD, chair of the conference and the panel and professor and vice chair, Department of Pediatrics; director of the Division of Newborn Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine and chief medical officer, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, in Missouri. Link to Article

Washington Post

Qui Xiaolong’s “Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai”
Qiu Xiaolong was in St. Louis when the Chinese government massacred pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989. A T.S. Eliot translator, Qiu had won a grant to conduct research at Washington University, founded by Eliot’s grandfather. Because of that chance timing, Qiu never lived in China again, instead becoming a U.S. citizen and novelist. Accidental outcomes like his own befall many of the characters in “Years of Red Dust,” Qiu’s book of interrelated short stories just published in English. Link to Article


Chest compression only CPR

According to researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, chest compressions alone, without the benefit of rescue breathing, may be more beneficial to heart attack victims than traditional CPR. Link to Article

KSDK (St. Louis)

Washington University voters say they were turned away at the polls

A handful of Washington University students were turned away at the polls on Tuesday and when a campus journalist tried to investigate, the police were called in. “I was pretty incensed because I was pretty sure we had a right to this information,” said senior Kate Gaertner. an English and economics major who is also editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Student Life. Link to Article

KTVI-TV (St. Louis)
Fox 2 News in the Morning
Live on the morning news: Washington University students talk about upcoming Dance Marathon this weekend. Link to Broadcast

News in higher education

Wall Street Journal

B-Schools redouble efforts overseas


U.S. business schools, faced with a decline in applications from overseas, are stepping up international recruiting efforts to preserve what they say is an essential component of an institution’s credibility. Link to Article

Wall Street Journal

Harvard a hit in China, but India proves trickier

Harvard Business School is expanding its executive education offerings in China to meet growing demand for management instruction there. But Harvard has had a trickier time in India. It found strong demand at low price levels, but companies have resisted paying the same prices Harvard charges in the U.S. Link to Article

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