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.
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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.
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Gordon receives Beering Award

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been honored with the Steven C. Beering Award for his seminal contributions to establishing the field of human microbiome research. His research has revealed a vital relationship between the tens of trillions of microbes that live in the human gut and a person’s health status.
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