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As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents’ problems with pot decline

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased. Researchers at the School of Medicine examine the data.
St. Louis Magazine recently honored area nurses with the 2016 Excellence in Nursing Awards. Shown are Washington University nurses who either won or were finalists. In back, from left, are Maggie Kramper, Mary Stecher, Brian Torres, Shannon Clouse and Jennifer Ledbetter. In front, from left, are Mindy Brinkhorst, Tracey Guthrie and Lindsay Freeman.

School of Medicine nurses honored

Two School of Medicine nurses have received the 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award from St. Louis Magazine, while six others were finalists. The annual awards, announced in April, honor local nurses who have made a difference in the lives of their patients and colleagues.

Barch, Ley, Boime to be honored

Deanna Barch, a leading researcher on the role of cognition, emotion and brain function in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression; Irving Boime, a developmental biologist; and Timothy Ley, MD, an expert in cancer genomics and leukemia, will be honored by Washington University in St. Louis, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton has announced.
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Dacey receives Cushing Medal from neurosurgery society

Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD, the Henry G. and Edith R. Schwartz Professor and head of the Department of Neurosurgery, has been awarded the Harvey Cushing Medal by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He was honored with the medal, the association’s most prestigious award, for his many years of outstanding leadership, dedication and contributions to the field of neurosurgery.
Robert Boston

Robert C. Strunk, MD, (right) discusses results of a decades-long pediatric asthma study that involved Janae Smith, (middle) a patient and study participant, and Denise Rodgers, (left) who retired earlier this year as a clinical research coordinator. The findings emphasize that lifelong attention may be needed to prevent worsening lung function. Strunk, a renowned pediatric allergist, died of cardiac arrest April 28, before the new study's publication May 12 in The New England Journal of Medicine.  (Photo: Robert Boston/School of Medicine)

Persistent childhood asthma sets stage for COPD

Children with mild to moderate persistent asthma are at greater risk of developing chronic lung disease as young adults and, therefore, may require lifelong treatment even if their asthma symptoms subside for extended periods, according to a major national study co-led by researchers at the School of Medicine.
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