Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The procedure involves placing a silicone dual-balloon system in the stomach during a 30-minute outpatient procedure.
Washington University School of Medicine is seeking participants for a weight loss study. The study is for those between 30-100 pounds overweight, Dr. Shelby Sullivan told Fox 2 News recently. The procedure involves placing a silicone dual-balloon system in the stomach during a 30-mintue outpatient procedure. The balloons occupy space to reduce the capacity for food. Sullivan said the calloons stay in the stomach for six months while participants learn to live a healthier lifestyle with the support of dietitians, doctors and nurses. To participate, call 888-978-8398 or visit ReduceTrial.com to see if you qualify.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The former Washington University chancellor and head of the Danforth Plant Science Center was honored Tuesday.
Dr. William H. Danforth has been named the recipient of this year's St. Louis award. The St. Louis Award honor is presented to the “resident of metropolitan St. Louis who, during the preceding year, has contributed the most outstanding service for its development.” According to the St. Louis Beacon, Danforth will receive the award because of his "long-standing commitment to the St. Louis area, particularly for his role in establishing the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center." He is the center's board chairman. Danforth retired from his position as chancellor of Washington University in 1995. Danforth is the 85th recipient of the award, the Beacon reports, since the award began in 1931 by the late David P. Wohl. Commerce Bank's David W. …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Our dietician says to enjoy the tastes of the season - just do it in moderation.
Holiday eating is often a time of lots of cookies and candy and eating on the run, two behaviors that can pose a challenge to a goal of healthy eating. Have no fear you can enjoy your holiday treats and still keep a healthy eating plan. If you’re spending the next two weeks baking for holiday parties you know that cookies, cakes, bars and candy are plentiful not only in your house but also at work – after all that’s where we take those “too many to keep” items. Manage your sweet eating by trying these tips. When it comes to grabbing meals on the run, studies show that we make poorer food choices and we eat more when we aren’t focused on what we are eating. If your day is packed with work, decorating, baking and shopping make sure you keep…
Monday, November 5, 2012
A unique educational partnership between WUSTL and the Missouri Botanical Garden is in its fifth year of introducing environmental science to high schoolers.
Cassandra Galluppi was a high school sophomore at Mary Institute & Country Day School in Ladue when she got wind of a new program at Washington University in St. Louis seeking students to do environmental biology fieldwork at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve. Like any sophomore, she wasn’t yet settled on a career but she was leaning toward the sciences. Her chemistry teacher forwarded an email and offered to write a letter of recommendation. “I read over the program description and thought, ‘I’m not doing anything else this summer — I might as well apply,’ ” Galluppi said. “That might have been the best decision of my life.” Galluppi, now a junior at WUSTL majoring in biology, has her sights set on a career as a field …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Early detection of breast cancer through routine exams saves thousands of lives every year.
Studies have shown that early detection of breast cancer improves the chances of a cure. That in itself is the most important reason to make an appointment today for a breast exam or mammogram. This should be done right away. Here is a list of local places where you can go for mammograms and breast exams in Mid-County. Going for an exam can be nerve-wracking. To better understand the importance of exams, here's helpful information that explains the process, when you should go and why: Breast self-exams There has been a lot of heated debate in the research and medical communities about the usefulness of breast self-exams in detecting breast cancer in the early stages. One cancer research organization has even said it’s a myth. The American …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
WUSTL’s Peter Kastor says relationship between style and substance important, but precarious in the town hall format.
The first presidential debate was most striking for Gov. Mitt Romney’s aggressiveness and President Barack Obama’s rhetorical reserve, but the town hall format in the second debate provides an extra challenge for the candidates, says Peter Kastor, PhD, professor of history and American culture studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. The two debates also reveal one of the greatest challenges to candidates as they try to appear presidential: balancing emotional display with appropriate reserve. Kastor notes that there’s more to this than looking for smoke and mirrors. “The relationship between style and substance has often turned on a discussion of truthfulness (does a candidate use a particular style to cover the …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
A Washington University study in the St. Louis area shows a decline in abortions when contraception was readily available.
For Catholics, a fundamental part of the doctrine is this: Neither abortion nor birth control are acceptable. So much political debate centers on that fundamental part of Catholic or otherwise conservative philosophy: How much control should mankind assume over the bringing of life into the world? Now we have word, reported on University City Patch on Friday and other outlets this week as well, that a Washington University study—known as the Contraceptive Choice Project—links access to affordable or free birth control to a decline in abortion rates in the St. Louis area. The study notes that abortion rate in the St. Louis area declined by more than 20 percent in the St. Louis area between 2008 and 2010, while other parts of the state not …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Chelsea Clinton announced Tuesday that Washington University will host Clinton Global Initiative University April 5-7, 2013.
Chelsea Clinton announced during the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York on Sept. 25 that Washington University will serve as the host of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), April 5-7, 2013, on the Danforth Campus. Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Bill Clinton launched CGI U in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts and celebrities discuss solutions to pressing global issues. “Washington University is proud to serve as the host of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The business school's ranking by U.S. News & World Report—which reflects the undergraduate program at Washington University in St. Louis—is unchanged since last year, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.
The business program at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis is among the best in the country, the St. Louis Business Journal reported last week. The school was ranked No. 14 for the second year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. Quoting from the Business Journal article: "The University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate business school topped this year’s ranking, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California - Berkeley." Read more about ranked Missouri programs in the complete Business Journal article. More about Washington University on Patch:
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Younger women aren't the only ones with body image issues, our Washington University expert says.
Typically people assume that younger women are the main sufferers of eating disorders but a new study indicates that women over 50 also suffer from a variety of types of disordered eating. The study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders assessed body image in 1,800 US women. The study found that 27 percent of women over age 50 were overweight, 29 percent were obese, 42 percent were normal weight and 2 percent were underweight. In assessing eating behaviors the study found that 4 percent of the women binge eat, about 8 percent purge after eating by either vomiting or over-exercising and 70 percent reported dieting to lose weight. Of more significance 36 percent spent at least half of their time in the previous five years dieting…