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Family history places women at risk of pelvic organ prolapse, SLU research finds

ST. LOUIS -- Pelvic organ prolapse a tear or weakness in a womans pelvic floor muscles that allows her internal organs to fall outside the body runs in families, a new Saint Louis University study finds. Women with a family member who has had a hernia or prolapse two conditions that cause in...

Faux Fido eases loneliness in nursing home residents as well as real dog, SLU study finds

ST. LOUIS -- A sophisticated robotic dog could be a good companion for your dog-loving grandmother who cant care for a living pet, a new Saint Louis University study suggests. The researchers compared how residents of three nursing homes interacted with Sparky, a living, medium-sized gentle mut...

Doctors uncertain about approaches to care for heart failure patients, SLU study finds

ST. LOUIS Less than one fourth of physicians specializing in geriatrics, internal or family medicine or cardiology believe they can accurately predict the whether patients with heart failure are at risk of dying, new Saint Louis University research found. The ability to determine whether pati...

Children of depressed moms do better when dad is involved, SLU researcher finds

ST. LOUIS Children whose mothers are depressed are less likely to develop problem behaviors if their fathers are actively engaged in family life, a Saint Louis University researcher finds. It is well documented that children living in homes with depressed mothers are at increased risk of develo...

SLU researchers show how to stop muscle weakness caused by myasthenia gravis

...by punching a hole in it. When acetylcholine receptors are damaged in this way, muscle movement is severely impaired. Using an animal model, the slu scientists found they could prevent muscle weakness, or restore muscle strength, caused by myasthenia gravis by stopping the complement cascade at a s...

Making Headway Against Hepatitis C

... annually, according to the CDC. Second Study Shows Liver Damage Can Be Reversed In another study being presented at the AASLD conference, slu researchers found that liver damage may be able to be reversed in patients with chronic hepatitis C who have undergone successful therapy. “They...

Search for an Effective and Safe Hepatitis C Vaccine

.... Now a new trial -- much larger than these two earlier studies -- is about to start at Saint Louis University. Two hundred volunteers are needed, and slu is the only site in the United States conducting this study. “Sixteen years ago, the hepatitis C virus had not even been identified and now there are ...
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