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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

  • 07.02.2018

    Sean Jenvay, a fourth-year medical student, plays an active role in the medical school community through his involvement in wellness and curriculum development.

  • 06.29.2018

    Feinberg scientists are confronting significant, global challenges -- from antimicrobial resistance to HIV -- through collaborative, cutting-edge basic science and clinical research within the Division of Infectious Diseases.

  • 06.29.2018

    A new app, developed in part by Northwestern Medicine faculty, rates the nutritional value of packaged foods and suggests healthier products.

  • 06.28.2018

    An existing drug significantly lowered the risk of metastasis or death when used in men with non-metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer and a rising PSA level, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • 06.26.2018

    Middle-aged men with erectile dysfunction had a greater chance of experiencing cardiovascular events, according to a research letter published in Circulation.

  • 06.25.2018

    Treating mice with isradipine, a calcium channel blocker, prevented formation of toxic compounds that can cause Parkinson’s disease symptoms, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 06.18.2018

    The presence of certain antibodies in patients may suggest a higher risk of transplant rejection across multiple organ types, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.

  • 06.07.2018

    Lack of a receptor regulating mitochondrial metabolism was linked with kidney dysfunction including kidney disease, according to a recent study.

  • 05.31.2018

    The presence of cancer cells in the bloodstream of patients with early-stage breast cancer may be predictive of benefit from radiotherapy after surgery, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 05.29.2018

    A team of scientists has uncovered the precise cells that flow into and harm the lung soon after a transplant. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, may lead to drug therapies that target the destructive cells.

  • 05.22.2018

    Feinberg faculty and fourth-year medical students gathered to recognize clinical and academic achievement at the sixth annual Honors Day, held May 19.

  • 05.21.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered an epigenetic imbalance that can lead to cancer, and used these findings to inhibit tumors in models.

  • 05.08.2018

    Northwestern faculty members have been chosen for induction into two prominent medical organizations: the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

  • 05.01.2018

    Over 450 alumni and guests attended Feinberg’s 2018 Alumni Weekend, to reconnect and see how the medical school has changed since they graduated.

  • 04.30.2018

    Third-year medical student Ben Peipert co-founded Second Opinions, a student-run pro-bono consulting group, and brings his consulting skills to his research on quality of life in endocrine disorders.

  • 04.27.2018

    Within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), investigators collaborate at the intersection of public health and medicine — connecting clinics to communities and accelerating innovations that impact the health of both patients and populations.

  • 04.26.2018

    The addition of a chemotherapy drug to adjuvant hormone therapy did not improve survival for patients with high-risk prostate cancer, according to a new study.

  • 04.24.2018

    A home-based exercise program, consisting of wearables and telephone coaching, did not improve walking endurance for patients with peripheral artery disease, according to a study published in JAMA.

  • 04.18.2018

    Immunosuppression among patients with HIV was associated with a significantly higher likelihood of heart arrhythmias, according to a new study.

  • 04.17.2018

    A new study shows a patient’s overall heart disease risk assessment can better determine blood pressure treatment, as opposed to examining blood pressure levels alone.

  • 04.12.2018

    Patients with advanced prostate cancer who received more intensive treatment experienced worse quality of life at three months, but better overall in the long-term, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 04.11.2018

    Students, residents, faculty and staff recently traveled to San Francisco to attend the Student National Medical Association annual conference for current and future underrepresented minority medical students.

  • 04.10.2018

    Infant and childhood food allergy, whose cause has long been a mystery, has now been linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors that must coexist to trigger the allergy, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 04.09.2018

    Over 430 scientists, trainees, students and faculty presented abstracts at Feinberg’s 14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day, a celebration of the medical school’s innovative research and the dedicated investigators who make it happen.

  • 04.06.2018

    Among patients with stage III colon cancer, regular nut consumption was associated with significantly lower rates of cancer recurrence and death, according to a new study.

  • 04.02.2018

    During spring break, the medical school welcomed undergraduate students for a pipeline program designed to nurture future medical students from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • 03.29.2018

    At a workshop on March 27, the Medical Faculty Council honored 2018 Mentor of the Year awardees Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, and joint recipients Erin Hsu, PhD and Wellington Hsu, MD.

  • 03.29.2018

    Neil Stone, MD, has been selected to receive the 2018 Joseph Stokes, III, MD Award from the American Society of Preventive Cardiology.

  • 03.27.2018

    A recent trend of using hospital volume as a surrogate measure of cardiovascular care may not accurately represent quality, according to a recent study published in Circulation.

  • 03.26.2018

    Anuj Chokshi, a first-year medical student, volunteers at Cardio Clinic, a specialty outpatient clinic that gives discounted or free care to patients and provides a learning opportunity for students.

  • 03.23.2018

    A new study has found that obese patients with metastatic melanoma live significantly longer than those with a normal body mass index — especially male patients treated with targeted or immune therapy.

  • 03.21.2018

    A new study demonstrates how physicians can use genetic profiling of joint tissue to see which drugs will work for which patients.

  • 03.19.2018

    A new, shorter drug regimen to treat certain types of Hepatitis C was found to be as effective as the current, longer treatment, according to the findings of a large multi-center trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • 03.15.2018

    Northwestern’s Alpha Omega Alpha honor society chapter inducted 36 new members in a ceremony held at the University Club in downtown Chicago, counting students, residents, fellows and staff among the new inductees.

  • 03.14.2018
    The Department congratulates Jayesh Mehta, MD, and Seema Singhal, MD, both professors of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, have been jointly appointed as the Chez Family Foundation Professor of Myeloma Research
  • 03.13.2018

    A Northwestern Medicine study provides new insights into the key role a molecule called oxPAPC plays in the inflammatory response. The findings could inform the development of new therapies for sepsis.

  • 03.08.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists usher in a new era of genetic research. 

    Featuring Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

  • 03.07.2018

    Cancer treatment tailored to each unique individual. This is the potential of precision oncology, and the premise of OncoSET.

  • 03.07.2018

    Cholesterol-lowering meds can reduce risk of heart disease.  Featuring:  Neil Stone, MD

  • 03.07.2018

    Dearth of data from non-white groups may reduce conclusive testing.  Featuring:  Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

  • 03.07.2018

    Being obese or overweight may increase morbidity and mortality.

    Featuring:  Sadiya Khan, MD

  • 03.07.2018

    Maha Hussain, MD, recently published several papers detailing new findings in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer treatment and prostate cancer screening.

  • 03.07.2018

    Dr. Maha Hussain outlines how results from the PROSPER study might impact the treatment landscape for patients with nonmetastatic (M0) prostate cancer that is no longer responding to hormonal therapy, called castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).

  • 03.05.2018

    The Northwestern Medical Orchestra, founded by two first-year medical students and open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff, recently began its inaugural season.

  • 03.05.2018

    Diverse sexual trends called “sexual sorting” may be driving Chicago’s young adults to some of the highest sexually transmitted infection rates in the country.  Dr. Michael Angarone, assistant professor of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern’s STI clinic, said that Chicago has historically been on the higher end of STI rates in urban areas, and that it is both predictable and surprising that Chicago is still seeing such high rates.

  • 03.03.2018
    "University of Chicago Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, two of the five adult liver transplant centers in Illinois, recently changed their six-month-sober policies so that select people with acute alcoholic hepatitis — a small subset of people with alcoholic liver disease — can be considered for transplants without undergoing a set period of abstinence."
  • 03.01.2018

    A new study debunks the “obesity paradox,” a counterintuitive finding that people with cardiovascular disease live longer if they are overweight or obese.

  • 02.28.2018

    Even as a growing number of cancer patients are setting up accounts for online access to medical charts, fewer people are actually logging on to look at their test results, a U.S. study suggests.

    For the study, researchers examined data on 44,590 cancer patients treated between 2007 and 2016, including 19,434 who set up online MyChart accounts to get remote access to their records.

    During this decade, the proportion of patients with MyChart accounts rose from 26 percent to 62 percent, researchers report in JAMA Oncology.

    In recent years, however, the number of people checking their test results online declined, from 61 percent in 2012 to 38 percent by the end of the study.

  • 02.26.2018

    Featuring:  Mark Ricciardi, MD

  • 02.22.2018

    “Exceptional care will never be good enough if we don’t have a cure or impactful treatments for our patients,” says Deputy Director, Maha Hussain, MD. “That’s why my passion is research. Research is what will cure cancer.”

  • 02.21.2018

    In her Today article from 1/6/18, Linda Carroll reports how it is impossible for the flu shot to give you the flu. If you feel sick after receiving the flu shot, your symptoms were not caused by the flu shot you just received; possible culprits include a virus or a cold, or a previous attack of the flu before you received the flu shot. 

    Michael Ison, MD, and professor in Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine adds that most people receive the flu shot in the fall which is during the same time period that other viruses are often prevalent. People mistaking a virus or cold for the flu misplace blame on an innocent flu shot received.  Additionally, there are side effects from a flu shot, but these only include arm soreness, fatigue, or a headache, not full blown flu.  Last, flu shots take 2-3 weeks to become fully effective, so "if you were exposed to the flu shortly after being vaccinated your body didn't have enough time to marshal its forces against the virus..." Ison explains. 

    There are no known reasons not to get a flu shot.  People with egg allergies have even been cleared to get one. 

  • 02.20.2018

    A drug originally designed for chemotherapy may reduce allergic responses for a variety of allergens, according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

  • 02.18.2018
    "Listening to your gut is about more than responding to your body when you feel uneasy or need to make a decision."
  • 02.15.2018

    Scientists throughout Feinberg are deeply invested in identifying health disparities — those differences in health outcomes between populations — as well as exploring novel interventions.

  • 02.14.2018

    A multidisciplinary global team including two Northwestern University professors has won a $15 million grant to improve the survival of newborns in Africa.

  • 02.13.2018

    A simple toolkit of checklists, education materials and feedback reporting improved the quality of care, but not outcomes, in a group of 60 hospitals in south India, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 02.12.2018

    A genetic change in a “clock gene” produced significant changes in circadian rhythm, providing insight into how the complex system is regulated according to a study published in PNAS.

  • 02.12.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered why Huntington’s disease is so toxic to cancer cells and have harnessed it for a novel approach to treat cancer.

  • 02.12.2018

    The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health announces five new Core Centers for Clinical Research (CCCR) (P30) awards. The CCCRs provide avenues to advance the methodological sciences that support clinical research within and across the NIAMS' scientific portfolio. The overall goal of the CCCRs is to develop and apply methods, metrics, and outcome measures that address existing and emerging clinical research needs to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal, rheumatologic, and skin diseases.

     

    Based on internal review, along with inputs from an externally convened Centers Evaluation Working Group and a public Request for Information, the NIAMS decided that the traditional Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Centers (i.e., P60), originally established in 2001 to promote clinical, epidemiological, and health-services research, needed to be updated. This new NIAMS CCCR program is in response to that decision. 

     

    Each CCCR award includes, at minimum, a strong methodologic core and an administrative research core focused on supporting clinical research. The program is intended to be flexible, innovative, and adaptable, and to accommodate and address pressing needs of the NIAMS clinical research community.

     

    The 2017 CCCR awards are:

     

    Improving Minority Health in Rheumatic Diseases (IMHRD) — This CCCR, based at the Medical University of South Carolina and led by Gary S. Gilkeson, M.D., will provide research resources to enable and enhance clinical and translational research on two autoimmune connective tissue diseases, scleroderma and lupus, that have a disparate impact on African American women. A major emphasis will be on communicating and collaborating with minority patient groups and communities to encourage input and participation in clinical research and health promotion activities. The work is intended to contribute to the elimination of health disparities for individuals with scleroderma or lupus and to improve the health of those at an increased risk for one of these diseases.

     

    Indiana Core Center for Clinical Research (ICCCR) in Musculoskeletal Health — The overarching theme of the ICCCR is to better define musculoskeletal diseases that have common pathogenesis and clinical presentations. The team of investigators, led by Sharon M. Moe, M.D., with support from Mike Econs, M.D., Stuart Warden, Ph.D., and Eric Imel, M.D. at Indiana University, and Connie Weaver, Ph.D. at Purdue University, will integrate a network of electronic health records and molecular profiles to identify genetic factors and clinical and biochemical phenotypes. In addition, they aim to standardize physical function measurements and imaging modalities to define the diseases’ functional and morphologic phenotypes. Improving the definition and diagnosis of these musculoskeletal conditions could lead to personalized medicine through health care providers prescribing tailored treatment for each patient.

     

    VERITY: Value and Evidence in Rheumatology Using Bioinformatics, and Advanced Analytics — The Brigham and Women’s Hospital CCCR, led by Daniel Hal Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., is organized around scientific themes that can be applied to multiple rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Investigators will explore strategies for: including patients in clinical trial design and result interpretation and dissemination; using behavioral economics methods to enhance the benefits of interventions that are known to be effective; extracting information from large, diverse databases; using mobile health technologies in clinical research; and disseminating information to and mentoring clinical researchers through distributed learning models.

     

    Core Center for Clinical Research at Northwestern University — This CCCR, led by Leena Sharma, M.D., focuses on lifestyle, behavioral, medical and rehabilitative solutions for individuals who have or are at risk for rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. Much of its work involves incorporating mobile and sensor-based technologies into clinical research, with the goal of obtaining rigorous and reproducible measurements for how people feel and function in their daily lives. The investigators expect that their work will improve the efficiency, productivity, and impact of future clinical studies.

     

    University of Washington Core Center for Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Diseases — Although electronic health records enable health care systems to amass comprehensive and complex sets of data on large populations, substantial obstacles prevent researchers from transforming routine clinical information into a research-ready resource. The University of Washington CCCR, led by Jeffrey G. Jarvik, M.D., M.P.H., will explore new approaches to adaptive and pragmatic clinical trial designs, develop pipelines and methods for analyzing data for clinical musculoskeletal studies, and provide analysis-ready data sets and services for investigators who wish to conduct such research. The goal is to provide useful research data to health system decision-makers who can apply the results to improve patient care and public health.

     

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  • 02.08.2018

    They are among the most challenging prostate cancer patients to treat: about 150,000 men worldwide each year whose cancer is aggressive enough to defy standard hormonal therapy, but has not yet spread to the point where it can be seen on scans.

    These patients enter a tense limbo which often ends too quickly with the cancer metastasizing to their bones, lymph nodes or other organs — sometimes causing intense pain.

    Now, for the first time, researchers have results from two independent clinical trials showing that two different drugs help these patients — giving them about two more years before their cancer metastasizes. That means two additional years before pain and other symptoms spread and they need chemotherapy or other treatments.

  • 02.08.2018

    Even though nearly half of Chicago’s influenza cases this year involved individuals 65 years and older, the staff at many nursing and rehabilitation centers are not required to receive the flu vaccine. This is a dangerous practice because individuals infected with influenza are generally contagious for 6 to 24 hours before flu-like symptoms appear. Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine professor Michael Ison, MD, MS, notes the dangers of such practices: "[staffers] could become infected and transmit infection to one of the patients” before they are aware of being contagious.

  • 02.07.2018

    Tammika Glass received her new heart after a 172-day stay at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  

  • 02.07.2018

    Antibodies that reverse immune system suppression may be able to be used to treat a rare type of melanoma, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the journal Nature.

  • 02.06.2018

    Featuring:  Micah Eimer, MD

  • 02.06.2018

    Treatment with the combination of enzalutamide (Xtandi) and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) reduced the risk of metastases or death by 71% compared with ADT alone for patients with nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), according to findings from the phase III PROSPER trial released ahead of the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.

    In the double-blind study, the median metastasis-free survival (MFS) was 36.6 months with enzalutamide plus ADT versus 14.7 months with ADT alone (HR, 0.29; 95% Ci, 0.24-0.35;  P  <.0001). Based on the promising findings, Pfizer and Astellas, the companies developing the antiandrogen agent, have already submitted a supplemental new drug application to the FDA.

    “In the PROSPER trial, treatment with enzalutamide plus ADT delayed the development of metastases compared to standard-of-care ADT alone and, if approved, may provide men with nonmetastatic CRPC an important new treatment option,” lead investigator Maha Hussain, MD, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, said in a statement.

  • 02.06.2018

    Featuring:  Micah Eimer, MD

  • 02.05.2018

    Featuring:  Allen Anderson, MD

  • 02.05.2018

    The previously unknown cause of anti-phosphatidylethanolamine (aPE) autoimmunity was discovered in a Northwestern Medicine study published in PNAS.

  • 02.05.2018

    Featuring:  Marla Mendelson, MD

  • 01.30.2018

    The 2nd Annual Symposium on Sex Inclusion in Biomedical Research, held on the anniversary of the National Institutes of Health's landmark sex-inclusion policy, highlighted research on sex bias in autoimmune diseases.

  • 01.30.2018

    John Varga, MD, John and Nancy Hughes Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology, director of the Northwestern Scleroderma Program and co-editor of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scleroderma Foundation. The foundation, which has given this award to physicians only twice in its history, mentioned Varga’s more than a decade of service as chair of its Medical & Scientific Advisory Board and his role in creating the Early Career Investigator workshop and establishing the SCORE Grant program.

     

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  • 01.29.2018

    Feinberg capped off its week-long celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with a keynote address by Charles Blow, op-ed columnist at the New York Times, political commentator on CNN and former Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale University.

  • 01.29.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered mutations that cause improper drainage and a buildup of ocular pressure leading to glaucoma, suggesting a path towards future treatments.

  • 01.22.2018

    Medical students in Second Opinions, a student-run pro-bono consulting group, shared their experiences consulting for local healthcare nonprofits at a recent lecture.

  • 01.19.2018

    A combination of three therapies was found to provide the greatest benefit to patients with metastatic breast cancer classified as HER2- and hormone receptor-positive, who aren't candidates for chemotherapy, according to a Northwestern Medicine clinical trial.

  • 01.18.2018

    Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center Clinical Research Dietitian, Bethany Doerfler, MS, RDN, explains why you should bring mindfulness to your meals.

  • 01.17.2018

  • 01.16.2018

    Omar Bushara, first-year MD/MPH student, discusses how spending a year teaching biology on Chicago's South Side crystallized his interest in public health.

  • 01.16.2018

    Obese, middle-age men and women who had bariatric surgery have half the death rate of those who had traditional medical treatment over a 10-year period.

  • 01.15.2018

  • 01.12.2018

    A newly announced American Heart Association research center will be led by Mary McDermott, MD, and focus on calf muscle pathology in peripheral artery disease.

  • 01.11.2018

    Trinity International University's bioethics colloquium series for 2018 will examine the availability of quality health care through a series of three presentations from January through March.

    "This year's programs are devoted to the vexing questions of who should receive access to health care, why the voices of certain groups tend to be neglected, and what the church has to offer in the face of today's challenges," said John Kilner, director of bioethics degree programs at Trinity. "Each of the three evenings will feature a Christian leader in bioethics addressing a controversial issue."

    Kilner, who is also professor of bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity, will present "Why Do People with Disabilities Receive Less Access to Health Care?" as the lead-off address Jan. 23.

    "A Christian voice in contemporary culture is desperately needed if such vulnerable groups are not to be unfairly disadvantaged," Kilner said.

    The final presentation March 20 will feature Mayo Clinic ethics pioneer C. Christopher Hook. A senior fellow at Trinity's Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Hook will present "Rights of Conscience in Health Care," a look at the difficult issue of whether or not health care professionals can ethically refuse to participate in practices they consider unethical. It will be the inaugural presentation of the endowed annual endowed Trinity Bioethics Lectureship.

    All three presentations begin at 7 p.m. in Kantzer Auditorium on Trinity's Deerfield campus. Each session will include a discussion period and refreshments. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

  • 01.11.2018

    With the intensity of this year’s flu season, many are especially anxious to keep the virus at bay. In addition to the common directives about flu shots, regular hand washing, and sufficient sleep, doctors are also recommending dietary shifts to better prevent and treat the flu. For example, the increased consumption of probiotics and antioxidants support bacterial balance in the gut and prevent coughs and colds. Other foods, such as chicken noodle soup and products rich in zinc (e.g. salmon, chicken, and spinach), have been shown to reduce inflammation and curb the severity of flu symptoms.

    Most importantly, medical experts stress the necessity of eating and drinking while sick, even if there is a loss of appetite. In the words of Michael Angarone, D.O., at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, “When we’re sick, we don’t want to eat and don’t want to drink, but you need to continue to eat and give your body the nutrients and energy you need for the immune system to function properly."

  • 01.05.2018

    Anne M. Ditto, MD, a professor of allergy and immunology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, sat with MD Magazine to discuss the current state of therapies for the differing phenotypes of patients with asthma that exist. She also discussed therapies in the pipeline that could and will be used to treat these patients in the future.

  • 01.05.2018

    "'The signs and symptoms are usually abdominal cramps, nausea with or without vomiting, and diarrhea,' says John Pandolfino, M.D., chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This includes feeling weak and fatigued, and could also include fever and chills. It's not always 'exotic' foods that cause food poisoning. Often, it's caused by your food handler, a contaminated kitchen, or a contaminated source, like the fields where your food was grown."

  • 01.05.2018

    Under the leadership of Lee Lindquist, MD, Northwestern is expanding its role in offering home-based primary care for seniors, including a new training program for providers.

  • 12.27.2017
    "She went into labor Christmas Day Morning and baby Autumn was born later that day at 5 o'clock at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  She weighed 4 pounds 13 anounces. Her doctors say the success rate for a live birth with a liver transplant is between 65% to 75%.  The fact that Krystin also had a kidney transplant and had a healthy baby is considered remarkable."
  • 12.21.2017

    From heart tissue repair to retinal cell development, scientific images helped bring to life the discoveries published by Feinberg faculty, trainees and students in 2017. See a selection of some of the most striking images of the year.

  • 12.20.2017

    Scientists are one step closer to a stem cell treatment for muscular dystrophy after Northwestern Medicine investigators demonstrated improvements in muscle tissue differentiation in stem cells.

  • 12.20.2017
    New Rochelle, NY, December 19, 2017–Researchers now have a better understanding of the role that thyroid hormones, the tissues that produce them, and the biochemical pathways on which they act have in driving seasonal reproduction in some mammals, and how this new information may help explain seasonal changes in metabolism and mood that affect humans. The review article entitled "Seasonal Rhythms: The Role of Thyrotropin and Thyroid Hormones" is part of a special section on Japanese Research led by Guest Editor Yoshiharu Murata, Nagoya University, Japan, in the January 2018 issue of Thyroid, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers and the official journal of the American Thyroid Association (ATA). The article is available free on the Thyroid website until January 19, 2018
  • 12.19.2017

    A device attached to a patient’s scalp that delivers a continuous dose of low-intensity electric fields improves survival and slows the growth of a deadly brain tumor, according to a new trial.

  • 12.17.2017
    "Recently, an outbreak occurred at a New York state country club after an employee with the illness prepared food at the club’s restaurant, according to the  Westchester County Department of Health . Plus, five more people were diagnosed with hepatitis A after being exposed to the virus by a sick employee at the restaurant Bartaco, in Port Chester, New York."
  • 12.15.2017

    Entrepreneurship has been rapidly expanding at Feinberg. Through a range of initiatives, medical school leadership anticipates that the culture of innovation will only continue to grow in coming years.

  • 12.12.2017
    Gopi Astik, MD, and Rachel Cyrus, MD, both physicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital have been named to  ACP Hospitalist 's annual top hospitalists list. Dr. Astik and Dr. Cyrus were nominated by their colleagues and chosen by  ACP Hospitalist's  editorial board for their accomplishments in areas of hospitalist practice such as patient care, quality improvement and medical education.
  • 12.12.2017
      Why is there so much sickness with airplane travel over the holidays? Karen D'Souza in a 12/4/17 article in The Mercury News explains that when people who are stressed out from holiday preparation are enclosed in a confined space, an airplane, infectious disease transmission is common. 
       Michael Angarone, D.O. and assistant professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, reports on the probability of catching a virus during holiday airplane travel: "On a plane, the stakes are even higher."
         D'Souza offers some suggestions for preventing sickness for those who need to fly over the holidays.  She recommends not sweating the small stuff and keeping stress at bay.  She also suggests getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and packing for your trip early.  Most importantly, travelers should wash their hands frequently, consider sanitizing their tray tables, and avoid using an unwrapped blanket while on board.
  • 12.11.2017

    Second-year medical student Apoorva Ram strives to reduce cardiovascular health disparities among South Asian Americans in both her research and her volunteer work.

  • 12.11.2017

    According to an NBC News article by Linda Carroll from 12/3/17, flu season this year may prove worse and more dangerous than last year.  The probable, dominant strain of flu this year, H3N2, causes more severe illness, according to William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

    Michael Ison, MD, a professor of infectious diseases and organ transplantation at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, says:" Typically in years when the predominant strain is H3N2, there are more hospitalizations, more severe disease and people tend to get sicker."

    It is especially crucial for adults ages 50+ to receive a flu shot, since older adults have a three to five times increased risk of heart attack and a two to three times increased risk of stroke in the two to eight week period after recovering from the flu, according to Schaffner.

    From the NBC Nightly News video segment featured in Carroll's article, it is important to know that there are 7,000 confirmed cases of flu in the U.S. this year so far, which is double the number of flu cases last year.  With the holidays, the flu is more easily spread due to the large groups of people coming together.  The peak season for the flu is occurring now and will last through February 2018.  It takes two weeks after receiving a flu shot vaccine for it to fully take effect.  The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended.

  • 12.11.2017

  • 12.04.2017

    Jonathan Holloway, provost of Northwestern, shared a historical overview of African-Americans in modern universities during a lecture sponsored by Feinberg’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

  • 12.04.2017
    From the latest Northwestern Medicine Magazine: Investigators are working closely with community partners to address healthcare challenges.

    It’s estimated that academic medical centers see less than one percent of the American population over the course of a month. Yet much of the clinical research that informs broad, far-reaching medical policy is conducted within this small subset of the population.

    For scientists like Abel Kho, MD, director of the Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHiP) at Feinberg’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), this is a problem — not just for the patient groups that are consequently overlooked, but for the pursuit of science overall.

     

    “In order to do statistically sound science, you need to get at larger data sets. And to do that you need to get out into that much larger real-world community,” says Kho, also an associate professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics.

    Across the medical school, investigators are leading grants for community-engaged research projects that tackle a wide range of specific health challenges in Chicagoland and beyond — from interventions to prevent diabetes through collaboration with Hispanic-serving community organizations in Humboldt Park and South Lawndale, led by Matthew O’Brien, MD, assistant professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, to programs that address mental health and post-partum depression in at-risk women in Illinois, led by Darius Tandon, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences.

  • 12.04.2017

    Students performed a series of skits satirizing the medical school experience at "In Vivo Goes Paperless,” the 39th annual performance of In Vivo, Feinberg’s sketch comedy and variety show.

  • 12.04.2017

    A new Northwestern Medicine study suggests that a protein called Bim may be a novel therapeutic target for lupus.

  • 11.28.2017

    The resources used to teach the physical exam to pre-clerkship students vary widely across U.S. medical schools, according to a new paper published in Academic Medicine.

  • 11.21.2017

    Northwestern Medicine scientists identified a complex regulatory system that keeps cells functioning when their oxygen supply is cut off.

  • 11.17.2017

    Mary McDermott, MD, ’92 GME, the Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Medicine and of Preventive Medicine, has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association (AHA).

  • 11.16.2017

  • 11.16.2017

  • 11.15.2017

    The first genetic mutation that appears to protect against multiple aspects of biological aging in humans has been discovered in an Amish family in Indiana, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 11.15.2017

    A Northwestern Medicine clinical trial found that a stem cell therapy did not improve walking ability in people with peripheral artery disease, although exercise did lead to significant improvements.

  • 11.13.2017

    The 7th Annual Les Turner Symposium showcased the integration of ALS investigation and clinical care at Northwestern Medicine and the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

  • 11.10.2017

    New cross-cutting themes and a disease focus area were added to Feinberg's research strategy, strengthening the vision for years to come.

  • 11.09.2017

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered that a protein called BRWD2/PHIP binds to H3K4 methylation, a key molecular event that influences gene expression.

  • 11.07.2017

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a genetic basis for glaucoma symptoms and the impact of other genes in early retinal development.

  • 11.07.2017

    Two Northwestern Medicine clinical trials investigated drugs to treat patients suffering from vasodilatory shock and respiratory failure, showing promising results.

  • 11.06.2017

  • 11.06.2017
    A treat-to-target strategy using “tight control” of inflammatory biomarkers in addition to clinical symptom monitoring led to improved outcomes in patients with Crohn’s disease on Humira, according to data from the CALM study presented at UEG Week.
  • 11.02.2017

    Scientists, students and trainees from dozens of departments gathered recently for the inaugural Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology Research Retreat.

  • 10.30.2017

    Simple behavioral interventions can be effective at curbing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, if adopted for the long term, according to a recent study published in JAMA.

  • 10.27.2017
    New research has found that almost half of people diagnosed with food allergies developed this condition in adulthood, with Hispanic, Asian, and black individuals most at risk.
  • 10.27.2017

    The medical school’s annual Global Health Day included a keynote address and a poster session of student research conducted around the world.

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