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People can sign up through academic medical centers at Columbia University, Northwestern University in Illinois, the University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh, each of which is working with local partners. Columbia, for example, is collaborating with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Harlem Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine.

U.S. New & World Report 0

Many U.S. medical students use electronic health records to track the progress of their former patients and confirm the accuracy of their diagnoses, a new study shows. While the practice raises issues over privacy, checking up on former patients may not be a bad thing overall, the researchers said. The students “are accessing health information for educational purposes — it is important for them to learn medicine by observing the course of illness,” said study co-author Dr. Gregory Brisson, of Northwestern University’s School of Medicine in Chicago.

NBC News 0

Cases of aggressive prostate cancer appear to be on the rise, researchers reported Tuesday. The good news is it’s still rare for prostate cancer to spread. Just 3 percent of cases have already started spreading when men are diagnosed and prostate cancer overall has not become more common, the team found. “One hypothesis is the disease has become more aggressive, regardless of the change in screening,” said Dr. Edward Schaeffer, chair of urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Medicine, who led the study.

The New York Times 0

Dr. Marilyn Cornelis, an assistant professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said her research had identified many genes involved in caffeine metabolism, and that relying on only one or two genetic factors could provide people with a false sense of reassurance. “There are clearly other genetic and environmental factors contributing to differences in caffeine metabolism,” she said. “And these are not captured by existing tests.”

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