Northwestern investigators want to know why some people are immune to age-related cognitive decline. Their answers could inform future therapies for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
First-year medical students participated in small group discussions and activities focused on HIV/AIDS to integrate and apply what they’d learned previously in a new context.
Northwestern University faculty rank highly among the most-cited researchers globally, according to a list curated by Clarivate Analytics.
Students performed a series of skits poking fun at the medical school experience at the 38th annual performance of In Vivo, Feinberg’s sketch comedy and variety show, which raised money for Chicago House.
Second-year medical students presented their in-progress research projects at the Area of Scholarly Concentration poster session.
Bruce Henschen, ’12 MD, ’12 MPH, ’15 GME, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, has received the Thomas Hale Ham Award for New Investigators.
Already, some progress is being made at the medical school level. “New models like culinary medicine, which teaches medical students how to cook so they can pass along that skill to patients, show real promise,” Katz says. The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University has set up “teaching kitchens” that provide hands-on training for medical students through culinary medicine classes. (Others such as Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have followed suit with similar programs.)
Americans are dying from heart disease at a faster rate, stalling four decades of gains against the nation’s leading killer and driving up the U.S. mortality rate overall. Researchers say the obesity epidemic, which took off in the 1980s, is probably mostly to blame for the higher death rate from heart disease, because it has driven increases in rates of hypertension, diabetes and other heart-related problems. “We’re reaping what we’ve sown,” said Donald Lloyd-Jones, head of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “It’s a clear causal chain.”
Without good information on how well different nonprescription skin creams work for infant eczema, parents may want to try petroleum jelly first because it tends to be cheapest, a recent study suggests. Up to one in five children develop eczema at some point, and half of them get this inflammatory skin condition as babies. The condition can lead to rashes, itchy skin and infections when kids scratch, and it’s also linked to other health problems like asthma, allergies, sleep disorders, developmental delays and behavior issues. “Petroleum jelly is an extremely effective moisturizer,” said lead study author Dr. Shuai Xu, a dermatology researcher at Northwestern University in Chicago. “It also happens to be one of the most affordable.”
The staggering violence in Chicago this year that has led to more than 700 homicides in 2016 alone, according to The Associated Press, which has led to calls for action but also for help in saving lives. A new program called the Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course focuses on training anyone to be able to give lifesaving treatment to trauma victims. Started by Dr. Mamta Swaroop, assistant professor of surgery in trauma and critical care at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Dr. Leah Tatebe, a trauma and general surgeon at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in New York, the program was designed in the hopes that if simple steps are taken immediately after a shooting or other violent event, lives can be saved before an ambulance even arrives.