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The Justinian Plague is estimated to have killed 25 million to 50 million people and the Black Death at least 150 million people, said microbiologist Wyndham Lathem of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, who led the study published in the journal Nature Communications.

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Job interviews can be daunting challenges for veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Even a closed office door can be a trigger. But research at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, published Wednesday in the journal Psychiatric Services, found that a virtual-reality interview simulator significantly increases a military veteran’s chances of landing a job. “Job Interview Training with Molly Porter” refers to a computer program that stars an actress who reads carefully crafted questions and responses. Developed by Baltimore-based startup SIMmersion, it has been available for general use since last summer.

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The rate of emergency room visits and hospitalizations of children with severe food allergy reactions nearly tripled in Illinois over five years, reports a new study released Friday by Northwestern Medicine. “This study is really important because it shows the impact food allergies are having — especially in Illinois,” said lead study author Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. “The big question is why … and that’s what we are working on to find out. We know that food allergies are tied to both genetics and the environment — and we know that something has changed for it to have gone up so drastically,” she said.

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Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine wanted to test people’s knowledge of sunscreen, so they surveyed 114 people who came to the dermatology clinic during the summer of 2014. Even though 93% of them had purchased a bottle in the last year, most people showed important gaps in their sunscreen smarts. The most misunderstood part of sunscreen is UVA, Kundu says. “UVA is around every day; it can penetrate through window glass,” she says. Like UVB, it’s also related to an increased risk of skin cancer, but unlike UVB, it’s not filtered by the ozone at all, Kundu says. UVA doesn’t cause sunburn, but “it really leads to darkening and aging, because it penetrates deeper into the skin and has more influence in the collagen.”

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