New Northwestern Medicine research has uncovered critical steps in the evolution of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes pneumonic plague.
Supriya Rastogi, a second-year MD/MPH student, received a Schweitzer Fellowship to conduct a year-long project aimed at tackling racial and ethnic health disparities, with a focus on reproductive health on the South Side of Chicago.
Jonathan Licht, MD, Johanna Dobe Professor and chief of the Division of Medicine-Hematology/Oncology, has accepted a new leadership position at the University of Florida Health Cancer Center.
A study coauthored by Northwestern Medicine scientists found that normal cells stop proliferating when they lose important intracellular structures called centrioles, but cancer cells continue to multiply.
Peng Ji, MD, PhD, ’13 GME assistant professor in Pathology, was recently honored with one of the American Society of Clinical Investigation’s (ASCI) 2015 Young Physician-Scientist Awards
Emergency room visits and hospitalizations for severe allergic reactions climbed 29 percent per year over 5 years, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
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.
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.”
Northwestern University researchers are leading an effort to take 3-D printing to the next level, adding a fourth dimension that would make it possible to further push the envelope of invention. A group of nanotech researchers, including two from Northwestern, have won an $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to create 4-D printing technology, which will be key to developing next-generation products, from semiconductors to diagnostic tests, that involve working at a microscopic scale.
“We have a culture of inactivity,” and older people are very much a part of it, says Dorothy Dunlop, a professor of medicine and rheumatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. Research suggests that even people who fit in some moderate exercise – such as brisk walking, dancing or swimming – can pay a high price for all that chair time. And even those who do no such exercise can benefit from standing up and moving more.