United Nations advisor Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, delivered the keynote address at Northwestern University’s Global Health Interdisciplinary Symposium Nov. 19.
As part of their Health and Society coursework, medical students met with policy leaders to learn how implementing better health policies can improve the overall health of communities.
The Fifth Annual Les Turner Symposium on ALS and NeuroRepair celebrated a new research and clinical care center and featured a variety of presentations, a keynote lecture and a poster session.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified a novel strategy for reducing the side effects of the drug levodopa, which is commonly used to treat the stiffness, tremors and poor muscle control of Parkinson’s disease.
People who ate more fruits and vegetables as young adults were less likely to develop coronary atherosclerosis 20 years later, according to a recent study co-authored by Northwestern Medicine investigator Philip Greenland, MD.
This year’s annual student sketch comedy show In Vivo parodied the late-night comedy series Saturday Night Live to raise funds for Chicago Youth Programs.
Five years ago, Dr. Elizabeth McNally was working in her University of Chicago lab when she received a call from a parent whose sons are afflicted with the rare form of muscular dystrophy she studies. Exon-skipping gene therapy worked for other forms of the disease, but every scientist the parent approached had told him it wouldn’t work for this one. McNally hesitated, too, but agreed to study it. “Why not?” she recalls. “No one had proved it can’t be done.”
The drug levodopa is a leading treatment for Parkinson’s disease, but for most patients the medication also brings debilitating side effects. Now, scientists say animal studies are pointing to a compound that might reduce those unwanted effects. “If clinical trials confirm our preliminary findings, the eventual drug developed could make a significant improvement in the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease,” lead researcher D. James Surmeier, chair of physiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, said in a university news release.
Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University in Chicago, who was not involved in the study, welcomed the news. “This is a game-changer for many, but not all,” he told NBC News. He said he’ll look at working harder to get blood pressure lower in his healthy patients over 50.
Fat that builds around the abdominal organs is particularly linked to diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic abnormalities than fat that lies under the skin, said obesity expert Dr. Lisa Neff of Northwestern University, who wasn’t involved the study. Genetics plays a role in apple shapes and waistlines tend to increase with age, so Neff advised even normal-weight people to pay attention if belts are getting tighter.