Media Coverage

The work done by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty members (and even some students) is regularly highlighted in newspapers, online media outlets and more. Below you’ll find links to articles and videos of Feinberg in the news.

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Money problems are stressful, especially when there’s not enough of it — or you fear there won’t be enough of it in the future. “It creates this feeling of helplessness and hopelessness,” Nancy Molitor, PhD, a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, tells NBC News BETTER. But one of the absolute worst things you can do if you find yourself in this type of situation is ignore the problem, she adds — “no matter what’s causing it.” It’s kind of like that pile of laundry in your closet. It’s way easier to pretend it’s not there, but doing so means it’s only going to get bigger by the time you need to deal with it, she says.


The cosmetic company teamed up with Northwestern University professor John A. Rogers to create a small wearable device, called UV Sense, that can precisely measure a person’s exposure to UV light from the sun. If you’ve gotten too much exposure, the app linked to the sensor will let you know…The device is powered by the user’s phone, and activated by UVA and UVB rays. It’s waterproof and can be attached to almost any part of the body or clothing. Users can monitor their exposure by using the app, which would warn them when to be mindful of UV exposure. “It’s so small it can be placed anywhere on the body,” Dr. Steve Xu, a dermatologist at Northwestern Medicine, told NBC News.

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Dr. Adam Murphy, a Northwestern University physician who studies racial disparities in prostate cancer, said some reasons for low black enrollment in studies include poor overall health, money and mistrust of the medical establishment. “We just need more patients enrolled,” Murphy said. Denial also leads some men to delay seeking any kind of treatment, but Westley Sholes, 78, a retired health care manager in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, said he decided to be proactive after his father was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

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Northwestern University is partnering with an investment management company that has pledged up to $65 million to help advance potential new drugs.

The university and Deerfield Management, based in New York City, are launching Lakeside Discovery to help usher potential drugs to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval for human testing.


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued new recommendations for older adults to decrease the risk of falls. In their statement, the use of vitamin D supplements was discouraged due to mixed results from research. On the other hand, the review also linked niacin (vitamin B3) and antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E) to an increased risk of all causes of death. Previously, a 2014 study by Northwestern University researchers expressed similar concerns about niacin. “There might be one excess death for every 200 people we put on niacin,” said preventive cardiologist Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones from Northwestern Medicine. He called it “an unacceptable therapy” for most patients, explaining how it should only be reserved for those at very high risk for a heart attack or stroke, and are unable to take statins.

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Those symptoms include anxiety, agitation, sleep problems, muscle aches, runny nose, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and drug cravings. And they can begin within hours, according to Dr. Danesh Alam, the principal investigator at the Northwestern site who serves as the hospital’s medical director of behavioral health services. “People go to extreme lengths to make sure they don’t go into withdrawal,” he said. “Withdrawal can be fatal in some conditions,” including patients who have certain heart conditions. Patients experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms have typically been treated with another narcotic. “One of the biggest advantages (of Lucemyra) is you can actually take patients off narcotics and give them what we call a clean break,” Alam said.

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Alan Shepard, clinical assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University, explains the problem like this: When a person’s head is struck, as mine was in the motorcycle accident, “the brain can move forward and backward a little bit in whiplash,” like that typical in a car crash, Shepard said. “In so doing it shears across the olfactory nerve.” The olfactory nerve connects the sinuses to the brain and is responsible for our sense of smell. It runs up from the sinuses, then between the skull and brain to get to the spot where the brain processes scent, Shepard said.

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Dr. Micah Eimer, co-director of the sports cardiology program at Northwestern Medicine, advises runners to take it slow. “Patients who engage in low and moderate intensity exercise can decrease their risk of atrial fibrillation. However, patients who exercise at the extreme levels of exertion appear to have a significantly increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation,” Eimer said. Runners can feel it and sometimes notice it if they are wearing a heart rate sensor. “Usually they will return the device assuming that it is malfunctioning,” Eimer said. “After they get the same result on a new monitor, they come to the office, where we diagnose them with atrial fibrillation.”

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Over 6 million people live with heart failure in the United States, with over 960,000 new cases diagnosed each year. By 2030, there may be more than 8 million cases of heart failure. “One in five Americans over the age of 40 are affected by heart failure,” Dr. Clyde Yancy, American Heart Association (AHA) spokesperson and chief of the cardiology division at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told ABC News. It’s a condition that makes the heart unable to pump enough blood to the body, and heart failure already takes up millions of healthcare dollars each year. Research shows that one in four of these 6 million patients with heart failure feel moderate to high levels of social isolation.

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Some debate has occurred since adoption of the new guidelines regarding risks associated with blood pressure medication, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “Whenever there is a change in the approach to a common problem that requires an entire rethink of what has been a standard of care, there’s going to be some argument, some pushback, some hesitancy,” Yancy said. But the new study reveals that the potential benefits of the new guidelines far outweigh the risks, he added.

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