Northwestern Medicine scientists discovered mutations in a scaffolding protein contributes to dystonia, an incurable movement disorder.
Scientists discovered a previously unknown receptor site in a voltage-gated sodium channel, suggesting that a commonly-used cancer drug could be used to target this channel and relieve pain.
Sydney Olson, a second-year medical student, is the lead author of a study published in JAMA Surgery which found a linear growth pattern for 70 percent of patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
A team of Northwestern Medicine investigators have identified specific genetic regions that regulate the expression of genes associated with inherited cardiomyopathy and disease severity.
Perioperative chemotherapy treatment did not improve overall survival for patients with resectable pancreatic cancer, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine clinical trial.
“It could be a total game changer,” said Dr. Muriel Jean-Jacques, an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University. Millions of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson will soon be available in the U.S., a much-anticipated development that could help turn the tide of the pandemic by vastly speeding the rate at which people are vaccinated.
Early data from the federal government provides compelling evidence the vaccine has probably helped keep residents and staff safe, said Dr. June McKoy, a Northwestern University associate professor of medicine, preventive medicine and medical education.
It found that during high levels of background noise, the surgical mask “was shown to least hinder speech recognition,” said Dr. Jawad Fares, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago’s Northwestern University. “The findings of the study are important in light of the current pandemic, as it acknowledges the communication challenges that we are facing,” said Fares, who was not involved in the study
And the official word is: Once you’re vaccinated, sit tight a while longer. Things will be better soon, experts say. But vaccination is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. “It would be lovely to think that that was the case,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist, epidemiologist and chair of the department of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “But unfortunately, we’re not at the state in the science to understand that we can turn people loose after they’ve gotten both of their vaccinations.”