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.

Higher levels of the mother-child bonding hormone oxytocin during pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of postpartum depression in some women, researchers say. The findings suggest it may eventually be possible to develop a test to predict postpartum depression and provide preventive treatment during pregnancy. The study results are “not ready to become a new blood test yet,” said lead investigator Dr. Suena Massey, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. “But it tells us that we are on the track to identifying biomarkers to help predict postpartum depression,” she said.

More than 90 percent of males and nearly 80 percent of females who went through Cook County’s juvenile detention center were diagnosed with drug or alcohol abuse and dependency at some point in their lives from childhood through their 20s and 30s, according to newly released findings from a Northwestern Medicine study. “This points to an opportunity that if we had funds and resources to put toward preventive intervention and services during the correctional phase and care after people have been released from the system, that can really reach a sizable portion of people in need,” said lead author Leah Welty, associate professor in preventive medicine and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “Detention can be this place to intervene with preventive efforts to try to prevent subsequent development of substance abuse and dependence.”

I ran the idea of sleep training programs by Phyllis Zee, the medical director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“It’s a great thing,” she said. “It’s not so much training people to sleep, it’s changing the culture, and that’s important. We have had this culture where we brag about how little sleep we got and how well we can function with so little sleep. It was a badge of honor. It’s slowly shifting.”

“Acne is not about dirt. It’s about inflammation,” Kimball says. So while it’s certainly a good idea to wash your face, “you don’t want to overdo it,” she says. Hard scrubbing with a wash cloth or abrasive cleansers can irritate the skin and make effective treatment more difficult, says Bethanee Schlosser, an assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She worked on the treatment guidelines.

As a perinatal psychiatrist, I often hear questions from patients on the safety of medications in pregnancy and breast milk. Of course all women want a healthy pregnancy and the assurance of a healthy baby. If something goes wrong—as it does with three percent of healthy

The movement to improve diversity has landed in medical schools. Some see this as yet another social agenda run amuck. They couldn’t be more wrong. Remaking the physician workforce so it accommodates the increasingly diverse US population is a path towards better health and lower health care costs. Diversity in medicine should matter to everyone.

Kelly Glazer Baron, PhD, a clinical psychologist and sleep researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, examines that same study’s findings and remarks on the participants: “For them, exercise and sleep seem to have a relatively uncomplicated relationship. You work out, fatigue your body and mind, and sleep more soundly that night. But people with insomnia and other sleep disturbances tend to be ‘neurologically different’ … They have what we characterize as a hyper-arousal of the stress system.”

A rheumatologist who was not involved in the study agreed. “At this point, more work is needed, including looking at feasibility and cost issues,” said Dr. Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

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