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.

“When we use heat, it dilates the vessels and improves blood flow to certain areas,” Dr. Melissa Ring, executive director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine, told “Because of the way cupping works, it accelerates the process and is very localized.” Studies have suggested cupping can help relieve pain when combined with other therapies like acupuncture and spinal manipulation. While there isn’t data on its efficacy for athletic performance, Ring noted it’s commonly used for this purpose.

To be clear, we are not suggesting that the WHO’s memorandum of understanding is in any way deceptive, or that it compromises the organization’s ability to make the right decisions for public health. But the lack of transparency makes people wonder. If they did not have anything to hide, then why won’t the WHO make the memorandum public? By making people wonder, the WHO puts at risk its ability to play the role of trusted third party in this situation, and perhaps beyond.

Women may struggle to conceive as they age because their ovaries become scarred and inflamed, new research suggests. Until now it was believed fertility rates fell in females over 40 because the quality of their eggs declines. But the new study suggests it might be damage to the ovaries, which produce the eggs, that is to blame instead. Lead author Dr Francesca Duncan, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, joins BBC 5 Live to discuss her research.

Can you keep the love light shining after your partner’s brain has begun to dim? Just ask Denise Tompkins of Naperville, Ill., married 36 years to John, now 69, who has Alzheimer’s disease. The Tompkinses participated in an unusual eight-week storytelling workshop at Northwestern University that is helping to keep the spark of love alive in couples coping with the challenges of encroaching dementia. Every week participants are given a specific assignment to write a brief story about events in their lives that they then share with others in the group. The program culminates with a moving, often funny, 20-minute written story read alternately by the partners in each couple in front of an audience. The storytelling workshop, which started in January of 2014, was the brainchild of Lauren Dowden, then an intern in social work at Northwestern’s Cognitive, Neurological and Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, a chief architect of a 2010 strategic plan to improve cardiovascular health, said: The whole may be greater than the sum of the parts. We shouldnt assume that chronic diseases automatically occur with aging. Living healthfully until we die is an achievable goal. Dr. Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist and preventive medicine specialist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, chaired an American Heart Association committee of experts that adopted the recommended changes. Instead of focusing on the negative, the plan aims to achieve ideal cardiovascular health through ideal health behaviors and ideal health factors.

People dealing with the itchy skin condition known as eczema may have other medical conditions to cope with as well, including heart disease, a dermatologist says. Eczema, which causes dry, red patches of skin and intense itchiness, affects an estimated one-quarter of children in the United States. And, as many as seven million adults also have eczema, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. “Although it affects the skin, eczema is not just skin-deep. This disease can have a serious impact on patients’ quality of life and overall health, both physically and mentally,” Silverberg said. He’s assistant professor in dermatology, medical social sciences and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

And a February 2016 study at Northwestern University found it doesn’t ‘Get Better’ for some bullied LGBT youth. “Discrimination, harassment and assault of LGBT youths is still very much a problem for about a third of adolescents,” the press release said. “What’s more, it’s often very severe, ongoing and leads to lasting mental health problems such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” “With bullying, I think people often assume ‘that’s just kids teasing kids,’ and that’s not true,” said Brian Mustanski, an associate professor in medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the new Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. “If these incidents, which might include physical and sexual assaults, weren’t happening in schools, people would be calling the police. These are criminal offenses.”

In 2009, a group of Italian scientists found that slow caffeine metabolizers with moderate to heavy coffee consumption were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than fast metabolizers. Among fast caffeine metabolizers, the more coffee they drank, the lower their risk of hypertension. But as Marilyn Cornelis, PhD, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, pointed out to the Times, it’s not all about your CYP1A2 status. There are many genes that are part of the caffeine metabolism process.

Last year after measuring the influx of intoxicated teens, Lurie warned parents of the dangers of binge drinking and the need for more oversight from event security. “We hear about Lollapalooza concert-goers damaging the grass in Grant Park, but we never hear about the binge drinking among underage drinkers,” Dr. Robert Tanz, a pediatrician at Lurie and pediatrics professor at Northwestern University, said in a statement. “Teenage binge drinking at this festival is definitely a public health issue.”

People can sign up through academic medical centers at Columbia University, Northwestern University in Illinois, the University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh, each of which is working with local partners. Columbia, for example, is collaborating with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Harlem Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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