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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.

Even so, the study offers fresh evidence of how weight loss may benefit the knee joints, said Dr. Leena Sharma , director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center in Rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “This study uniquely gets at the benefits of weight loss on specific tissue abnormalities in knee osteoarthritis and convincingly demonstrates the benefit of weight loss on the course of this common condition,” Sharma, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

A new era of regenerative medicine could be on the horizon. A 3-D printed ovary allowed an infertile mouse to naturally mate and then go on to give birth to two pups of their own, according to new research published Tuesday in Nature Communications. The 3-D printed bioprosthetic ovary, as it’s termed, is “the holy grail of bioengineering for regenerative medicine,” said Teresa K. Woodruff ,, a reproductive scientist and director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Featuring: Melissa Simon, MD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Preventive Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine

Currently, the vaccine is recommended for girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 26, said Dr. Melissa Simon , vice chair of clinical research in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. It’s also recommended for boys and men between 9 and 21, she added. Many parents are worried that vaccinating kids against a sexually transmitted disease will make them promiscuous, but experts say that’s not true.“It doesn’t make them want more sex,” Simon said. If that concern is what’s holding you back, just tell your children they’re getting the vaccine to prevent cancer, Moore said.

The chemical PPD is found in about 80 to 90 percent of hair dyes in salons and consumer products for use at home, says study author Dr. Andrew Scheman , an associate professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University. Most so-called natural hair dyes on the market are really just gimmicks, according to Scheman. “They’re not natural at all,” he says. Like other hair dyes, he says, many brands that claim to be natural contain PPD or PTDS with a few extra botanical ingredients thrown in. Scheman emphasizes: “If somebody’s allergic to hair dye, they’re not going to be able to use the hair dye to which they’re allergic. Period.” Scheman also sees patients with significant hair dye reactions. “They can be terrible,” he says. “Patients can have totally eroded, inflamed and raw scalps and facial skin. Sometimes it’ll go down on the neck, or even spread to other parts of the body.” You can’t immediately assume hair dye is responsible for this type of reaction, Scheman says.

The point of screening younger adults is not so doctors can put them all on statins, said Dr. Neil Stone , one of the authors of the ACC/AHA guidelines. Instead, there are two central reasons, Stone explained. One is to spot younger adults who may be heading down a path toward heart disease later in life. Once they know their LDL is high, they and their doctors can have an “all-important discussion” about diet and lifestyle changes, said Stone, who is also professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. There is “strong and compelling evidence,” Stone said, that catching the condition in younger adults makes a difference. According to Stone, the ACC/AHA guidelines say it’s “reasonable” to repeat cholesterol testing every four to six years. “It’s not mandatory,” he noted. But people’s lives, and heart disease risk factors, change as they move through adulthood, Stone said.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Arvydas Vanagunas
says he’s seen one or two patients with the infection. “The main symptom is pretty severe abdominal pain that typically occurs within hours of consuming raw or undercooked fish,” said Vanagunas, a professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“We have a lot of patients who are able to maintain reproductive function despite cancer treatment,” said John Lurain , Marsella’s oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “We do everything we can to preserve reproductive function if we’re able to do so without putting a patient’s life at risk. And very often, we are able to do so.”

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