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.

Ann Lurie, president of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, announced that Northwestern Medicine had donated $100,000 to kick off the night’s Raising Hope Challenge. She introduced Dr. Leonidas Platanias, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “Cancer is a disease that goes back 5,000 years, with the discovery of breast cancer,” he said. “Approximately 8 million people die every year from cancer. We need to end this disease once and for all, and with the great advances in technology, we may be able to do it now,” he added.

Jonathan Silverberg, assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said adults and children with moderate to severe forms of atopic dermatitis suffer constant itching that disrupts their ability to sleep as well as function in school or at work.

Even when their seizures are well-controlled, children with epilepsy can still have learning and behavioral disorders that lead to social and educational problems when they’re young adults, a new study finds. “Frequency and intensity of seizures remain important predictors of how well a child does into adulthood. But, somewhat to our surprise we also found seizures are by no means the sole influencers of social and educational outcomes among adults with childhood epilepsy,” said study lead author Anne Berg. Berg is a scientist with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and professor of pediatrics and neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The study, published Tuesday in the Translational Psychiatry journal, set out to determine whether a fun environment would decrease depression or a stressful environment would increase depression, said lead study investigator Eva Redei, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The study found that rats genetically bred to be depressed saw a “dramatic” reduction in depression-like behavior after undergoing rat psychotherapy: spending one month in a “playground” — large cages where they could play with toys, climb and hide, Redei said.

But Dr. Deborah Clements, chair of family and community medicine for Northwestern Medicine, was critical of the National Safety Council’s methodology, saying the relatively small number of doctors surveyed was not necessarily representative of the nation’s more than 200,000 primary care physicians.

“With the glasses on, it’s as though we’re right there working inside the brain,” Chandler says.
In brain surgery, where a millimeter can mean the difference between full recovery and significant handicap, the improved visibility matters a lot. “Any advancement in terms of imaging certainly leads to more complete tumor resections and improved patient outcomes,” says Dr. Maciej Lesniak, who joined Northwestern as its chair of neurosurgery last fall.

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.”

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