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.

Dr. Karen Sheehan, a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, praised the study, calling it “amazing” because it relied on video inside cars. However, “since these people volunteered to be in the study and consented to be filmed, they are probably better drivers than non-volunteers. This is a scary thought because the study participants participate in plenty of less-than-model driving behaviors,” Sheehan said.

However, gym etiquette does dictate you should keep your workout quarantined to your home. When you have a cold, you’re typically contagious for about five full days, and your germs spread most easily during your two to three most symptomatic days, says Michael P. Angarone, DO, assistant professor of infectious diseases and medical education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Cold germs can live on hard surfaces like dumbbells for hours. And, get this, even if you wash your hands, sweat can carry snot particles down your face and onto equipment. (Insert heebie jeebies here.)

Teen males with a better understanding of the effectiveness of birth control were 72 percent more likely to live with their children, according to the Northwestern University research team. The study authors also found that it was possible to identify young males likely to become teen fathers. “I was very surprised that, based on what adolescent males tell us in their teenage years, we could predict whether they would later become a teen father or a nonresident father,” Dr. Craig Garfield, an associate professor in pediatrics and medical social sciences, said in a university news release.

Other recent research suggested Zika infection could damage a fetus’ eyesight. “I think the challenge is, with this type of global infectious disease is you don’t get the true understanding of all the different complications that can arise until you have a larger scale outbreak,” said Dr. Chad Achenbach, assistant professor in medicine-infectious diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “That’s why we’re seeing now these unique outcomes.”

Northwestern University professor Chad A. Mirkin was recognized today (Feb. 11) with the prestigious 2016 Dan David Prize in the Future Time Dimension for his trail-blazing breakthroughs in nanoscience that hold great promise for improvement of our world.

Training on specific drug interactions in medical schools is lacking because of time constraints and the vast number of hazardous combinations, said Dr. Alfred George, chair of the pharmacology department at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Doctors also are not required to demonstrate knowledge of drug interactions to state licensing boards or when seeking hospital credentials, he said. “New drugs are hitting the market every day, and clinicians rarely have time to read all the literature on the drugs they prescribe,” George said.

“Is the virus still there? We don’t know the answer,” said Jampol. “Could there be a reaction in the future? We don’t know the answer to that either. This is a very important study showing us that retina damage is done but much more work needs to be done.”

A journal editorial by two Northwestern University eye specialists notes that infections other than Zika have been linked with similar eye problems, and calls the potential link with Zika “presumptive.” Drs. Lee Jampol and Debra Goldstein say it’s unclear if the eye lesions found in the study occur in babies without microcephaly, so they don’t recommend routine eye tests in all babies in Zika-infested regions.

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