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.

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As most of us age, our brains shrink, which leads to a decline in cognition (or thinking skills) the older we get. “Atrophy is thought to contribute in part to the moments of forgetfulness we experience with aging,” says Emily Rogalski, Ph.D., the director of the study. SuperAgers like Scott, however, lose less brain volume—one study found that over the course of 18 months, ‘normal’ agers lost volume in the cortex (the brain area linked to critical thinking) twice as fast as SuperAgers.

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“Don’t scratch” is probably one of the best—and worst—pieces of advice an eczema patient can receive. The skin condition, which is caused by an abnormal immune reaction that results in dry, red, cracked patches of skin, is only made worse by itching. Your nails damage the skin barrier, which then ramps up inflammatory molecules that exacerbate the itch, explains Jonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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The most important advice for a woman who wants to get pregnant is to get to know her body, specifically her menstrual cycle, said Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and medical director of the IVF program at Northwestern Medicine’s Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Chicago.

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Expectant fatherhood gets real at the dads-only class at Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, where pediatrician and dad Craig Garfield shares practical information and personal anecdotes, and fields questions about everything from Velcro swaddling blankets (he’s on the fence) to the strange color of a newborn (yes, they can initially look a little blue).

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A study following more than 1.3 million premature babies born in Florida found that two-thirds of those born at only 23 or 24 weeks were ready for kindergarten on time, and almost 2 percent of those infants later achieved gifted status in school. “What excites me about this study is that it changes the focus for the clinician and families at the bedside from just focusing on the medical outcomes of the child to what the future educational outcomes might be for a child born early,” Craig Garfield, the first author of the study and an associate professor of pediatrics and medial social sciences at Northwestern Medicine, said in a statement.


Staying up late to cram for an early exam may not be doing college students any good, according to a new study focused on college students and their sleep patterns…Kristen Knutson, an associate professor of sleep medicine at Northwestern University and expert in sleep patterns and their relation to health, said the study emphasized an aspect of sleep that people don’t usually think about: regularity.


Most women have heard of the Kegel, a toning exercise that involves raising and tightening the pelvic floor, that everyone from OB-GYNs to Pilates instructors have called the path to pelvic floor health since the 1940s… Dr. Kimberly Kenton, director of the Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program at Northwestern Medicine, said she never recommends strengthening exercises until women have had their pelvic floor muscles evaluated by a professional.


Not getting enough sleep or getting poor quality sleep is associated with a lot of negative outcomes, Phyllis Zee , MD, PhD, Chief of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told NBC News BETTER. The bottom line, she says: “If you want to enjoy healthy aging get sufficient sleep and at the right time.”

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