- Yesterday was International Women’s Day! See some highlights below:
- Stunning pictures from around the world show rallies and events held to further women’s rights.
- Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of equality for women in global development in a speech to the UN.
- Women staff writers at UK’s The Independent discuss the current state of women’s rights, feminism, and sexism.
- By not taking gender into account in research, “Science is halving the potential field of innovation.”
- Women are still underrepresented in science around the world.
- As scientists sequence more human genomes, sharing the data they get can have many benefits. However, this must be done ethically, and new tools are needed to even make it possible, which is where the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health comes in.
- Japan is investing in alternative energy sources, but it is also looking to restart its nuclear reactors that were shut down after the Fukushima disaster.
- It’s been a great week for HIV research! A gene therapy technique has shown success in a clinical trial, longer-lasting drugs helped prevent HIV infection in monkeys, and a second HIV-positive baby has been cleared of the virus.
- Yet another reason smoking is especially harmful for teens: it may alter their brains.
- In most big U.S. cities, black women are more likely to die from breast cancer.
- A new prenatal DNA test can identify a wider range of genetic disorders, but it also raises ethical questions.
- A new company, Human Longevity, is building the largest genome sequencing program in the world in order to find genetic reasons for why some people live a long time.
- Several major cities are recognizing the importance of helping people affected by gentrification.
- The new White House budget will mean a reduction in NIH funding for basic biomedical research.
- The Chicago Department of Public Health just released their annual report highlighting the progress of the Healthy Chicago program, which we’ve previously discussed on our blog!
- A new law may give Chicagoans more paid sick leave.
- Confused about choosing health insurance? A new website being tested in Illinois can provide people with information to make this choice easier.
- Northwestern researchers involved with Go Red for Women are advancing women’s heart health. Clyde Yancy, MD, chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, thinks women are what drives change in this country, and Elena Kamel, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist at NMH, was inspired to help other women after her mother had a heart attack.
- Exercising may help you get a better night’s sleep, but only after you’ve been doing it for 12 weeks, says a study led by Northwestern psychologist Kelly Glazer Baron.
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