- Among the victims of the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down this past week was Joep Lange, a prominent AIDS researcher.
- “After malaria is controlled, what’s next?” Science blog The Mermaid’s Tale discusses this question and talks about the different mindsets needed for malaria control vs. elimination.
- Many scientists have signed an open letter calling for reforms of Europe’s Human Brain Project, a large-scale neuroscience initiative. Here’s why.
- Where do we get our ideas about stress and where it comes from? A lot of them come from research that was heavily influenced by the tobacco industry.
- A recent study finds that organic food is healthier for you – it contains more antioxidants.
- Why do we have blood types? A long-form Mosaic article explores what they are for.
- Getting a diagnosis for rare diseases has been made a little bit easier by genome sequencing. But there are plenty more difficulties along the way.
- How exactly does gastric bypass surgery provide benefits to patients? Through weight loss? Changes in metabolism? Alterations in the bacteria that line the gut? We’re still not entirely sure.
- The upcoming movie Lucy contains the premise that humans only use 10% of their brains, which is a commonly thrown-around figure. However, this idea is very misguided.
- Kids who play outside after school are more likely to be in shape, a new study shows.
- Some people seeking treatment for substance addiction may not get the care they need, because of an obscure Medicare law.
- After adopting a Medicare expansion proved to be more costly than expected, the Cook County health system is facing a $63.5 million deficit by the end of the year.
- Niacin, a drug prescribed to fight heart attack and stroke, may not provide any benefit while increasing risk of death, according to a new study and an accompanying editorial by NU cardiologist and chair of the Department of Preventative Medicine, Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones.
- NU professor Dr. Seema Khan and colleagues have released a study indicating that the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen may have fewer side effects when used as a gel.
- Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran, NU neurology professor, was interviewed on Chicago Tonight regarding strokes in women.
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