- Ebola stories of the week:
- The World Health Organization reports an increase in the number of new Ebola cases and provides reassurances that air travel to and from affected countries is low-risk.
- When it comes to using experimental, unproven Ebola drugs to treat the current crisis, do the risks outweigh the benefits?
- A from-the-trenches report of the deteriorating situation in Sierra Leone.
- How did this outbreak even start, anyway? Researchers are looking for an origin in bats or bushmeat.
- National Geographic profiles Christopher Golden, who studies the link between the health of the planet and the health of people.
- There have been some crazy bacteria stories this week: studies have found that microbes can shrink tumors when injected directly into the growths, some researchers are starting to think that the bacteria in our gut can influence our behavior, and mouse experiments showed that taking antibiotics early in life can change the gut microbiome, leading to obesity later in life.
- An increasing number of studies are using brain scans on deceased brains for forensic purposes, to understand more about death, and even to improve technology for tests carried out on living people.
- The science blog Lab Rat provides a great primer on bacteriophages – bacterial viruses that spread antibiotic resistance.
- The highly-contagious hand, foot, and mouth disease is sweeping through Indiana.
- We’ve all heard about the negative biological effects of stress, but some studies are uncovering short-term benefits of being stressed, such as better wound healing.
- Data miners are increasingly able to predict when someone becomes pregnant – and marketing companies respond accordingly – just as genetic testing allows us to know more about babies before they are born.
- Have a huge pile of veggies you just picked up from the farmer’s market? Learn about the science behind washing your food.
- Napping improves memory in younger people, and decreases blood pressure in older people.
- Khan Academy, a website offering free online classes, is now developing tools for health and medical education.
- Another reason to get vaccinated! It helps prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance.
- Robin Williams’ death has been spurring the conversation about depression and mental illness.
- All Illinois universities will now have smoke-free campuses!
- An article in Chicago Mag asks why the crime rate is so high in some neighborhoods.
- University of Chicago student Joe Archer talks about finding community in Chicago while helping organize a public health project.
- Northwestern professors Milan Mrksich and Megan McHugh recently testified before Congress on basic science research and the healthcare system.
- Northwestern researchers found that listening to powerful music can help you feel more powerful yourself.
- NU Feinberg School of Medicine remembers Dudley Childress, PhD, professor emeritus of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, who recently passed away.
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