- The World Health Organization’s resources have been overwhelmed by the Ebola epidemic, which means they can’t oversee the destruction of smallpox virus that is being stored at the NIH.
- Australian researcher Tim Inglis wonders in a Nature opinion piece whether Ebola fear is hampering other countries’ willingness to help out.
- “When a loved one has Ebola, how can you reach out without touching?” How touch deprivation plays into the epidemic.
- Google is trying to develop a nanoparticle-containing pill that could detect various diseases including cancers and heart attacks – it would contain antibodies, which would bind to disease-associated molecules, and a magnetic material, which could be used to collect the particles in one location so that the molecules can be identified.
- As controversy builds surrounding the package labeling of Chantix, a smoking cessation drug, Virginia Hughes wonders how many people actually read drug inserts and whether they work.
- Researchers are trying to find new ways to do genetic studies – rather than genetically altering a mouse or rat to have a certain gene mutation, they are scanning humans’ DNA to look for people that have the mutation naturally occurring. See also this article about potential new test subjects for anti-aging studies – pet dogs.
- There has been a massive recall of airbags manufactured by a Japanese company – NPR interviews David Shepardson, a Detroit auto reporter.
- Researchers have figured out how to make mini stomachs out of stem cells! These can be used to study the way stomachs develop, and observe the interactions between the organ and gut bacteria.
- Just for fun: a roundup of Halloween science!
- A Chicago photojournalist who just returned from Liberia is being monitored by public health officials.
- Northwestern’s Global Health Blog interviews NU student Kathleen Ferraro about her summer research project about health interventions in Peru.
- What happens when a child has a serious allergic reaction while in school? In Chicago, schools are now equipped with epinephrine auto-injectors in case this happens. A report from NU physician Ruchi Gupta and colleagues describes the new program.