- New data shows that a new Ebola vaccine seems to be safe and effective.
- A new study found that Muslims participating in the Hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca – sometimes swapped illnesses and were more likely to return home with a respiratory virus.
- Scientists from the National Institutes of Health uncovered some of the steps taken along the evolutionary history of the bacterium that causes the plague. Among their discoveries is a gene that allows the bacterium to colonize fleas.
- 11% of high schoolers – both athletes and non-athletes – reported using synthetic human growth hormone in a recent survey.
- Some diseases show up in animals before they appear in humans, and so monitoring wildlife can clue us in to a potential future outbreak. One veterinary scientist has developed a program to help citizen scientists report their observations about sick or dead wildlife.
- Four DuPont employees working at a pesticide plant died following the leak of 23,000 pounds of a toxic chemical.
- When you eat your meals may be more important than previously realized – in a recent weight-loss study, people who ate the majority of their calories earlier in the day lost more weight than those who ate large meals late.
- “Off-label” use of cancer drugs is common; sometimes, patients are prescribed medicines that have not been specifically approved to fight cancer in hopes that the drugs will work. New databases may make it easier to track what has worked and what hasn’t, so that doctors can get new clues to help their patients.
- Over the past several years, thousands of doses of the flu vaccine purchased by Chicago-area health departments have gone unused – if you haven’t gotten yours yet, you should! Free flu clinics are being set up at multiple locations in Chicago this week, for Vaccinate Illinois Week.
- The Chicago Department of Public Health used data mining techniques to identify new ways of reaching women to encourage them to get screened for breast cancer. They mailed fliers about free mammograms to women who were predicted to be uninsured and within a target age range.
- Please consider donating to our winter clothing drive for the homeless!
- Northwestern research found that babies with a higher birthweight ended up doing better in school.
- “But an “abundance of caution” — the rationale cited for some Ebola policies — can lead to an abundance of expenses.” Robert Murphy, director of NU’s Center for Global Health, warned about the high cost of Ebola treatment in a USA Today article.
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