- If you’ve taken a public health class, you’ve probably heard the story of John Snow, who determined that a cholera outbreak was linked to water from the nearby Broad Street Pump. Science blog The Mermaid’s Tale explores this story in more depth, and concludes that although Snow was right, he didn’t have enough evidence by today’s standards to support his claim. A great read about causation and “how important it is to think about how we know what we know.”
- In the race to develop a treatment for Ebola, scientists are turning towards Ebola survivors. By studying survivors’ antibodies, made by the immune system, they can discover how some people’s natural defenses can fight the virus.
- Africans who have survived the Ebola virus often find that they have to fight prejudice when they return back to their homes and daily lives.
- Science often gets distorted in the news – but this may not always be journalists’ faults. A British study shows that facts are often exaggerated and distorted in the press releases that universities use to promote their research.
- Congress has just passed a bill that gives a little bit more money for scientific research – NASA and the National Science Foundation will have increased budgets in 2015.
- How can you reduce your likelihood of getting skin cancer, other than wearing sunscreen? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin may lessen your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma.
- As the weather gets colder and nights get longer, some people may be at risk of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder, which has several of the same symptoms as depression. Wired discusses the underlying reasons, and the importance of getting enough exposure to sunshine.
- Forensic investigators often try to get information from DNA from hairs found at crime scenes, but it’s not always possible. However, researchers think that the microbes found on hair may also be used to identify who the hairs came from.
- When it comes to carbs, does the glycemic index matter? NPR’s Science Friday explores.
- There has been an outbreak of mumps among hockey players in the NHL which has been traced to – you guessed it – the anti-vaccination movement.
- Bechara Choucair is stepping down as the Chicago public health commissioner, and will become a vice president at Trinity Health. Our next commissioner will be Dr. Julie Morita, who is currently the chief medical officer for CDPH.
- Limiting the number of hours that doctors work will help them do their jobs more safely, right? Maybe not, according to new research from Northwestern scientists.
- Northwestern scientists studying a rare disorder uncovered information about a damaged gene that may help them better understand Parkinson’s disease.
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