- As some researchers uncover more information about Ebola’s possible origins in Guinean bats, science writer Susan E. Swanberg analyzes why the CDC’s prediction about the number of Ebola cases was so far off.
- Water is increasingly scarce in our world. Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN, is trying to call attention to the way that water sources can be commandeered in times of war, and is educating people about how collaborating on water issues can bring countries together.
- In a wonderfully written blog post, science writer Ed Yong tells the story of how cholera-causing bacteria kill other microbes and “steal the powers of their fallen rivals,” Highlander-style.
- Many studies have linked a variant of a gene called FTO to an increased risk of obesity. However, this link may be influenced by the environment as well – a new study shows that this gene is a risk factor only in people born after World War II.
- Smartphone apps are changing healthcare. NPR’s Science Friday interviews Eric Topol, a cardiologist who recently released a book that details how patients are using their smartphones to take their health into their own hands.
- We know that increased consumption of red meat might be leading to increased cancer risk – and now we might know why. A new study found that a certain sugar found in meat led to increased inflammation, which in turn promoted conditions that sometimes lead to tumor growth.
- Wired lists some of the weirdest things we learned this year about microbes.
- The flu is more common and more severe this year than it has been in recent memory, according to health officials.
- Dr. Gelila Goba, who recently completed a residency at Northwestern, will be leading a program in Ethiopia that aims to standardize and formalize medical residency training.
- Northwestern has published a gallery of the best scientific images of 2014.
- Check out the upcoming IPHAM seminars in the new year, including a panel discussion about funding for patient-centered outcomes research.
- Northwestern medical students recently toured various Chicago neighborhoods to learn more about the resources available to different Chicago residents.
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