- Will we ever completely eradicate Ebola, or will we just subdue it? Vox analyzes the obstacles we’re still facing, while a new paper describes a model that predicts that Ebola will be contained in Liberia by mid-2015.
- A new study says that some of the wealthier African countries could be doing more to pay their own way when it comes to fighting AIDS, but this still remains difficult because they have other pressing needs.
- We are seeing fewer child deaths, and a lot of this can be attributed to the prevention of disease through vaccines.
- “We all know exactly what we’re talking about, but we’re all accepting it to different degrees.” How do doctors deal with giving their patients bad news?
- Why are the viruses that cause colds so effective? Because they more easily evade the immune system when in the slightly colder air found in our noses, a new study suggests.
- The paleo diet is not as based in science as some people believe, and it is based on incorrect assumptions about evolution.
- A former Iowa State University researcher, who faked data while doing experiments for an AIDS vaccine, is pleading guilty to making false statements.
- “I still felt like the subject of an elaborate sales pitch.” Science writer Stephanie Paige Ogburn talks about trying to find a LASIK surgeon through Yelp, and the struggle to determine whether the information she was given at the doctors’ offices was primarily medical or marketing.
- Psychological research into learned helplessness, which is tied to depression, was used by the CIA to justify torture.
- A new drug might lessen anxiety without causing sleepiness, by targeting a protein involved in circadian rhythms.
- Are your cold symptoms caused by bacteria or a virus? How to tell when you should or shouldn’t be taking antibiotics.
- Tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Check out the events that Northwestern University has planned for the week to commemorate MLK.
- Adults with eczema are more likely to have unhealthy habits, says an NU study. Doctors should also address lifestyle issues in addition to treating eczema symptoms.
- When kids choose to listen to Taylor Swift – and other artists – following surgery, their pain may be lessened, according to Northwestern researchers.
- Spine surgery patients are being enrolled in an NU study that aims to predict recovery times by monitoring activity levels with a Fitbit.
- Northwestern Medicine is hoping to add more operating rooms to keep up with surgery demand.
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