- The UK has voted in favor of allowing a method that would result in babies with three parents. This would help prevent parents from passing along certain genetic diseases to their children. The BBC has a great explainer for how this process works.
- “Roughly half the adult male population of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, is suffering from an often deadly kidney disease that appears to be linked to their work as sugarcane cutters.” Now one filmmaker is trying to document these workers’ stories.
- Motorcycles, which are becoming increasingly common in Asia, are leading to many deaths, leading some experts to label this a rising global health crisis.
- “The FDA knows about dozens of scientific papers floating about whose data are questionable—and has said nothing, leaving physicians and medical researchers completely unaware.” A new study has uncovered evidence that the FDA has covered up scientific misconduct in hundreds of clinical trials.
- One of the next big public health crises may be nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – 25% of Americans may already be living with it, which can lead to a whole host of other health problems.
- A new smartphone accessory can detect HIV in 15 minutes, and costs only $34!
- Wired covers a few of the new technologies that are helping people regain senses that they’ve lost – drugs that can help people taste again, a camera that can communicate with the optic nerve, and more!
- A hospital with an army of robots to help care for patients – a new breakthrough or a little weird?
- Chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed, to systemic exertion intolerance disease, and new recommendations have been given to clinicians.
- The Chicago Department of Public Health recently hosted a competition for university students: the Healthy Chicago Innovation Challenge. Two projects, focused on foodborne illness and on financial resources for low-income pregnant women, were the finalists and will each undergo a pilot study.
- Illinois now has 13 confirmed measles cases.
- Many current health policies focus on reducing hospital readmissions following surgery, but a new NU study suggests this may not be a good approach: most readmissions are not due to poor or mismanaged patient care, researchers say.
- A recently renewed program will help fund a collaboration between Northwestern and Universidad Panamericana. This will help provide students with study abroad experiences to study global health issues.
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