- Read of the week! Vox has a collection of stories from people whose lives have been affected by Ebola, from family members of infected individuals to journalists covering the outbreak.
- Ebola has placed much stress on the healthcare systems in many West African countries, leading to large groups of unvaccinated people. Now, some health officials worry that this will pave the way for other public health crises such as a large measles outbreak.
- One of the newest ways of reducing hunger in east Africa comes from an initiative that teaches farmers new techniques that help them adapt to climate change.
- Another read of the week: “Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition,” according to a new Australian review.
- This past week, Apple announced the launch of a new platform called ResearchKit, which will help researchers connect with study participants using apps. Nature interviewed some of the app developers to find out how the program will work and how it will help advance public health.
- Here’s a question that is tough to answer with epidemiological studies: does exercising make you healthier, or are already healthy people just more likely to exercise? A new identical twin study provides strong evidence that physical activity will boost your health stats regardless of your genes.
- Scientists have developed an alternative treatment to vaccines that can engineer your body to better fight off diseases like HIV, Ebola, and even the flu.
- Lifehacker has a great article on “hacking” your microbiome. Although the tools we currently have to track and modify the microbes that live in our bodies are somewhat limited, in the future we may be able to make big changes by adding or removing certain types of bacteria!
- A recently identified disorder can cause people to get drunk after eating carbohydrates – leading to worries by family members that the affected individual is a closet alcoholic, and to possibly false accusations of drunk driving.
- 3D printing is helping create cheaper devices, including prosthetic limbs. In a video that went viral last week, actor Robert Downey Jr. delivered a 3D-printed arm designed to look like Iron Man to a 7 year old boy.
- A recent investigation found several safety violations and a lack of oversight in Chicago-area hospital kitchens.
- No new measles cases have been identified in Cook County recently, but the outbreak in the beginning of the year cost health departments $150,000.
- A new Illinois bill would pardon underage drinkers who call 911, in order to encourage more kids to get help when they or a friend drinks too much.
- The Lurie Cancer Center is now accepting registrations for their upcoming Cancer Survivors’ Celebration WAlk and 5K.
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital recently hosted a support group for patients with Parkinson’s Disease that included performances by improv actors from the comedy group Second City.
- An NU study found that teens who smoke marijuana have a worse memory as adults.
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