- Next week’s World Health Day will focus on the issue of food safety: “From farm to plate, make food safe.”
- How does your brain process sour tastes? What happens to your brain as it ages? The website of newspaper UT-San Diego has a multimedia series exploring what modern neuroscience tells us about our brains.
- Children who grow up in poverty have altered brain structures, which correlates with their cognitive skills.
- Science blog The Mermaid’s Tale discusses Resistance, a film that explores what will happen as more bacteria is becoming resistant to antibiotics, rendering them unusable. “Despite the fact that the problem is widespread and growing, antibiotics are still being widely, and wantonly misused.”
- If we need new types of antibiotics, we might be able to look to the past to get them. Some antiquated treatments may actually have a scientific basis that we can harness.
- Black patients who get heart transplants tend to do worse than those of other races, and a big factor may be that black patients tend to get surgeries at worse-performing hospitals.
- A California hospital began a program to reduce the number of blood transfusions in order to cut back on costs, and also saw an increase in patient outcomes.
- A hot new molecular biology technique that can edit genes, CRISPR, is moving closer towards clinical use.
- Personalized cancer treatments have taken a big step forward: a trial is underway to test a cancer vaccine made from components of an individual’s tumor.
- A judge recently ruled that the city of Park Ridge broke the law when it changed health care coverage for its employees without getting approval from the workers’ union.
- The Illinois Hospital Association has appointed its first ever chief health officer, Dr. Jay Bhatt.
- As April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, Northwestern discusses new initiatives that will help make its campuses safe for everyone.
- The Department of Pediatrics at NU recently held a seminar to help doctors understand how to deal with vaccine hesitancy.
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