- Several infectious diseases originated in animals. A new paper shows that artificial intelligence can predict which rodent species are most likely to pass on pathogens to humans.
- Russia’s first privately-owned science funding agency is in trouble – the government has labeled the organization as a “foreign agent,” which some people think will hinder free speech and scientific progress.
- As Ebola cases dwindle, the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation discusses what we can do in the future to create systems that are better equipped to study and treat infectious disease outbreaks.
- “Thirty years of public health research demonstrates that comprehensive sex education is effective.” Three former U.S. surgeons general write a commentary in the Tribune about the importance of sex education for America’s youth.
- In the wake of reports from Chinese researchers who edited the genes of a human embryo, US science research agencies have announced that they are in the process of establishing guidelines to deal with the ethical issues surrounding this type of research.
- Although previous studies which found rejuvenating effects from a specific protein found in the blood of young animals are being called into question, new studies continue to indicate that there is something about “young blood” that has healing effects in older organisms.
- An MD/PhD student studying immunology discusses the history of cancer immunotherapy.
- For world asthma day, science art blog Symbiartic published an image depicting what it feels like to have asthma.
- A new study shows that Facebook use is correlated with a decrease in mood and feelings of life satisfaction.
- A new drug helps mice lose large amounts of body fat; researchers hope to soon begin clinical trials for obese patients.
- Several states, including Illinois, are in the midst of a Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by raw tuna.
- The state of Illinois has moved to revoke the license of a Chicago abortion clinic after concerns about the safety of the building.
- Great news for NU’s Access to Health project! Courtney and Chris Combe have given the program $1 million, which will provide funding for capacity-building interventions and establish two new fellowships, one for an NU Law graduate focused on health and human rights, and the other for a clinical fellow.
- Northwestern Medicine recently opened a new clinic aiming to help patients with Huntington’s Disease.
- An NU summit brought together students and alumni from many countries for GlobeMed, an organization “founded on the premise that local people need to lead the way in order for aid projects to succeed.”
- A recent student showcase highlighted accomplishments of NU students on the Qatar campus, including projects working with the homeless and with women.