- 64 people have been affected with the MERS virus in South Korea, and 5 people have died, as the government strengthens public health precautions.
- As the UK proposes to ban all drugs which may have psychoactive properties, science blog Mind Hacks points out the problem with this law: the only way to know for sure if a drug is psychoactive is to take it.
- People are predicting that Nigeria’s new president should help further scientific research in the country.
- A study in mice shows that Zoloft, an antidepressant, may help treat Ebola.
- A new study shows that up to 30% of cases of adult depression can be linked back to childhood bullying, making bullying an important public health issue.
- The FDA has shut down a pharmaceutical center that supplies drugs for NIH clinical trials, after contamination and poor operating procedures were found there.
- As the American Medical Association meets here in Chicago, many doctors within the organization are considering changing the AMA’s policy so that personal or religious exemptions are not allowed when it comes to vaccinating children.
- In the wake of the news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a second child, conceived through assisted reproductive technologies, the Washington Post explores the racial and socioeconomic barriers to fertility treatments.
- Scientists have just reported that they were able to regrow muscles on rat limbs – a process they eventually hope to try on humans.
- A new blood test can identify every type of virus you’ve ever been infected with.
- The new 606 bike trail opened Saturday, leaving many residents in local neighborhoods to worry about possible accompanying gentrification to nearby areas.
- The state of Illinois has approved 2,500 patients to receive medical marijuana.
- There is a small outbreak of meningococcal disease among men who have sex with men in Chicago, and public health officials are urging gay men to get vaccinated for the disease.
- While a growing trend is for women to take personal placenta “vitamins” following childbirth, an NU study shows that there are no benefits for the practice.
- Check out photos from last weekend’s Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk and 5k!
- Northwestern recently hosted Dutch royals to announce partnerships between NU and universities in the Netherlands which will focus on aging studies.