- An estimated 40 percent of the population of South Sudan does not have enough to eat.
- Reports indicate that ISIS used chemical weapons in an attack against Syria.
- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is battling cancer, but he’s spending his time fighting the guinea worm, commonly found in African villages without clean water.
- Greek scientists have been hampered by budget cuts, but the newest bailout will allow for some research funds.
- Great story about a confusing public health problem! Scientists in Pennsylvania are teaming up with researchers in Australia to determine what is causing a bile duct disease in babies and lambs.
- A new study shows that harmful chemicals can enter into a woman’s breast milk and be passed along to her baby.
- Nearly everyone wearing contact lenses is doing it wrong, says the CDC.
- Researchers think that manipulating a gene that influences weight may help people who are obese.
- Many people turn to their doctors for weight loss programs. New research shows that the effectiveness of these programs depends on the doctor-patient relationship.
- Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, but still illegal at the federal level. As a result, some doctors and healthcare systems are declining to prescribe weed.
- Illinois has identified its first case of West Nile virus in a human.
- The NephCure Walk for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS will be held on September 20, in Addison, IL. Money raised by the event will go towards awareness and research for two serious kidney diseases.
- Chicago’s Department of Public Health has developed many anti-smoking campaigns, which are working – Chicago has a record low number of smokers!
- Northwestern scientists have identified genes that are linked to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in women of European descent.
- NU recently announced the new director of its Center for Heart Failure, Dr. Duc Thinh Pham.
- The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) just received a $27.2 million grant to fund new clinical trials.