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The scientific reason you hate coffee or love it
In 2009, a group of Italian scientists found that slow caffeine metabolizers with moderate to heavy coffee consumption were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than fast metabolizers. Among fast caffeine metabolizers, the more coffee they drank, the lower their risk of hypertension. But as Marilyn Cornelis, PhD, of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, pointed out to the Times, it's not all about your CYP1A2 status. There are many genes that are part of the caffeine metabolism process.
Fox News (National) Jul 28, 2016
Uncle Sam Wants You — Or at Least Your Genetic and Lifestyle Information
People can sign up through academic medical centers at Columbia University, Northwestern University in Illinois, the University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh, each of which is working with local partners. Columbia, for example, is collaborating with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Harlem Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine.
The New York Times Jul 26, 2016
Med Students View Ex-Patients’ E-Records to Track Progress
Many U.S. medical students use electronic health records to track the progress of their former patients and confirm the accuracy of their diagnoses, a new study shows. While the practice raises issues over privacy, checking up on former patients may not be a bad thing overall, the researchers said. The students "are accessing health information for educational purposes -- it is important for them to learn medicine by observing the course of illness," said study co-author Dr. Gregory Brisson, of Northwestern University's School of Medicine in Chicago.
U.S. New & World Report Jul 26, 2016
Cases of Aggressive Prostate Cancer on the Rise, Research Finds
Cases of aggressive prostate cancer appear to be on the rise, researchers reported Tuesday. The good news is it's still rare for prostate cancer to spread. Just 3 percent of cases have already started spreading when men are diagnosed and prostate cancer overall has not become more common, the team found. "One hypothesis is the disease has become more aggressive, regardless of the change in screening," said Dr. Edward Schaeffer, chair of urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Medicine, who led the study.
NBC News Jul 20, 2016
For Coffee Drinkers, the Buzz May Be in Your Genes
Dr. Marilyn Cornelis, an assistant professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said her research had identified many genes involved in caffeine metabolism, and that relying on only one or two genetic factors could provide people with a false sense of reassurance. “There are clearly other genetic and environmental factors contributing to differences in caffeine metabolism,” she said. “And these are not captured by existing tests.”
The New York Times Jul 12, 2016
Exercise linked to fewer memory problems in breast cancer survivors
Breast cancer survivors who exercised more were less likely to report memory problems in a new study by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study looked at moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, such as brisk walking, biking and jogging, and complaints of memory problems, which are common among breast cancer survivors. "Exercise may provide a way to cope with some of the stress experienced during and following a cancer diagnosis and may help women to feel more confident that they can cope with the cancer experience," said lead author Siobhan Phillips, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, via email.
Chicago Tribune Jul 11, 2016
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