- A doctor’s breakthrough on a rare form of muscular dystrophyFive years ago, Dr. Elizabeth McNally was working in her University of Chicago lab when she received a call from a parent whose sons are afflicted with the rare form of muscular dystrophy she studies. Exon-skipping gene therapy worked for other forms of the disease, but every scientist the parent approached had told him it wouldn't work for this one. McNally hesitated, too, but agreed to study it. “Why not?” she recalls. “No one had proved it can't be done.”
- Crain's Chicago Business Nov 24, 2015
- New Clues to Easing Side Effects From Parkinson’s DrugThe drug levodopa is a leading treatment for Parkinson's disease, but for most patients the medication also brings debilitating side effects. Now, scientists say animal studies are pointing to a compound that might reduce those unwanted effects. "If clinical trials confirm our preliminary findings, the eventual drug developed could make a significant improvement in the quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease," lead researcher D. James Surmeier, chair of physiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, said in a university news release.
- U.S. News & World Report Nov 20, 2015
- Lowering blood pressure to 120 really does save livesDr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University in Chicago, who was not involved in the study, welcomed the news. "This is a game-changer for many, but not all," he told NBC News. He said he'll look at working harder to get blood pressure lower in his healthy patients over 50.
- NBC News TODAY Nov 10, 2015
- Study: Even the normal-weight should watch that apple shapeFat that builds around the abdominal organs is particularly linked to diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic abnormalities than fat that lies under the skin, said obesity expert Dr. Lisa Neff of Northwestern University, who wasn't involved the study. Genetics plays a role in apple shapes and waistlines tend to increase with age, so Neff advised even normal-weight people to pay attention if belts are getting tighter.
- Associated Press Nov 10, 2015
- Lower cholesterol with diet instead of drugsDr. Philip Greenland, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said, “People should be following a heart-healthy diet, keeping their weight under control and exercising regularly. This would be a highly preferable approach. Unfortunately, it’s not the direction we’re going in.”
- New York Times Nov 09, 2015
- Don’t Assume Siblings Will Have Food Allergies, TooOnly about one in 10 siblings of children with food allergies also has such allergies, a new study finds. "Too often, it's assumed that if one child in a family has a food allergy, the other kids need to be tested for food allergies," said lead author and allergist Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The study included 1,120 siblings of children with a diagnosed food allergy. Patient histories and testing revealed that while 53 percent of the siblings had a food sensitivity, only 13 percent had an actual food allergy, the researchers found.
- U.S. News & World Report Nov 05, 2015
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