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1st-year med school students get real world experience saving man’s life
As Carla Berkowitz walked up to classmates Jessica Quaggin-Smith and Max Kazer on Monday afternoon at Lake Shore Park, not far from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, she noticed a shirtless man in gym shorts and black sneakers leaning back on a nearby bench with his head tilted back...The trio, students at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, rushed over to him. They said they saw that the man's eyes were glazed, his lips a bluish color and his skin was pale. He appeared unconscious.
Chicago Tribune Apr 28, 2016
Brain implant lets paralyzed man regain use of hand
Experts who weren't involved in the project said the results hold promise. Lee Miller of Northwestern University, who has done similar research in monkeys, called the results "an important step" toward developing a tool for helping patients. He agreed that the forearm electrodes would probably have to be implanted, but he said the current approach is "clearly a good starting point."
Associated Press Apr 14, 2016
Regeneron, Sanofi Say Eczema Drug Met Targets in Late-Stage Studies
Jonathan Silverberg, assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said adults and children with moderate to severe forms of atopic dermatitis suffer constant itching that disrupts their ability to sleep as well as function in school or at work.
The Wall Street Journal Apr 01, 2016
‘Playground’ psychotherapy reduces depression in rats
The study, published Tuesday in the Translational Psychiatry journal, set out to determine whether a fun environment would decrease depression or a stressful environment would increase depression, said lead study investigator Eva Redei, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The study found that rats genetically bred to be depressed saw a "dramatic" reduction in depression-like behavior after undergoing rat psychotherapy: spending one month in a "playground" — large cages where they could play with toys, climb and hide, Redei said.
Chicago Tribune Mar 30, 2016
Smarter tools for brain surgery
“With the glasses on, it's as though we're right there working inside the brain,” Chandler says. In brain surgery, where a millimeter can mean the difference between full recovery and significant handicap, the improved visibility matters a lot. “Any advancement in terms of imaging certainly leads to more complete tumor resections and improved patient outcomes,” says Dr. Maciej Lesniak, who joined Northwestern as its chair of neurosurgery last fall.
Crain's Chicago Business Mar 24, 2016
‘Love Hormone’ Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression
Higher levels of the mother-child bonding hormone oxytocin during pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of postpartum depression in some women, researchers say. The findings suggest it may eventually be possible to develop a test to predict postpartum depression and provide preventive treatment during pregnancy. The study results are "not ready to become a new blood test yet," said lead investigator Dr. Suena Massey, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. "But it tells us that we are on the track to identifying biomarkers to help predict postpartum depression," she said.
U.S. News and World Report Mar 24, 2016
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