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Your Instagram feed can tell us if you’re depressed, study suggests
Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine examined how three aspects of movement in time and space which they dubbed "circadian movement," "normalized entropy," and "location variance" appear to correlate with symptoms of depression. Another study, out of Sweden, found that frequent cellphone use was associated with stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression among both young adult men and women.
The Washington Post Aug 22, 2016
Most antipsychotic drugs not tied to birth defects
Dr. Katherine Wisner, who co-wrote an editorial accompanying the new research, said the amount of data and the methods used make this a "landmark" study. "For women taking other medications besides risperidone, it is really solid data to show there is no identifiable increased risk of birth defects," said Wisner, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
Fox News (National) Aug 18, 2016
How Periods Might Affect Women’s Athletic Performance
For the past several years, Lynn Rogers, the director of the Neuralplasticity Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and her collaborators have been studying the potential impacts of hormonal changes across the menstrual cycle on women’s muscles, other soft tissues and nervous systems. Susceptibility to tissue injuries may be due in part to changing levels of estrogen and progesterone, the two main hormones involved in reproduction, throughout the menstrual cycle. Dr. Rogers, who also is an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and other scientists suspect that these hormones and their fluctuations may subtly alter the efficiency with which the neurons communicate with the muscles, ligaments and other tissues that make the body move.
The New York Times Aug 17, 2016
She wants to make an autonomous wheelchair
How much autonomy would you like with your self-driving car? It's a conundrum for Silicon Valley and Detroit—but not for Brenna Argall,, a research scientist at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Argall and her colleagues are working on a smart version of a familiar off-road vehicle: a wheelchair. Backed with $2.5 million in federal grants, they hope to field a commercially feasible model within five years that leaves the user in charge but learns from what it's told, making control simpler, reaction time faster and collision avoidance easier.
Crain's Chicago Business Aug 12, 2016
Is cupping safe? What’s behind those red marks on Olympians’ bodies
“When we use heat, it dilates the vessels and improves blood flow to certain areas,” Dr. Melissa Ring, executive director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine, told “Because of the way cupping works, it accelerates the process and is very localized.” Studies have suggested cupping can help relieve pain when combined with other therapies like acupuncture and spinal manipulation. While there isn’t data on its efficacy for athletic performance, Ring noted it’s commonly used for this purpose.
Fox News (National) Aug 08, 2016
Zika and the 2016 Olympics: Looking for transparency and not finding it in Rio
To be clear, we are not suggesting that the WHO's memorandum of understanding is in any way deceptive, or that it compromises the organization's ability to make the right decisions for public health. But the lack of transparency makes people wonder. If they did not have anything to hide, then why won't the WHO make the memorandum public? By making people wonder, the WHO puts at risk its ability to play the role of trusted third party in this situation, and perhaps beyond.
Crain's Chicago Business Aug 08, 2016
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