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TIME Magazine
6 Medical Breakthroughs That Matter

“But many women won’t even start taking it, because they’ve heard of side effects like hot flashes and blood clots,” says Seema Khan, MD, of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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USA Today
Contact tracing appears to work in Ebola battle

The situation with Vinson -- who reportedly had some level of contact with scores of people on a trip to Ohio, then flew back to Dallas after getting the okay from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention despite having a slight fever – illustrates that contact tracing can be done in the USA, even in complicated circumstances, says Robert Murphy, director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Education Week
Ebola Risk to Schools Low, Experts Say

“You’re talking about hypothetical risks that are almost too low to measure,” said Dr. Robert L. Murphy, the director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

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Chicago Tribune
Flu season here; health officials urge vaccine

No one this season has been admitted to Northwestern hospitals with influenza, said Dr. Michael Angarone, an infectious disease specialist at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Chicago Tribune
3D-printed hearts, iPad mini tablets and surgery inside tiny ears

As the 3D-printed infant ribcage made its way through the Chicago Ideas Week audience, Kathy Barsness talked about innovation.

“Children aren’t as big a market,” said Barsness, a pediatric surgeon at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago explaining how medical companies don’t offer many educational tools for what she does. “Everything we do is rare.”

New York Daily News
Ebola fears causing some to change travel plans

Dr. Robert Murphy, director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University's medical school, said there is only a minuscule chance of catching Ebola on an airplane in the U.S. because the virus is not airborne.

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CNN (National)
U.S. public 'very worried' about Ebola

Dr. Mark Reinecke, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on the public's fear concerning the Ebola outbreak.

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Boston Herald
WHO admits: We messed up on Ebola

“This guy knows nothing about Ebola,” said Robert Murphy, director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University.

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The New York Times
Treating Depression Before It Becomes Postpartum

“When people are referred to mental health professionals from primary care settings, the vast majority of the referral slips go into the garbage,” says Katherine L. Wisner, director of the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders at Northwestern University.

The Huffington Post
Eczema: Studies for New Treatment

Another study my laboratory is involved with, in collaboration with Dr. Amy Paller, a pediatric dermatologist and the chair of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, aims to find out whether eczema in children and adults are comparable.

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USA Today
Dallas hospital stumbles in early response to Ebola

Robert Murphy, the Northwestern professor, said most hospitals in the U.S. should be able to successfully isolate and treat an Ebola patient without staff becoming infected. Learning what went wrong at Texas Health Presbyterian could go a long way in perfecting those plans, he said.

"Everybody's really nervous about it," Murphy said. "Once we figure out why it happened, we could figure out ways to prevent it."

Fox News (National)
How breast cancer can make your sex life better

Laura Berman, PhD, is a world renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist; popular TV, radio and Internet host; New York Times best-selling author; and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

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U.S. News & World Report
Could a Blood Test One Day Detect Depression?

Researchers from Northwestern University recently announced they've developed a blood test designed to screen for depression – and upon replication, they hope for it to someday become a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved lab procedure.

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Yahoo! News
Ebola Fears Are Triggering Mass Hypochondria

In a way, what we’re seeing here is hypochondria manifested on a mass scale, said Catherine F. Belling, an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who has written a book on hypochondria.

Yahoo! News
Sex Hormones May Be Lurking in Your Food

“I do not tell patients to avoid foods that are high in phytoestrogens,” says gynecologist and Everyday Health columnist Lauren Streicher, MD. Dr. Streicher is an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. 

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New York Magazine
Ebola Fears Are Triggering Mass Hypochondria

In a way, what we’re seeing here is hypochondria manifested on a mass scale, said Catherine F. Belling, an associate professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, who has written a book on hypochondria.

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US News & World Report
Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study

"TNF is a chemical of inflammation that is overproduced in ulcerative colitis and a number of other inflammatory disorders," said Dr. Stephen Hanauer, director of the digestive health center at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

Fox News (National)
12 exciting cancer breakthroughs you should know about

"When I was 30, I was essentially laughed out of a radiologist's office when I asked to have an early mammogram because I had a strong family history of breast cancer," says Deborah Lindner, M.D., clinical instructor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Knowledge has improved in the last decade, but not enough.

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USA Today
Ebola patient told hospital he had been to Liberia

"The symptoms, especially early on, are very non-specific," said Robert Murphy, professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at Northwestern University.

"It will happen again if triage staff doesn't get a good travel history and suspect that Ebola is possible," Murphy said. "It is very unfortunate that the patient was seen, exposed numerous people, then sent home to expose more, then finally admitted. This is how Ebola spreads."

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Chicago Tribune
Northwestern names new cancer center director

Northwestern University has appointed Dr. Leonidas Platanias as director of its Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Chicago Tribune
Chicago-area hospitals on guard for Ebola

Maureen Bolon, MD, comments on local hospitals being on guard and prepared for the possibility that Ebola could appear in the Chicago-area. 

Good Housekeeping
6 Things You Didn't Know About Gray Hair

"Stress won't cause you to go gray directly," says Dr. Roopal Kundu, associate professor in dermatology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. "But stress is implicated in a lot of skin and hair issues." During an illness, for example, people can shed hair rapidly. And hair you lose after a stressful event — like getting chemotherapy — may grow back a different color.

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WGN TV
A pill for sleep apnea?

Dr. Roneil Malkani, Northwestern Medicine neurologist and sleep medicine specialist: “When you’re awake, you have muscles in the upper airway that help hold it open. When you go to sleep, just like every other muscle in the body, it relaxes.”

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NBC News (TODAY)
5 morning mistakes that ruin the rest of your day

Missing out on morning rays might mess with your body mass index, a new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine found

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Fox News (National)
Could a blood test diagnose depression?

Interesting news in the mental health world: Researchers at Northwestern University have developed an early version of a blood test designed to diagnose depression.

Cosmopolitan
Did You Exercise Today? Then You'll Probably Get Drunk Tonight

Researchers from Northwestern University say on days we work out the most, we're likely to drink more.

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Fox News (National)
Scientists create first mouse model for ALS dementia

“This new model will allow rapid testing and direct monitoring of drugs in real time,” Teepu Siddique, lead author and Northwestern scientist said in a news release.

New York Magazine
Gym Days Are Drunk Days

Researchers from Northwestern University tasked 150 people, who ranged in age from 18 to 89, with using a smartphone to keep a daily diary tracking when they drank and when they exercised.

New York Daily News
Domestic violence common among same-sex partners: study

Carroll is a psychologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and senior author of the review published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.

Glamour Magazine
Here's Why You Might Drink More Booze on a Workout Day

According to a study by Northwestern Medicine, many of us drink more alcohol on the days that we work out than on the days we don't.

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NBC News (Today)
Reward for sweating? We drink more alcohol when we exercise

“I was surprised that there was no different between more and less active people,” said David Conroy, professor of preventive medicine and deputy director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an author of the study published this week in “Health Psychology.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Drinking Alcohol More Common on Exercise Days

Conroy is a professor of preventive medicine and deputy director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Women's Health Magazine
What You Need to Know About the New Blood Test for Depression

Researchers have developed a breakthrough blood test that can identify this mood disorder—the first biology-based, objective test to do so, says Eva Redei, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and developer of the test, which was announced in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

Global News
Hit the gym before drinks? We drink more on exercise days: study

And the gym days and nights of booze tend to be on Thursdays to Sundays, according to new research out of Northwestern University.

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TIME Magazine
We Drink More Alcohol When We Exercise

First we sweat, and then we swig: A new Northwestern Medicine studypublished in the journal Health Psychology finds that people tend to drink more alcohol on days they’ve exercised.

USA Today
CDC: Ebola could infect 1.4 million people by January

That sort of exponential increase in cases makes it more likely that Ebola will become entrenched in West Africa, said Robert Murphy, a professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at Northwestern University.

The Washington Post
Working out? Drink! Your gym days are also your booze days, study shows

"Something is happening on those days that's leading people to drink more," said David Conroy, the study's lead author and a professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Wed MD
Drinking Alcohol More Common on Exercise Days

Conroy is a professor of preventive medicine and deputy director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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Fox News (National)
The deadliest below-the-belt disease you need to know about

While the average woman's lifetime risk is about 1.5 percent, this risk is much higher in women with a BRCA mutation, said Dr. Deborah Lindner, chief medical officer for Bright Pink (brightpink.org/) and clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University.

Chicago Sun-Times
Nation needs to address end-of-life care

“I see so much unnecessary prolonging of the dying process,” said Dr. Kathy Johnson Neely, a physician at Northwestern University who serves on the palliative care team and is chair of the hospital’s medical ethics committee. 

Chicago Tribune
Flying home by commercial jet may be safe after heart attack: study

But Dr. Robert O. Bonow, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, cautions that this was a small study and may not be applicable to the general public.

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Fox News (National)
5 morning mistakes that ruin the rest of your day

Missing out on morning rays might mess with your body mass index, a new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine found.

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Chicago Tribune
NU researchers shed light on domestic violence among same-sex couples

Same-sex couples may experience more domestic violence than opposite-sex couples, a Northwestern Medicine review of research suggests.

ABC7
Domestic abuse survivors aim to spread awareness amid NFL controversy

Dr. Richard Carroll, associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern Medicine, just completed a study on domestic violence among same-sex couples. He says education is the key to preventing the cycle of violence. 

Dermatology Times
Alternative therapies in eczema care

Peter Lio, M.D., assistant professor of clinical dermatology and pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, and director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center, says eczema patients and their families often come to him looking for alternative treatments.

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Chicago Tribune
'Genius grant' winners from 3 Illinois universities

For Mark Hersam, professor and director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Northwestern University, that sort of product is one of many he hopes to create using a tiny, though powerful technology.

New York Times
MacArthur Awards Go to 21 Diverse Fellows

The other winners this year include Tami Bond, 50, an environmental engineer at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Craig Gentry, 41, a computer scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; John Henneberger, 59, a housing advocate in Austin, Tex.; and Mark Hersam, 39, a materials scientist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

The Washington Post
List of 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' recipients

Mark Hersam, 39, Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern University materials scientists investigating physical, chemical and biological properties of nanomaterials.

Huffington Post
Here Are The 21 MacArthur Geniuses You Should Know This Year

Hersam, 39, is a professor at Northwestern University who works in nanomaterials, experimenting with hybrid organic-inorganic materials.

Chicago Sun-Times
2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled

Three Illinois winners include Mark Hersam, 39, of Northwestern University in Evanston; Tami Bond, 50, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Tara Zahra, 38, University of Chicago.

CBS Chicago
Four With Chicago Ties Among MacArthur Grant Winners

Among them, Northwestern university nanomaterials expert Mark Hersam, Tami Bond, a U of I professor specializing in the global effects of soot and Tara Zahra, a University of Chicago historian who writes about 20th century Europe.

WGN TV
The definite diagnosis for depression? A blood test, researchers say

Now Northwestern Medicine researchers say they have developed a blood test that removes the questions from a depression diagnosis.

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TIME Magazine
A Blood Test for Depression? Science Says It's Possible

Now, in a study released Tuesday, scientists led by Eva Redei at Northwestern Medicine say it may be possible to test for depression in the blood—and figure out which patients will benefit most from behavior-based therapy as a treatment.

CBS News (National)
Blood test for clinical depression may be on the horizon

Northwestern University researcher Eva Redei have developed the first blood test that analyzes levels of nine blood biomarkers associated with adult clinical depression.

Chicago Tribune
Blood test for depression devised at Northwestern

A group of Northwestern University professors and researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose depression in adults, the school revealed in a study set to be published today.

Fast Company
How A Simple Blood Test Can Now Help Diagnose Depression

About three years ago, a team of researchers co-led by Eva Redei, a research professor for psychiatric disease at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, published a study finding that certain RNA markers--a short identifiable string in the DNA sequence, which can be read sort of like fingerprints--were associated with clinical depression in teenagers.

CTVNews (Canada)
Researchers develop first blood test to diagnose adult depression

The blood test provides doctors with the first objective method of scientifically diagnosing depression, according to researcher Eva Redei at Northwestern University.

Daily Times
Blood test for depression developed

Scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago say they have identified nine chemicals in the blood which are raised during depression.

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Chicago Tribune
Community music lessons helpful for at-risk kids

"Learning to make music appears to remodel children's brains in ways that facilitate and improve their ability to learn academic content," said Kraus, who directs Northwestern University's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory in Evanston, Illinois.

Reuters
Online service helps users learn and share their STD-status

Dr. Lauren Streicher, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said she believes the service has the potential to help keep younger patients informed about their sexual health.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunny Skies Tied to Suicide Rates

"Sunlight and bright-light exposure have been associated with increased levels of serotonin in humans and animals," said Dr. Phyllis Zee, of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Science World Report
New Glaucoma Culprit Uncovered

Researchers at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Illinois found that these endothelial cells from eyes with glaucoma are stiffer than cells from healthy eyes.

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U.S. News & World Report
Researchers Probe Molecular Cause for Glaucoma

Based on their findings, researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago said they are working to develop eye drops that might one day cure the disease in people.

Nature
Music training aids speech processing

Nina Kraus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and her colleagues studied children aged six to nine years from low-income neighbourhoods in Los Angeles, California, who took part in an after-school programme of musical instruction.

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Fox News (National)
5 things researchers learned about Alzheimer's this year

Last month, researchers at Northwestern University published a similar study in the journal Science, but instead of language skills, memory was targeted.

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Huffington Post
Schools Are Not Prepared For Children With Asthma And Food Allergies

On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, on file, said Dr. Ruchi Gupta of the Center for Community Health at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Headlines & Global News
Schools Under-Prepared to Deal With Children with Health Problems

The study was conducted by researcher Ruchi Gupta, MD, from Northwestern University.

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Fox News (National)
Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, on file, said Dr. Ruchi Gupta of the Center for Community Health at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune
Health management plans underused at city schools

Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, who led the study to be published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics, said the research is the first effort to examine how a large urban school district manages and reports on asthma and food allergies.

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Becker's Spine Review
11 spine, neurosurgeons making headlines this week

Co-director of the Northwestern Medicine Spine Center in Chicago Alpesh A. Patel, MD, was awarded the 2015 American Orthopaedic Association's American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship.

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The Atlantic
Where Are All the Female Test Subjects?

In a study recently published in the journal Surgery, researchers from Northwestern University’s medical school surveyed papers published between 2011 and 2012 in five major surgical journals: Surgery, Annals of Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, JAMA Surgery, and Journal of Surgical Research.

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U.S. News & World Report
Music Lessons May Help Bridge 'Achievement Gap'

"This research demonstrates that community music programs can literally 'remodel' children's brains in a way that improves sound processing, which could lead to better learning and language skills," lead author Nina Kraus, a professor of communication sciences and of neurobiology and physiology at Northwestern University, said in a university news release.

NBC News (National)
Music lessons may boost poor kids' brainpower, study suggests

Researchers from Northwestern University found that after two years of music lessons, the brains of kids from poor, gang-infested neighborhoods interpreted speech sounds more quickly and precisely, an improvement that might lead to better language and reading skills, according to the study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. 

Fox News (National)
5 tips for talking to your kids about sex

Laura Berman, PhD, is a world renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist; popular TV, radio and Internet host; New York Times best-selling author; and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Yahoo News
Weight loss outcomes for popular diets nearly the same: study

The study by Bradley C. Johnston, Ph.D., of the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto and McMaster University in Ontario, and his colleagues was met with a scathing editorial by Linda Van Horn, Ph.D., R.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association along with the study.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Study says most diets have same results

A professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University told  HealthDay, "The most relevant issue is to choose one that you can stick to indefinitely, since weight loss is only half the battle. ... Maintenance of weight loss is the ultimate victory."

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USA Today
Low-carb diets: Studies differ on whether they are best

The JAMA review also looked at the diets only from a short-term weight-loss standpoint, says Linda Van Horn, a registered dietitian at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. She wrote an editorial accompanying the study.

USA Today
This is your brain on a musical instrument

The study, by researchers at Northwestern University, examined a community music program serving low-income children in Los Angeles.

Chicago Tribune
Ice bucket challenge heats up ALS donations

The local funds are allocated toward programs that include three research laboratories at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as a multidisciplinary patient center at Northwestern Medicine.

Chicago Tribune
Medical research rarely uses female test subjects

Women and men often react differently to illness and treatment, yet surgical researchers rarely use female animals or cells in their published studies — to the detriment of patients, a Northwestern University professor has concluded.

Huffington Post
Could Music Education Be The Key To Ending The Achievement Gap?

In a study out Tuesday from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. 

Yahoo! Beauty
I Have A Hangover

David K Zich, MD, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says a big reason a hangover’s so painful is because it feeds itself.

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Good Morning America
Joan Rivers Remains Hospitalized After Cardiac Arrest

Andrew M. Naidech, MD, medical director of the neuro/spine ICU, was interviewed on Good Morning America about medically induced comas and life support

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Associated Press
Study: Novel Heart Failure Drug Shows Big Promise

"This is a new day" for patients, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiology chief at Northwestern University in Chicago and a former American Heart Association president.

New York Times
New Novartis Drug Effective in Treating Heart Failure

“They are not just positive, they are remarkably positive and positive in every dimension,” said Dr. Clyde W. Yancy, chief of the cardiology division at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Patients with heart failure are eager, if not desperate, to have better options.”

The Washington Post
Study: Novel heart-failure drug shows big promise

“This is a new day” for patients, said Clyde Yancy, cardiology chief at Northwestern University in Chicago and a former American Heart Association president.

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CBS News (National)
Electric pulses could restore brain connections, jolt memory

Northwestern University researchers say they can enhance memory by applying an electrical current to the outside of the skull. CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus joins the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to discuss the treatment and its potential to treat brain injuries or Alzheimer's disease.

Chicago Tribune
Dr. Pat M. Garcia, Perinatal HIV program director

Dr. Pat Garcia started medical school in 1979, before HIV even had an official name. Over the last 30 years, Garcia's career has, to an effect, grown alongside the disease.

Fox News (National)
Study finds electrical stimulation can help boost memory performance

“It has tremendous potential for treating memory disorders,” study leader Joel Voss, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine told the BBC. “We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective.”

Huffington Post
Magnetic Brain Stimulation Could Help Improve Memory, Study Finds

US lead researcher Dr Joel Voss, from Northwestern University in Chicago, said: "We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective.

Reuters
Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief

Underuse worries Judith Paice, a pain specialist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Journal Gazette
Jolting study may help memory

The research published Thursday in the journal Science pinpointed for the first time how various regions of the brain work with the hippocampus, where memories are formed, organized and stored, said Joel Voss, a senior author.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study

"This study is really a proof-of-concept," said senior researcher Joel Voss, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Mashable
Study: Jolts of Electricity to the Brain Can Improve Memory

Otherwise healthy subjects received 20 minutes of TMS once a day for five days. At the end of the experiment, they performed better on memory tests. Senior study author Joel Voss said the effect could be even more noticeable for those with preexisting conditions.

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TIME Magazine
Magnets Can Improve Your Memory

Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered that by using a procedure called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)—which has shown potential as a non-pharmacological way to treat stubborn depression—they can change memory functions in the brains of adults.

Bloomberg
Electric Jolt Boosts Memory as New Brain Device Studied

“The novelty here is that we have shown for the first time that it’s possible for us to non-invasively change the function of the brain’s memory network and in doing so, change people’s memory abilities,” said Joel Voss, PhD, assistant professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The Washington Post
Electrical current to brain improves memory performance, researchers find

Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine say the study is one of the first to show long-term improvement in memory by driving an electrical current deep into the brain through powerful magnetic impulses known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS.

U.S. News & World Report
Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study

"This study is really a proof-of-concept," said senior researcher Joel Voss, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Newsweek
Electricity on the Brain: Can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Boost Memory?

They administered MRIs to 16 healthy individuals, mapping the brain’s memory network and establishing a baseline of proper cognitive function in this "memory network,” explains study senior author Joel Voss, assistant professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

WebMD
Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study

"This study is really a proof-of-concept," said senior researcher Joel Voss, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

BBC News
Electrical brain stimulation 'boosts memory'

Prof Joel Voss, who led the study, said: "We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective."

The Guardian
Magnetic brain stimulation treatment shown to boost memory

Dr Joel Voss, from Northwestern University in Chicago, said: "We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective.

National Geographic
Brain Zaps Boost Memory

“This memory network that we targeted has been shown to be impaired in a variety of disorders,” says lead investigator Joel Voss, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University.

Science Magazine
Rebooting memory with magnets

Studies have also shown that the technique can improve performance on different types of memory tests, but few researchers have investigated whether benefits persist after stimulation stops or looked at how stimulation affects the brain's memory circuits, says Joel Voss, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

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CBS News (National)
Mindfulness training helps Alzheimer's patients and caregivers

"We saw lower depression scores and improved ratings on sleep quality and quality of life for both groups," study author Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Northwestern University and fellow of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a statement. 

Crain's Chicago Business
Northwestern, Cadence Health merger takes effect Sept. 1

Effective Sept. 1, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Winfield-based Cadence Health will merge into one health system — one of the largest in the Chicago area, officials said Wednesday.

Becker's Hospital Review
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Cadence Health finalize merger

based Northwestern Memorial Healthcare and Winfield, Ill.-based Cadence Health have completed the agreement that expands Northwestern Medicine, a fully integrated health system.

The Atlantic
Changing Memories to Treat PTSD

“In memory research, we talk about three parts,” explains Ken Paller, director of the cognitive neuroscience program at Northwestern University.

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Chicago Tribune
Quit 16-inch softball, and your fingers will thank you

David Kalainov, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said treating hand injuries stemming from 16-inch softball is a rite of summer in his world. He has seen as many as 15 such injuries in a summer.

Men's Health
4 Ways to Kick Monday Morning's ...

When your alarm buzzes on Monday morning, open your blinds. Natural light provides a boost to your circadian rhythms which are known to regulate your metabolism, hunger, and energy levels, according to a study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Living Healthy Chicago
Caffeine: How Much is too Much?

Dr. David Zich of Northwestern Medicine says Deno isn’t alone. “It is, in general, harmless but these people who do encounter more problems with palpitations and sometimes even anxiety … are probably best to limit their caffeine intake,” he says.

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Chicago Sun-Times
A new heart, a deeper love: Transplant brings couple closer

But Clarke’s surgeon, Dr. Ed McGee, director of the heart transplant and LVAD program at Northwestern, called him “a tough kid” who “learned all his medicines and got through it real quick.”

Women's Health
Reddit Asked: Can Sex Affect the Size of Your Vagina?

Lauren Streicher, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and author of Love Sex Again.

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Fox News (National)
6 tips for dating as a single dad

Laura Berman, PhD, is a world renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist; popular TV, radio and Internet host; New York Times best-selling author; and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

US News & World Report
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

The study is mostly good news, agreed Dr. Nora Hansen, chief of the division of breast surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "For the most part, patients are satisfied with the treatment they have gotten," she said.

MSN Healthy Living
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

The study is mostly good news, agreed Dr. Nora Hansen, chief of the division of breast surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "For the most part, patients are satisfied with the treatment they have gotten," she said.

HealthDay
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

The study is mostly good news, agreed Dr. Nora Hansen, chief of the division of breast surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "For the most part, patients are satisfied with the treatment they have gotten," she said.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study Read mor

The study is mostly good news, agreed Dr. Nora Hansen, chief of the division of breast surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "For the most part, patients are satisfied with the treatment they have gotten," she said.

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WGN News
Alternate breast cancer treatment more direct route to tumor cells

At the time, Northwestern Medicine breast cancer researcher Dr. Seema Khan was testing an alternative form of tamoxifen, a drug known to help stop the spread of cancer cells.

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AARP
Windows Help Workers Improve Their Health

It has to do with our body’s need for natural light, which increasing evidence finds can improve our sleep at night, as well as  our mood, metabolism and alertness during the day, said Phyllis Zee, a neurologist and sleep specialist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who was senior author on the first study.

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Chicago Tribune
Top cardiologist touts vegan diet to patients

"It's not that saturated fats are good," Neil Stone said. "It's what the saturated fat is replaced with that's the problem. That's what has confused America."

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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Employees Benefit From Natural Light, Study Finds

"There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day -- particularly in the morning -- is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," study senior author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said in a university news release.

Becker's Hospital Review
6 CIOs with tenures of 20 years or more

Tim Zoph. Senior Vice President of Administration and CIO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Mr. Zoph has been CIO of Northwestern since January 1994. During his tenure, Northwestern Memorial has been named a "Most Wired" hospital 12 times. In 2003, he received the John E. Gall Healthcare CIO of the Year award from CHIME.

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CNN News (National)
Another reason to want the corner office: It's good for your health

Cheung is a doctoral candidate working in Dr. Phyllis Zee's laboratory at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The Washington Post
Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's disease

Dr. Tanya Simuni, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Northwestern University’s medical school in Chicago, said patients often react to the diagnosis with surprise and despair.

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US News & World Report
Aug. 12, 2014 - US News

In the study, a team led by Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University in Chicago tracked academic outcomes for children in lower-income neighborhoods in Chicago and Los Angeles.

CBS Chicago
Psychiatrist Explains Dangers Of Depression

In the wake of actor and comedian Robin Williams' apparent suicide, Dr. Mark Reinecke, a psychiatrist with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, is helping explain the disease of depression and how it can lead to suicide.

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Crain's Chicago Business
A year later, Loyola still alone in enrolling undocumented students

From Northwestern University to Southern Illinois University, no other medical or dental school publicly has embraced students who came to the United States illegally as children but have spent most of their lives here.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Health Highlights: Aug. 11, 2014

In the study, a team led by Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University in Chicago tracked academic outcomes for children in lower-income neighborhoods in Chicago and Los Angeles.

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Science World Report
Exposure to Natural Light in Office Boosts Health of Employees

Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, director of the sleep disorders center, commentes on new study that found windowless offices stopthe body clock from functioning correctly and can lead to disrupted sleep.

BBC News
Music lessons can close reading gap

The research was led by Dr. Nina Kraus at Northwestern University and involved hundreds of children at high schools in impoverished areas of Chicago and Los Angeles.

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PBS Newshour
Study: Learning a musical instrument boosts language, reading skills

Nina Kraus, PhD, a neurobiologist at Northwestern University, found that musical training has an impact in strengthening neural functions as well as a connection with sound and reading of children in impoverished areas.

Huffington Post
5 Ways to Create a Healthier, Happier Office

Exposure to natural light has been found to improve a person's sleep and overall quality of life, boosting their performance in the workplace, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University.

US News & World Report
Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study

Dr. Karl Bilimoria, director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, added that waiting to see a doctor until cancer is advanced may translate to less surgery or radiation.

Fox News (National)
7 health mistakes you made in the last hour

A new Northwestern University study says each additional hour spent sitting per day increases your risk of becoming physically disabled by about 50 percent. 

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Huffington Post
Tablet-Based Games May Relax Anxious Kids Before Surgery

“That’s why we spent a lot of time thinking about how we could make this less anxiety-provoking for children,” said Seiden, a professor of pediatric anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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Chicago Tribune
A dose of relief follows a child's febrile seizure

Dr. Sooky Koh, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, notes that they are different from epileptic seizures because they are provoked by the fever and not randomDr. Sooky Koh, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, notes that they are different from epileptic seizures because they are provoked by the fever and not random

Today Show
Sex after 50: Less frequent but satisfying, survey finds

"When we talk about sex over 50, you have to appreciate the fact that your bodies are not always going to cooperate," gynecologist Dr. Lauren Streicher, assistant clinical professor at Northwestern University's medical school, told TODAY Wednesday.

Fox News (National)
5 ways to beat the post-baby sex blues

Laura Berman, PhD, is a world renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist; popular TV, radio and Internet host; New York Times best-selling author; and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Yahoo! Shine
7 Health Mistakes You Made In the Last Hour

In addition to increasing your risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and death—as if that isn’t enough encouragement to stand the heck up—a new Northwestern University study says each additional hour spent sitting per day increases your risk of becoming physically disabled by about 50 percent.

Yahoo! Tech
Tablets Could Be Used as a Sedative for Pre-Surgery Kids

“That’s why we spent a lot of time thinking about how we could make this less anxiety-provoking for children,” said Seiden, a professor of pediatric anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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NPR
Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack

Heat stroke is a big problem, says Dr. George Chiampas, a Northwestern Medicine emergency medicine physician.

Chicago Tribune
Study extols the hip, health-conscious fist bump

“It’s tongue-in-cheek, but it’s important,” said Dr. Rahul Khare, a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, from his seat in the hospital’s emergency department.

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USA Today
Running of any length or speed reduces risk of death

"The study tells us that doing some exercise is clearly better than doing none at all," said Clyde Yancy, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a cardiologist with the American Heart Association.

Today Show
Hot flashes? Insomnia? How to embrace menopause

Dr. Lauren Streicher, a gynecologist at Northwestern University, offers tips for women who are starting to deal with menopause symptoms like hot flashes, troubled sleep and painful intercourse.

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Fox News (National)
Rise in young athletes with repetitive stress injuries

Michael Terry, MD, discusses the rise in young athletes with repetitive stress injuries. 

CNN Health
5 studies you may have missed

Dr. Katherine Wisner, a perinatal psychiatrist at Northwestern University, wrote an editorial on the Chinese study that was published in Anesthesia & Analgesia this week.

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Chicago Tribune
Fruit recall affects Illinois shoppers

Dr. Rahul Khare, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, said listeria is a bacterial infection that especially affects the elderly and young children.

Fox News (National)
Sex and infertility: Commitment to one another is key

Laura Berman, PhD, is a world renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist; popular TV, radio and Internet host; New York Times best-selling author; and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Berman is a New York Times best-selling author of many books on sexual health and pleasure, a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, and host of the radio program “Uncovered with Dr. Laura Berman.” 

Huffington Post
The Night Owl's Guide To The Perfect Morning

According to Kelly Glazer Baron, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, creative people tend to get into a rhythm with their work and don't want to stop working just because it's getting late.

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Yahoo! News
Epidural During Childbirth Can Cut Postpartum Depression Risk

"It's a huge omission that there has been almost nothing in postpartum depression research about pain during labor and delivery and postpartum depression," Katherine Wisner, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine® perinatal psychiatrist, said in a press release. "There is a well-known relationship between acute and chronic pain and depression." 

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Dr. Andrew Weil's Daily Health Tips
The Early Bird Stays Slim

 A new study from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine showed that people whose exposure to bright natural light was mainly early in the day – between 8 a.m. and noon – had a lower body mass index than people whose light exposure occurs mostly in the late afternoon.

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Headline & Global News
Niacin Increases Death Risk, Does Not Prevent Heart Attacks and Stroke

"There might be one excess death for every 200 people we put on niacin. With that kind of signal, this is an unacceptable therapy for the vast majority of patients," Dr Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said in a press release. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study Finds Many Flu Patients Not Treated Appropriately

The study "demonstrates that we are clearly failing our patients by not providing antiviral therapy to patients with influenza consistent with current guidelines while exposing many of the patients to antibiotics from which they likely derive little benefit," wrote Ison, associate professor of infectious diseases and organ transplantation at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. 

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The Associated Press
Studies See New Risks For Cholesterol Drug Niacin

“My guess is that all this new data will lead to a falling off in the use of niacin, which I definitely think is a good thing,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair of the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the papers.

The Washington Post
Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

The larger study suggests that “for every 200 people that we treat with niacin, there is one excess death,” plus higher rates of bleeding, infections and other problems — “a completely unacceptable level” of harm, said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University in Chicago. “Niacin should not be used routinely in clinical practice at all.”

USA Today
Niacin could have risks as cholesterol therapy

"In the context of seeing no benefit (from the drug), the safety profile is very concerning," said Donald Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist and chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, who wrote an accompanying editorial about the study.

U.S. News & World Report
Niacin Doesn't Reduce Heart Problems, May Create Some, Research Finds

Lloyd-Jones is chief of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

NBC News (National)
Niacin May Be Too Risky As Heart Drug, Reports Find

“On the basis of the weight of available evidence showing net clinical harm, niacin must be considered to have an unacceptable toxicity profile for the majority of patients, and it should not be used routinely,” Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago wrote in a commentary. 

The Boston Globe
Niacin drug causes serious side effects and no heart benefits, study finds

“My guess is that all this new data will lead to a falling off in the use of niacin, which I definitely think is a good thing,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair of the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the papers.

Fox News (National)
Don't take niacin for heart health, doctors warn

“My guess is that all this new data will lead to a falling off in the use of niacin, which I definitely think is a good thing,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, chair of the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the papers.

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TIME Magazine
Treating Breast Cancer With a Gel? It May Be Possible

Now, Dr. Seema Khan, professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, reports in Clinical Cancer Research that putting the drug in a gel, and applying it directly to the breast tissue, where it needs to work, may have merit.

U.S. News & World Report
Best Hospitals 2014-15: Overview and Honor Roll

Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked 10th this year on U.S. News & World Report 's list of the country's best hospitals.

NBC News (National)
Gel Works as Well as a Pill to Prevent Breast Cancer

Women who rubbed the topical form of tamoxifen into the breast seemed to get the same benefits as those who took the pill, and theoretically could be at a lower risk of side effects such as blood clots, the team at Northwestern University in Chicago found. 

Chicago Tribune
Northwestern Memorial among top 10 hospitals: U.S. News

Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked No. 10 in an annual list of the best hospitals in the nation, as compiled by U.S. News and World Report.

Crain's Chicago Business
Northwestern Memorial on list of top hospitals again

Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked 10th this year on U.S. News & World Report 's list of the country's best hospitals.

CBS News (National)
New #1 as U.S. News & World Report ranks best hospitals

Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked 10th this year on U.S. News & World Report 's

Forbes
Cleveland Clinic Once Again Tops Heart Hospital Rankings

Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked 13th this year on U.S. News & World Report 's ranking of the best heart hospitals. 

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CBS Chicago
Trend Has Coffee Drinkers Putting Butter In Their Cup Of Joe

“There is not a lot of evidence that it’s good for you and it’s probably bad for you,” said Dr. Kannan Mutharasan. “I would not recommend it for anyone. There isn’t anyone I would recommend it to. If someone wanted to try it, one cup won’t hurt.”

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WTTW
A Stroke at 30

Read an interview with Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran, associate professor for neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and local American Stroke Association volunteer.

Yahoo! News
Not Too Late for Young Adults to Lower Heart Disease Risk

Bonnie Spring, PhD, professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, was the lead author of this new study.

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CBS Chicago
Improved Treatments For Gunshot Victims Saving Lives

Dr. Crandall says 20 to 40 percent more victims are alive today. A professor at Northwestern medical school, she’s done research on gun violence and tells CBS 2 trauma centers in Chicago are actually seeing fewer gunshot victims than two decades ago.

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Yahoo! News (from Associated Press)
No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp

It's called boot camp at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and its adjoining Feinberg medical school, a program involving two to three days of intense practice before letting the newbies loose on patients. Young doctors are tested on a variety of skills, from the proper technique for handling newborns during childbirth — make sure the head comes out slowly — to delivering bad news — use empathy, eye contact and listen to the patient.

CBS News (National)
Boot camp for new doctors aims to prevent "July effect"

It's called boot camp at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and its adjoining Feinberg medical school, a program involving two to three days of intense practice before letting the newbies loose on patients. Young doctors are tested on a variety of skills, from the proper technique for handling newborns during childbirth — make sure the head comes out slowly — to delivering bad news — use empathy, eye contact and listen to the patient.