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Precision Medicine for African-AmericansThe field of pharmacogenomics -- using a patient’s genome to predict how well they will respond to medication -- is a hot area of medicine today. But, almost all data used in these predictions comes from people of European decent. Minoli Perera, PharmD, PhD, wants to change that.
Improving Survival for Advanced Breast Cancer It is possible to improve and prolong the life of patients with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to the results of a new phase III clinical trial. Massimo Cristofanilli, MD, principal investigator of the trial explains the results and the state of breast cancer in America today.
Diabetes Drug Could Help Prevent Air Pollution DeathsA common, safe and inexpensive drug for type 2 diabetes, metformin, decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes triggered by particulate matter air pollution. Scott Budinger, MD, explains the study and other ways the drug could be used to protect people at risk of heart attack and strokes.
Chronic Pain and the Placebo Effect
Chronic pain, such as lower back pain that lasts for months or years, affects 100 million Americans and costs half a trillion dollars a year in healthcare costs. It is also contributing to the current opioid crisis. A. Vania Apkarian, PhD
, explains his recent discoveries related to chronic pain and how placebos may be a very effective option for some.
How to Stop Antibiotic Misuse Physicians are notorious for prescribing antibiotics to people who don't really need them. This can lead to dangerous side effects for patients. Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, has developed effective ways to reduce the number of inappropriate prescriptions. He explains how similar interventions can be used to address the prescription opioid crisis.
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High BMI and Pregnancy Weight Gain
More than 50 percent of women who are of childbearing age are overweight or obese, which may put them at risk for complications during pregnancy and child birth and affect their babies’ health, too. Alan Peaceman, MD
, shares results of a new clinical trial, aimed to help these women safely reduce their weight gain with diet and exercise interventions.
What Makes Someone a SuperAger?
Some people’s brains are aging at a rate much slower than average. They are called SuperAgers, men and women over the age of 80 with the mental faculties of people decades younger. Emily Rogalski, PhD
, has been studying SuperAgers for a decade and reveals some fascinating findings about their brains and lives.
When Children Need Palliative Care
Anticipating, preventing and treating suffering is at the heart of excellent palliative care. Kelly Michelson, MD, MPH
, discusses the importance of palliative care in pediatric hospitals and how she works with young patients and their families when they're facing a life-threatening health condition.
Wearable Technology in MedicineJohn A. Rogers, PhD
, has created a fleet of wireless, wearable devices that have the potential to change the way physicians collect data and treat patients, from NICU preemies to stroke patients in recovery.
Improving LGBTQ Health The health of LGBTQ people has long been understudied in scientific community. Brian Mustanski, PhD, wants to change that. As the director of the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern, he is leading an effort to study, intervene and improve the health of the sexual and gender minority community.
What Causes ALS?
Northwestern has long been on the forefront of studying the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and treating patients with the disease. Robert Kalb, MD, is optimistic that more breakthroughs in the basic biology of the disease are on the way and a cure is possible.
Medication and Mental Health During Pregnancy
Pregnant women get sick, and sick women get pregnant. Katherine Wisner, MD
, has dedicated her scientific career to studying the psychiatric treatment of women of childbearing age and understanding how medications can be used to treat mental illnesses, such as depression, during pregnancy.
Modern-Day Fatherhood and the Health of Dads
Becoming a father can impact a man's health, mentally and physically. Craig Garfield, MD, has published dozens of studies about fatherhood. He shares insights about modern-day dads that might surprise you.
A New Way to Diagnose Glioma Brain Tumors
Pathology is a field that’s rapidly evolving, in parallel with advances in precision medicine and a trend toward sub-specialization. Daniel Brat, MD, PhD
, a neuropathologist who has spent nearly two decades studying diffuse gliomas, is spearheading this evolution within the arena of brain tumor diagnostics while straddling the line between scientific investigation and the practice of medicine.
Understanding the Biology of AutismPeter Penzes, PhD
, says the field of autism neurobiology is ripe for discovery and his team at the new Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment at Feinberg is laying the groundwork for new treatments for the disorder.
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Chicago's Zip Code Issue
In Chicago, where you live can impact your likelihood to die from cancer. Melissa Simon, MD
, wants to change that. Find out how this scientist, educator and advocate for the underserved is working to improve the cancer mortality gap in Chicago.