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COVID-19: An Update on the Current Situation with Michael Ison, MD, MS

Today we are sharing a recent Northwestern Medical Grand Rounds presentation called "COVID-19: An Update on the Current Situation". This talk was given at Northwestern Medicine on March 17, 2020 by Dr. Michael Ison, professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplant Surgery at Northwestern. He discusses the virology and epidemiology of COVID-19 as well as predictors of patient outcome and strategies to manage patients with the infection.
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Reducing Firearm Deaths in Children with Hooman Azad

A new Northwestern Medicine study published in JAMA Pediatrics has revealed that more stringent negligence laws, which hold adults responsible for safe storage of firearms, may have potential to reduce firearm fatalities in children. Hooman Azad, a third-year medical student at Feinberg and first author of the study explains.    
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Dark Chocolate and Peripheral Artery Disease with Mary McDermott, MD

Most people with peripheral artery disease, PAD, have great difficulty walking and few treatments to help. Preliminary results of a new Northwestern Medicine study suggest that cocoa may have a therapeutic effect on walking performance in people with PAD. Dr. Mary McDermott led this study and shares the results.
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Meat Eaters and Heart Health with Norrina Allen, PhD

An important finding detailed in a new Northwestern Medicine study warns of the role certain kinds of meat may play in increasing cardiovascular disease risk and premature death. Norrina Allen, PhD, led this research and shares details about the study.
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Investigating the New Coronavirus with Karla Satchell, PhD

Microbiologist Karla Satchell, PhD, is leading a national effort to investigate the structure biology of the components of the new coronavirus virus (2019-nCoV) and ultimately understand how to stop it from replicating in human cells through a medication or vaccine. This work is being done with the  at Northwestern, which is funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  
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Playing Sports for Quieter Brains with Nina Kraus, PhD

When we read about college and youth sports today, it's usually about the dangers to health - mainly, concussions. However, a new study led by Nina Kraus, PhD, director of Northwestern's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, BrainVolts, has found that athletes have healthier brains than non-athletes. 
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Bonus Episode: Heart Healthy Tips for 2020 with Clyde Yancy, MD, and Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD

Northwestern cardiologists Clyde Yancy, MD, and Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, share tips to lose weight or maintain weight and live longer, healthier lives in 2020.
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Big Stories in Cardiology Research 2019 with Clyde Yancy, MD and Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD

Of the thousands of studies published by Northwestern scientists in 2019, some of the most discussed came from the field of cardiology. Two Northwestern physician scientists, Dr. Clyde Yancy and Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, review some of these findings and share their thoughts on advances in cardiology to come in 2020. 
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The Urgent Need for New Uterine Fibroid Treatments with Serdar Bulun, MD

It is the most common tumor found in women and is the cause of 200,000 hysterectomies in the United States every year. Yet, uterine fibroids have not been a frequent topic of medical research. Northwestern’s Serdar Bulun, MD, leads one of the few research programs focused on the molecular and cellular abnormalities that may cause uterine fibroids and is investigating novel targets to treat the condition.
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What Drives Female Resident Burnout Rates? with Karl Bilimoria, MD & Yue-Yung Hu, MD

In recent Northwestern Medicine study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women surgical residents reported more mistreatment than men, which was linked to higher burnout rates and more suicidal thoughts.
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The Future of Genetic Medicine with Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth McNally is a human geneticist, a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist and the director of the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern. In this episode, she talks about her recent discoveries in the genetics of cardiovascular and neuromuscular disorders and shares what we can expect in the next few years in the field of genetic medicine.
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Treating Aggressive Prostate Cancer with Maha Hussain, MD

For those with advanced metastatic prostate cancer, treatments are limited, but a new Phase 3 international clinical trial shows that a genetic targeted therapy could offer new hope for patients with specific gene mutations in their tumors. Northwestern's Dr. Maha Hussain recently presented the results of this landmark trial and shares insight.
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Epigenetics and Cancer with Ali Shilatifard, PhD

For more than two decades, Ali Shilatifard, PhD, has dedicated his career to revealing the causes of childhood leukemia and providing detailed molecular insight into the role of epigenetics in cancer. He hopes his discoveries will lead to a super drug that could end childhood leukemia and other cancers.
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Investigating New Glioblastoma Therapies with Rimas Lukas, MD

Northwestern scientists are conducting dozens of experiments and clinical trials aimed at understanding and fighting glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive primary brain tumor in adults. Rimas Lukas, MD, shares results of a promising Phase 1 clinical trial and other projects underway.
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Artificial Intelligence and Medicine with Mozziyar Etemadi, MD, PhD

Mozziyar Etemadi, MD, PhD, a research assistant professor in Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering is leading deep learning projects in his lab at Northwestern. He talks about a collaboration between Northwestern and Google that uses a deep learning system to predict lung cancer.
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Bioengineered Organs and Kidney Diseases with Susan Quaggin, MD

In the new Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center at Northwestern, tiny bio-artificial kidneys are growing in the lab of Dr. Susan Quaggin. She and a team of scientists, with expertise in stem cells, blood vessels and developmental biology, are accelerating the development of such bioengineered organs. But that’s not all. Dr. Quaggin talks about the projects and science underway that could lead to new treatments to prevent, manage and cure kidney diseases.
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Changes to Endometrial Cancer Treatment with Daniela Matei, MD

Results from a randomized phase three clinical trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine could change the way women are treated for later stage endometrial cancer. Northwestern's Dr. Daniela Matei led the trial and is here with details. 
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Heart Failure Deaths on the Rise in Younger People with Sadiya Khan, MD, MSc

Death rates due to heart failure are increasing, especially in people under the age of 65 and specifically among Black men. What is fueling this upturn? How can it be stopped? Sadiya Khan, MD, assistant professor of medicine explains.
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Improving Memory Loss in Older Adults with Joel Voss, PhD

As we age, almost all of us have some memory loss. This age-related affliction is normal, but a new Northwestern Medicine study suggests it can be improved with non-invasive brain stimulation that sends electromagnetic pulses into a specific area of the brain. Joel Voss, PhD, an associate professor at Northwestern, led this study, published in the journal Neurology.
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Eyes May Reveal Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease with Amani Fawzi, MD

A new approach from the field of ophthalmology shows promise in detecting non-invasive biomarkers of mild cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. Northwestern's Amani Fawzi, MD, explains.
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New Evidence on Eggs and Heart Health with Norrina Allen, PhD

A large, new Northwestern Medicine study reports adults who ate more eggs and dietary cholesterol had a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death from any cause. Norrina Allen, associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, explains.
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