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MORE HEALTH PROBLEMS REPORTED WITH HAIR AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

NPR

We rub, pour, sprinkle and spray them all over our bodies, so you’d hope cosmetics would undergo serious safety oversight before they get into our hands. But in fact, the cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated, with no requirements for approval before going on the market. And once on the market, there are few systems in place to monitor the safety of personal care products. “You can start making a cosmetic and start selling it the next day without any kind of permission from the FDA,” said Steve Xu, MD, a resident in Dermatology and author of a study on problems with personal care products.

ROMANCE BLOSSOMING MUCH EARLIER BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND BIG PHARMA

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS

Engineering new pharmaceuticals is risky, achingly slow and astronomically expensive. In search of better ways to defray those costs and speed the path to success, Chicago’s elite research universities are partnering with major pharmaceutical companies, ushering in a new era of early-phase collaboration.

“Historically, there has always been a relationship (between pharma and universities) to drive clinical trials, but now we try to move that to an earlier, discovery stage,” said Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, which recently struck a deal with AbbVie. Under the deal, Northwestern will gain access to new therapies developed by AbbVie and money to further research them. AbbVie will have exclusive licensing rights to any discoveries that arise.

RISK SCORES FOR PREVENTING HEART DISEASE AND STROKE MUST TAKE THE LONG VIEW

STAT

“Imagine your financial adviser using information she gathered from you one day in your mid-30s to guide your investments through your mid-60s. That’s probably not an effective strategy. Yet it’s akin to what cardiologists like us have traditionally done for our patients. We think there’s a better way,” wrote Kunal Karmali, ’07 MD, ’14 MS, ’14 GME, instructor of Medicine in the Division Cardiology, and Mark Huffman, MD, MPH, ’09 GME, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and of Medicine in the Division Cardiology. They created a longitudinal risk calculator that incorporates information about an individual’s changing cardiovascular condition over time.

TO TREAT DEPRESSION, TRY A DIGITAL THERAPIST

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Digital interventions for depression need to continue evolving with technology to remain effective, explained Stephen Schueller, PhD, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine. “The future is trying to better understand how to make these apps and sites engaging. That will include clinical psychologists working with experts in augmented reality, virtual reality and gaming to develop mobile solutions that are truly novel.” Schueller heads a website called PsyberGuide that uses a standardized rating system to help consumers select products and apps for various mental-health conditions.