Whiplash Injuries Come With Chronic Pain: Scientists Try To Identify Problems Early With MRI

Science World Report – April 1, 2015

Researchers at Northwestern Medicine have now identified that about 25 percent of those recovering from whiplash injuries will still deal with long-term pain and disability issues for months or years to come. Lead investigator James Elliott, PT, PhD, assistant professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine says, “For a long time whiplash has been treated as a homogenous condition. Our study has shown these patients are not all the same; they have different clinical signs and symptoms.”

More Survive Child Cancer; Health Problems Persist

Web MD  – April 1, 2015

About 70 percent of adults who survived cancer in childhood have a mild or moderate chronic condition. And nearly one-third has a severe, disabling or life-threatening condition. “The fact that many of the indicators of the chronic conditions we examined increased with age was not altogether surprising. However, when you look at the age of these survivors, the magnitude of these conditions at relatively young ages is quite striking,” says lead researcher Siobhan Phillips, PhD, assistant professor of preventive medicine-behavioral medicine, at Feinberg School of Medicine. Typically, these health conditions wouldn’t be expected to be a problem until people are much older.

4 skin conditions that can signal other health problems

Fox News (National) – April 9, 2015

In many cases, the skin conditions eczema, psoriasis, stasis dermatitis and vitiligo are linked to processes occurring throughout the body, and this means they can become risk factors that set you up for other types of illness or injury, says Jonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of dermatology, medical social sciences and preventive medicine at Northwestern University. “The connections are not something patients should ignore or overlook.”

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Changes in the blood can predict cancer years in advance

CBS News (National) – May 1, 2015

A simple blood test may be able to predict cancer years before a diagnosis. According to new research from Northwestern Medicine in collaboration with Harvard University, scientists detected a distinct pattern in the changing lengths of telomeres, the protective end caps on our strands of DNA, over years in people developing cancer. “Understanding this pattern of telomere growth may mean it can be a predictive biomarker for cancer,” says Lifang Hou, MD, PhD, the lead study author and associate professor of preventive medicine-cancer epidemiology and prevention at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Because we saw a strong relationship in the pattern across a wide variety of cancers, with the right testing these procedures could be used to eventually diagnose a wide variety of cancers.”


Chicago-area doctors aid victims of earthquakes in Nepal

Chicago Tribune – May 13, 2015

Scott Cordes, MD, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery, and Victoria Brander, MD, associate professor of clinical physical medicine and rehabilitation, both from the Feinberg School of Medicine, went to Nepal with the volunteer medical group, Operation Walk Chicago, to help treat victims of the devastating April 25, 2015 earthquake. Dr. Cordes continued to help through a second quake on May 12, which caused extensive additional damage.


Hold up, new moms: Before eating your placenta, consider this new study

The Washington Post – June 4, 2015

Should new mothers be eating their afterbirth? Many say yes, praising potential health benefits like improvement in mood, nutritional fortitude, increased energy and better milk production. But according to a new paper published by Crystal Clark, MD, MSc, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a psychiatrist specializing in reproduction-related mood disorders at Northwestern’s Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders, which examined all previous studies on the subject, there isn’t any real evidence to support those benefits.


Why Northwestern says 4-D printing will wow you

Crain’s Chicago Business – June 16, 2015

A group of nanotech researchers, including two from Northwestern University, have won an $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to create 4-D printing technology, which will be key to developing next-generation products, from  semiconductors to diagnostic tests, that involve working at a microscopic scale.

“The technology we’ll develop will let us take different parts—nanoparticles—and assemble those into a 3-D form with near-perfect control over placement of each part,” says Milan Mrksich, PhD, a professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and cell and molecular biology.

This Is the Only Sunscreen Article You Need to Read

TIME Magazine – June 17, 2015

According to a new survey in JAMA Dermatology, most people don’t understand much of what’s written on a sunscreen lotion label. Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine surveyed 114 people who came to the dermatology clinic during the summer of 2014. Even though 93% of them had purchased a bottle in the last year, most people showed important gaps in their sunscreen smarts of understanding UVB rays, UVA rays, SPF numbers and how much sunscreen is needed. “People think that SPF equals everything,” says Roopal Kundu, MD, associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern and one of the study’s authors.