Tag Archives: Feinberg School of Medicine

Age-related infertility may be caused by scarred ovaries

Washington: Women’s decreased ability to produce healthy eggs as they become older may be due to excessive scarring and inflammation in their ovaries, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study in mice.

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Do doctors spend too much time looking at computer screen?

Washington: When physicians spend too much time looking at the computer screen in the exam room, nonverbal cues may get overlooked and affect doctors’ ability to pay attention and communicate with patients, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

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Bone marrow cells used in bladder regeneration

Washington: A new approach to bladder regeneration is capitalizing on the potential of two distinct cell populations harvested from a patient’s healthy bone marrow, a new study reports.

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Alzheimer’s drugs could cause adverse side effects

Washington: Alzheimer’s disease drugs now being tested in clinical trials may have potentially adverse side effects, according to new Northwestern Medicine research. A study with mice suggests the drugs could act like a bad electrician, causing neurons to be miswired and interfering with their ability to send messages to the brain.

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Gene found in humans and mice that protects transparency of cornea

Chicago (US): A transparent cornea is essential for vision, which is why the eye has evolved to nourish the cornea without blood vessels. But for millions of people around the world, diseases of the eye or trauma spur the growth of blood vessels and can cause blindness.

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New ‘bouncer’ molecule halts rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered why the immune cells of people with rheumatoid arthritis become hyperactive and attack the joints and bones. The immune cells have lost their bouncer, the burly protein that keeps them in line the same way a bouncer in a nightclub controls rowdy patrons.

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New therapy provides hope for people suffering from bowel incontinence

A new procedure is now available for the treatment of chronic bowel incontinence, according to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The treatment, called InterStim Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses electrical impulses to stimulate the sacral nerve and improve muscle function.

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Researchers Identify 4 new genes linked to Alzheimer’s

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from a consortium, including Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, have identified four new genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Each gene individually adds to the risk of having this common form of dementia later in life. The discovery is a major advance in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research.

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