Tag Archives: Northwestern University

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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Device that protects against HIV, pregnancy enters clinical trial

Washington: Women’s reproductive health may never be the same, thanks to Northwestern University biomedical engineer Patrick Kiser and his first-of-its-kind intravaginal ring that reliably delivers an antiretroviral drug and a contraceptive for months.

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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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Tiny particles spell major development for multiple sclerosis

Sydney: In a breakthrough for both nanotechnology and multiple sclerosis research, nanoparticles have been used to stop the immune system attacking part of the nervous system in mice with the disease.

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Medical implants capable of dissolving completely in bodily fluids

Washington: Physicians and environmentalists alike could soon be using a new class of electronic devices: small, robust and high performance, yet also biocompatible and capable of dissolving completely in water – or in bodily fluids.

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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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Breakthrough in early cancer detection

Washington: “Early detection is probably the only way for us to win the war against cancer,” says Vadim Backman, professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, in a Science Nation video featured by the National Science Foundation.

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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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