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Sleep added to American Heart Association’s list of heart disease health factors

June 29, 2022
The American Heart Association has added sleep duration to its list of health behaviors and factors people can improve to help achieve optimal cardiovascular health. In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) defined “Life’s Simple 7TM.” This new addition of sleep expands to list to be "Life's Essential 8."
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Light during sleep in older adults linked to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure

June 27, 2022
In a sample of older men and women ages 63 to 84, those who were exposed to any amount of light while sleeping at night were significantly more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes compared to adults who were not exposed to any light during the night, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.
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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022
Northwestern experts discuss the Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health organization case, and how it impacts the Roe v. Wade precedent regarding reproductive and abortion rights.
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Global universities urge G7 leaders to bolster academic freedom

June 24, 2022
The U7+ Alliance of World Universities issued a statement urging leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) to defend academic freedom, warning that a resurgence of autocracy is thwarting the institutional autonomy of higher education and its ability to fulfill its mission.
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Poll workers described trauma symptoms during testimony

June 22, 2022
During the June 21 hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, poll workers testified about the violent threats on their lives after false claims that they had rigged the Fulton County, Georgia election in favor of Joe Biden. Northwestern University psychology and psychiatry experts are available to discuss the impetus behind the threats of violence as well as the effects of trauma on mental health.
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Northwestern faculty available on upcoming Supreme Court rulings

June 17, 2022
Northwestern University faculty from a range of academic disciplines are available to comment on a number of highly anticipated Supreme Court rulings expected over the next few weeks including Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that could lead to the dismantling of Roe v. Wade; West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, which has important implications for regulating planet-warming emissions; and other high-profile cases.
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Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial lead is available for interviews

June 15, 2022
Northwestern University pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Bill Muller can answer reporters’ questions following Wednesday’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting that will cover whether to grant emergency use authorization to Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for their COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest children. 
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AI detects autism speech patterns across different languages

June 14, 2022
Northwestern University researchers used machine learning — a branch of artificial intelligence — to identify speech patterns in children with autism that were consistent between English and Cantonese, suggesting that features of speech might be a useful tool for diagnosing the condition.
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Flawed research not retracted fast enough to prevent spread of misinformation, study finds

June 14, 2022
A new analysis by Northwestern University and University of Michigan researchers suggests retracting academic papers does not dampen the reach of problematic research as intended. Instead, papers that are later retracted are often widely circulated online, both by news outlets and social media, and the cycle of attention that they receive typically dies away before the retraction even happens.