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Pregnancy complications

Rate of pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders on the rise

May 19, 2022
Pregnancy complications among individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 are increasing dramatically, a new Northwestern Medicine study has found. The rate of high blood pressure-related disorders among pregnant individuals more than doubled over a recent 12-year period.
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Male pheromones improve health of females’ eggs

May 19, 2022
In the new study, researchers used the tiny transparent roundworm C. elegans, a well-established model organism commonly used in biology research. Exposure of female roundworms to male pheromones slowed down the aging of the females’ egg cells, resulting in healthier offspring.
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Parents cite news and government as top sources for child vaccine info

May 19, 2022
A national poll seeking to understand where parents get information about vaccinating their children against COVID-19 found parents of vaccinated children and parents of unvaccinated children divided over the best sources of information. The poll was conducted by the COVID States Project, a consortium of universities comprised of Northwestern, Harvard, Northeastern and Rutgers.
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Recurring brain tumor growth is halted with new drug

May 18, 2022
When a non-metastatic brain tumor — a meningioma — recurs after surgery and radiation treatment, a patient is out of options. No drugs are approved for these aggressive tumors, which occur in up to 20% of cases and can lead to patient disability or even death.
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Potential ALS treatment may repair axons of diseased neurons

May 18, 2022
New research on the experimental drug, NU-9, invented and developed by two Northwestern University scientists to treat ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), shows it is more effective than existing FDA-approved drugs for the disease.

Infant formula shortage: Where do we go from here?

May 12, 2022
Northwestern University experts in specialized pediatric gastrointestinal diseases and supply chain issues are available for interviews on the ongoing infant formula shortage.
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