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Keystone XL Spill: Defining 'Public Interest' as Nebraska decision looms

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Scientists Capture Colliding Organic Nanoparticles on Video for First Time

A Northwestern University research team is the first to capture on video organic nanoparticles colliding and fusing together. This unprecedented view of “chemistry in motion” will aid Northwestern nanoscientists developing new drug delivery methods as well as demonstrate to researchers around the globe how an emerging imaging technique opens a new window on a very tiny world.

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Why These Amish Live Longer and Healthier: An Internal ‘Fountain of Youth’

The first genetic mutation that appears to protect against multiple aspects of biological aging in humans has been discovered in an extended family of Old Order Amish living in the vicinity of Berne, Indiana, report Northwestern Medicine scientists. An experimental “longevity” drug that recreates the effect of the mutation is now being tested in human trials to see if it provides protection against some aging-related illnesses.

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ACA Individual Mandate Repeal Effort: Experts Available

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Stem Cells Fail to Alleviate Peripheral Artery Disease

A stem cell therapy did not improve walking ability in people with peripheral artery disease, although exercise did lead to significant improvements, according to a new study. This is the largest trial of this type of therapy in people with blockages in leg arteries. Scientists were disappointed that stem cell therapy didn’t improve walking, because earlier research suggested it could be beneficial.

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Water Baths as Good as Bleach Baths for Treating Eczema

For patients suffering from eczema (atopic dermatitis), dermatologists will sometimes recommend bleach baths to decrease bacterial infection and reduce symptoms. But a new Northwestern Medicine study found no difference in the effectiveness of a bleach bath compared to regular water baths. In addition, bleach baths can cause stinging and burning of skin, and occasionally even trigger asthma flare-ups in patients.

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Will Gop Tax Plans Benefit the Wealthy Over Middle Class? Professors Weigh in

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Iran-Iraq Earthquake: Seismologists Available

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Doctors and Patients Make More Decisions Together

In a shift away from the more patriarchal/matriarchal relationship between doctor and patient, patients report an increased partnership with their physicians in making medical decisions, reports a new study. Shared decision-making between patients and clinicians increased 14 percent from 2002 to 2014. Patients felt their doctors asked them to help make medical decisions, listened carefully to them, showed respect for what they said, explained things well and spent enough time with them.

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Would GOP Tax Reform Proposals Help Everyone? That's 'Pure Fantasy,' Says Northwestern Economist

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