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VIDEO: Buddy Program connects Alzheimer’s patients with medical students

By Tanni Deb

Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center has developed a Buddy Program that connects first-year medical students with people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other related illnesses. Through the program, buddies meet with each other on a regular basis and build a relationship outside of the clinical setting. Reporter Tanni Deb spoke with Ben Ferguson, an Alzheimer’s patient, and his buddy, April Yu, to learn how they both benefit from the program.

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VIDEO: ‘Mr. Singer’ develops a following among the pre-school set

By Tanni Deb

Musician Neil Firstenleit, who is also known as Mr. Singer, spends his time teaching at his own music school and performing for children at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  In the video below, he explains how he became so passionate about music, and why he is so devoted to sharing it with young people.

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VIDEO: How Chicago organizations help youth combat dating violence, sex trafficking

By Tanni Deb and Grace Eleyae

On this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we discuss what some Chicago organizations are doing to educate young men on how to combat teenage dating violence and sex trafficking. Featured organizations are members from the Allied Against Violence Project, an anti-domestic violence program that empowers teenage males to build healthy relationships; the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, a group educating youth to combat sexual exploitation; and Her Story Theatre, which showcases plays to raise awareness for social change for both women and children.

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VIDEO: Study weighs the benefits and disadvantages for children using mobile devices

By Tanni Deb

Many parents introduce smartphones and tablets to their children as a teaching tool. However, a recent study says the educational benefits of mobile devices may come at a hefty price, affecting a child’s social and emotional skills.

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VIDEO: Illinois PIRG campaigns to get McDonald’s to purchase antibiotic-free meat

By Tanni Deb

Many factory-farmed animals receive antibiotics for growth production and to avoid the spread of illnesses. While this may seem to be a good idea, it can actually be dangerous for humans who eat meat raised with this drug. Illinois PIRG, a public interest research group, has started a campaign to get McDonald’s, a global leader of hamburgers, to stop the overuse of antibiotics.

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VIDEO: Booties “pawtect” pets from cold and ice-melting salt

By Tanni Deb

Walking your dog during winter can be painful for your pet because the snow and salt on the streets can torment its paws. Dr. Linnea Olson, a veterinarian at the Burnham Park Animal Hospital, says boots are a great way to protect not just animals’ feet, but they also have added benefits for their health.

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