Researchers from the Woodruff Lab at the Women’s Health Research Institute in Chicago are trying to build an artificial ovary. Using a framework from bovine ovaries to transplant cells into mice, they hope to find out what parts of the organ produce estrogen and reproduce a synthetic organ in the lab. Their research takes a new approach to restore fertility to women after chemotherapy.
Personal trainer Annie Padrid, owner of Hyde Park gym, The Space, tailors a unique approach to Personal trainer Annie Padrid, owner of Hyde Park gym, The Space, tailors a unique approach to working out. It's what she calls functional training. She prepares her clients for everyday tasks, like lifting a heavy bag of groceries or walking down an icy sidewalk, without getting hurt.
Great Lakes fish species are shrugging off the harsh winter while fish further south struggle. In some shallow southern lakes, from Missouri to the Gulf Coast, cold weather has caused higher than normal winter fish die-offs. Effects on fish in the Great Lakes should prove minimal, according to fisheries experts.
Chicago Underwater Hockey Club players don snorkels, flippers and masks to play full games of hockey in indoor pools at Northeastern Illinois and Chicago State universities. It’s a complete cardio exercise, minus the breathing. Dive into the club - every practice is open.
Climate and earth system scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are predicting our climate future by studying the sky — clouds, rain and aerosols. It’s as close to a crystal ball as we can get.
Introducing cracks into glass to make it stronger may sound counterintuitive, but that's what researchers at McGill University in Montreal have shown. By taking inspiration from nacre, the shiny inner surface of mollusk shells, and other highly mineralized materials and adding a 3-D array of fine cracks to glass slides using a laser-engraving technique, scientists created a bio-inspired glass that is up to 200 times tougher than intact glass. These results could make glass and ceramics more versatile materials.
The CDC reports a 40 percent drop in childhood obesity for 2- to 5-year-olds nationwide. But Illinois preschoolers still weigh in with obesity levels above the national average, though rates among Chicago Public School kindergarteners are steadily decreasing.
A new technology aims to allow readers to speed through articles, emails, books and more on any size screen by showing readers just one word at a time.
President Obama proposed FY 2015 budget would provide $56 billion for VA medical care spending, a 2.7 percent increase from last year. The budget takes aim at the massive number of backlogged disability claims that have become a growing complaint among returning veterans, and also supports President Obama’s goal of eliminating veteran homelessness in 2015.
A greensand mine in New Jersey will one day be the home of a fossil park. Paleontologists from Drexel University in Philadelphia are collaborating with Mantua Township and Inversand Mining Co. to create an excavation site and fossil park that will advance science education and make steps in scientific discovery. Paleontologists believe the site may be linked to the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
A $70 million grant was awarded to Chicago-based UI Labs, a tech consortium born at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Digital Lab will help bridge the gap between lab bench and the factory floor.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday a proposal to update its Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, to emphasize sugar and calorie contents and reflect changes in recommended serving sizes that match how much people actually eat.
Nearly 2,000 runners took part in the Warm Your Heart 5K, the world's only indoor, single-loop 5K. Runners discuss the difference between racing indoors versus outdoors.
2014-02-26 Scientists already know that humans can taste sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami - or savory - foods. But researchers at Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Genetics of Taste Lab are studying whether omega 6 fatty acids is a sixth taste. Their results could play a role in individual diet plans
Northwestern University chemist Richard Van Duyne and a team of scientists at the Art Institute of Chicago reached beneath the surface of one of Renoir’s masterpieces to uncover the painting's real reds and show the world how vibrant his colors were. "Renoir's True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery" opened at the Art Institute just in time for Valentine's Day. Van Duyne showcased the team effort Thursday, the opening day in Chicago of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. See on-going conference coverage through Feb. 17 at Medill Reports.
Researchers at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee have developed a new class of antibiotics that could be effective against strains of drug resistant tuberculosis. The study, published in Nature Medicine this month, shows that the new semi-synthetic drugs were tested in mice and results were successful against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Social media is not just for chatting with friends online and looking at memes. Social media can be a tool for science communication and career advancement. Participants in the “Engaging with Social Media” panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago shared their best practices using social media in science.
Can science and religion coexist? Adler Planetarium is hosting Clergy ContributioCan science and religion coexist? Adler Planetarium is hosting Clergy Contributions to Science on Feb. 18, an event showing how religion has contributed to scientific discovery throughout history. The public is invited to participate in the discussion online through social media using the hashtag #Science4Everyone
How salmon navigated from the Aleutian Islands back to Oregon mystified scientists and fishermen for centuries. Scientists have finally confirmed the link between the migration patterns of Pacific salmon and the Earth's magnetic field. Salmon return to their original spawning grounds after years at sea, using the magnetic field to navigate with amazing accuracy. The study may also help better explain migration patterns for salmon in the Great Lakes.
Oral immunotherapy research is at the forefront of clinical trials taking place at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In these trials, children are given small amounts of the food of which they are allergic in the hopes of eventually desensitizing their bodies to the allergy. Results from these trials may help change the treatment and possibly find a cure for severe childhood food allergies.
Experts question the possible link between exposure to the insecticide DDT in the past and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, a link reported in a recent study. Though the results are not clear cut, this is one of the first research attempts to show that chemical exposure may play a role in the development of the disease.
With 48 days to go, awareness groups move forward to educate people about the Affordable Care Act — before the March 31 deadline.
An $18 billion plan to separate Lake Michigan from the Mississippi River watershed with permanent barriers and prevent Asian carp from invading the lake is one plan in a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report. The project would take 25 years to complete. The corps outlines a number of plans to prevent the carp from reaching the lake. But control of invasive lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean suggests a simpler way to control the carp and reap the fish.
Grace School is a full-inclusion elementary school in Providence, R.I. Severely handicapped children and children without any special needs learn and work together in the same classroom. A mother of a child without special needs discusses why she and her husband chose to send their son to the school.
Connected World Magazine announced the six Connected Cars of the Year, linking entertainment, navigation and climate control with driver safety.
Local ingredients, slower, traditional methods, and the unique setting allow Peerless Bread & Jam owner Lauren Bushnell to bake healthy breads, baguettes and cookies for farmers markets and special grocery stores.
Two recent studies are pointing to the idea that preventing brain injuries can be a two-part battle, one on the outside — and inside — of the skull. Wearing specific helmets and increasing blood flow to the brain have both shown positive results in reducing concussions, studies show.
Wear Red Friday to support women's heart disease awareness. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women, mostly because women don't realize they are just as susceptible to the disease as men. Dr. Marla Mendelson, a women's heart disease specialist, answers crucial questions about heart disease and how we can prevent it.
A slick technology for the solar power industry was announced this week by a group of national laboratory. The scientists have developed an inexpensive “superhydrophobic” coating that, applied to solar panels, would make them self-cleaning and therefore more efficient.
February is Heart Health Month, which means there is no better time to think about your cardiovascular health. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. Research shows some foods can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Here are 10 foods to boost heart health.
Corals reefs in Palau are surviving, even thriving, as the surrounding Pacific Ocean becomes acidified, based on results published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. But this finding does not mean corals — tiny invertebrates that grow in colonies — are safe from the effects of climate change everywhere, researchers caution.
Implementing similar antibiotic prescription practices to those used in hospitals and at retail-based clinics might be the solution to reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in outpatient doctor's offices.
Roger Thurow, author of "The Last Hunger Season," came to Northwestern to speak about his experiences in Western Kenya during the harvest season. His book focuses on the lives of smallholder farmers and the path from "misery to Canaan," the land of milk and honey.
Asteroid Itokawa, known for its peanut-like shape, leads to new information about the anatomy of an asteroid. An international team has made a significant step in understanding the density and what it looks like on the inside of an asteroid.
Concussion experts are studying a new way of detecting concussions in college-level ice hockey players. This technique, called susceptibility weighted imaging, can find smaller blood spots on the brain leading to earlier detection. The research published Wednesday analyzes the effects of accumulation of concussions and the affects that "microbleeds" can have over time.
The Biggest Loser winner’s record-breaking weight loss - 60 percent of her body weight - has many of us wondering whether shedding pounds so rapidly is healthy. Experts said it’s not.
The American Heart Association released the first set of guidelines Thursday for reducing stroke risks unique to women. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death for women and 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. These six guidelines emphasize the differences between men and women.
Vitamins are supposed to be a boost to health and energy but some could actually slow you down in the long run. A study published in the Journal of Physiology found that taking a combination of vitamins C and E supplements may “blunt” how muscles react to endurance training. After completing a running program, participants who did not take the vitamins produced more new muscle-building mitochondria than those who took the vitamins.
Oregon startup RevMedx has found a way to stop hemorrhaging in 15 seconds. The U.S. Army has recently funded the team $5 million toward development of XStat, a sponge-injecting syringe that designers hope will replace traditional gauze in the battlefield.
Your memory may not be as reliable as you think. The brain can rewrite past memories with current information to reflect what is important now, according to a study published by Northwestern University researchers Wednesday.
CVS Caremark Corp. announced it will stop selling cigarettes. The plan to pull all tobacco products by Oct. 1 has raised questions about the ethics of pharmacies selling unhealthy products and whether or not other major drugstores will follow suit.
Chicagoans wondering about the elusive threat of global warming may think they can shrug off the problem as they shiver, but rest assured it hasn’t gone anywhere. Climate change is actually behind the temperature plunge. As weather forecasters continue to brace us for extreme winter, global warming remains a fact.
Birch and other natural and alternative remedies once thought to be the stuff of folklore are now being backed up by an increasing number of clinical studies
Later this week, the world will watch as athletes as young as 16 compete in the Olympics. It’s no secret that preparing for the games can be as mentally taxing as it is physically grueling – but for elite adolescent athletes, the training and stress associated with performing can have unique consequences, according to psychologists.
The push for MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorder patients is on the rise. Despite hundreds of studies favoring psychotherapeutic drug relief, government drug policy is still lagging behind. Scientists see the stigma of the “rave-drug” as a setback in a potentially curative treatment.
What do you do when your child dies? That was the question Jeff Towne and his wife Carin found themselves asking in early 2009 after their 3-year-old son, Benjamin Ward Towne died from a type of cancer. The Ben Towne Foundation created in his memory uses 100 percent of donations to fund cancer research at the foundation's research center.
Chicago is one of 10 cities that have joined the City Energy Project, an initiative to craft personalized city plans to increase energy efficiency in large buildings. By the end of the three-year project, organizers hope the current crop of cities will be models for other cities around the country and globe.
Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square offers natural and herbal remedies in the vintage atmosphere of drug stores from another era. The 139-year-old alternative medicine store and pharmacy has survived despite the rise of independent drugstores and pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS and now considers itself a Chicago landmark.
A DNA sequencer is the new addition at the Pritzker Lab, in Chicago's Field Museum. But the machine is not yet up and running. Kevin Feldheim, the manager of the Pritzker Lab, tells us more.
Chicago's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is marking the centennial of the extinction of the passenger pigeon by using its tragic story to promote species conservation. The museum kicked off its efforts with the signing of a new and authoritative book, 'A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,' by Joel Greenberg, a scholar at the museum.
Rye bread, noodles, pot roast, salted caramel cheesecake. The Berghoff and its traditional German-American cuisine has been serving hungry diners since 1898. But Carlyn Berghoff, chef and CEO of Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group, was prompted to make some alterations to the menu after her 16-year-old daughter Sarah was diagnosed with celiac disease. People with celiac disease are unable to process gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Now, the mother-daughter duo is sharing their story and favorite recipes in a new cookbook, “Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love.”
Cold fingers are a common winter occurrence. But for an estimated 5 percent of Americans, white fingers mean Raynaud’s syndrome and the condition impacts their daily lives. Chicago doctors explain differences in diagnoses and new treatments to keep fingers warm and not white.
A study published this week in a European journal reports researchers have targeted a specific protein in the brain that is affected by THC — the primary mind-altering ingredient found in marijuana — resulting in cognitive and behavioral impairments in adults whose mothers used the drug during pregnancy.
Despite sightings and shootings of wolves in Illinois over the past decade, wildlife experts agree that wolves aren't likely to establish populations in Illinois anytime soon. Instead, "coywolves," a wolf-coyote hybrid, is finding its way to the Chicago area. The city and suburbs are already home to large number of coyotes, which has risen concern due to recent attacks on dogs.
Former Olympic athletes and trainers recall what it took to make it, a battle that turns out to be both mental and physical.
Turn down the thermostat. Research shows that regular exposure to mild cold could aid weight loss by increasing the amount of energy our bodies use to keep us warm.
South-suburban physician Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, grew up in Homs, Syria, part of which is blockaded from humanitarian aid. He has made eight trips to bring medical relief to his native land and neighboring countries.
The FDA allowed the potentially risky use of antibiotics in animal feed for years despite internal safety reviews showing that the practice could expose humans to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to a report released by the Natural Resource Defense Council this week.
Those toddler temper tantrums may have more to do with genes than environment, a new study finds. But experts continue to stress the importance of parenting and environment for young children.
Lab coats, neck wear and other accessories may spread germs in medical environments. This month, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America released new recommendations for hospitals questioning the necessity of the traditional doctor's dress code—including white lab coats. The group’s report on Healthcare Personnel Attire voices concern that those revered coats could spread germs.
Consumer Reports recommended last week that the FDA set a federal limit for a certain caramel color often found in soft drinks like Pepsi One, because it could possibly be carcinogenic. Experts say there is no threat to humans and more research is needed to understand if there is any danger of cancer from consuming sodas made with caramel color.
Filling your plate with fish and fruits, vegetables and grains and using lots of olive oil is at the heart of the Mediterranean diet. For many many Greek-Americans it's not a diet at all but simply a way of life. A recent study finds that the diet can prevent Type 2 diabetes, further illustrating healthy advantages.
Stars on the inside of the Milky Way galaxy are older than stars on the outside. This indicates that the galaxy may have been formed "inside-out," according to recent research from scientists at Cambridge University.
Imagine custom pizzas, paperweight fetus models or human stem cells at the press of a button. The technology for 3D-printing has taken off recently, with people abuzz at the endless possibilities, opening the door to localizing production, reducing waste and upholding standardized quality.
Climate research expert Warren Washington, the second African-American to earn a doctorate in atmospheric science, spoke about encouraging young researchers from diverse backgrounds to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. during a candlelight vigil Monday.
Children whose mothers had high-fat diets in their third trimester may be at increased risk for life-long obesity and other related metabolic health issues, according to a preliminary study performed on mice.
From a young age, the universe was Jessica Avva’s playground. And Avva has maintained that dream. At the 2014 Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, she presented her research on how charged particles are accelerated by stars that have exploded. These energetic particles hurl across the galaxy at high speed and become the building blocks of new stars.
Despite a bone chillingly cold winter, the net zero energy Walgreens in Evanston is powering through its first few months in operation. In fact, this season's extremely low temperatures have helped workers find and fix minor glitches that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Some Chicagoans think they can text and walk without missing a beat. But a recent study from down under found that people can’t walk in a straight line while texting with their phones.
Psychotherapy and a gene-activation drug may be an effective treatment combination in combating PTSD for those whose conditions stem from older traumatic memories, a study published this month in the journal Cell suggested. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that when mice were treated with a chemical that enhances the genes responsible for memory formation, they appeared to overcome fear associated with a traumatic event.
The 26.2-mile marathon isn't enough anymore. Runners are now running as much as 135 miles despite health risks
The FDA recommended last week that doctors stop prescribing combination drugs containing excess amounts of acetaminophen, three years after it had asked manufacturers to limit the ingredient. The goal is to reduce the risk of liver failure and related injuries.
Yale astrophysicist Debra Fischer, discoverer of multiple planet systems, provided inspirational tips at a national conference for young women majoring in physics. “You have to be educated and count as the leaders that are really going to make this world a better place. I implore you to be a part of the change,” she said.
The danger of burnout for women juggling multiple roles and steps to achieve wellness were the focus of a workshop organized by the In Her Shoes Foundation. Dr. Michele Kerulis, president of the Illinois Counseling Association, explores the symptoms of burnout and how to fight it.
Crossfit athlete, Kevin Ogar was paralyzed from the waist down after severing his spine earlier this month. His injury has sparked more debate over the safety of the high intensity workout regimes like Crossfit.
Juicing is a big business trend that continues to grow. A new gourmet juice bar will bring a fresh approach to the Chicago juice bar scene. But not all dietitians recommend juicing as a favorable weight-loss practice.
Winnetka is one step closer with its $34.5 million plan to drain floodwaters directly into Lake Michigan. The village Tuesday approved a $2.2 million engineering contract that will design a stormwater drain and tunnel from the city’s west side directly to the lake.
Though a recent Stanford study suggests that the flu shot is less effective for males, health officials and experts recommend the vaccination for everyone as flu statistics climb.
The American Cancer Society this month released its annual Cancer Statistics 2014. There is a steady decline (20 percent) of cancer death rates over the last two decades. But a couple things remain constant: The disparity between black and white men in prostate cancer remains great and the difference between patient treatments in different levels of socioeconomic status is still wide. (Elizabeth Wang) WITH CHART/GRAPH
Be careful how you act in front an an infant. They can discern more about you than you might think. A recent study at the University of Chicago finds that infants as young as 9 months are capable of predicting whether two people are likely to become friends or foes based on observing their common likes or dislikes.Merrill D'Arezzo(2) 2014-01-16 Headline - Infants capable of more than you think Tweet - Infants can discern friends and foes based on their observations, study finds. Summary - Be careful how you act in front an an infant. They can discern more about you than you might think. A recent study
Pathologist Nadine Kelly spent seven years in medical practice before making a life-changing decision: choosing to heal others through the practice of yoga.
People tend to view personal and corporate charitable acts performed for personal gain as less moral than other types of self-interested behavior, a study shows. Yale researchers have coined this phenomenon the "tainted-altruism effect."
Altered algae species in the Pacific Northwest indicate consequences of ocean acidification for marine life. Scientists consider the findings an “early warning sign” for ocean change, according to a new University of Chicago study published Wednesday in Ecology Letters.
A study revealing how some bacteria evade antibiotics is giving scientists tools to develop new drugs to treat recurring infections and combat antibiotic resistance.
A unique meteorite found in Morocco was donated to the Field Museum this month by a private collector, who has made it his mission to help advance scientific research.