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Wrigley Field rats are still hanging around Wrigleyville (Video)

By Angela G. Barnes and Anne Arntson

Baseball fans are not the only ones hanging out in Wrigleyville. Since the start of the Wrigley Field renovation project last October, rats have been the bane of the resident’s existence.

Cubs officials say they continue to work with the city and Alderman Tunney’s office to combat the problem. But residents say more needs to be done.

Photo at top: The City implement rodent abatements to deal with Wrigley Field construction rat problem. (Angela G. Barnes/Medill)

Oak Park Ave construction may unearth indigent graves (VIDEO)

By Angela G. Barnes and Anne Arntson

A major street in the Dunning neighborhood is getting a face-lift, but the city may have a hundred-year-old burial problem.

According to Barry Fleig, a historian who’s chronicled the mishandling of bodies on the Northwest Side, the upgrade may disturb indigent graves.

This reconstruction project was suppose to start in June, but city officials say they want to explore the area first because records show bodies were once buried there.

Photo at top: The old Cook County Poorhouse cemetery underneath the Oak Park Ave Construction site. (Angela G. Barnes/Medill)




Video: Northwestern’s scientist uses baker’s yeast to create a laboratory in a bottle

By Angela Barnes

A compact, affordable device to diagnose how well your kidneys function is under development at Northwestern University.

Adebola Adeniran, a third year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is creating this laboratory in a bottle using yeast, the simple ingredient we usually knead into bread dough. This yeast will help detect chronic kidney disease, especially in underdeveloped areas with limited medical facilities.

Adeniran said she hopes people eventually could use the device themselves. Continue reading

VIDEO: Canines train to detect thyroid cancer

By Angela Barnes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A German Shepherd mix named Frankie and his two canine counterparts can detect thyroid cancer with 97-100 percent accuracy, according to researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

This life-saving role is a big change for Frankie who himself was rescued four years ago and has become the poster canine for the non-profit Frankie Foundation.
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