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Researchers at Northwestern University are pioneering ways to shoot out the tires from breast cancer’s getaway car in a high-speed chase of drugs and carcinogenic criminals.

That’s because breast cancer itself doesn’t kill until it metastasizes, or travels, to other sensitive organs, invades and then grows. But a new clue to stopping this destructive spree surprisingly came from pediatric research.

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Climate researcher Yarrow Axford taps unusual tools. The Northwestern University geologist relies on the exoskeletons of ancient insects and mud found at the bottom of Arctic lakes to trace chemical markers of climatic conditions throughout geologic history. She feels equally at home behind a microscope in a basement lab and camping beside Greenland’s massive ice sheet. 

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Carla Pugh, MD, may be changing the way doctors diagnose breast cancer and the accuracy of the diagnosis during a clinical office exam.

Pugh, a researcher and surgeon at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, just earned the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for research in using her patented technology to set standards for clinical performance. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for science and engineering professionals.

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A pioneer in the world of fertility preservation for young cancer patients, Dr. Teresa Woodruff of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, coined the term oncofertility and champions the idea of looking beyond the lab bench to the cancer patients affected by the studies.

Her research in reproductive endocrinology has increased awareness of fertility management and the role it plays in quality of life for the increasing number of women who are also young cancer survivors.

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Bioengineered organs may redefine transplants for humans someday, and even allow damaged organs to regenerate.

Northwestern University researchers are in the beginning stages of bioengineering tissues and entire organs from stem cells of adult rats and mice, said Dr. Jenny Zhang, who directs the Microsurgical Core within the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Feinberg.

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When it comes to our health, the term “normal” tends to bring comfort. This spot on my leg, or bump on my arm – is it normal? When the answer is yes, we’re understandably relieved.

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When we begin to feel unwell, we may first suspect that a pathogen like bacteria or a virus is making us sick.

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"Green city planning -- to create green roofs, green parks and deployment of green assets -- in places where we are worried about heat effects is necessary,” said

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