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Artist’s Note-March 2018

02/22/2018
Original art and artist’s blurbs are presented in collaboration with the students of the University of Illinois Chicago program in Biomedical Visualization. 
by Eleanor Milman
When I learned that I would be creating an illustration on pediatric medical decision making, I immediately wanted to work from the perspective of a child. Grappling with heavy topics such as informed consent and patient autonomy is difficult for adults and so must be especially daunting for children and their parents.

It was important that the illustration include elements from both the childlike world of imagination and wonder, and the less innocent world of medical decision making.

Btn Rss Bioethics News.

02/22/2018
Intergenerational care: Where kids help the elderly live longer CNN

“The children work with and play with the residents every single day,” said Ali Somers, co-founder of Apples and Honey Nightingale, who also heads evaluation and impact for this program. The premise is intergenerational care, providing wisdom to the young and relationships — and, in turn, longevity — to the old.

02/21/2018
Find drugs that delay many diseases of old age Nature

A class of drugs called geroprotectors might be able to delay the onset of concurrent age-related diseases (multimorbidity) and boost resilience. In various animal models, these drugs can ward off problems of the heart, muscles, immune system and more.

02/20/2018
Genome editor CRISPR’s latest trick? Offering a sharper snapshot of activity inside the cell Science

Airplane flight recorders and body cameras help investigators make sense of complicated events. Biologists studying cells have tried to build their own data recorders, for example by linking the activity of a gene of interest to one making a fluorescent protein. Their goal is to clarify processes such as the emergence of cancer, aging, environmental impacts, and embryonic development.

02/19/2018
Spot Shortages Of Antiviral Drugs Seen As Flu Season Drags On NPR

The strain of flu known as H3N2 remains the dominant form circulating in the United States. It’s a particularly severe strain that isn’t easily stopped by the current vaccine.