LabBook February 8, 2013

Our favorite tree in front of the old Billings Hospital on 59th Street

Our favorite tree in front of the old Billings Hospital on 59th Street

Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the internet. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, link to news stories about our faculty and studies, and briefly summarize a handful of recent publications by our researchers.


Last week we wrote about how quick thinking by ER docs and the heroic efforts of our UCAN flight team saved a new mother who had an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare complication of childbirth where amniotic fluid gets into the bloodstream and causes massive internal bleeding.

On Thursday we spoke to Shalini Reddy about a survey she developed with a former resident showing that 62 percent of incoming premed students have already been exposed to direct marketing by pharmaceutical companies, including getting small gifts like pens and being invited to social functions.

This Wednesday we caught up with Cathy Pfister and Tim Wootton, who have spent the past 20 years studying marine life around tiny Tatoosh Island in Washington. They recently published a paper about some of their observations that makes an even stronger case for how increased carbon emissions in the atmosphere are changing our oceans.

We also blogged a couple of posts on Jack Gilbert’s Hospital Microbiome Project and a stunning data visualization presented at the Computation Institute.


Donald Jensen, director of our Center for Liver Diseases, was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about advances in hepatitis C treatments. New therapies have come far enough that he’s now comfortable using the word “cure.”

The Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago project, created by Marshall Chin and Monica Peek, is already having a big impact addressing disparities in access to preventative care for type 2 diabetes. The program was covered this week by the Northwest Indiana Times.

Finally, Stefano Guandalini, medical director of our Celiac Disease Center, was featured in the New York Times in an article about the challenge of diagnosing gluten sensitivity, where a person can’t tolerate gluten but doesn’t have the traditional hallmarks of celiac disease.

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer and manager of communications at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Division.
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