LabBook April 12, 2013

Yes, that is an impressionist cow. It's one of the beautiful bovines from Chicago's 1999 Cows on Parade exhibit that placed artistic ruminants all over town. This one, named "Moosaic" is located in the lobby of Comer Children's Hospital.

Yes, that is an impressionist cow. It’s one of the beautiful bovines from Chicago’s 1999 Cows on Parade exhibit that placed artistic ruminants all over town. This one, named “Moosaic,” is located in the lobby of Comer Children’s Hospital.

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.

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG

Last month I spoke to medical student Ashwin Kotwal about a study he did with Dr. William Dale on how emotions like anxiety and stress can affect a man’s decision to get screened for prostate cancer with the PSA test. This week I sat down with Dr. Dale for a video interview about the PSA test, and why it’s still so controversial.

RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

Pulmonary hypertension is the condition of high blood pressure in the arteries to the lungs, which left untreated can be deadly. Despite the seriousness of the disease, a new study by Dr. Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, covered by MedPage Today, found that a third of patients referred to specialty care centers had been misdiagnosed, and 57 percent of those given medications for it had been given inappropriate medications.

I hope I’ve gotten the point across by now about how important sleep is to good health, but add one more reason. New research by Howard Nusbaum and Daniel Margoliash, reported by the Chicago Tribune, found that proper sleep helps process and organize new memories. In a study of starlings, which have similar sleep functions as humans, they found that the birds were better able to recall the songs of other birds after sleep.

This week the Tribune also reported on how medical device startup companies are getting their products ready for market with help from local universities, like our own Center for Technology Development and Ventures.

And finally, the New York Times featured Dr. Dana Suskind’s Thirty Million Words project that teaches families about the importance of the sheer number of words a child hears by the age of 3. It was part of a larger story on how early exposure to language impacts children’s development.

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer at the University of Chicago Medicine and nonfiction editor for Another Chicago Magazine.

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