LabBook May 17, 2013

Food trucks and dogwoods in bloom along Ellis Avenue.

Food trucks and dogwoods in bloom along Ellis Avenue.

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, with links to news stories about our faculty and their research.


  • Pulmonary hypertension is a dangerous condition causing high blood pressure in the arteries near the lungs, but a study by Dr. Marni Gomberg-Maitland featured in the Chicago Tribune found that it’s commonly misdiagnosed.
  • Patients with severe anorexia nervosa are notoriously difficult to treat, and it has the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. But work by Dr. Daniel Le Grange shows that when the goals for treatment are set collaboratively between patients and their care givers, the number of patients who complete treatment triples.
  • The big medical news of the week was Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had a prophylactic double mastectomy because she carries the gene mutation that puts her at high risk for breast cancer. Science Life took a look at what some of our breast cancer experts, including Dr. David Song, Dr. Swati Kulkarni and Dr. Funmi Olopade, had to say about Jolie’s decision and the implications of genetic screening for cancer.
  • Finally, companies use “cloud computing” to help run their businesses on big servers from Amazon and Google instead of building them on their own, so why can’t scientists too? This week UChicago launched the Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud, the first cloud-based computing system that lets researchers analyze genetic cancer information without the costly infrastructure normally needed to process massive amounts of data on their own.
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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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