LabBook May 31, 2013

Flowers in bloom on the main university quad Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the University of Chicago. (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

Flowers in bloom on the main university quad Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the University of Chicago. (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG

  • Unfortunately in science, sometimes what seem to be groundbreaking research results turn out to be too good to be true. On Monday we wrote about one such case, in which Sangram Sisodia worked with researchers from four other institutions to show that they could not reproduce the findings of a 2012 study claiming that a drug approved for use in skin cancer could reverse effects of Alzheimer’s.
  • Eye contact is important for establishing a personal connection with someone, but does it matter to your health when talking to your doctor? Rita Gorawara-Bhat and her colleagues are studying the importance of eye contact between doctors and patients and how it affects understanding and adherence to treatment plans.
  • And finally, we’re very excited to announce the launch of UChicago Cancer Conversations, our new blog featuring University of Chicago cancer physicians and researchers writing about their thoughts from the forefront of cancer care. We like to think of it as a sister blog to Science Life, and we’ll be sharing content from the new site here regularly. Follow along this weekend as we report back from the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.
About Matt Wood (514 Articles)

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

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