LabBook September 13, 2013

The "Grande Disco" sculpture by Italian artist Arnoldo Pomodoro outside the Surgery Brain Research pavilion on campus has been removed for renovation. But don't worry, it'll return this spring shiny as new--and spinning like the artist intended.

The “Grande Disco” sculpture by Italian artist Arnoldo Pomodoro outside the Surgery Brain Research pavilion on campus has been removed for renovation. But don’t worry, it’ll return this spring shiny as new–and spinning like the artist intended.

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.

This week on the blog:

From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:

Research in the news:

  • Yang-Xin Fu, PhD, was on a panel discussion for Chicago Tonight on the ever-increasing rise in childhood obesity. Fu and his colleagues have done research on how the gut microbiome influences rates of obesity, and spoke about recent studies showing that gut bacteria from thin humans can be transplanted to obese mice, which then lose weight.
  • Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, director of the Kovler Diabetes Center, wrote an op-ed for the Sun-Times on the importance of proper diagnosis for rare genetic forms of diabetes.
  • Finally, removing the tonsils can be one way to help treat young children with obstructive sleep apnea, but new research by Fuad Baroody, MD, found that 1 in 5 toddlers who have tonsillectomies to treat OSA still had significant symptoms afterward. Baroody’s work was featured in Medpage.

That’s it for this week. We’ve entered that weird season in Chicago where we never know if we should wear a jacket, but we’re looking forward to fall weather. See you on Monday!

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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