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.
Last week on the blog:
- Sliman Bensmaia and his team have created a blueprint for building touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain.
- The extraordinary story of how pediatricians kept a boy’s lungs clear after he was buried under 11 feet of sand.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Rimas Lukas, MD, wrote about the latest trends in neuro-oncology ahead of an educational seminar held earlier this week.
- Michael Spiotto, MD, PhD, on the future of proton therapy, after news that three major insurers have stopped covering it as a treatment for prostate cancer.
- A large study by David Rubin, MD, has confirmed a link between persistent inflammation and colon cancer risk in patients with ulcerative colitis.
Research in the news:
- Speaking at a recent gastroenterology conference, Rubin also urged taking a careful, measured approach for using fecal transplants to treat inflammatory bowel disease, despite encouraging early trials.
- Dana Suskind’s Thirty Million Words project, which focuses on the importance of hearing spoken language for children’s early development, was featured on NBC News’ Education Nation program.
- And Sliman Bensmaia’s work on building the sense of touch into prosthetics was covered widely by a variety of outlets, including CBS News, Wired UK, NewScientist, Discovery and io9.