LabBook November 8, 2013

It's that time of year: Pharmacist Magdalene Ladas administers an influenza vaccine to Respiratory Therapist Jacob Chacko. This week UChicago conducted a combined disaster preparedness drill and immunization drive and gave more than 1,500 vaccinations to hospital employees.

It’s that time of year: Pharmacist Magdalene Ladas administers an influenza vaccine to Respiratory Therapist Jacob Chacko. This week UChicago conducted a combined disaster preparedness drill and immunization drive and gave more than 1,500 vaccinations to hospital employees. (Photo by Amy Alderman)

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:

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Research in the news:

  • Marcus Kronforst’s evolution research was featured in the Economist, focusing on how the highly adaptable Heliconius genus of butterflies helps scientists who study biodiversity.
  • Elizabeth Bernstein from the Wall Street Journal wrote about ways people can fight back feelings of loneliness, featuring research by UChicago psychologist John Cacioppo, who studies how loneliness affects our health and well-being.
  • And at the recent Digestive Disease Week conference, Stefano Guandalini, medical director of the UChicago Celiac Disease Center, led a discussion on probiotics, which are becoming increasingly popular with patients despite scant evidence that they do any good. “We have patients rushing out to buy probiotics, but the majority of the products have shown no evidence of benefit,” he said in an article at Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.
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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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