Swine flu, robotic surgery, explosive tempers and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
Last two weeks on the blog:
- The H1N1 swine flu is making the rounds in Chicago again this season. We asked the director of our infection control program if we should be scared.
- A new test has the potential to help physicians identify patients with the most lethal forms of triple-negative breast cancer.
- We spoke to cardiac surgeon Husam Balkhy about the future of robotic surgery.
- Cancer researchers at UChicago will share in a $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research to “alter the course of cancer.”
- Findings from a new study suggest treatments for intermittent explosive disorder, aka road rage.
- Research by Elbert Huang finds that how long a person has lived with diabetes can affect complications just as much as their age.
Research in the news:
- Dan Margoliash’s research on how birdsong models speech was chosen among Nature magazine’s best of 2013.
- The Chicago Tribune featured biologist Michael Coates’ discovery of a “nursery” of fossilized proto-sharks that used to swim the waters of ancient Illinois.
- USA Today profiled John Schneider and his work to reach out to young black and Latino gay men in Chicago to prevent the spread of HIV.
- Finally, a number of outlets via HealthDay covered Tara Henderson’s research showing that many adult physicians aren’t prepared to deal with the unique needs to survivors of childhood cancers as they become adults.