Text messaging, celiac disease, a new reader survey 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.
This week on the blog:
- Results of a program to send text message reminders to patients with diabetes adds to mounting evidence that mobile technologies hold great promise for enhanced patient support and self-care for chronic conditions.
- We spoke to Stefano Guandalini from the Celiac Disease Center about the seemingly sudden rise in celiac, what might be causing it, and what he sees in store for treatment.
- And we launched our first reader survey to find out more about you, fair reader, so we can improve the way we bring you science and research from UChicago. Fill it out if you haven’t already, it takes just a minute!
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) highlighted several UChicago studies in their annual selection of clinical cancer advances with the “greatest potential to improve patient care and quality of life.”
- Thyroid cancer research has a storied past at UChicago, and a bright future thanks to groundbreaking science developed by our researchers.
Research in the news:
- Shantanu Nundy and Monica Peek’s project using text message reminders to help patients manage diabetes was featured in Medscape, after findings from a six-month trial showed patients had better blood glucose control and lower health care costs.
- Sliman Bensmaia, who Science Life has covered a number of times for his work building the sense of touch into prosthetic limbs, spoke to The Scientist and the International Business Times after European researchers successfully implanted electrodes into a man’s arm and restored his sense of touch through a robotic hand.
- Marine biologists have found some species of coral that are thriving in acidic waters around Palau in the South Pacific, surprising many scientists who fear that organisms like coral will have a hard time building their hard skeletons in such an environment. But Tim Wootton, who studies the phenomenon of ocean acidification caused by increased carbon in the atmosphere, called into question a number of points about the study in an interview with Medill Reports.