Pritzker School of Medicine fourth-year students celebrate after finding out where they matched for their residency programs on March 21, 2014.
Autism, premature infants, medical conspiracies and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
This week on the blog:
- An analysis of 100 million US medical records reveals that autism and intellectual disability rates are correlated with exposure to harmful environmental factors such as pesticides.
- The 9th annual Quality and Safety Symposium on May 6 will showcase ongoing work and new initiatives to improve the quality of care at UChicago Medicine.
- Neonatologist Erika Claud is working to understand how bacteria could predict a devastating intestinal condition in premature babies.
Research around the web:
- Andrey Rzhetsky’s work uncovering the link between autism and environmental pollutants was also covered by Newsweek, Time and New Scientist.
- The New York Times covered Marcus Kronforst’s recent discovery that a single gene controls butterfly camouflage (more on that study here at Science Life).
- Neurobiologist Peggy Mason is out to debunk “neuromyths” with her new MOOC (massive open online course) about the brain.
- And Reuters covered a study by UChicago political scientist J. Eric Oliver showing that about half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, such as the government prevents access to natural cures (it doesn’t) or vaccines cause autism (they don’t). Clearly we have work to do here.