Arrhythmia, kidney cancer, pneumonia 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:
- Ivan Moskowitz and his team discovered what appears to be the primary gene responsible for cardiac arrhythmia risk.
- Researchers from UChicago and Beijing describe how a shortage of oxygen in cells causes a normally helpful protein go bad and drive tumor growth in kidney cancer.
- A common antiseptic used to prevent pneumonia in patients on mechanical ventilation has no benefit for objective patient outcomes.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- A legacy of knowledge, kindness and collaboration will be honored in the first Sylvia Watson Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Oncology Nursing Practice to be presented at the Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony in May.
Research from around the web:
- Pediatrician Dana Suskind’s Thirty Million Word project, which focuses on teaching parents the importance of spoken language for their child’s early development, was featured in the New York Times.
- Biologist Neil Shubin spoke to National Geographic about his upcoming “Your Inner Fish” series on PBS, and how television allows him to tell the story of evolution in a new way. The three-part series premieres on April 9 at 9 pm CST.
- Infectious disease expert Emily Landon was on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to talk about whether hospitals are overusing antibiotics. Under Landon’s direction, the antibiotic stewardship program at UChicago Medicine has reduced antibiotic use by 60 percent, while reducing infections by 40 percent.
- And on his Pressure Point blog with the National Kidney Foundation, George Bakris, director of hypertension center, explored the science behind the connection between migraines and hypertension.