Treating Pain on a Social Scale

February 9, 2012

By Matt Wood We hear a lot these days about online social networks, but the size and strength of a person’s real-life social network has major consequences for his or her health and quality of life. Studies have shown a statistical link between [Read more]

A Nasal Path to Migraine Relief

February 1, 2012

Roughly 30 million Americans suffer from migraines, and as you might expect, there’s a large pharmaceutical market to prevent or stop these debilitating headaches. Drugs such as Imitrex and Verapamil employ different pharmacological modes of [Read more]

Season of the Centenarians

January 19, 2012

By Matt Wood Joseph Kirsner, MD, continues to report to work after 76 years as a gastroenterologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. At 102, he must be doing something right. Sure, he keeps his mind and body active by keeping up with [Read more]

Genes Versus The Environment Inside

July 21, 2011

The odds of acquiring a disease are often portrayed as a tug of war between two foes: genes and environment. The battle is not always evenly matched. A disease such as cystic fibrosis is entirely genetic – if a child inherits the mutated CFTR [Read more]

Sleep and the Male Sex Life

June 9, 2011

By Dianna Douglas More research practically begging people to get a good night’s sleep has come out of the sleep labs at the University of Chicago. Eve Van Cauter and Rachel Leproult have discovered that a week of inadequate sleep means less [Read more]

A SMAHC-down on Poor Sleep

February 10, 2011

“If sleep does not serve an absolutely vital function, then it is the biggest mistake the evolutionary process ever made.” – Allan Rechtschaffen. We spend approximately one-third of our lives asleep, and yet there is still much to [Read more]