Heart & Vascular

A Thread in the Genetic Zipper

June 15, 2010

In the first part of his “The Genome at 10” series on Sunday, Nicholas Wade of the New York Times wrote about frustration in the wake of the Human Genome Project. Despite optimistic promises at its unveiling in 2000, scientists [Read more]

Videos: Heart Health & Risk

May 24, 2010

Last October, a group of Illinois legislators visited the University of Chicago Medical Center for two days of education and discussion about cardiovascular medicine and health care reform, part of a nationwide “Legislator in the Lab” [Read more]

The Cancer Drug That Needs a Cuff

May 11, 2010

There’s no such thing as a perfect drug. Physicians know that for every treatment benefit a drug provides, there will also be side effects that must be taken into consideration. Ideally, these side effects can be controlled with careful dosing [Read more]

When Clinical Trials Go Too Well

April 19, 2010

Typically, when a clinical trial is stopped early, it’s bad news. The drug being tested may show unexpected side effects too harmful to continue, the trial may fall short of its patient recruitment goals, or the early results may reveal too [Read more]

Finding a Benefit Inside a Risk

March 4, 2010

In a perfect world, patients would only have one serious condition at a time that could be treated in isolation. But that’s not the case: when a doctor is considering treatment for one disease, they must take into account the other illnesses [Read more]