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Brain Size of Human Ancestors Evolved Gradually Over 3 Million Years

Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. Scientists don't agree on when and how this dramatic increase took place, but new analysis of 94 hominin fossils shows that...
20-Feb-2018 1:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

Past Encounters with the Flu Shape Vaccine Response

Researchers from the University of Chicago, Harvard University and others show that poor immune responses, not egg adaptions, may explain the low effectiveness of the vaccine that year.
15-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Duplicate Genes Help Animals Resolve Sexual Conflict

Duplicate copies of a gene shared by male and female fruit flies have evolved to resolve competing demands between the sexes. New genetic analysis by researchers at the University of Chicago describes how these copies have evolved separate male- and...
14-Feb-2018 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Birds and Primates Share Brain Cell Types Linked to Intelligence

In a new study, published this week in the journal Current Biology, scientists from UChicago show that some neurons in bird brains form the same kind of circuitry and have the same molecular signature as cells that enable connectivity between...
14-Feb-2018 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

​Youth Consider Mobile Health Units a Safe Place for Sexual Health Services

Mobile health units bring important medical services to communities across the country. A new study indicates that mobile health units may provide a new approach for offering sexual health education and services to adolescents.
7-Feb-2018 4:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

Peter Nagele to Lead Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Peter Nagele, MD, an internationally recognized trauma anesthesiologist, researcher and educator, has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Medicine, effective March 1, 2018.
31-Jan-2018 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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An Innovative PET Tracer Can Measure Damage From Multiple Sclerosis in Mouse Models

In the January 12, 2017 Scientific Reports, a research team describes early tests of a minimally-invasive way to assess myelin damage—the hallmark of multiple sclerosis—using positron emission tomography (PET). This approach could be used to...
10-Jan-2018 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Specific Microbes in Digestive Tract Can Boost Success for Cancer Immunotherapy

Specific strains of intestinal bacteria can improve the response rate to immunotherapy for patients being treated for advanced melanoma. Patients with a higher ratio of “beneficial” bacteria to “non-beneficial” bacteria all showed a clinical...
3-Jan-2018 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites


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