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Heart Device Safety Study Brings Vision of Child-Specific Medical Devices Closer to Reality

The reduced-size Amplatzer duct occluder II (ADO II), a heart device developed to repair one of the most common congenital heart defects, is safe to use in very small children. That’s according to new research published in the May 2017 issue of...
26-May-2017 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Yearlong Survey Tracks the Microbiome of a Newly Opened Hospital


A 12-month study mapping bacterial diversity within a hospital — with a focus on the flow of microbes between patients, staff and surfaces — should help hospitals worldwide better understand how to encourage beneficial microbial interactions and...
24-May-2017 11:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

$100 Million Gift Establishes Duchossois Family Institute to Develop ‘New Science’ Focused on Optimizing Health

A Chicago-area family with a deep commitment to supporting science and medicine is giving $100 million to establish The Duchossois Family Institute at the University of Chicago Medicine, which seeks to accelerate research and interventions based on...
24-May-2017 1:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals Origins of the Human Spine


Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,...
17-May-2017 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

New CDC-Funded Portal Enables Health Providers to Schedule Free Colorectal Cancer Screenings for Uninsured Patients

Illinois Colon CARES, a UChicago Medicine-led initiative, seeks to become model for other states to increase access for vulnerable populations
11-May-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Large Data Set Brings Precision to Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Care


Although the odds of developing breast cancer are nearly identical for black and white women, black women are 42 percent more likely to die from the disease. A large, multi-institutional study, published on-line May 4, 2017, in JAMA Oncology,...
2-May-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Research Suggests Trans Fat Bans Lessen Health Risks

People living in areas that restrict trans fats in foods had fewer hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke compared to residents in areas without restrictions, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago...
13-Apr-2017 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Ethics Study: Inconsistent State Laws May Complicate Medical Decision-Making

patchwork of state laws creates a labyrinth that can make it confusing to navigate incapacitated patients’ medical wishes. Without clear national standards, the problem may worsen as the nation’s 75 million baby boomers continue to age,...
12-Apr-2017 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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