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Two-Faced Gene: SIRT6 Prevents Some Cancers but Promotes Sun-Induced Skin Cancer

SIRT6—a protein that inhibits the growth of liver and colon cancers—can promote the development of skin cancers by turning on an enzyme that increases inflammation, proliferation and survival of sun-damaged skin cells. This suggests that SIRT6...
13-Oct-2014 10:30 AM EDT

Cancer Medicine: New, Improved, Expensive and Exploited?

Two studies published in the October 2014 issue of Health Affairs by a University of Chicago health economist examine spending on oral anti-cancer drugs as well as a federal program designed to help the poor, which researchers say instead helps...
6-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Decreased Ability to Identify Odors Can Predict Death


The inability of older adults to identify scents is a strong predictor of death within five years. Almost 40% of those who failed a smelling test died during that period, compared to 10% of those with a healthy sense of smell. Olfactory dysfunction...
25-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Genetic Secrets of the Monarch Butterfly Revealed


Sequencing the genomes of monarch butterflies from around the world, scientists have made surprising insights into the insect’s genetics. They identified a single gene that appears central to migration – a behavior generally regarded as complex...
29-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Gut Bacteria Are Protected by Host During Illness

To protect their gut microbes during illness, sick mice produce specialized sugars in the gut that feed their microbiota and maintain a healthy microbial balance. This protective mechanism also appears to help resist or tolerate additional harmful...
29-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

How the Brain Finds What It’s Looking For

University of Chicago scientists have identified a brain region that appears central to perceiving the combination of color and motion. These neurons shift in sensitivity toward different colors and directions depending on what is being attended....
2-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Gut Bacteria That Protect Against Food Allergies Identified

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition
20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

University of Chicago Medical Center Names New Trustees

The University of Chicago Medical Center added six new members to its governing Board of Trustees, and named a new president of the medical staff.
7-Aug-2014 3:25 PM EDT

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