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Breathless: How Blood-Oxygen Levels Regulate Air Intake


Researchers have unraveled the precise mechanism that cells in the carotid bodies use to detect oxygen levels in the blood and send signals through the carotid sinus nerve to stimulate or relax breathing rates.
20-Apr-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Ancient Herbal Therapy Can Prevent—and Reverse—Cardiac Hypertrophy in Mice

A natural compound from magnolia bark can protect the heart from hypertrophy by activating SIRT3, a protein associated with delayed aging, stress resistance and metabolic regulation. Injected honokiol protected stressed mice, preventing excess...
14-Apr-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Polonsky Reappointed as Head of Biological Sciences, Medical School and Medical Center at University of Chicago


Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, the Richard T. Crane Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and executive vice president for...
18-Mar-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Blood Pressure Drug Protects Against Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis in Animal Models

An FDA-approved drug for high blood pressure, guanabenz, prevents myelin loss and alleviates clinical symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in animal models, according to a new study. The drug appears to enhance an innate cellular mechanism that...
11-Mar-2015 2:15 PM EDT

Optogenetics Without the Genetics

Light can be used to activate normal, non-genetically modified neurons through the use of targeted gold nanoparticles. The new method represents a significant technological advance with potential advantages over current optogenetic methods,...
9-Mar-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Ci3’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab Awarded $1 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant


The MacArthur Foundation has awarded $1 million over two years to Ci3’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab at the University of Chicago to advance its work developing game-based learning experiences that promote sexual and reproductive health among...
11-Mar-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Pritzker School of Medicine Program Ranks 10th in Latest Survey

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine moved up a notch to regain its top 10 status as one of the country’s best medical schools and its primary care program scored its strongest rating since 2010, according to the latest edition of...
10-Mar-2015 10:20 AM EDT

New Study Helps Explain Links Between Sleep Loss and Diabetes

Lack of sleep can elevate levels of free fatty acids in the blood, accompanied by temporary pre-diabetic conditions in healthy young men. Getting enough sleep could help counteract the current epidemics of diabetes and obesity.
16-Feb-2015 2:10 PM EST

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