New tool identifies diabetes patients at risk for low blood sugar emergencies

Researchers have developed and validated a practical tool for identifying diabetes patients who are at the highest risk for ending up in an emergency department or hospital due to severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood sugar. The study was led by a team from Kaiser Permanente, which included Elbert Huang, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. Their results are published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Advances in care have reduced the risk of long-term complications and death for more than 25 million Americans with diabetes, which is characterized by high blood sugar. At the same time, patients … Read More

Big Data Yields Surprising Connections Between Diseases

SRC: Science Life Using health insurance claims data from more than 480,000 people in nearly 130,000 families, researchers at the University of Chicago have created a new classification of common diseases based on how often they occur among genetically-related individuals. Researchers hope the work, published this week in Nature Genetics, will help physicians make better diagnoses and treat root causes instead of symptoms. Understanding genetic similarities between diseases may mean that drugs that are effective for one disease may be effective for another one,” said Andrey Rzhetsky, PhD, the Edna K. Papazian Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics at UChicago who was … Read More

Welcome to the New Department of Medicine Website

Check out our new look. Feel free to let us know what you think. We will be continuing to update the site throughout the coming weeks. We are striving to make this new site as user friendly and intuitive as possible. Allowing both staff and faculty to access the necessary apps and links in the quickest way possible. Currently some of the apps and links only work if you are logged into or on the local school network. We will be updating that shortly to display apps for those who are logged in and for those who are not. Social … Read More