Expensive new forms of insulin perform no better than human insulin for Type 2 diabetes

For most people with Type 2 diabetes, treatment begins by making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise and taking medications, such as Metformin, that lower the amount of extra sugar in the blood. But 14 to 25 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes need insulin injections to control their blood sugars. For decades, these people were prescribed a synthetic form of human insulin, but in the 2000s, newer insulin analogs began to become more widespread. These modified versions of insulin are longer-acting and are supposed to limit the risk of low blood sugars at night. Unfortunately, they are also … Read More

Keyoumars Soltani, MD Receives Named Professorship

President Robert Zimmer has named Keyoumars Soltani, MD as the Allan L. Lorincz Professor effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Soltani, Professor of Medicine (Section of Dermatology) is an authority on the treatment of skin cancers, cutaneous surgical procedures, graft-versus-host disease and blistering conditions who has served the Department of Medicine, Biological Sciences Division and the University of Chicago with distinction and dedication for nearly 50 years. Dr. Soltani earned his MD in 1965 from the University of Tehran, followed by a residency in 1971 at Temple University, and research fellowship training at the University of Chicago. In 1972 he was … Read More

2018 Department of Medicine Award Recipients

At the 13th annual Department of Medicine Awards Ceremony held on June 19, 2018 , the nineteen faculty were recognized for their contributions to the Department of Medicine’s educational, clinical and research missions over the past academic year.  The awards were presented by Dr. Everett E. Vokes with assistance from the vice chairs for clinical operations, research , education and faculty development, Drs. Matthew Sorrentino, Julian Solway, John McConville and Deborah Burnet, respectively. Special Awards: Leif B. Sorensen,MD,PhD Faculty Research Award: Yun Fang, PhD (Pulmonary/Critical Care) Arthur Rubenstein,MD Faculty Mentorship Award: Vineet Arora,MD (General Internal Medicine) Diversity Award: Milda Saunders,MD (General Internal Medicine) Clinical … Read More

2018 Department of Medicine Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Linda Druelinger,MD, Professor of Medicine & Chief, Section of Emergency Medicine and Michelle Le Beau, PhD ,the Arthur and Marian Edelstein Professor and Director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center were honored with the Department of Medicine’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award . The Distinguished Service Award was launched in 2006 to recognize senior level faculty for their outstanding contributions to the clinical, research and educational missions of the Department of Medicine. The awards were presented by Everett Vokes,MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Annual Awards ceremony. Dr. Druelinger arrived at the University of Chicago in 1986 for her emergency … Read More

Lithium in tap water is not associated with risk for bipolar disorder, dementia

Within the past year, two separate studies by researchers in Canada and Denmark have suggested that higher levels of lithium in drinking water are associated with lower rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia. But according to new research from the University of Chicago, the rates of mental health disorders instead seem to be influenced by regional demographics and available healthcare resources. Robert Gibbons, PhD, director of UChicago’s Center for Health Statistics, and an interdisciplinary team of students from his Statistical Applications course completed a class project on the effects of lithium levels in drinking water and published their findings in the May 2018 … Read More

Chicago’s Top Cardiologists 2018

Seven faculty from the Department of Medicine, Section of Cardiology were named to Chicago magazine’s  list of Top Cardiologists. Cardiovascular Disease: Michael Davidson,MD Jeanne DeCara,MD Roberto Lang,MD James Liao,MD Atman Shah,MD Matthew Sorrentino,MD R. Parker Ward,MD   The  list was compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health care research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and hospitals. Castle Connolly’s nomination survey, research, screening, and selection process, under the direction of an MD, involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as … Read More

Under certain conditions, bacterial signals set the stage for leukemia

A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine shows that bacterial signals are crucial to the development of a precursor condition to leukemia, which can be induced by disrupting the intestinal barrier or by introducing a bacterial infection. More than 15 percent of people over the age of 60 develop TET2 (tet methylcytosine dioxygenase 2) mutations in hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to other blood cells. These are known as somatic mutations because they are not inherited, but instead occur by chance with age. These mutations are passed along to the progeny of the mutated cell during … Read More

Comprehensive Care Model Improves Care, Lowers Hospitalization

Patients who need frequent hospitalization account for a disproportionate amount of health care spending in the United States. In 2012, the University of Chicago Medicine—funded by a Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation—began enrolling patients in a clinical trial designed to test an imaginative way to reduce such hospital stays. More More