2002 Press Releases

December 13, 2002
Minimally invasive procedure helps patients with chest deformity
A new minimally invasive procedure offers patients suffering from pectus excavatum--commonly known as funnel chest--better results than conventional surgery.

December 2, 2002
Hospital-care specialists improve outcomes, reduce costs
Physicians who concentrate on hospital care produce better results than the general internists who have traditionally managed hospital stays, reveals a study by researchers at the University of Chicago.

November 13, 2002
Graeme Bell wins Canadian research prize
Graeme Bell, PhD, the Louis Block Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medicine, and Human Genetics, has been awarded the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize for Medicine.

November 7, 2002
Social determinants conference
To explore the links between social status, financial resources, education, cultural background, and disease risk, researchers from the University of Chicago have organized a two-day conference on the "Social Determinants of Health and Disease."

October 25, 2002
University of Chicago Hospitals receives "President's Award" from Black Contractors United for minority hiring
On Oct. 25, Black Contractors United presented an award to UCH for their extraordinary effort on behalf of African American contractors in the construction of the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital.

October 25, 2002
Patients picture holiday season for Child Life program
Young patients have again designed holiday greeting cards. Proceeds from the sale will directly benefit the child life program at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital.

October 21, 2002
Good Samaritan kidney donor to meet recipient
On October 21, Willie Morris will have his first opportunity to thank Bill Van Pelt. Although they have never met, since June 20 Morris has been kept alive by a kidney that was donated--to whoever needed it--by Van Pelt.

September 30, 2002
Bernard Ewigman appointed chairman of family medicine at University of Chicago
Bernard G. Ewigman, MD, MSPH, a pioneer in applying the specialized tools of clinical epidemiology to the fields of primary care and family practice, has been appointed chairman of the department of family medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, beginning September 1.

September 20, 2002
Richard G. Fessler appointed chief of neurosurgery
Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD, has been appointed professor and section chief of neurosurgery at the University of Chicago, effective September 2, 2002.

September 16, 2002
Prominent forensic pathologist, human rights activist Robert Kirschner, 1940-2002
An internationally recognized authority on forensic pathology, human rights violations, police brutality, torture and child abuse and an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, Robert H. Kirschner, MD, a clinical associate in the department of pathology and pediatrics and a founding member of the faculty board of the human rights program at the University of Chicago, died at the University of Chicago Hospitals on September 15 from complications of cancer. He was 61.

September 4, 2002
Doctors seek African American bone marrow donors for infant with rare disorder
The best chance for a cure for a 10-month-old Chicago area boy may be a bone marrow transplant--but his doctors have not yet found a compatible donor and are asking the African-American community to help.

August 27, 2002
Chris Klug, Connie Payton and Jesse White join University of Chicago transplant celebration
To celebrate life after an organ transplant, University of Chicago Hospitals transplant teams and about 200 transplant recipients will host Olympic medallist and liver transplant recipient Chris Klug; Connie Payton, wife of the late Walter Payton.

August 11, 2002
Researchers find gene that causes leukemia in children with Down syndrome
Researchers from the University of Chicago have identified a gene defect that causes the development of leukemia in children with Down syndrome. The discovery could speed diagnosis and provide a new target for therapy.

August 7, 2002
U of C researcher tracks path of flying snake
Snakes crawl, slither, swim, burrow and climb. But fly? They do in Southeast Asia. University of Chicago biologist Jake Socha has been studying the flight patterns of these airborne snakes for the past six years. In the Aug. 8 issue of Nature, Socha describes some of the aerodynamics of the C. paradisi, or paradise tree snake, one of five species of flying snakes.

August 5, 2002
Gene therapy boosts cancer chemotherapy
University of Chicago researchers have found a way to use cancer chemotherapy to turn on gene therapy designed to disrupt the growth of blood vessels to a tumor. The combination, tested in mice, is far more effective than standard chemotherapy and has no additional side effects.

August 1, 2002
Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets increase risk of kidney stones and may raise bone-loss risk
Diets that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates are more acidic, which changes the urine in ways that increase the risk for developing kidney stones. They also cause calcium loss, which may increase the long-term risk for osteoporosis.

July 12, 2002
National survey names University of Chicago Hospitals one of best in U.S.
For the sixth year in a row, the University of Chicago Hospitals have been selected as one of the 17 best hospitals in the United States by U.S.News & World Report.

July 11, 2002
Business leaders honor University of Chicago Hospitals for employee development
Mayor Daley joined the CEOs of Boeing and Exelon to honor 11 leading Chicago companies--including UCH--for their successful educational programs.

July 2, 2002
Richard Baron appointed chairman of radiology at University of Chicago
Richard L. Baron, MD, a pioneer in abdominal imaging and in the gastrointestinal applications of magnetic resonance and computed tomography scans, has been appointed chairman of radiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

July 1, 2002
Common diabetes drug causes arteries to spasm, endangering heart
The oral medications most widely used to lower blood-sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes are likely to increase the risk of spasm of the coronary arteries.

June 10, 2002
New VPs for marketing and managed care appointed at University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System
Mayumi Fukui has been appointed vice president for managed care at the University of Chicago Hospitals, and Ivy Bennett has been appointed vice president and chief marketing officer.

June 5, 2002
Pritzker family donates $30 million to the University of Chicago
The Pritzker family of Chicago is making a gift of $30 million to the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

May 24, 2002
Ginseng berry extract shows promise for diabetes, obesity
An extract from the ginseng berry shows real promise in treating diabetes and obesity, reports a research team from the University of Chicago's Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research.

May 22, 2002
U of C medical students travel on missionary trip to Cuba
University of Chicago medical students will travel to Havana, Cuba, June 9-18 bringing with them medical supplies for area hospitals and clinics.

May 20, 2002
Pemetrexed shows survival benefit in patients with pleural mesothelioma
Patients with pleural mesothelioma live longer and have less pain and shortness of breath if they receive the new chemotherapy drug pemetrexed.

May 2, 2002
Study shows infliximab can prolong remissions in Crohn's disease
Sustained treatment with the monoclonal antibody infliximab can prolong remissions in patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease.

May 1, 2002
Endowed Lectureship Established at the University of Chicago
Alumnus Attallah Kappas establishes an endowed lectureship in the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics in honor of eminent physicist Frederick Seitz.

April 24, 2002
Scott Hamilton to speak at University of Chicago Hospitals cancer survivors celebration, June 2, 2002
World renowned figure skater Scott Hamilton--who won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympics, the National and World Figure Skating Championships from 1981 to 1984, and was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990--will be the keynote speaker for the University of Chicago Hospitals' 12th-annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration on Sunday, June 2.

April 24, 2002
Biodiversity crucial to Earth's ecosystems
Researchers have discovered that the type of species lost within an ecosystem may harm the productivity of that system more than the actual number of species lost.

April 23, 2002
Weiss Hospital to enter joint venture with Vanguard Health Systems
UCHHS and Vanguard Health Systems have agreed to establish a joint venture that will acquire Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, UCHHS's North Side affiliate.

April 17, 2002
University of Chicago chosen as Sun Microsystems Center of Excellence in bioinformatics, computational biology, and medical informatics
Sun Microsystems, Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., today announced that it has selected the University of Chicago as a Sun Center of Excellence (COE) in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Medical Informatics.

April 10, 2002
Men regain evolutionary driver's seat
Mutation study confirms strong male-driven evolution among humans and apes.

March 21, 2002
A Perfect Match: Match Day sets course for future physicians
On March 21, medical students across the country simultaneously discovered where they would continue their training during Match Day, an annual rite of spring since 1952.

March 13, 2002
Lack of inhibition strengthens nicotine addiction
Brief exposure to nicotine not only boosts the brain's reward system but also blocks a rival system that limits the duration of such rewards.

March 12, 2002
Cigarette ads target youth, violating $250 billion 1998 settlement
Despite an explicit ban since 1998 on directing advertising at children, U.S. tobacco companies selectively increased youth targeting in 1999 and 2000 report researchers from the University of Chicago.

March 11, 2002
Quilt show at University of Chicago Hospitals depicts cancer-fighting plants
The Healing Garden Quilt Show, a nationally traveling exhibit, is currently on display at the Hospitals through April 30, 2002.

March 4, 2002
Steroid nasal spray more effective against hay fever
Fluticasone propionate (Flonase®) is slightly more effective at controlling seasonal allergies than a combination of two popular anti-allergy drugs: loratidine (Claritin®) and montelukast (Singulair®).

March 1, 2002
Noted Chemist Martin Mathews, PhD, 1912-2002
Martin Mathews, PhD, professor emeritus in the departments of pediatrics and biochemistry, and former faculty member of the Kennedy Mental Retardation Research Center at the University of Chicago, died Feb. 6, 2002, from heart failure at his Hyde Park home.

February 27, 2002
Human and fly studies tally good and bad mutations, stress ongoing role of natural selection
Natural selection plays a much larger role in molecular evolution than suspected. About 25 percent of genes are evolving rapidly. The researchers calculate "good" and "bad" mutations in the fly and human genomes.

February 1, 2002
School play aims to help parents stop smoking
On February 5 and 7, students from three South Side elementary schools, with some assistance from the Music Theater Workshop and the University of Chicago Hospitals, present an original musical production, "I'm Not Jokin' If You're Smokin'," designed to persuade students and their parents not to smoke.

January 23, 2002
Structure of anthrax toxin offers clues to treatment
Researchers describe the 3-D structure of edema factor, one of the three toxins that make anthrax so deadly.

January 20, 2002
Researchers discover first scientific evidence for inherited preferences
In the first study to demonstrate that people can inherit preferences, Chicago researchers show that women prefer the scent of some men over other men because of genes they have inherited from their fathers.

January 16, 2002
Janet Rowley of University of Chicago selected for President Bush's Bioethics Council
Janet Rowley, MD, has been selected as one of 17 members of President Bush's Council on Bioethics, formed to advise the President on issues of scientific and ethical policy.

January 14, 2002
Senator Barack Obama to speak at University of Chicago Hospitals celebration of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Hospitals will celebrate Dr. King's birthday with the announcement of the winner of the 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award at its ceremony to be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The keynote speaker this year will be State Senator Barack Obama.

January 13, 2002
Antibiotic prescription patterns violate guidelines, increase costs
Despite guidelines that have been in place for nearly a decade, only 24 percent of the antibiotics prescribed for women's urinary tract infections are the recommended drug, down from 48 percent 10 years earlier.

January 3, 2002
Discovery overturns long-held genetic belief
A classic belief found in genetics and evolution textbooks since the 1930s has been overturned. Contrary to expectations, the tiny fourth chromosome of the fruit fly, believed to be identical in every member of the species, actually has several regions that vary.

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