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Angioma Alliance has designated the University of Chicago Medicine as its first Clinical Center of Excellence for treatment and research into the rare disease. Additionally, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed Oct. 24 as Cavernous Angioma Awareness Day.
UChicago neuroscientist Peggy Mason studies empathy--specifically how rats (and presumably other mammals like humans) show empathy toward each other. But in a new study, rats that were given anti-anxiety medications didn't free a companion in distress, showing that they have to be able to feel the anxiety of their fellow rats to help out.