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Perceptions About Body Image Linked to Increased Alcohol, Tobacco Use for Teens


Virginia Ramseyer-Winter, assistant professor of social work, found negative body image is associated with increased tobacco and alcohol use, with implications for both young men and women.
21-Jun-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Telehealth Reduces Wait Time, Improves Care for Children with Autism Living in Remote Areas

Kristin Sohl, director of ECHO Autism, says that the expanding ECHO Autism will help families and children with autism around the world, especially those living in remote areas.
1-Jun-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Health Care Process a Roadblock for Adolescents with Autism and Their Caregivers


Nancy Cheak-Zamora, assistant professor of health sciences at MU, says that as more children with autism enter adulthood, improved communication between providers, adolescents and caregivers is needed to help those with autism make adult health care...
31-May-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows How Hand Amputation, Reattachment Affect Brain

When a person loses a hand to amputation, nerves that control sensation and movement are severed, causing dramatic changes in areas of the brain that controlled these functions. As a result, areas of the brain devoted to the missing hand take on...
24-May-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Study Reveals Recommendations for Certifying Emotional Support Animals


Little consensus exists when it comes to the certification of “emotional support animals” (ESAs). These animals usually have little or no specific training, which poses a challenge for mental health professionals who are asked to certify them....
18-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Rare Feline Genetic Disorders Identified Through Whole Genome Sequencing at MU

Whole genome sequencing (WGS), which is the process of determining an organism’s complete DNA sequence, can be used to identify DNA anomalies that cause disease. Identifying disease-causing DNA abnormalities allows clinicians to better predict an...
17-May-2017 4:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Exposure to BPA Potentially Induces Permanent Reprogramming of Painted Turtles’ Brains


Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as food storage containers, water bottles and certain resins. In previous studies, Cheryl Rosenfeld, an investigator in the Bond Life Sciences Center, along with...
17-May-2017 2:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Fighting Cancer: New Microscopic Technique Could Help Detect, Diagnose Metastatic Melanomas

The fight against skin cancer just got a new weapon. For years, melanoma researchers have studied samples that were considered uniform in size and color, making them easier to examine by more conventional means. But melanomas don’t always come in...
8-May-2017 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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MU Doctor Reminds Wire BBQ Grill Brushes Can Cause Injuries

Wire-bristle grill brushes are used frequently for cleaning food residue from grill grates, but loose bristles can fall off the brush during cleaning and end up in the grilled food. If consumed, wire bristles can lead to injuries in the mouth,...
13-Jun-2017 2:05 PM EDT

Nursing Home Improvement Program Identifies Ways to Improve Care for People with Heart Disease


Heart disease is one of the most common chronic health conditions among nursing home residents. Results from the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI), a partnership between the University of Missouri and the Centers for Medicare &...
28-Feb-2017 12:05 PM EST

Clear Communication Can Make Doctor Visits Successful for Children with Autism

Doctor visits can be a challenge for patients with autism, their families and health care providers. Kristin Sohl, associate professor of child health at the University of Missouri, offers several steps providers and families can take to make...
2-Feb-2017 5:05 PM EST

Understanding Motivations for Behavior Can Be Helpful for Children with Autism

For many families, normal activities, such as going to a large family gathering or an amusement park, can be difficult to navigate with a child with autism, as the child may be act out due to being overwhelmed by extra noises and stimulation. To...
25-Jan-2017 11:05 AM EST

To Beat Holiday Weight Gain, Create a Plan Ahead of Time


With the holidays right around the corner, families are planning meals and trips to spend time with loved ones. With the food and travel, it is easy for exercise schedules to become disrupted. Steve Ball, associate professor of nutrition and...
16-Nov-2016 12:05 PM EST

EXPERT AVAILABLE: MU Physician Says Guidelines Should Inform – Not Determine – EpiPen Coverage


In September, the skyrocketing cost of the allergy treatment EpiPen made national headlines. Mylan, the maker of the EpiPen, is currently lobbying the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to name the EpiPen a preventive drug.
12-Oct-2016 3:05 PM EDT

Mindfulness Key to Eating What You Want While Preventing Overeating


Americans spend more than 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss products; two-thirds of these dieters are estimated to regain more weight within four or five years than they originally lost according to the Live Strong Foundation. A new book...
18-Jul-2016 10:05 AM EDT

Tahir Rahman, MD, lead author of the study Anders Breivik: Extreme Beliefs Mistaken for Psychosis, is available to talk with media on mass shootings


8-Jul-2016 4:00 PM EDT

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