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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

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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

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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

Biomarker Test for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Useful in Diagnosing Canine Neurodegenerative Disease

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In 2009, Joan Coates, a veterinary neurologist, along with other researchers at the University of Missouri and the Broad Institute at MIT/Harvard, found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
8-May-2017 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Smoke-Free Policies Help Decrease Smoking Rates for LGBT Population

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Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking among lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) individuals is higher...
1-May-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Volunteering Might Prevent Substance Abuse for Female Student-Athletes

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As substance abuse continues to be a health concern in colleges and universities across the U.S., a social scientist from the University of Missouri has found that female student-athletes who volunteer in their communities and engage in helping...
19-Apr-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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8-Jul-2016 4:00 PM EDT

University of Missouri Health Care Expert Available to Discuss New Weight-Loss Stomach Pump

15-Jun-2016 11:05 AM EDT

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