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  • Photo: Jamie Hanson Poverty influences children’s early brain development Dec. 11, 2013 Poverty may have direct implications for important, early steps in the development of the brain, saddling children of low-income families with slower rates of growth in two key brain structures, according to researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Tip: The 12 days of experts Dec. 11, 2013 For many, the holiday season brings joy, fun and cookies. Lots of cookies.
  • Richard J.  Davidson Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation Dec. 4, 2013 With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.
  • Researchers discover early step in blood stem cell development Dec. 2, 2013 University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) researchers have discovered a very early regulatory event that controls the production of blood stem cells and the adult blood system.
  • UW-Madison professor tells Senate panel health isn't all about health care Nov. 21, 2013 Americans are less healthy than they could be and dying earlier than they should, a UW School of Medicine and Public Health professor emeritus told a committee of the U.S. Senate Wednesday.
  • Photo: Martin Zanni New look identifies crucial clumping of diabetes-causing proteins Nov. 11, 2013 People get type 2 diabetes. So do cats. But rats don’t, and neither do dogs. Subtle differences in the shape of proteins protect some and endanger others.
  • Photo: Zhijie Wang Discovery sheds light on how changes in lungs can hurt the heart Nov. 8, 2013 A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has discovered important biomechanical changes in human arteries that could increase understanding of how pulmonary hypertension leads to heart failure.
  • WARF Innovation Award winners offer a better oat, infection disrupter Oct. 18, 2013 A new oat offering tasty ways to lower cholesterol and compounds capable of disrupting serious bacterial infections earned top honors in this year's Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Innovation Awards program.
  • Photo: yeast cells Zinc discovery may shed light on Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Sept. 30, 2013 Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have made a discovery that, if replicated in humans, suggests a shortage of zinc may contribute to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which have been linked to defective proteins clumping together in the brain.
  • Photo: John Hawks John Hawks explores how celiac disease evolved Sept. 25, 2013 Celiac disease is an evolutionary paradox, says University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropologist John Hawks.
  • Graphic: Transform Wisconsin logo Statewide poll demonstrates overwhelming support for healthy choices Sept. 16, 2013 Transform Wisconsin today released findings of a statewide public opinion poll on attitudes toward healthy living and disease prevention. The survey of 600 likely voters in Wisconsin was conducted from Aug. 1-3 by Public Opinion Strategies.
  • Microbiome and human health workshop Aug. 29, 2013 The opportunity to couple this emerging field and a traditional strength of UW–Madison — large longitudinal studies such as the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study; the Beaver Dam Eye Study; MIDUS, Midlife in the United States; and the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort — will be explored in a small, one-day workshop to be sponsored by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging and the Center for Demography and Ecology.
  • UW Health and VA will work together to improve veterans' health Aug. 28, 2013 The UW program will receive $1.9 million from the VA to participate in a project called Sustainable Engaged Relationships for Veterans Integrative Clinical Education (SERVICE) to work with clinicians in the VA on how to change the way they practice medicine from a focus on disease to a focus on the whole health of the veteran.
  • Photo: researchers tasting drinks Tasty Solution: Better beverages for people who have trouble swallowing Aug. 23, 2013 After having a stroke in 2008, Jan Blume lost the ability to swallow for two full years. As she slowly regained that vital function, she faced a new challenge: drinking the thickened beverages that are recommended for people with swallowing problems, or dysphagia. She found the drinks almost intolerable.
  • Tuberculosis genomes portray secrets of pathogen’s success Aug. 21, 2013 By any measure, tuberculosis (TB) is a wildly successful pathogen. It infects as many as two billion people in every corner of the world, with a new infection of a human host estimated to occur every second.
  • New iPad resource for school nurses to be launched in time for start of classes Aug. 14, 2013 Following a successful year of field testing by school nurses in Wisconsin counties, an innovative project using iPads and customized software to improve child health is now gearing up for national release of its online resource August 22, timed to coincide with the start-up of the school year.
  • UW wins grant to study menthol cigarettes Aug. 6, 2013 The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes (NHLBI), in collaboration with the FDA, has awarded the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) a $368,000 grant to study the use of menthol cigarettes. This project will add to the body of research the FDA is examining to determine whether or how to regulate menthol flavoring in tobacco products.
  • UW researchers witness new type of cell division, use it to battle cancer Aug. 2, 2013 While on their way to finding a means to attack certain types of cancers, the researchers made the first observations of cytofission in humans, a type of cell division that occurs at a different time than normal division.
  • Yin awarded inaugural Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience July 31, 2013 Dr. Tom C.T. Yin was awarded the inaugural William and Christine Hartmann prize in Auditory Neuroscience, given by the Acoustical Society of America at its recent meeting in Montreal.
  • Photo: male and female lone star ticks Exotic lone star tick making a home in Wisconsin July 22, 2013 It's shaping up as a summer like no other for ticks across Wisconsin - including the strongest contingent yet of a bloodsucker new to the state.