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University of Illinois graduate student Adam Ahlers, left, veterinary clinical medicine professor Mark Mitchell and their colleagues found toxoplasmosis in wild minks and muskrats in central Illinois.

In Illinois, muskrats and minks harbor toxoplasmosis, a cat disease

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 28, 2015

A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways.

Published Date: January 28, 2015

An interdisciplinary research team developed a new approach to treating endometriosis. The team includes, clockwise, from back left: molecular and integrative physiology professor Milan Bagchi, chemistry professor John Katzenellenbogen, visiting research scientist Ping Gong, molecular and integrative physiology professor Benita Katzenellenbogen, postdoctoral fellow Yiru Chen, research scientist Yuechao Zhao, and comparative biosciences professor CheMyong Ko.

New drug compounds show promise against endometriosis

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 21, 2015

Two new drug compounds – one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis – appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine.

Published Date: January 21, 2015

Psychology professor Andrei Cimpian and his colleagues found that the expectation that one must be brilliant to succeed in certain academic fields was associated with the underrepresentation of women in those fields.

Study supports new explanation of gender gaps in academia

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 15, 2015

It isn’t that women don’t want to work long hours or can’t compete in highly selective fields, and it isn’t that they are less analytical than men, researchers report in a study of gender gaps in academia. It appears instead that women are underrepresented in academic fields whose practitioners put a lot of emphasis on the importance of being brilliant – a quality many people assume women lack.

Published Date: January 15, 2015

A new study analyzed DNA from ancient dog remains from more than a dozen sites in North and South America.

Study of ancient dogs in the Americas yields insights into human, dog migration

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 7, 2015

A new study suggests that dogs may have first successfully migrated to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after the first human migrants crossed a land bridge from Siberia to North America.

Published Date: January 7, 2015

Obesity and smoking add significantly to Americans' health care costs, researchers found, and the overall trend is upward.

Smokers, the obese, have markedly higher health care costs than peers

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 6, 2015

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports.

Published Date: January 6, 2015

Researchers have worked out the evolutionary relationships of dozens of bird species. The findings add to the evidence that some traits  such as vocal learning or foot-propelled underwater diving  evolved independently among different groups of birds.

Birds find their place in the avian tree of life

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 11, 2014

An international effort involving more than 100 researchers, nine supercomputers and about 400 years of CPU time has yielded the most reliable avian tree of life yet produced, researchers report in the journal Science. The tree reflects the evolutionary relationships of 48 species of birds.

Published Date: December 11, 2014