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Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive routine cancer screenings, according to new research by Xiaoling Xiang, a doctoral candidate in social work.

Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:November 21, 2014

Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings – Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams – than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates.

Published Date: November 21, 2014


Three stars from baseballs steroid era, all with Hall of Fame-worthy numbers, got very different treatment over 12 years of national TV news coverage, according to a study by Brian Quick, a professor of communication and in the College of Medicine.

Not all baseball stars treated equally in TV steroid coverage, says study of network news

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 20, 2014

Retired baseball stars Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro -- careers tarred by allegations of steroid use -- received very different treatment over 12 years of national television news coverage, says University of Illinois professor Brian Quick, lead author on a paper about that coverage and its effects, published online Nov. 20 by the journal Communication Research.

Published Date: November 20, 2014


Preschoolers of working moms get less sleep, which may explain why these children are at greater risk of becoming overweight, according to a new study by (from left) Janet Liechty, professor of medicine and social work; Katherine Speirs, postdoctoral research associate in human and community development; and Chi-Fang Wu, professor of social work.

Long work hours for moms mean less sleep, higher BMI's for preschoolers

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:November 20, 2014

The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study.

Published Date: November 20, 2014


A new study by Karen Rudolph indicates that boys and girls who mature early are at higher risk of several adverse outcomes, including depression. Rudolph is a professor of psychology at Illinois.

Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 19, 2014

Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.

Published Date: November 19, 2014


New studies by social work professor Venera Bekteshi explore the contextual factors that contribute to acculturative stress and emotional distress among immigrant Latinas in the U.S.

Discrimination, family conflict key sources of stress for Latina immigrants

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:November 19, 2014

Racial discrimination and family issues are key contributors to the acculturative stress experienced by Latina immigrant women in the U.S., new research suggests.

Published Date: November 19, 2014