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2012-03-27 00:33:29

The negative health effects of early-life exposure to secondhand smoke appear to impact girls more than boys–particularly those with early-life allergic sensitization, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. Epidemiologists with UC´s Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS), funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), found that children exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke...

2012-03-26 23:29:55

The golden-winged warbler — already long gone from Ohio — is disappearing from regions across the nation. UC research promoting the bird´s conservation will be published in a prestigious birding journal. The population of this little, gray songbird with bright yellow patches on its wings and head has been in precipitous decline since 1966. And, as of yet, it remains unprotected by the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. It´s a dire situation for the warbler,...

2012-03-20 16:48:08

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found evidence that, in addition to affecting the heart, brain and nervous system, bisphenol A (BPA), could affect a mammal´s ability to reproduce by altering the structure of the uterus in ways that can progress to a potentially fatal infection. Infection and inflammation of the uterus, or pyometra, is most commonly seen in animals like dogs and cats but can also affect humans. It is a result of hormonal and structural changes in the...

2012-03-19 15:59:38

Reintroduction of the American Chestnut tree after billions died due to blight could be accomplished more effectively thanks to a software tool developed and recently tested by the University of Cincinnati. The death of the American Chestnut due to an Asian bark fungus accidentally introduced to the United States had profound environmental and economic consequences since the tree was highly valued for its strong, workable lumber and a variety of wildlife from deer to birds to bears relied...

2012-03-19 15:56:33

UC´s Lauren Flick, a 19-year-old, triple-major senior, will present findings at an upcoming regional conference on the first-ever use of a surgically implanted device to record the habits of snakes in their natural environment. This particular study holds promise in “keeping score” as Ohio´s Lake Erie water snake defends its native habitat against an invasive fish species. Thanks to research by a University of Cincinnati undergraduate student and two team members,...

Research Reveals Water Management And Climate Change In Ancient Maya City
2012-02-22 04:12:24

[ Watch the Video ] The findings inside a cave and a key cultural and religious center for the ancient Maya will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York. Meticulous mapping and excavations at an ancient cave in the Yucatan Peninsula are revealing the vitality of the site to the ancient Maya — for both religious ritual and human survival. The University of Cincinnati research will be a key topic of discussion on Feb. 24, at the...

Auto-injectors Could Help Treat Prolonged Seizures
2012-02-16 11:41:02

New research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that when a person is experiencing a prolonged seizure, quick medical intervention is critical, becoming harder to stop the seizure with each passing minute, placing the patient at risk of severe brain damage and death. It is for this reason that paramedics are trained to administer anticonvulsive medications as soon as possible -- typically giving them intravenously before arriving at the hospital. But according to...

2012-02-03 19:00:35

Around 250 million years ago, most life on Earth was wiped out in an extinction known as the “Great Dying.” A team led by University of Cincinnati geologist Thomas J. Algeo finds that the end came slowly from thousands of centuries of volcanic activity. A painstakingly detailed investigation shows that mass extinctions need not be sudden events. The deadliest mass extinction of all took a long time to kill 90 percent of Earth´s marine life, and it killed in stages,...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.