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2012-03-14 22:22:08

Freezing eggs or ovarian tissue for the sole purpose of delaying childbearing for social reasons may prove too costly for society, according to a recent analysis by a University of Illinois at Chicago researcher. Fertility preservation -- freezing eggs or ovarian tissue -- was originally intended for women undergoing medical treatments that could affect their fertility. But now, fertility centers around the country are offering these technologies to women who are not undergoing...

2012-03-14 21:09:53

The difficulties that many women describe as memory problems when menopause approaches are real, according to a study published today in the journal Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society. The findings won´t come as a surprise to the millions of women who have had bouts of forgetfulness or who describe struggles with “brain fog” in their late 40s and 50s. But the results of the study, by scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center and...

Image 1 - Ancient Crickets Hint At The Origins Of Insect Hearing
2012-01-04 04:53:04

How did insects get their hearing? A new study of 50 million year-old cricket and katydid fossils – sporting some of the best preserved fossil insect ears described to date– help trace the evolution of the insect ear, says a new study by researchers working at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Insects hear with help from unusual ears, said co-author Roy Plotnick of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Grasshoppers have ears on their abdomens. Lacewings have ears on...

US Presidents Outlive Peers, Despite Appearance Of Aging Faster
2011-12-07 06:41:44

Although many U.S. Presidents appear to show signs of accelerated aging during their time in office, they actually outlive their peers, according to a new analysis by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist. Dr. S. Jay Olshansky compared how long U.S. Presidents would have been expected to live with how long they actually lived. He got the idea for his analysis after watching President Barack Obama return to his hometown of Chicago to celebrate his 50th birthday.  Olshansky...

2011-11-18 03:44:19

The removal of rare tumor cells circulating in the blood might be possible with the use of biomolecules bound to dendrimers, highly branched synthetic polymers, which could efficiently sift and capture the diseased cells, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dendrimers have been used to encapsulate drug molecules and serve as a delivery vehicle, but in the new study they were employed to capture circulating tumor cells by biomimicry -- using nanotechnology to...

Kids Consume Sugary Drinks Despite School Bans
2011-11-08 09:21:12

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have released a survey that has concluded that bans on sugar-sweetened drinks in middle schools had very little impact on overall consumption of sugary drinks by children, reports Crystal Phend of MedPage Today. The study, published online Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, utilized data from 5,900 students who have been tracked since they began school in 1998. Of the 40 states considered in the research,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.